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Weekend Entertainment Mixtape

Let’s weekend. 

And to all of the Broad Street runners about to take flight on Sunday….slay. 

*For a preview of tomorrow’s annual South Street Festival, check this out courtesy of uwishunu.*

Jerry’s Girls Keep some delightful Philly theater vibes going all May and beyond (Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever are also on their gleeful way) and grab those tickets for a magical evening jam-packed with the music of Jerry Herman and some of Broadway’s best musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel, Dear World and La Cage Aux Folles. What it all comes down to is….all of these shows for life. Enough said. April 4th-July 2nd, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, various showtimes and ticket prices 825 Walnut St.

Sing Your Life Karaoke  Although the weather this weekend is looking to be a tad bit frightful, the many, many selections in Ms. Sara Sherr’s always sunny Sing Your Life Karaoke collection are guaranteed to make you (yes, you) feel so delightful, so get out there and sing like Reese Witherspoon at any one 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, 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

DJ Chris Urban  Whether it’s Franky Bradley’s (10 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.) tonight for LIT, his recurring L’Etage (9 pm, 620 S. 6th St.) takeover tomorrow night or Positano Coast (12pm-4, 212 Walnut St.) for your bubbly brunch needs on Sunday, Philly’s busiest DJ has got you more than covered for all of your weekend dancing queens and kings needs. And the best part? He does it all of for you like Ms. Janet. Now, baila mucho. 

DJ Jimmy DePre  If you’re wondering where every single cinco de mayo Philly kween will be gettin their dance life on after El Vez tonight, it’s right alongside Mr. Jimmy DePre, who’ll no doubt be serving up the dance music truth in just a bit while giving it to you one more time like Ms. Spears tomorrow night. Now, dance, bish. 10 pm, Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St. 

Bearlesque 4 Year Anniversary! “4 Years of bumping, grinding, rip-away pants, rhinestones, jaw-dropping performances, popped-pasties, downright sexiness, LOL-inducing moments, powerhouse performances, and packed houses…. Bearlesque is JUST getting started. Enough said. Now, put your paws up and join your gingerlicious host, Connor Michalchuk, and get ready to roll around in performances by Bev, Carriage Return, Saynt Von Dean, and of course…Turnpyke and many, many more of the furry, fuckable one-and-only, Philly Bearlesque troupe. 

Eureka O’Hara You betta sashay over to ICandy (254 South 12th St.) tonight and help them say haaaay to RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 diva Eureka O’Hara to the City of Brotherly Love, all while she celebrates her invitation straight from Mama Ru her damn self to what’s already sure to be a slaying tenth round of Drag Race!  So, don’t wait around and see how it turns out, chantay straight to the Gayborhood tonight……Doors are at 10, meet and greet at 11, and show to follow thereafter hosted by Miss ICandy 2017 Ariel Versace as well as performances from local drag dolls, Brooklyn Ford, ChaChi Divine, Chastity St. Cartier and Farrah Mascera! Tonight, 10 pm, 21+, standing room only. For much more on tonight’s RPDR spectacle, strut on over to its official Facebook spot right here. Now. 

Fearce Frenzy Since it’s already known that Ms. Sutton Fearce is always a day late and a dollar short, she fucked up again and thinks cinco de mayo is in fact…tomorrow. But guess what, kween? She’s about to throw a, um, fierce Seis de Mayo party that’s guaranteed to put the “J” in your ‘Lo’.” Joining her along for the mucho caliente fiesta will be the always hilarious, Miss Bev and the always stunning, Maria TopCat, all while they just get fucked up on margaritas and have a fabulous gay time. Sounds like fun, right? Go. Tomorrow, 9pm, Philly’s Benchwarmers Sports Bar, 2676 Bridge St. 

Bishop Briggs   When the thunderous vibes of Ms. Briggs take over Philly and your entire weekend existence…of course, there’s only one way to find out…get those tickets for tonight’s show. 8 pm, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 

Tycho If you’re looking for a laid back, chilled the fuck out good time tonight..pass it to the right as you grab those tickets for access to the riffed out rhythms that Thcho will no doubt be serving up at the Electric Factory later this evening. Grab those tix. 830 pm, Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St. 

Cosmic Gate When the weekend starts to kick in, tho….you go see dance music pioneers Cosmic Gate take over Rumor tonight. Tonight, 10 pm, Rumor Philly, 1500 Sansom St. 

