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Music Tea w/Protoje

One part reggae revivalist, one part roots influenced and all parts mega, mega talented, Jamaican singer Protoje has certainly been going all the way up ever since he hit the scene in 2010.

First with his well received debut set, The Seven Year Itch, and then with a steady stream of singles and cuts including “Who Knows,” “Rasta Love” and “Kingston Be Wise,” all of which will most likely be featured when Protoje takes the stage spotlight over at Coda later tonight.

But before he owns our-first-night-of-summer live music lives (the timing couldn’t be more perfect), he was gracious enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for a little music tea, where he broke mugs about his humble beginnings, artistic influences and what it really takes to make it in this crazy music business. 

Check it out and then of course…dance. 

First up, how’s everything going these days? How’s the weather in Jamaica right now? Although I’m sure I just answered my own question…   I’m awesome. [It’s] better than where you are, probably!

How did you get your start in music? I started writing music [at an early age], came to Kingston and started on the sound systems and mics and just performed by way into the business through there.

Shout out some of your artistic influences…. Jay Z, Ini Kamoze, Damon Marley

Now, you just mentioned Jay. Any particular albums or tracks by the Hov that you absolutely live for? My favorite Jay album is The Blueprint and then Reasonable Doubt comes second. I love feeling it on Reasonable Doubt and….everything from BluePrint.

Have you been to Philly before? Get a chance to grab a cheesesteak? Yeah, I’ve been there when I was younger and I played there last year. I’m vegetarian, but I have had a Vegan Philly cheese steak before. Which I’m sure isn’t the same but that’s as close as I can get to it! 

Any words of advice for any aspiring performer out there? It’s very hard to make something of yourself and anything you do is going to be a challenge. You have to stay focused in it, even with the hardships.

For much more with Protoje, check this out. 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Groove of the Evening/Demi Lovato/”Cool for the Summer”(Todd Terry Remix)

Since you’ve most likely listened to the original version of Ms. Lovato‘s sun-soaked, synth-ed up banger, “Cool for the Summer,” 785, 432 times today, why not switch things up a bit and take a dip into this delicious deep house rewerk provided by the one-and-only, Mr. Todd Terry…you’ll certainly be glad you did. 

Happy first night of summer, kids! Now, let’s get cool because it’s certainly gearing up to be a hot one out there this year. 

Dance

 

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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.)