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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)

 

 

 

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Philly Weekend Entertainment Groove

Let’s weekend, shall we? Yaaas.

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Ms. Sara Sherr Those annoying end-of-summer doldrums you down? Well, get the f#$k over it and head out to belt out your favorite Sing Your Life Karaoke groove at any one of these fabulous locations listed below. Of course, it’s all while you show your love to the always lovely and gracious, Ms. Sara Sherr, whose got you covered like a banana hammock until Labor Day weekend and beyond with all of your song butchering need. Now, sang. Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs,9-2 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

Wicked If you’re one of the very few left in Philly and the burbs who hasn’t experienced Wicked at The Academy of Music yet, you better fly to the box office because like summer itself, this award snatching show will be zipping off before you know it. Go right here to spend your green and prepare to get lost in all of those dazzling green-lit Broadway memories that’ll be headed your way when you experience this show. Various dates & showtimes through August 27th/Academy of Music/1420 Locust St.

Dawes/John Mayer As if the swooning powers provided by Mr. Mayer weren’t enough to get our weekend lives in check, folk-ed up L.A. based band Dawes will also be along for the live music ride across the river tonight. Get those tickets and let us pray that the weather holds up…sigh…is it fall yet? Tonight, BB& T Pavilion, 7 pm, 1 Harbour Blvd.

Faith Hill/Tim McGraw   While anyone with tickets to this show has certainly been counting down to witness the concert pairing of everyone’s favorite Grammy owning husband and wife country kissed duo (there’s still some tickets left so get yours here), we just can’t help but to relive that time (over and over again, of course) Ms. Hill was a tad bit upset with Carrie Underwood…classic. Tonight, 730 pm, Wells Fargo Center 

And of course, “This Kiss” for life. 

DJ Jimmy DePre  Although summer may be rapidly coming to an end, the werk provided by Mr. DePre every Friday & Saturday night at everyone’s favorite yaaas kween dancing spot is always in sun-kissed season. Now, dance…bish, dance. Every Friday & Saturday night, 10 pm, Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St. 

DJ Chris Urban   You know how it’s going down like Ms. Blige when it comes to the weekend feast of beats cooked up by one of Philly’s most right DJs…..L’Etage every Saturday (10 pm, 624 S. 6th St.) and Positano Coast every Sunday(12pm-4pm, 212 Walnut St.) Go. 

American Idyll:An Original Burlesque Story  Gird your tassels, guys, galz, kings and kweenz, because the always fierce Honeytree Evil Eye and Isa Ardiente are serving up Nudey Tunes: American Idyll, an original dark-and-twisty Philly Burlesque kissed story about the future of making ‘Murica great again and so, so much more. For more spilled tea about this truly one-of-a-kind local entertainment event (plus its killer cast list) peep this. And for tickets..go here, right now because you don’t want to miss this one, kids. Seriously, tho… Tonight, 9 pm, Ruba Club, 416 Green St. 

Drag Me to the Landmark:Queens for the Kitties Edition    If you’re looking to add a little meow, purr and pussy….cat lovin’ into your weekend, then the time has come for you to hiss-y that walk (or take an Uber because the event’s in New Jersey) to join your crazy cat lady hostess for the evening, Ms. Astala Vista, along with Brittany Lynn, Iris Spectre, Maria Top Catt, Cleo Phatra and Ms. Vinchelle for a night of drag-tasctic entertainment and all of the pussy grabbin’ you can muster! Of course, the most purr-fect part of this whole shindig (besides all that talent) is to raise funds for the wonderful New Jersey based Animal Welfare Association(which you can donate to right here if you can’t make it tonight), so get out there and put your paws up for the kitties, kweenz! Tonight, 9 pm, Landmark Americana, 1 Mulica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 

Foxes & Friends  In the mood to get a little Fox-ed up this weekend? Really, who the fox isn’t? Then you must not hesitate to shimmy it on over to Franky Bradley’s and head on upstairs for the brand spankin’ new launch of Foxes & Friends–an early dinner and show experience featuring Philly’s Foxes (go right here to greet all of this fucking talent and grab those tickets) and some truly very special and entertaining guests! Your debut round will not only give you everything the Foxes have to offer, they’ll also be joined by Dottie Riot, Fagl Roq and Onyx Onyx, all while giving you a fabulous night of pure Philly entertainment. So, get over your shit and go. It’s that simple. Tomorrow, 7pm-10 pm, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St.

Das EFX/The Sugarhill Gang/Doug E. Fresh/MICHEL’LE/Big Daddy Kane/Schoolly D  As if that stellar lineup isn’t enough to make you want to snatch those tickets up and get ready to relive those delicious old school Hip Hop and R &B memories, it’s really nice to see the name Michel’le again, isn’t it? When it comes to the classic vibes and sass of her smash, “No More Lies,”….abso..god…damn..lutely. Sunday, 7 pm, Dell Music Center. 33rd/Ridge/Dauphin Streets

Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks for your Friday……..  Soul Clap @Coda (11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…….  Dayne Jordan/Lupe Fiasco @The Foundry (830 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)…….  Luke Holland @Voltage Lounge (5 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…… Timeshares @Kung Fu Necktie (7 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….   In the Presence of Wolves @Bourbon & Branch (8 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)………..Saturday……….Hank Williams Jr. @BB&T Pavilion (7 pm, 1 Harbour Boulevard)……..  Nicky Romero @Haven Nightclub (10 pm)…….   Bel Heir @Boot & Saddle (8 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……….  RFA @The Barbary ( 7 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue)…….  The Only Way @The Trocadero (6 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……..  Dave P @The Dolphin Tavern (8 pm, 847 N. Third St.)……. Sunday…….   Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac (9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……. Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar (9 pm, 200 South 12th. St.)…….   Liberty Music Fest @The Grape Room (all weekend, 105 Grape St.)……..   Santana @Borgata Event Center (8 pm, One Borgata Way)………  Vance Joy/Portugal. The Man @Festival Pier (2 pm, Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden Sts.)………. Cormega @ Silk City (830 pm, 435 Spring Garden St.)……..

 

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