DJ El Nino Did someone say cinco de mayo dance party all god damn weekend long? Yas. Cuba Libre, Saturday, 10pm South 2nd. St

Cake 5:An NSFW Dance Party  You know what they say…the more cake in life the better you do in life…so you should absolutely get ya life along with DJs Sharyn Stone and Trprkpr tomorrow night as they give you those grooves for an ultra secretly located ‘n sexy dance party where you can certainly have your cake and eat it, too. But since tomorrow night is all about that music, press play on this luscious Junior Vasquez mix of Madonna’s “Secret” while you go right here to get yours to get the latest Big D’s on tomorrow night’s under-the-covers par-tay. And perhaps the best part..proceeds will go to Juntos, a community-led, Latinx immigrant organization in South Philadelphia fighting for human rights as workers, parents, youth, and immigrants, which you can learn more and donate directly to right here. But in the meantime, let’s dance. 

Honeygasm Sunday Franky Bradley’s coveted second story stage plus your host Flrt Vonnegut plus performances by Honetree Evil Eye, Mika Romantic, St. Anytime and your winner of Philadelphia’s Burlesque Battle Royale, Penny Praline with a dash of gummy grooves provided by DJ Lili St. Queer equals……your May just got wild and deliciously doused with lots of local entertainment truth. Be there. Sunday, 7 pm, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St.

Showtunes Sundays The first Showtunes Sunday of Maaaaay equals Tavern on Camac ain’t ready. Oh, wait…of course they are, Mary Clarence kween. Sunday, 9pm, Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St. 

 

 

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Weekday Entertainment Mixtape

Although we’re not sure what’s going to be worse tomorrow–the traffic from the NFL Draft or the impending downpours (traffic..all the way), things are looking brighter and steamier towards the end of the week with rising temps that’ll make you want to do everything on this list. 

So, do them. 

The Importance of Being Earnest   This is your last week to see this beloved Oscar Wilde play before it takes its life lessons out of Philly, so grab those tickets for an evening of pure entertainment that only the Walnut Street Theatre can provide. Various dates, times and ticket prices, 825 Walnut St.

Jerry’s Girls Keep those Philly theater vibes going and grab those tickets for a magical evening jam-packed with the music of Jerry Herman and some of Broadway’s best musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel, Dear World and La Cage Aux Folles. What it all comes down to is….Robin Williams in The Birdcage for life. Enough said. April 4th-July 2nd, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, various showtimes and ticket prices 825 Walnut St.

Queens & Quizzo Besides the fabulous drag thrupl-ing of Navaya Shay, Crystal Electra and resident Philly Mixtape drag tea table tosser, Ms. Brittany Lynn all being in one fabulous place every Monday night, the lovely ladies put their wigs, pads and faces together to serve up a Quizzo that’s like no other god damn Quizzo night taking place in Philly right now. All meaning…anything f#$king goes. But you probably already knew that when you saw the name Brittany Lynn. Plus, there’s a chance to win a $500 grand prize! So, go, kween. Every Monday, 7pm-9pm, Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St.

Sing Your Life Karaoke Now that summer is arriving this week (those incoming temps, tho), there’s no better time to let those vocal chords bloom by singing a little song provided by Ms. Sara Sherr and her always in season Sing Your Life Karaoke collection at any one 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, 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

The Fillmore & The Foundry  Whether it’s Darius Rucker at The Fillmore this Friday night (yes, Hootie) or the rocked out sounds of Lewis Del Mar in accompanying upstairs lounge, The Foundry, on Thursday night, the address of 29 East Allen St. has you more than covered for all of your Philly live music needs this week and beyond. Check it out. 

Goldfrapp  Whether it’s the fire that’s still laced up in their biggest smash, “Ooh La La,” or any of the riveting cuts off of their latest set, Silver EyeGoldfrapp is guaranteed to put on quite a show at the TLA tonight. So, buckle up and grab those tickets.  8 pm, TLA Philly, 334 South St. 

Full Front Street  Tonight over at Victoria Freehouse, join your always yaaaas hostess, Ms. Honeytree Evil Eye as she serves up Philly Burlesque truth alongside this week’s sexy cast including Lulu Lenore, Vonka Ms. Maxxie Ford. Go. Every Monday, Victoria Freehouse, 9pm, 10 S. Front St.

