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Music Tea w/X Ambassadors

Whether throwing down a hard-hitting electronic pop groove or blessing us with their incredible stage presence, New York based X Ambassadors--Sam Harris(vocals),Casey Harris(keyboards)and Adam Levin(drums)–certainly know how to keep it musically moving in all directions.

Just ask their many legions of fans who’ve followed these fine music gentlemen since their plugged in debut almost a decade ago. Tonight, their Philly fans are certainly in for in a treat when they put it all on display at The Fillmore for a show that’s guaranteed to be a truly rockin’ good time. However, this evening’s X Ambassadors affair is someone of a special night for the guys the as it marks the first official U.S. stop for their latest road venture, The Joyful Tour (it officially kicked off in Montreal last night), in support of their soon-to-be released set, Joyful, which will be dominating headphones across the globe later this spring. 

But what it really comes down to when it concerns X Ambassadors is that they’re simply ready to straight up give it to all of their fans with their upcoming tour and what better place to light it all up other than in Philly, right? Absolutely.

Before they own The Fillmore tonight, they were gracious enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for a spot of music tea, breaking mugs about what fans can expect from their latest stage spectacles, their words of wisdom for all aspiring musicians and whether or not they’ll be able to check out Philly while they’re here. 

Hint–they will…..so, read on and get to know X Ambassadors below.

Oh, and go see them on The Joyful Tour this spring in your city! 

Hey guys, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with Philly Mixtape. First up, how have you been feeling leading up to the big tour kick off? A lot of the dates are already sold out, so it must feel pretty awesome. Feeling good! We had like a month off for the holidays, so we’re all itching to get back in front of our fans. To know that a lot have already sold out is pretty amazing too.

What can fans expect from your upcoming shows? We’re so excited to be playing a bunch of NEW material for our fans… songs from our upcoming album that haven’t been released yet, in addition to the couple that have already come out.

Which musical artists inspire you guys the most? Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Mavis Staples and Drake.

Any pre-show rituals you do before hitting the stage? SH-I always warm up my voice for about 45 minutes, then I use a steam inhaler for about him 20 minutes, then pick out an outfit, then hit stage. I’m pretty regimented when I’m on tour.

Are you guys going to be able to check out Philly while you’re in town? We love Philly so much. We always stop by Tony Luke’s– we’d always stop there on our way back to Brooklyn when we were touring in our van & trailer– and I personally love to run up the Rocky stairs. I don’t know how much time we’ll have to explore while we’re in town, but hopefully we will.

Lastly, what words of advice would you guys to any aspiring musician in this crazy world right now? Whatever you do– don’t stop. Perseverance is key. And never forget that, as the artist, you have all the power. This is a very tricky industry to navigate and there will be a lot of people who will pretend like they know what’s best for you… but no one is going to be as passionate, or know what’s best for you and your career, than YOU.

For much, much more with X Ambassadors, get down with their official website right here. 

Cover photo courtesy of AXS.com 

 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

From the opening weekend of the Philadelphia Auto Show to the Grammy Awards from DMX at the TLA to a double dose of Umphrey’s McGee at The Fillmore to the……well, you get it as there are lots of pleasant distractions on the way this weekend to (sort of) keep our minds off of next weekend. 

Let’s do it. 

60th Annual Grammy Awards  While we simply can’t wait to see just how many trophies Bruno Mars and Jay Z will walk away with from their respective albums 24K Magic and 4:44 and of course, all of those sure-to-be standout performances from Lady Gaga, P!nk, Patti Lupone, U2, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Sam Smith among many, many others. But the one thing everyone is most stoked about is that the show in returning to New York City for the first time in fifteen years with a live music serving fresh from Madison Square Garden. Throw in the fact that it’s the 60th annual Grammy gala meaning that’s sure to be an evening full of entertainment magic we’ll all spilling tea about come Monday morning. Sunday/8 pm/CBS 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Since singing it all out is the best way to pass the excruciating time between now and next Sunday’s gigantic Super Bowl showdown, head out and say hi to Ms. Sherr and her always soaring Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which is guaranteed to take over your song butchering pleasure all weekend (and week!) long at all of these fabulous Philly locations listed below. Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 10-2 W/N W/N 931 Spring Garden, Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

