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Grooves of the Day/En Vogue/”Hold On”/Bell Biv Devoe/”Poison”/SWV/”Weak”

Absolutely no god damn explanation needed for any one of these grooves  as SWV, Bell Biv Devoe and En Vogue are all set to take over our ’90s baby makin music’ lives with a stop at the Mann Center later this evening

Meaning….let’s party like it’s 1990-1995 all over again…as it’s truly the only way. 

 

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Memorial Day Weekend Entertainment Mixtape

Let’s Memorial Day Weekend, shall we? Yes. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke What’s your favorite karaoke song? Chances are the fabulous Sara Sherr has them all on lock in her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your vocal chords all weekend long 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 holiday weekend that’s guaranteed to be 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 our Broadway lives. 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 know you’ve got that “Staying Alive” strut more than mastered, there’s 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, which will coincide with the fortieth (!!!) anniversary of the classically funkdafied ’70s dance flick. 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 

Hoagie Nation Festival  Hall & Oates…Tears For Fears….G.Love & Special Sauce…Vivian Green….Son Little…and lots and lots of hoagie lovin.’ Grab those tickets to what’s sure to be one of the most appetizing events of the holiday weekend. Today, 3 pm, Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden St 

Three Way:A Benefit for The Womens Medical Fund  Join your hosts with the mosts and then some as Turnpyke and Tiel thruple up with the L’Etage stage for an evening of pure entertainment starring a buffet of Philly’s phinest drag queens, kings, singers and burlesquers, all while raising coin for wonderful local organization, The Women’s Medical Fund, which you can read more about right here. And then…go. Tonight, 7 pm, L’Etage, 624 S. 6th St.

DJ Chris Urban And then after you’ve had your Three-Way fill, stick around at L’Etage (624 S. 6th St.) as esteemed DJ Chris Urban is set to take over your Memorial Day Weekend dance floor lives for his weekly Saturday night residency…where you can then follow him to Positano Coast (12pm-4, 212 Walnut St.)on Sunday for your Memorial Day Weekend hangovers. 

R3hab   If this hot-to-headhones rewiring of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” doesn’t convince you to head down to AC to check yourself into R3hab’s world, keep on listening until you’re on your way.   Tonight, 8 pm, Haven Nightclub 

Urban Cone/Nightly  Get ready for a two-for-one swoon because the young, but woke vibes of Urban Cone and Nightly are taking over The Foundry for a laid back evening during your holiday weekend that you’ll never forget. Get lost in a little Nightly below to listen why and then bag those tickets up like groceries. The Foundry, Tonight, 9 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave

Steve Aoki Just fucking dance, bish…it’s the god damn holiday weekend. Ain’t nothin’ to it. So, get those tickets and get ready to pay your dance music respects to one of the hottest DJs on the planet.  Sunday, NOTO Philadelphia, 10 pm, 1210 Vine St. 

DJ Robert Drake Join Philly’s busiest and most esteemed DJ, the one-and-only, Mr. Robert Drake, as he gets ready to serve you once more with that Pop Muzik life you’ve been paternity waiting for. While no one knows exactly just what he will do to us on the dance floor, chances are that it’s going to be the best thing to happen to our Memorial Day Sunday dance floor lives and beyond….and the best part is that one-hundred stunning percent of the proceeds will go to benefit the tremendous ACLU of Pennsylvania, which you can read more about right here. But in a word….go. Sunday, 8 pm, The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad St. 

Showtunes Sundays Where every Philly kween that didn’t go to Rehomo for the holiday weekend will be. Enough said. Sunday, 9 pm, Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St. 

Full Front Street Because nothing says Memorial Day lovin’ like some fabulous tassels in your face, especially when they’re served up by Philly Burlesque Beauties Honeytree Evil Eye, Bugulu Boogie, Aki Lavalatti and Jaeda. Don’t miss it. Monday, 9 pm, Victoria Freehouse, 10 S. Front St. 

Future Islands Those FI vibes, though…. Is there really anything else to say here except that your Memorial Day Weekend won’t be complete without them? Grab those tickets. The Fillmore, Monday, 29 East Allen St. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also on the beach deck for your MDW Saturday….   Maxo Kream @Balcony Bar at the Trocadero (8pm, 1003 Arch St)…….Alex Bugnon @ SOUTH :Kitchen and Jazz Parlor (9 pm, 600 North Broad Street)………The Building @ Johnny Brenda’s (8 pm, 1201 Frankford Avenue)……..Kyle Bent @ Borbon & Branch  (7 pm, 705 N 2nd St.)……Suburban Living @Orliebs (8 pm, 847 N. Third St.)….

Sunday….. City & Colour @ Electric Factory (8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Miles Mosley @World Cafe Live (8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…….Elisa Janelle Velveteen @ The Barbary (8 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue)…….April Henry @World Cafe Live (8 pm, 1113 Market St.)…..Daylife Beach Club Memorial Day Weekend Krewella @The Pool After Dark Harrah’s Casino, AC 777 Harrah’s Blvd) 

And for your Memorial Day Monday…. Laughs on Philly @ Ortliebs ( 7 pm, 847 N. 3rd St)……..Disaster Strikes @ Connie’s Ric Rac (7 pm, 1132 S. 9th St.)…….Ten Ton Hammer @ Kung Fu Necktie (1 pm, 1248 N. Front St.) 

