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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Let’s face it…..

Without going into all of the truly awful pearl clutching details, 2017 will go down as the worst year on the history of, well, god damn ever. 

While no question these days is accompanied by any piece of the truth, what we can do is speak up (and vote tomorrow, too), but most of all….not be afraid to live in hopes that things that will get better.

And for fuck’s sake, stop judging, blocking, deleting and shade-throwing at everything and everyone…..because it’s not about you…it’s all about all of us and how we’re ALL going to make it through these tough times. 

So, let’s do it…now. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr In the mood to slay your favorite karaoke grooves all week long? Well, you’re in luck because chances are the always colorful Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure at any one of these fab Philly locations listed below. Get to it. 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 Phantom of the Opera  An event, make that–a stage spectacle–that truly needs no introduction as everyone and their Broadway music mother is in tune to legendary composer Andrew Lloyd’s Webber’s classic production. But like the Phantom himself, this Award owning show is only here for a short time only, so get those tickets right here, right now while you still can.  Tonight-Nov 12th/The Academy of Music/240 S. Broad St./Various ticket prices and showtimes

Full Front Street  If you’re looking for one of the hottest shows in Philly on a Monday night (and every), you must head to Victoria Freehouse where your hostess with the absolute, um, nothing on, Ms. Honeytree Evil Eye, always has her tassels and so much more ready and waiting for you, along with a fresh new roster tonight which includes the Burlesque stylings of Bugalu Boogie and Rebelle Rouge, as well as the singing stylings of Ms. Lizzie Spellman! Go right here for more Full Front Street tea on the daily and then…get ready. Every Monday/9 pm/show at 10/Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St. 

The Breeders  “Cannonball” 4 lyfe.   Sold out/Tonight/Union Transfer/7 pm/1026 Spring Garden St. 

Bebe Rexha   That voice! That style! That sass! Those sounds! Yes, it’s all going to be on display once the insatiable Ms. Rexha takes over the stage at The Troc this Wednesday night. Bag ’em up. Wednesday/8 pm/The Trocadero/1003 Arch St. 

Cloud Nine Looking for the perfect place to let go and escape all of the bullshit this week? Then you must descend to the Ascend Lounge at Tavern on Camac this hump day evening where the always on point DJ Brando Calrissian will be waiting for you along with his beat besties, DJ Vern and DJ Devastator, as well as a bountiful buffet of gummy grooves to help you get lifted up to the dance music heavens. And of course, your favorite Gayborhood bartending legend, Michael Rasmussmen, will be pouring those drinks to give you the proper amount of liquid courage to show off those killer dance moves that you know you can’t wait to display, kween. Let’s party. No cover/Wednesday/9 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

Martha Graham Cracker Philly’s legendary drag performance artist is (finally!!) baaaaaack! No further explanation needed. Well, except to say that you don’t want to fucking miss this show because Ms. Martha’s birthday is also this weekend (Satur-slay, to be exact), so you know it’s going to be one hell of a celebration! Don’t miss it! Thursday/8 pm/L’Etage/624 South 6th St. 

Tegan & Sara All we want to do is get a little “Closer” to the truth in finding out if there are any tickets left to witness all of the sisterly sass that’s guaranteed to take over the Tower Theatre this Friday once this dynamic duo hits the stage. And guess what? There are….so get ’em right here and then let your “Body Work,’ bish.  Friday/9 pm/Tower Theatre/19 South 69th St.

Bob Dylan/Mavis Staples  Two incredible music legends over two nights for the price of one fabulous ticket? Yes, please.  Saturday&Sunday/730 pm/Tower Theatre/19 South 69th St. 

REV RUN   Yes, that legendary Rev Run of iconic Run DMC fame is coming to Philly this weekend. All meaning…listen up because music church will definitely be in session. Grab those tickets. Saturday/10 pm/NOTO/1209 Vine St. 