The Humans The critically acclaimed story about a man named Erik Blake whose world–and family–begins to crumble after a weary sleepless night, The Humans have just begun taking over the Walnut Street Theatre for an eight week run that’s guaranteed to be nothing short of spectacular. Hailed by critics as “hilarious and unforgettable,” the show also bagged up twenty (!!) 2016 Best Play Awards, with one including a nice-and-shiny Tony Award. For much more on this incredible play, go right here….and then you know what to do…get those tickets because this is one show you don’t want to miss while it’s here in Philly. Walnut Street Theatre/Tonight-March 4th/Various showtimes &ticket prices/825 Walnut St.

DJ Jimmy DePre   You’ve got not one, but two strobe lit opportunities to slay alongside Mr. DePre and his collection of everythang at Tavern on Camac this weekend. Now, go. Tonight&Saturday/9 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 South Camac St. 

DJ Chris Urban Whether at Franky Bradley’s (10 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.) tonight, L’Etage (10pm, 624 South 6th St.) tomorrow night or this Sunday at Positano Coast (12pm-4pm, 212 Walnut St.) for your basic bish brunch pleasure, Mr. Urban has got you covered like the Eagles defense all weekend long with those grooves, gurl. 

Umphrey’s McGee w/ special guest Nicole Atkins Because ain’t no music party like an Umphrey’s McGee music party all weekend long said anyone who’s been to their shows..ever. Get those tickets and get ready to turn the volume all the way up because if there’s any music artist who can hype us up even more in time for next weekend, it’s certainly these guys right here. Friday & Saturday/The Fillmore/8 pm/29 E. Allen St. 

LiPSMACKERs In the words of event curator and beat maestro DJ Javascript-“Come dance like it’s 2001 all over again.” Enough said. Pass all of the Nelly and Destiny’s Child, like, now. Tonight/9 pm/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar/200 South 12th St. 

DMX “How’s it Goin’ Down” and “Party Up(Up in Here)” for life.  Saturday/TLA Philly/8 pm/334 South St. 

The Johnny Shortcake Show  Fun for the whole entire family (and don’t forget grandma!), this one-of-kind children’s show by the one-and-only Mr. Shortcake (whom all of Philly knows as the exuberant Johnny Showcase) celebrates the art of silliness, music, important life lessons, music and of course, more music. With fun, whirling numbers along the way like  “Cupcake Tuesday,” and “Brushing your Teeth,” it’s guaranteed to give you (meaning you, so go and get those tickets) a whimsical experience for your weekend that you’ll never forget. By the way, it’s also BYOB…but please drink and chill respectively and responsibly for the love all things Philly entertainment. Saturday&Sunday/various showtimes/The Kimmel Center/330 South Broad St

Drag Your A** to Brunch   While tables for the one year drag-iversary of everyone’s phavorite last-Sunday-of-the-month local drag spectacle are sold out(you betta werk for next month, kween, they go quick), there’s still plenty of standing room for this beloved brunch event. So, tuck it all in and head to Bourbon & Branch this Sunday to see what kind of shenanigans you’ll be sashaying into when the fabulous Crystal Electra, Boylesque star Joey Martini, the insatiable Maria Top Catt and your always gaaay hostess, Mizz Brittany Lynn, own the Sunday stage for the most spectacular one year anniversary gala…of your life. Sunday/Doors/11am/Show/12pm/Bourbon & Branch/705 N. 2nd St. 

*Also don’t forget about the Philadelphia Auto Show kicking off this Saturday, January 27th through Sunday, February 4th at the Convention Center! Buckle up and go right here for more info!!*

Also on the local and legendary entertainment radar for your weekend…..

Friday…..

