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Philly Weekday Entertainment Groove

Let’s get into the weekday groove and Happy Summer 2017, kids, kweenz, guys and gals! 

Go. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Sara Sherr What’s your favorite karaoke song? Perhaps a little Ms. Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet?” Or, maybe a lil Barenaked Ladies “One Week” truth is right up your vocal chords’ alley? Whatever your song butchering/slaying truth, chances are the fabulous and very hard working Ms.Sherr has them all in her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your…lives all summer long and beyond 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

Jerry’s Girls Grab those tickets for a magical evening this week (and during the weekend, too!) that’s guaranteed to be jam-packed with the still blissful Great White Way kissed 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…go, you fabulous Broadway kween, you. Enough said. Now-July 2nd, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, various showtimes and ticket prices 825 Walnut St.

Saturday Night Fever:The Musical Since you absolutely know you’ve got that “Staying Alive” walk more than mastered, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t boogie oogie oogie over to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre and grab those tickets for Saturday Night Fever, the smash musical based off of the John Travota disco game changer. Of course, in order to truly prepare for this bedazzled spectacle, play, like, every Bee-Gee’s record ever as you grab those tickets right here, right now. Walnut Street Theatre, MainStage, May 16 – July 16th, $20 – $95, 810 Walnut Street

Glister As if you needed anymore clarification of the many, many glittery talents of Mr. Eric Jaffe, for the next few weeks at L’Etage he’s about to strike again along with a tremendously talented cast as they serve up their own version (and that it will be kids) of the classic story of the Merchant of Venice. Fresh from the event’s Facebook page (which you check out here for all the info, tickets and future dates)…”Featuring original music by Anna Michael and Travis Braue-Fischbach, GLISTER will transport you to a sexy, glitter-fueled world where the Banker always wins. Join the Banker and his tribe of Sad American Clowns in this rock and roll cabaret performance, but come prepared to tip because these clowns work for cash and an empty hat can stop the show.” Go. Various dates through June, L’Etage, 624 S. 6th St.

Neil Diamond  Yes, Mr. Diamond is certainly still kickin.’ And of course, “Sweet Caroline” at every god damn wedding for the rest of our bouquet catchin’ lives. Tonight, 8 pm, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 

Bubba Sparxxx   Because “Ugly,” “Ms. New Booty” and “Deliverance” are still those fucking joints. Get those tickets. Tonight, Kung Fu Necktie, 730 pm, 1250 N. Front St. 

Protoje If you’re looking to really get into the sun-kissed spirit, then you must groove it on over to Coda tomorrow night to hear and see what happens when Jamaican based singer Protoje fires up the live music stage for a show that’s guaranteed to be nothing short of werk. But before that, the “Rasta Man” scribe will be stopping by Philly Mixtape to spill some music tea to get you even more excited for his City of Brotherly Love takeover. Grab those tickets.       Wednesday, Coda, 8 pm, 1712 Walnut St. 

John Legend While any of Mr. Legend’s tracks from his killer collection including “All of Me,” “Ordinary People” and “Love Me Now” are fine and dandy for makin’ dem babies, there’s just something about his underrated Andre 3000 assisted single, “Green Light,” that will make you want to get right down to business. But first, get those tickets to see him take over BB & T Pavilion on Thursday night. BB & T Pavilion 7 pm, 1 Harbour Blvd

DJ Jimmy DePre  Whether at Stir (10 pm, 1705 Chancellor St.) on Thursday night or Tavern on Camac on Friday and Saturday (10 pm, 243 S. Camac St.) Mr. DePre has you covered with those grooves like Banana Boat and that barely there speedo on a hot summer day in Rehomo. Dance. 

QOTA Rasco Fine Arts  Get ready all of you fabulous art lovers of Philly because this month QOTA has one goal and one goal only–brings out the inner art lover in all of us. So, head over to RACSO Fine Arts on Thursday night for some delish cocktails, fun mingling, tasty treats and of course lots and lots of art brought to you by some of Philly’s creative artists including Gertjan Bartelsman (Photography), Hugo De La O (Painting),  Alexis Nutini (Printing), Ada L. Trillo (Painting & Printing) and many, many more which you can learn all about right here…and then..go and have some artistic fun because we all deserve it. Tickets right here, Rasco Fine Arts Thursday, 6 pm-9 pm, 1935 Passyunk Ave 

Bradley’s Bucks:A George Michael Tribute Head over to Franky Bradley’s on Thursday night as the studly and talented gentlemen of FB’s all male, all woke dance troupe, Bradley’s Bucks, get ready to serve you what’s sure to be an electrifying tribute to the late, and oh so fucking great, Mr. George Michael. And while we know we’re going to have to brace ourselves for their danced up takes on “I Want Your Sex,” “Faith” and “Father Figure,” can we please get a little “Monkey” up in the place? Please? And as usual, the always fucking hilarious Christa D’Agger will be there to calm your hormones, ladies. Thursday, 530 pm, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St. 