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25 Reasons Why We’ll Forever Praise ‘Sister Act’

Gird all of the halos and habits and get ready to relive all of the Mother Superior shade you still heave all over the place (of course, there’s never enough, thank you Maggie Smith), because everyone’s favorite movie in the whole entire world, Sister Act, is celebrating twenty-five years of makin’ fabulous music for our oh, so sinful lives.

So, to celebrate such a heavenly occasion (it really is, right Sister Mary Patrick?), Philly Mixtape is serving up a special commemorative piece that’s spillng all sorts of Ms. Whoopi tea and then some, while gettin’ down with all of that spiritual music truth and exposing the real Sister Mary Robert

No shade, Ms. Wendy Makkena, no shade. 

It’s all here and so, so much more, so let’s all kneel down and commune our asses to Sister Act church right now. Because after twenty-five glory-us years…..it’s still truly the only way. 

1.Go on, Mizz Whoopi….  All tea, no shade to the Divine Ms. Bette Midler, but we’re so god, um, darn glad she turned down the lead role of lounge singer-turned-nun-turned-famous gospel diva Dolores Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence. Truly, there’s just no one else that could fill that halo, that sass and those stilettos quite like Ms. Whoopi. And John, Peter, Paul and Ringo, of course. 

2.”Good night, ladies and gentlemen…you don’t give a shit.” Actually, we give lots of shits about the opening credits of Sister Act because it not only kicks it all off, but we’re blessed with the fabulous “Lounge Medley” (hey there, Ronelles!) that every true fan of the movie absolutely knows by heart….with all of those moves, of course. #burnin 

3.”Say goodnight, Ernie”   Oh, Ernie…we hardly knew ye. Really, he may have made a couple of wrong turns in his life, but, sigh…..

4.Go on, Mr. Harvey Keitel…  The original gangsta. No further witnesses. 

5.And of course, purple mink coats from your lover’s ex-wife are a must….  It’s ours, we deserve it. Connie LaRocca 4 Eva….

6.It’s where all of the fabulous queens learned how to throw proper shade…   Thank you, Maggie Smith, aka Mother “Boogie Woogie on the Piano” Superior. And of course, gurl groups 4 lyfe. 

7.Lesson number one….  #younuns 

8.”Gravy” and Ms. Kathy all day… And more of Ms. Kathy Najimy serving up the fierce with every god damn (sorry, you just have to) line she delivered along with every single scene she stole as delightfully overjoyed Sister Mary Patrick. 

9.Long live Sister Mary Robert…well, sort of…   While it’s a known tea spill that Sister Mary Robert’s vocals were actually served up by the lovely Ms. Andrea Robinson, you have to hand it to Ms. Wendy Makkena…no one takes a dive out a moving car quite like she can. Now, get out of bed, you daisy head and get to watchin’ Sister Act for the fifth time today. 

10.The first choir class…..  No explanation needed. 

11.”Just a Touch of Love”   Is truly all we need. And to watch the C+C Music Factory blessed montage over and over and over again. Ready, set, Double Dutch. 

12.And again…..  

13.”Hail Holy Queen” Or should we say, Hail, Holy Yaaaaas Kween whenever this delightful takes over our Showtunes Sundays lives. That answer would be yas….kween. Now, step. 

14.”My God”  Sing along if you know the words. That would be…everybody. 

15.”Roll With Me Henry”  We’ll be rollin straight to the juke box and over to the dance floor whenever Ms. Etta James’ “Henry” enters over our old school music lives. In which fans of Sister Act know that it’s pretty much..everyday. Let’s roll. 

16.”It’s better than sex”   Or, so we’ve heard….

17.”If My Sister’s in Trouble”  While no one has truly any idea just whatever happened to Lady Soul (and that definitely-from-’92 wardrobe), Sister Act’s R&B blessed theme song and nun worthy accompanying video will cement the truth that it’s really just…that…movie. Praise ’em up for the ladies of Lady Soul. 

18.”Rescue Me”   If you haven’t done your chores while grooving along to Fontella Bass’ smash hit, then you definitely missed, like, all of the spots. 

19. Sister Act 2:Back in the Habit  No explanation needed as you most likely know every bit of the sequel just as well as you know its predecessor. And the moment Ms. Lauryn Hill takes over our ‘Habit’ lives with “His Eye is on the Sparrow”….still pure heavenly bliss. 

20. Sister Act:The Musical   Another no explanation needed as you most likely, well, you know where this is going you fabulous Broadway kween, you. 

21.One more time…. 

22.”I Will Follow Him” Sigh……

23.The closing credits, though…..   You know you make me wanna…..watch them over and over again. Dolores Van Cartier on the cover of People magazine for life. 

24.San Francisco Luv…  The true star of the show here…the flawless and captivating city of San Francisco, for which nun of these classic Sister Act shenanigans would truly exist. Or without Buckwheat Bertha, of course. We simply can’t leave her out now, can we? 

25.Do you really need another reason? If so, there’s two words for you….Bless You. And then start it all over again. In a word, thank you Sister Act…thank you.