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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

From a double dose of Zedd at the Electric Factory to your final chances to take in the Pennsylvania Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty and Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum from the debut of the Philadelphia Monster Ball prestented by the one-and-only, DJ Robert Drake, there’s lots to do (and so much more!) as we all dive a little bit further into October.

Let’s do it. 

The GLOW If you’re looking for a fun night with the entire family or maybe looking for the perfect place to take a fall date, then prepare your Halloween-ed selves for a lovely stroll through Fairmount Park one of these upcoming nights to experience this one of-a-kind jack o’lantern extravaganza! Complete with top-notch pumpkin carvers, stunning visual art (hey there, Santa’s Christmas Village and Bey and Jay!) and much, much more, it’s an evening full of delightful fright that you’ll never forget anytime soon. But you better hurry up and grab those tickets because time slots are filling quickly, so go right here to grab yours…now. Happy pumpkin spiced trails, Philly! Various ticket prices and showtimes/5201 Parkside Ave/Fairmount Park

My Son the Waiter:A Jewish Tragedy Get ready to laugh your ass off, Philly, because famed comedian Brad Zimmerman is here and serving up non-stop laughs in his critically acclaimed play! The story of “one man’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York,” this show has it all, that is, if you like to laugh out loud for ninety minutes straight. Really, who doesn’t in these crazy times? So, don’t delay and grab those tickets now! But you better hurry because this show is only here for a few weeks and this is one fab night out you do not want to miss. Meaning….you, so, go and Mr. Zimmerman will see you there! Tonight-Nov 19th/Various dates & showtimes/Penn’s Landing Playhouse/211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Now that fall has officially (finally!) arrived, there’s no better time to head out to belt out your favorite karaoke groove in which the always colorful Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure all week & weekend long. Ready, set sing…for your yoga pants life. 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

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum You must not walk, but run to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre to grab those tickets to take in Stephen Sondheim’s classic Tony Award-winning Best Musical, which has been described as “a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a bevy of beautiful showgirls. This unforgettable, hysterical musical comedy will have you laughing all the way to the Forum with “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” All meaning….go. Walnut St. Theatre/tonight-October 22nd/various prices and showtimes

Pennsylvania Ballet:The Sleeping Beauty Now, what could be better than seeing this classic fairytale being retold by the talents of the incredible Pennsylvania Ballet? Absolutely nothing. Throw in one of Tchaikovsky’s most exquisite scores and you’ve got yourself one truly enchanted night out. Various dates and showtimes through October 22nd/The Academy of Music/1420 Locust St.

 

Zedd  Although the Friday show for the double dose of Ariana’s “Break Free” buddy at the Electric Factory is sold out, there still might be one or two tickets left to his Thursday spot, so go here now to bag ’em up while you can. And if you need further convincing, listen to his summer smash, “Get Low” co-starring Liam Payne everyday…for the rest of your life. Thursday/8 pm/Friday/830 pm/Electric Factory/421 N. 7th St.

 Cheat Codes Because you’re still totally obsessed with “No Promises” (you betta werk, Ms. Lovato), there’s no reason not to grab your chance to witness this tantalizing L.A. based electronic trio takeover over the Philly stages this Friday night. Let’s dance..because we must. Friday/10 pm/NOTO/1209 Vine St.

Lisa Loeb Yes, that Lisa Loeb. So, put on your cat-eye glasses, do not call your ex and grab those tickets.  Friday/6 pm/Sellersville Theatre/24 W. Temple Avenue 

Philadelphia Monster Ball  It’s that time of year again, kids! Time for the dead to rise, tricks ‘n treats to be had and seeing if we still have those coveted “Thriller” dance moves down to perfection. However, this Halloween season in Philly will be extra “spooky wooky” this year as DJ Robert Drake along with The Striptease Orchestra are about to unleash the debut of this truly one-of-a-kind monster-stravaganza. Get ready to dress up as ANY monster you want (whether classic or from your crazy ass mind) and prepare yourself for a ghoulish Saturday night filled with lots of great music, freakish fun, monstrous fashion and a costume contest that you know you want to win! So, get crackin’ on it all, but first grab those tickets right here before this event flies into the scary night forever. Saturday/8 pm/The Trocadero/1003 Arch St. 

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

 

Friday 10/20 

Vance Joy@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Ben Folds @The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)………..Moon Taxi@TLA(9 pm, 334 South St.)………Marco Benevento@Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)……….Bear Grillz @Disctrict N9ne(830 pm, 460 N. 9th St.)……….The High Divers @Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)….Justin Martin@Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)

Saturday 10/21 

Misterwives @The Fillmore(7 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Lee Brice@Electric Factory(421 N.7th St., 830 pm)…………Judah &The Lion @TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……..JJ Grey/Mofro@Union Transfer(1024 Spring Garden St., 8pm)………Party Favor@District N9ne(9 pm, 460 N.9th St.)…….Manhole@Ortlieb‘s(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.) 