Luke Grooms Get ready to clutch those music pearls and prepare yourself for a night of true Philly entertainment as Repertory Theatre Company’s monthly concert series Broadway serves up the talents of Mr. Luke Grooms, who recently returned from the World Tour of Jekyll and Hyde, where he played the Bishop of Basingstoke. During the show, Luke will be dishing out a selection of Great White Way classics and standards, all making for a night you’ll never forget. Door open at 6:00, show starts at 7:00 and your swooning may begin at 7:01. 7 pmSprout Music Collective, 130 E Prescott Aly, West Chester, Get those tickets right here, right now.  

BEV-Nefit:A Miss Comedy Queen Benefit Show  Not that she truly needs any introduction, but last year Philly’s reigning komedy kween, Ms. Bev, competed and was crowned Miss Gulf Coast Comedy Queen 2017, which in turn is sending her to Nationals (think Bring It On…but with lots of drag queens) in Orlando to compete for Miss National Comedy Queen, in which she placed 2nd nationally! But since it costs a lil bit to be that funny bitch, join Ms. Bev along with a stellar cast including Brooklyn Ford, Vinchelle, Nikki Coxx, Shannon Turner and many more come together to send her in the right direction….to 1st place! This is a no cover show, but a $5-$10 donation is suggested at the door so let’s call ourselves Mariah and make it happen for Bev, shall we? Yas, kweenz. Friday, 9 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St. 

A Hot Summer Night Celebration! Because what could be better than kicking off the first official weekend of summer other than with DJs Robert Drake and Pete Jemo playing every Donna Summer record you could possibly think of?? Absolutely nothing. Now, squeeze into those hot pants and rompers (let’s keep those for the ladies, gentlemen) and strut your “Hot Stuff” over to Club Mousai on Friday night…because we must.  Friday, 1030 pm, Club Mousai, 1227 Walnut St. 

Also on the sun-kissed local and legendary entertainment decks for your Tuesday…….. Reel Big Fish @The Fillmore (6 pm, 29 East Allen St.)……. The Holdup @The Foundry (8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)……. Joan Shelley @Boot & Saddle (830 pm, 1131 Broad St.)……. Future Sound @Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs.…. (8 pm, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue)……..Wednesday..……So Far Gone @The Fillmore  (9 pm, 29 East Allen St.)…… The Unknown Pleasures @The Dolphin Tavern (10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)…. Michael J. Vitale @Milkboy Philly (7 pm, 1100 Chestnut St. )…..  Avenged Sevenfold @BB&T Pavilion (8 pm, 1 Harbour Blvd.)…….. Magig Giant @Johnny Brenda‘s  (8 pm, 1201 Frankford Avenue)…….. Thursday.….  Digable Planets @Electric Factory (8 pm, 421 North 7th St.)…….. Came & Krooked @TheFoundry  (9 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)…… Elliot Moss @Boot & Saddle (830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…….  Pendulum @Coda  (10 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…….  Frances Cone @Boot & Saddle (730 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……  Little Strike and Donn T @Spruce Street Harbor Park Promenade (7 pm, Columbus Blvd. & Spruce St.)……. Frislay.…..  Lady Antebellum @BB&T Pavilion (730 pm, 1 Harbour Blvd)…….    Tigers Jaw @Union Transfer  (830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……   DJ Premier @ Coda  (11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……… Evan Dando @The Foundry (8 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)……  Splintered Sunlight @Underground Arts  (10 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.) 

 

 

 

 

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Groove of the Evening/MC Lyte/”Ice Cream Dream”

The time we’ve all been waiting for is here….happy Summer 2017! 

Of course, with that fine calendar display will come lots of beach time, bikini-and-stillettos sets, Baby Gap speedos, sunburns, fabulous vacations, umbrella laced cocktails and of course…lots and lots of tasty grooves, both new and classic to go along with all of the sun-kissed madness. 

And while it’s absolutely essential to stock up the latest beats and bounces, let’s face it, they don’t make those summer grooves like they used to, kids, case in point anything and everything from the still bedroom ready vibes of the Mo Money soundtrack, which is now a quarter-of-a-god-damn-century old. (Although it feels like Stacey Dash has been annoying the fuck out of us much longer than that). 

Janet and Luther‘s “Best Things in Life Are Free”……Ms. Caron Wheeler‘s “I Adore You”…..Ralph Tresvant‘s “Money Can’t Buy You Love”….Johnny Gill‘s “Let’s Just Run Away”……they’re all still here for our baby makin’ pleasure. But if you really want that melt-in-your-mouth kind of music’ lovin,’ you must press play on MC Lyte‘s “Ice Cream Dream” right now because….life. 

Now, let’s make some summer babies with these beats as it’s the only way to be. 

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Music Tea w/Davis Mallory

If there’s one day we all dread…it’s certainly the Monday after Pride

The glitter has been swept up, the fabulous drag queens have taken their faces off and all of those fierce new friends you met yesterday have now gone back to their respective routines from all over the ti-state are leaving you to feel all sorts of “ugh” and searching for that one last unicorn. 

But if there’s one thing we should all remember, it’s that there’s never, ever a bad time to feel the love and keep the Pride tea spilling. In fact, we’re all going to head down south to Nashville to break some mugs with former Real World Denver house mate and rising out-and-proud singer/songwriter, Mr. Davis Mallory, where he stopped by to spill about his visual live shows, his fiery new single, “Loud, ” Katy Perry and what “Pride” means to him. 