Tiësto Although you’ll have to do a little bit of traveling for this weekend’s hottest dance party, it’s Tiësto we’re spilling about here so shut the fuck up and get over it while you let those grooves get in. After you snatch those tickets up, of course.   Sunday/8 pm/Sands Bethlehem Entertainment Center/77 Sands Blvd 

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

Monday/11/6

tUnE-yArDs @Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………..Blitzen Trapper @Johnny Brenda‘s(8 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)……….Jack and Jack@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)………Astronautilus@Voltage Lounge(8 pm, 421 N.7th St.)………..Laughs on Philly @Ortlieb’s(7 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)

Tuesday/11/7

serpentwithfeet@The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……………A Perfect Circle @BB & T Pavilion(8 pm, 1 Harbour Blvd.)…………Kodak Black @Electric Factory(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………….Joyce Manor @Union Transfer (8 30 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………..Nick Mulvey @Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)…………Lo Moon @Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.).

Wednesday/11/8 

JOHNNYSWIM@Electric Factory(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………Knuckle Puck@TLA(7 pm, 334 South St.)………….JID@The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)……….Mozzy@Coda(830 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………..Donald Harrison@Franky Bradley‘s(730 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.)…………Morgan Saint@Ortlieb‘s(830 pm, 747 N. 3rd St.)…..The Unknown Pleasures@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)

Thursday/11/9 

RL Grime/Kittens@Electric Factory(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………..The Maine@Union Transfer(7 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………..Wax Tailor @Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………Dessa@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)………….Orgone@Milkboy Philly(8 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)……..The Mr. T Experience @Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…..Cheeky@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)

Friday/11/10 

The Used @The Fillmore(730 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)………..Snakehips@The Foundry(930 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)………..A Boogie Wit da Hoodie@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………….The Strumbellas@Union Transfer(730 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……….Haley Reinhart@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…………..Lee Ranaldo @Johnny Brenda‘s(915 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………..MAKJ@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)….Ricci and LOSH@Rumor(11pm, 1500 Sansom St.)

Saturday/11/11

The Mountain Goats @Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……..Car Bomb@Electric Factory(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………The Blow@PhilaMOCA(730 pm, 531 N. 12th St.)…………….No Age@Everybody Hits(9 pm, 521 West Girard Ave)……….Listener@Voltage Lounge(10 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Matt McAndrew@Bourbon & Branch(630 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)…………Francesca Lombardo@The Barbary(8 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)

Sunday/11/12

Alex Clare@World Cafe Live(730 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)………..Modern English @Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)……..Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……….Pale Waves@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis@Tabu(10 pm, 200 South 12th St.)……….Joanna Pascale@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.) 

For much, much more Philly things and thangs to do this week and beyond, go right here, here and here

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Cover photo courtesy of The Lonely Planet 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Ways to Prepare Yourself for This Weekend’s Music Nostalgia Takeover

So, who’s ready to straight up like Paula live it up like it’s 1987-2000 all over again? Looking at how 2017 has already treated us, that answer would be…everyone.

Lucky for all of us Philly peeps, we’re about to be granted that wish as Rick Astley, O-Town and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are all stopping by the City of Brotherly Love this weekend to tickle our live music fancies. Of course, the best part of all of these shows is the great music that will come along with each of them, but even greater than that is just how much of a gigantic heap of nostalgia these extravaganzas will be for all of those who are looking to escape from the here, the now and all of the “ugh” that seems to get served along with it. 

So, just how do we prepare ourselves for such a gigantic weekend of music nostalgia that’s truly like no other? First, get those tickets...second read on and get ready to check your elementary/high school lives all over again. 

1.Those Rick Astley moments, tho… There’s truly no explanation needed as ’80s life in its damn self is served up and waiting for you in Mr. Astley’s video for his smash hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up.”  (Saturday, Electric Factory, 8pm)

 

2.When it comes to O-Town, twice is always nice, especially when they’re serenading us at The Foundry…Call Carson Daly and get ready to gird your Making the Band loins because when it came to our “Liquid Dreams” of Ashley Parker Angel and the rest of the O-Town boys, of course it was always “All or Nothing.” But since we’re down with the funky and sentimental side of these former TRL savages, we’ll  take them both any day of the week. (Sunday, The Foundry, 6pm) 

 