Shut Up & Sing!   Because a night of karaoke and carrying on at Woody’s alongside Philly drag divas Ms. Vinchelle and Ms. Sutton Fearce is just what you need, kween. And no, no…that certainly wasn’t a question…go.  Every Monday, Woody’s, 202 S. 13th St. 7-9 

Juliana Hatfield  “Spin the Bottle” for life.  Sold out, 830 pm, Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. 

Mike Posner “Cooler Than Me” for life.  Tuesday, TLA Philly, 334 South St, 7 pm

Tattooed Momedy  With a cast of entertainers this week from Philly and beyond that includes Pedro Salinas, Ari Fishbein, Sonia Zambrana and everyone’s favorite special guest, Turnpyke, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t head over to Tattoed Mom tomorrow night and get your laughs–and so much–the f#$k on. Seriously..go. Tuesday, Tattooed Mom, 8pm, 530 South St. 

Gucci Mane  Let’s get those tickets and then let’s krunk along with Mr. Mane for his stop at the Electric Factory tomorrow night.  Tuesday, 8 pm, Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St. 

NFL Draft Party w/Donovan McNabb  In case you haven’t heard (or sat in the traffic), the NFL Draft is taking place in Philly this week, and former Eagles QB, Mr. Donovan McNabb (and maybe his Mom, too?), will be taking over Coda for a special draft party with lots of sports talk, drink specials and lots and lots of dancing, of course. Thursday, Coda, 1712 Walnut St, $35-$75, 8 pm 

Agitated! Get ready, because Pilar Salt and Honeytree Evil Eye are back for this month’s round of Franky Bradley’s red-hot show, and this time they’re bringing along Dottie Riot, Jenson Titus Laval and Dix Artiste along for the many, many rounds of truth (Mazzoni Center, anyone?) that are always contained in this riveting Philly performance arts spectacle. Thursday, 9pm, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St. 

Philadelphia skyline cover photo courtesy of blog.ink.361.com 

 

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Dance Music Tea w/John Dahlbäck

If you were in or around the address of 1209 Vine Street–aka red-hot new Philly hot spot, NOTO–this past Friday night, you most likely felt the tremors from the massive dance floor tornadoes served up by globally renowned Sweden based DJ, John Dahlbäck.

Whether it was the destructive flow of classic, “Raven,” the bombastic bounce all laced up in “Ain’t You,” or the heavy, delicious synths in his latest romp, “Candy,” plan and simple–Mr. Dahlback has it going on when it comes to tearing the roof off the mother fucking place, kids. 

But before we wrap up the Philly dancearee that took a hold of the city this past weekend (isn’t that right, Ms. Blige and your upcoming 4th of July gig?), Dahlbäck stopped by Philly Mixtape for a spot of beat heavy dance music tea, breaking mugs about his beginning, his beats and those records that he just can’t groove without. 

Let’s dance.

First up, tell everyone about a fond memory you have from just getting started in the industry, maybe one that cemented the deal that this is what you wanted to do in life… My first show was in Stockholm, and sort of before I could even DJ. I really wanted the show to happen so I asked a friend who could DJ to help me out on the show, he said he would take care of it and I would just select the records. I also brought 1 singer and two guys who played bongos. After the show I felt that maybe it was a bit much, considering there was 10 people on the dance floor, but I had loads of fun and decided to keep on.

You’ve been in the game for quite some time now, but of course, there’s always room for improvement and a glance to the future. What is one element you would like to see more of on the dance music scene as we groove along?  I just wanna see producers keep pushing boundaries and make interesting music.

Shout out a few albums that you absolutely can’t live without…
Enter the 36th Chamber by Wu-Tang Clan, Songbird by Eva Cassidy and the [self-titled] Cassius album. I have a very varied music style. 

Which music artists have influenced you in your career?
My cousin Jesper–who is a techno pioneer here in Sweden–influenced me a lot in the beginning. Now I get inspired by actually just making music. It’s all about finding one sound that’s cool and I can make one track around it.

You’ve traveled around the world and back again….any all time favorite places you’ve ever been to? Maybe anywhere you haven’t been that you’re dying to get to?
I actually love being in the US, people are so nice and food is great! Australia is also amazing,  Can’t really name a place I haven’t been but dying to get to…

What words of wisdom would you give to any young DJ who just got behind the decks for the very first time?  Make music also, otherwise it’s gonna be impossible to get shows.

For much more with John Dahlbäck….check this out