Break a mug with Mallory below to add a little sparkle into your post-Pride Monday…you’ll be glad you did. 

 

Kicking off our spill, you just made your live show debut last week in Nashville. First off, congratulations and second, tell your Philly fans what they can expect from you as far as any upcoming shows on the horizon… I’m trying to make my show very visual. I used to work for Kraftwerk, their record label, Astrowerks, and I went to one of their shows and they had these really cool video elements as they DJ’ed. So, I’m kind of embodying not what I learned from those artists necessarily cause my show’s different, but having seen some really cool shows, I want my shows to have a really great visual aspect. But, the biggest stresser for me was just figuring out what software to run everything through and hiring people to actually create stuff that I thought was cool was tough, too because this is my first concert. So, I’m just trying to find people who have visual [ideas] that I can put into my show. I’m actually taking responsibility and making a bunch of [the software] myself. 

I’m no computer nerd, but that certainly seems stressful. So, what do you do to take the edge off when it gets a little rough? I love singing, which is kind of the reason I got into this industry, so I’ll sing or write music in my down time. Music in general has always been a peaceful thing for me. And then exercise. I run a lot in Nashville and go to the gym. Those are definitely two things I do when I just want to take my mind off of the tough stuff. It’s just a way to find something out there that’s outside of myself. 

Okay, let’s spill about your new single, “Loud.” The vibe is hot and those indie pop vibes are killer. How did it all come together? I wrote it with a guy named Mitchell Rose who’s a pop vocalist and songwriter in Nashville. He’s a little bit like Charlie Puth in some ways and we’ve written two songs before “Loud.” I just started working with a publicist out of New York who targets gay audiences and works with RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants and I was sending him a lot of my demos to figure out which one would be the next one to promote and he told me, ‘I feel like you should write something kind of sexy.’ So, I went in to that co-write having that in the back of my mind. [Actually] Zayn Malik’s “Pillow Talk” was really popular at the time and I remember the song has [the lyric] “fuck” in it, so when we were writing “Loud” we included “fuck” in [the lyrics] and we were deciding if we should change it to something clean…we were like if Zayn can get away with it on Top 40 then there’s probably no reason to change it, so we kept it. The song is basically about me [having a crush] on a co-writer–not the one I wrote the song with–one of my other writers, which became the reason I wrote the song. It was written by a straight man from his own perspective about girls he thinks are sexy and it’s basically a pick up song–you’re singing it to someone you find attractive. And as far as recording it, we started it out in August of last summer, and then a producer in Miami heard it and asked me for the SIM and he started making a really hyper upbeat version, but he lowered my voice almost beyond recognition. And then it got signed to Armada music and it was my first song to ever be signed to a record label. I made the music video in December of last year. 

There’s a piece on Philly Mixtape that just got released where I asked a fine selection out & proud entertainers in Philly what ‘Pride’ means to them, and with our Pride also being this past weekend, I want to ask you as well…. For me, even as an artist, I’ve been trying to put visuals of same sex relationships into my music videos and I just think Pride is about visibility and not being hidden. I hate to throw my Mom under the bus and it’s not what this is about, but my Mom’s always like, ‘Gay is not your only quality so why do you seem to have everything gay branded about yourself?’ It’s not my mantra and it’s not what I’m trying to do, but I think being proud is identyfying with being gay and not hiding that. It’s about having Pride in who you are and not being embarrassed or ashamed and not wanting it to change…you’re happy with it. And so I try to be vocal and visible about that and not hide. 

Shout out a few albums you absolutely cannot live without…. Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is one of my first early favorite records just because I loved all of the commentary. Of course, I loved every single song. I just remember as a child loving that record and all of the B-sides that were on the end of it. At the same time, there was a guy named Kirk Franklin who’s album [The Community] was really big to me as a kid, too. I just loved how he featured all of these diffeeent artists on it and made a true community out of his albums. As far as new music, I’m also a big John Bellion fan, I just love how he self produces and his music is just so interesting. 

Let’s spill about summer music…Katy Perry…love it or hate it? I actually really like it…and it’s weird because I thought everyone liked it. I also DJ and anytime I play some of [her new music] it all goes over very well. But I have heard people hate on it and I heard her label wasn’t really keen on what she was submitting but she pushed it forward herself. I think that it’s cool music, I love the beats. I’m a fan of deep house in general…it just makes your body move. 

One last spill, what would you say to any performer out there who decided right this second to dive into this bat shit crazy business? I was actually thinking about it last night. I’m in a place now where I have a lot of producers that want to work with me and will send me instrumentals to write over, and there’s not a lot of money being handed over between me or them, but I enjoy it because I love what I’m doing. It’s really about working hard and making sure your trusting yourself. And a lot of this comes from being around other people who were good at it and I learned a lot from them. I’m finally getting to a place where I’m finally feeling comfortable to write by myself, which I try to do as much as I can. But really, just find your place, if you work hard enough it can be done. 

And there you have it. For much more with Davis Mallory, check this out, and then dance, bish.