Diplo @Premier Nightclub (11 pm, 1 Borgata Way)……….Mark Knight @Rumor(10 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)……….(Blue October @World Cafe Live(7 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)………….Destroyer @Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………The Devil Makes Three@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………..Typhoon@Union Transfer(7 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……….Sunflower Bean@Everybody Hits(9 pm, 529 West Girard Ave)……….Big Head Todd & The Monsters@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)…………YBN Nahmir@Coda(830 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………..Day 26 @Voltage Lounge(9 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…..Elephante@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)…….Aaron Thomas@Bourbon &Branch(9 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)…..Jazz @The Library Bar(930 pm, 210 Rittenhouse Square) 

Saturday…..

Keys N Krates @District N9ne(9 pm, 460 N.9t St.)…………..DJ Rectangle@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………….J Roddy Walston&The Business@World Cafe Live(9 pm, 1100 Pattison Avenue)………..Granger Smith@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……….The Infamous Stringdusters@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Hemming/Former Belle@Ortlieb’s(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)………….Resilient@Kung Fu Necktie(6 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……….Joe Kenney @Fergie’s Pub(8 pm, 1214 Sansom St.)………Bang the Drum Philly@Club Mousai(10 pm, 1227 Walnut St.)

Sunday……..

Yo Gotti@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………..Howie Day@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…….Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……….The Wood Brothers@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……….Instant Bingo@The Trocadero(5 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……….Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis@Tabu(10 pm, 200 South 12th St.)……..

For much, much more local and legendary Philadelphia entertainment shenanigans this weekend and beyond….check this...this and this out!! 

And while you’re at it, become a fan of Philly Mixtape right here and here

Go Birds! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Let’s weekend as if our name is The Weeknd because there’s lots and lots of things to do along the way leading up to, ya know, that game on Sunday. 

Let’s do it and Fly, Eagles, Fly

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr While everyone in the city is sooo over this winter already, that shouldn’t stop you from heading out to warm up those vocal chords thanks to the fabulous Ms. Sherr and her extensive collection of Sing Your Life Karaoke grooves, which are bound to take over your song butchering pleasure all weekend long at all of these fabulous Philly locations listed below. Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 10-2 W/N W/N 931 Spring Garden, Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

Les Miserables You’ve witnessed the long-running Broadway musical in all of its glory and you wish it was you who won the Academy Award instead of Anne Hathaway for the 2012 film version because you belt out ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ so much better than she can. And of course, most importantly…you are Susan Boyle. But now here’s your chance to catch this blockbuster musical while it’s here in Philly…but you better hurry because like the best kind of “Dream,” the critically acclaimed national production is only here for a few more magical moments (until this Sunday, to be exact, and yes, they’re still expecting a packed house during the big game so you won’t feel so alone in missing the live play-by-plays), so grab those tickets…now. Go right here to do it. Tonight-Sunday/The Academy of Music @The Kimmel Center/Various showtimes & ticket prices/240 S. Broad St.

The Humans The critically acclaimed story about a man named Erik Blake whose world–and family–begins to crumble after a weary sleepless night, The Humans have just begun taking over the Walnut Street Theatre for an eight week run that’s guaranteed to be nothing short of spectacular. Hailed by critics as “hilarious and unforgettable,” the show also bagged up twenty (!!) 2016 Best Play Awards, with one including a nice-and-shiny Tony Award. For much more on this incredible play, go right here….and then you know what to do…get those tickets because this is one show you don’t want to miss while it’s here in Philly. Walnut Street Theatre/Tonight-March 4th/Various showtimes &ticket prices/825 Walnut St.

Majid Jordan In what’s shaping up to be a smokin’ hot weekend at The Fillmore (keep on scrollin’), this red-hot Canadian R&B duo responsible for such bedroom bangers as “Gave Your Love Away” and “One I Want” are sure to heat you up in all of the right ways..Tonight/830 pm/The Fillmore/29 E. Allen St. 