Sunday 10/22

Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis@Tabu (9 pm, 200 S. 12th St.)………Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)…….King Krule @Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……..ZZ Top @Tower Theatre(8 pm, 69th & Ludlow Streets)……Lila Downs @Merriam Theater(7 pm, 250 S. Broad St.)……Lawrence Rothman@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)

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Dance Music Tea w/Chris Lake

Whether giving us life on one of his fiery original productions (“Changes,” “Only One,” “Boneless,” just to name a few), holding down shop at his Rising Music dance music label or working side-by-headphones-side with top-notch collaborators like Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki, there’s a reason why British producer/DJ/music mogul Chris Lake has been straight up giving it to us for nearly two decades now. 

It also doesn’t hurt that he’s remixed hits along the way for Sia, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Tujamo and many, many more during his continuous reign on dance floors across the globe.

In funkdafied fact, Mr. Lake is about to give it to all of Philly when his current and ridiculously fiery Lose My Mind Tour takes over the City of Brotherly Love for a stop at Coda Philly this Friday night. 

But before he gets ready to serve out all of his greatest and latest beat business (his just released romp, “Nothing’ Better,” will take you there..read on to check it out), Mr. Lake was gracious enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for some good ol’ fashioned dance music tea, where be broke mugs about his favorite albums, what he plans to do while he’s in town and what no aspiring DJ should ever, ever do if they want to make it in the biz. 

Dance it out with the incredible Chris Lake below. 

First up, how are you? How’s the tour been going so far? I’m great thank you. I’m 2 weeks into the tour and it’s gone so well so far. The vibe has been fantastic, and the fans have been amped up to hear all the new music I promised to drop. I spotted a lot of failed shazaming. It’s quite a satisfying feeling, I’m not going to lie….

What can your Philly fans expect from your upcoming slay at Coda this Friday night?  Well, definitely a lot of new music. I’ve been on a bit of a tear lately and I’ve been testing it all on this run of shows. Expect the energy to be high and your feet to be sore the day afterwards! 

Shout out a couple of albums you absolutely can’t live without… Ok, first that comes to mind would be Air/Talkie Walkie. These guys are pretty much my favorite artists ever. Their vibes get me every time. Secondly, maybe I’d choose Prodigy/ Fat of the Land. It really did change the way I looked at music all the way back in ’97. It’s genius.

Okay, so one of my personal favorite new grooves of yours is “Operator” which co-stars Dances With White Girls. What was the recording process like for that track? Ah thank you. Well, the beat came together very quickly. My management had a new member of staff start that day and they brought him over to the studio and see my space. He was sat on the sofa behind me with my team and I started a new beat with them all in the room. It came together very quickly and I felt it needed a spoken vocal. I remembered Dances had sent me a load of acapellas.a few years back that I’d not done anything with so I went through those and came across the ring ring acapella. It needed a little bit of re-formatting but it came together nicely and gets stuck in your head!

Please tell me you’re going to be able to kick it in Philly after the show… I hope so. I have a lot of friends in the city so I love to spend some extra time there whenever I can.

One more spill….what would your personal words of wisdom to any aspiring DJ out there who just picked up their first pair of headphones right this very second? As tempting as it can be to copy or emulate others…don’t. 

For much more with Chris Lake, get those tickets to see him at Coda this Friday night and then check out his official website right here

And if you want to hear beats like this all of the time, become a fan of Philly Mixtape right here and here

Let’s groove. 

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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Lots to do as we dive a touch deeper and deeper into the official first weekend of fall, like….

…….well, just cut loose and check it out. 

Happy weekend! 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Ms. Sara Sherr Those end of summer blues got you down? Really, how could they with this heat stroke inducing weather we’re sweating in? But if they are. first, get the f#$k over it, second, head out to belt out your favorite karaoke jam in which the always in season Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering pleasure all weekend long. Ready, set sing…for your life. 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

2017 Fringe Arts Festival What happens when you take 1000 red-hot local performance and entertainment artists, divide them over 180 stunning shows with a complete take over of twenty neighborhoods across Philly? You get this year’s already lit 2017 Fringe Arts Festival, which has truly been on-point in serving up an explosive display of some of the finest talent Philly has to offer, including performers ranging from dance, song, theatre, aerial stunts and much, much, much more. While we could easily sit and spill about everything this year’s festival has to offer, it’s always best for you to see it all for yourself, but first dive straight into the official festival website to check it all out. But you better hurry as this year’s festival will be closing on Wednesday, Sept 27th. So, get to Fringin’…because we must support the arts, kids. 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum You must not walk, but run to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre to grab those tickets to take in Stephen Sondheim’s classic Tony Award-winning Best Musical, which has been described as “a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a bevy of beautiful showgirls. This unforgettable, hysterical musical comedy will have you laughing all the way to the Forum with “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” All meaning….go. Walnut St. Theatre/tonight-October 22nd/various prices and showtimes

KINK HAÜS You’ve seen the stunning visuals…you’ve read the reviews (Phindle says it’s “a locomotive evening of entertainment you’ll never forget”), but most of all you’ve heard about all of the kink-alicious werk that Philly’s own entertainment mastermind, Mr. Gunnar Montana, and his fine company of local dancers and performance artists are thrusting forth in one of the hottest shows in this year’s Fringe Arts Festival. However, this is your absolute final weekend to catch this one-of-a-kind local entertainment spectacle, so if you want those tickets (seriously, there may only be, like, two left) go right here, right now. Through this Sunday/The Latvian Society of Philadelphia/531 N. 7th St.