3.Take a stroll down Red Hot Chili Peppers memory lane… If there’s one thing we can absolutely be sure of when Red Hot Chili Peppers take the Wells Fargo Center stage on both Sunday and Monday, it’s guaranteed that they’re going to be serving us with all of the hits that made them the iconic rock superstars they are today. From “Give It Away” to “Under the Bridge” to (sigh..) “Scar Tissue” to “Californication,” we all better prepare ourselves for the music truth that will not only be served up, but for that one RHCP joint that will forever hold its place in our nostalgia lovin’ hearts. What’s yours? (Sunday & Monday, Wells Fargo Center, 8pm) 

4.Take a little peek beyond this weekend… While this weekend is already one of the most nostalgic weekends to ever grace the Philly stages, it certainly doesn’t have to stop there, neither is it looking to. In fact, we betta first werk, and then brace ourselves as ZZ Top, Mariah Carey, Lionel Ritchie, Frankie Valli, Vanessa Carlton, Sting and Candlebox (yes, that Candlebox)are still on their way to Philly before winter ends. So, just when you think you’ve had your music nostalgia life checked, it just keeps on going..much like you to get those tickets for as many concerts as you possibly can all year long. Because…life. 

5.Just get ready to live…. and leave the bullshit behind. It’s truly that simple, especially when any of these almighty acts are at the helm. Let’s go. 

 

 

 

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15 Philly Events Worth Your Entertainment While in May

I know I sound like a broken record, but I know I can speak for everyone when I say…..what the f#$k is up with weather? Seriously, Does anyone remember when the last time the sun was out for more than a two-day stretch? Anyone? That’s because “No” like Ms. Trainor…it just hasn’t happened recently. 

However, much like those lightly soaked runners and spectators experienced during last weekend’s Broad Street Run, Philly certainly lives that #RainorShine life, so no matter what kind of Britney “Stronger” video weather we’re faced with, the show (and life) must go on. Meaning we must (once again) ignore this week’s forecast and continue on with the local and legendary Spring entertainment slay. 

With a fabulous mix of events that includes the launch of The Tea Philly, the third annual South Street Music Festival and all the Monarch Philly truth you can handle, it’s going to be quite a glorious first weekend and beyond in May in Philly.  If that’s not enough Spring heat for you, Franky Bradley’s sizzling local drag troupe, Franky’s Foxes, will be serving up a 6 inch worthy one year  anniversary show tonight that is aiming to pollinate your local drag flower and have its foxy way with you…..and it all starts right..now. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke/Everywhere Now that the Spring has finally sprung, it’s all the more reason to bust out in a little tune, so get out there and lend your vocal chords to Philly’s only karaoke queen, the fabulous Ms. Sara Sherr, all week and weekend long as she rightfully owns your song butchering lives with her extensive selection of tracks from her esteemed Sing Your Life Karaoke collection. You can catch her on any one of these nights tending to every single one of your Alannah Myles “Black Velvet” needs. Sun, 9-2, Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2, 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 9-2, Sarah’s Place, 1216 N. 29th Street Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.

The Tea Philly/Every Monday in May So, got things on your mind like love, sex, life, and like, other stuff? Then download the TuneIn app (go here for more, um, tea on The Tea) and link it up to The Daily Grind Radio to listen to The Tea Philly, a fabulous new Philly podcast show that has one goal and one goal only–to help you get into complete lyfe formation.

Join moderator, director and producer Mansa Jaiye along with his esteemed co-hosts, Miguel Andrare and Brandon Gommer as they gather to discuss all of it while serving up all the truth you’ll want hear while getting through the fabulously frustrating thing we call…life. Plus, they’ll absolutely help you find your true inner diva and having living you that Red Lobster life in no time flat. Ready, set, spill. 

Monarch Philly/All Summer Long The pool–and so much more–are now open for your summer ’16 pleasure, so head to Monarch Philly’s site right now for all of the eat, drink and swim truth your bikini-and-stilletos readied up self can handle. 