Alex Aiono First, watch Mr. Aiono’s sexy clip for his highly underrated banger, “Work the Middle,” then grab your tickets to see him dance it all out over at The Foundry tonight. 730 pm/29 E. Allen St.

Get You a Girl Who Can Do Both  A smart, sexy and sultry show featuring an all-star cast of fierce local Burlesque divas including Mina Minou, Dorian Helena, Icon Ebony Fierce, Veronica Vicious, Scarlett Cerise, Ms. Honeytree EvilEye and DJ Flrt Vonnegut get ready for an informative Friday night featuring stylish lectures on a variety of topics rockin’ our worlds, which will be followed by incredible performances that you won’t forget anytime soon. It’s really that simple…so be smart and go! Tonight/Ruba Club/9 pm/416 Green St. 

The Eric Jaffe Show Amidst the tidal waves of green you’ll see all over the city this weekend, you’ll also be splashed with flecks of purple thanks to the always slaying Mr. Eric Jaffe, who’s returning to Tavern on Camac this weekend with his ukulele and lots and lots of extra-ness fresh for the new year. Also along for the ride will be local Philly talents Keely Siblia, Joe Macky, Sara Flail and Christina Higgins, all of whom will give you a glitter-bombed evening you’ll never forget. And as always, Absolut will be your fabulous sponsor and there’s never any cover, gurl. . Saturday/730 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

Pop Muzik Celebrates Erasure  There’s really not too much to say here since we all know that DJ Robert Drake has been patiently waiting to serve the City of Brotherly Love with some New Wave realness to get us even more jazzercise-d up ahead of Sunday’s big game. As if that were possible…he’s certainly going to try this Saturday night at Club Mousai, kids. 10 pm/1227 Walnut St. 

Walk the Moon  Because you just belted out “Shut Up and Dance” in the shower this morning and because they most likely won’t hit the stage until the game is close to being over. And because WTM lead singer Nicholas Pettricia is like, really, really cute. So, wins all around. Grab those tickets while you can. Sunday/8 pm/The Fillmore/29 E. Allen St. 

Lana Del Rey   Because a little “Summertime Sadness” in the dead of winter is always a good idea. And although we tried really, really hard to get the “Young and Beautiful” songstress to move her show away from Sunday’s NFC Championship game (read this) unfortunately it can’t be done. Only in Philly. Sunday/8 pm/Wells Fargo Center/3601 South Broad St. 

Also for your dancin’ and prancin’ pleasure this weekend……..

DJ Jimmy DePre @Tavern on Camac (Friday & Saturday, 9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)…….. Haus:UV@Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar (Friday, 10 pm, 200 South 12th St.)………..Felix Da Housecat @Coda(Friday, 11pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…..Cosmic Gate @Rumor (Friday, 11 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)………Boombox Cartel @NOTO(Friday, 10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)……..Cash Cash @Hilton Penn’s Landing (Saturday, 8 pm, 201 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.)…..Chachi@NOTO(Saturday, 11 pm, 1209 Vine St.) 

Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks for your Friday……

Rufus Wainwright @Kimmel Center(3 pm, 700 S. Broad St.)…………..Say Anything/Tim Kasher @The Trocadero(730 pm, 1003 Arch St., Saturday, too!)………..Free Throw @Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm, 529 West Girard Ave)……….Tropic of Cancer@Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(10 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………Alex Bugnon @South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)…………Air Is Human @Ortliebs(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)……..American Dinosaur@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)……….722 @Boot & Saddle(8 pm, 1131 S. Broad St. )……..Andrew Devlin@Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.) 

Saturday…..  

Flobots@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……..Chase Rice @The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……..BoomBox @Union Transfer(9 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………Cormega and Viking@Voltage Lounge (9 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……..U.S. Bombs@Kung Fu Necktie(530 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….Tessa Violet and Secret Midnight Press@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……..Mach 22@Milkboy Philly(8 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…….Creem Circus@The Barbary(830 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)…….Sorted@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.) 

Sunday……. 

E-A-G-L-E-S!  Enough said.