2017 Philly Fall Concert Guide  What do Brandy, Janet Jackson, alt-J, Gavin DeGraw, Dru Hill, Zedd, Fall Out Boy, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Lisa Loeb, Gryffin, Chris Lake and ZZ Top all have in common? They’re all on the way this fall to take over our Philly fall concert lives. All meaning…hold off on buying your twentieth pair of yoga pants and ease up on the pumpkin spice because the time has come to save those coins for those fall concert tickets, which you can get all the tea on in Philly Mixtape‘s official 2017 Philly fall concert guide right here. Ready, set, spend….it all

DJ Chris Urban  Whether at L’Etage 10pm, 624 S. 6th St.) tonight for CU Saturdays or Positano Coast (12pm-4 pm, 212 Walnut St.) tomorrow for your Pop’D Brunch pleasure, there’s never a bad time to stop by to pay your music respect to one of Philly’s most right DJs. 

Bev’s Bitchfest:Winner’s Circle It’s an all new season, which means Philly’s reigning comedy kween, Ms. Bev, will have lots and lots of things to bitch about tonight. However, this time she’s coming aimed (most likely..for you and 45), armed and fabulous with the stunning winners of past cycles of Philly’s Drag Wars competitions including Brooklyn Ford (Season 2), Zsa Zsa St James (Season 3), Vinchelle (Season 6), Ariel Versace (All Stars 2), Anita Manhattan (Season 7) and Zephyra River (season 8). So, just f@cking go, okay? And Bev and the girls will see you there. Tonight/9 pm/Tabu/200 South 12th St. 

Brandy  “I Wanna Be Down”……”Sitting’ Up in My Room”……Moesha…..”The Boy is Mine”…….”What About Us”…..”Full Moon.” Just a few reasons why everyone should go see Ms. Brandy own the TLA this weekend. Grab those tickets.  Saturday/9 pm/TLA Philly/334 South St. 

2017 Puerto Rican Festival Parade With the recent catastrophic destruction of Hurricane Maria still fresh in our minds, this year’s festival is sure to be a somber, yet love-filled affair. (go right here to check out how you can help). But as always, that music will be hot and the entertainment will be even hotter (as will the weather…stay cool!), so take the whole family down to the Parkway tomorrow afternoon for a fun-filled day that won’t just be providing us with some top-notch entertainment (head here for more details) but guaranteed to bring us all closer together..which is perhaps the best part of it all. Tomorrow/12pm-430 pm/Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

Drag Your A** to Brunch  Where every Philly kween who’s not watching the Eagles home opener against the New York Giants will be tomorrow. However….chances are tickets are already this close to selling out, so you betta shake those Brittany Lynn pom poms and grab them…now. Sunday/Bourbon & Branch/Doors 1130 am/Show 12pm/705 N.2nd St. 

“Not Your Basic” Brunch  Same ridiculously phun brunch party…..brand spankin’ new Philly location. Get ready, kids, because NYBB is back from its summer sabbatical and ready to serve it up at red-hot new venue, SPiN, (literally…go right here for all the ping pongin’ action) and throwin’ down to celebrate tomorrow’s Birds home opener against the Giants! As usual, there might be, like, a chair left because this Sunday Funday par-tay is that hot, so head right here to find out how you can get yours…now. Plus, SPiN is offering rides for all attendees! Meaning….go and fucking go Birds! 

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

Saturday/9/23   

Foxes & Friends @Franky Bradley‘s (dinner and a show!! 730 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.)……Taking Back Sunday @Xfinity Live!(8 pm, 1100 Pattison Ave)……..Thundercat @Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…..Young M.A./Smoke DZA@TLA (8 pm, 334 N. 7th St.)……Russ Liquid Test @The Foundry(7 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)…….Tony MacAlpine@Voltage Lounge(6 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…….. Norwegian Arms @Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…… Soraria@Milkboy Philly (8 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)….Jesse Marco@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.) 

Sunday/9/24

Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 334 S. Camac St.)……..Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis @Tabu(10 pm, 200 S. 12th St.)………Mac DeMarco@Mann Center for Performing Arts(7 pm, 5201 Parkside Avenue)……..Tyga@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……..Matt Pond PA@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)……The Blasters@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)………Todd Kerns@MilkboyPhilly(730 pm, 1100 Chestnut)……..Seth Glier @World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…….House Plant@Ortlieb’s(730pm, 435 Spring Garden St.)……..Boogieman Dela@The Barbary(6 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)