Franky’s Foxes One Year Anniversary Show/May 6th Hard to believe, but it’s already been an entire year since Franky Bradley’s served up their one-of-a-kind local drag troupe, who in that oh, so short time (because in today’s cray life it really is) have become a name, a brand, a business, a slay that will forever be Philly’s very own……Franky’s Foxes

So, you can absolutely bet that Lady Poison, Omyra Lynn, Ms. Karma, Zsa Zsa St. James, Iris Spectre, Maria Top Catt, as well as “Momma Fox,” Nicole Fatima and “Daddy Fox,” Dave Morreale are more than ready to serve up a one year show that you (yas, you) will never never forget. It will also be Mr. Daddy’s B’Day celebration, and a few of the fine gentlemen from FB’s red-hot all male dance troupe Bradley’s Bucks may or may not be (they are) stopping by to deliver a special performance, all while the oh, so studly DJ Chris Urban gets you more right than J.Lo in 2005. Enough said. Be there…but first you must check this out. 

The Naked Magic Show/May 6th After you watch the clip posted below for what’s sure to be a manly, magical Philly event, the only thing you’ll be doing is heading straight to The Kimmel Center’s website and searching for those tickets as fast as you can.

Cedric Gervais/May 6th If you want to live that “Summertime Sadness” life before the first day of Memorial Day weekend, then you must head to Coda on Friday night to hang out with frequent Philly DJ Cedric Gervais in all of his electric dance music glory.

Bearlesque Does Divas/May 6th What could be better than seeing your favorite fuzzy bears from Josh Schonewolf’s Burlesque troupe shakin their tails to the likes of tracks by Gaga, Britney and Whitney? Absolutely nothing, so get your ass to Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar on Friday night and get into the furry groove. It’s also their three year anniversary show, so you know it’s really going to be…something

South Street Spring Festival/May 7th 40 bands rockin’ it outside plus 30 restaurants owning your taste buds mixed with 125 shops and boutiques catering to your Spring style needs equals a big ol’ Philly yaaaas to this event. For much more on this gathering that’s quickly become a Philly staple, step it on up go right here. And for much more South Street Festival tea (including what’s up with that Philly Taco Contest?), Philly Mixtape has your complete guide to this year’s par-tay right here. 

Glitter & Garbage/May 7th Okay, kids here’s the story according to this truly one-of-kind Philly event’s Facebook page….Divine (yes, that Divine) and Liza Minelli had a baby. That baby grew up with a taste for Green Chartreuse, Glitter, Punk Rock and Lounge Singers. Somebody gave that baby a cabaret residency at L’etage and that baby’s name is Shannon Turner, who along with the fabulous Kevin Lutz on Keys is more than ready to bring you round three of her sexy cabaret show. Only this time, she’ll have the fabulous Bev and Philly Burlesque beauty Honeytree EvilEye by her glitter slaying side…get ready.

Foreigner/May 7th Because you still want to know what the f#$k love is….and you just might find out when the ’80s rock/dentist offices legends take over the Borgata this weekend. 

Justin Bieber/May 7th & 8th If there’s one concert this year you and your mom absolutely can’t wait for in time for Mother’s Day weekend, it’s Mr. Biebs long-awaited live music comeback. With a production value that’s expected to rocket sky-high, it looks as if the “Sorry,” “What Do You Mean,” and “Love Yourself” um, badass crooner is aiming for the big time with his upcoming Purpose World Tour stop at the Wells Fargo Center that will be taking over Philly all…weekend…long. 

Dj Chris Urban at City Tap House Logan/May 8th Since Mother’s Day is this weekend, why not lose yourself in the grooves provided by one of Philly’s hottest DJs while getting lost in a fabulous brunch, beer and bubbly menu that will have you and Mom living it up to the very fullest. 

Psycho Beach Party starring Bella Cane/May 21st-June 5th Okay, so this gender bending mind fuck of a local drag extravaganza may not be taking our lives for a few more weeks, but tickets will be going faster than a wig snatching on Drag Race, and with a cast that also includes (sometimes) gracious local drag goddess, Ms. Pissi Myles, you need to get your shit together, Carol, and head to the show’s official Facebook page for all the, um, big D’s….now. 

“Not Your Basic” Brunch/Summer Send Off Edition/May 22nd As we’ve seen with the first two rounds of Pennsylvania 6’s red-hot event is that those tables will fill up quickly, so if you want that bubbly brunch kissed werk so hot it’ll melt your Sunday Funday popsicle, get those giant beach balls ready and head right here….right now.