Forgot About Friday/Blu Cantrell

“While he was scheming
I was beamin’ in the Beamer just beamin
Can’t believe that I caught my man cheatin'”

Those are the classic opening lyrics to “Hit ‘Em Up Style(Oops!),” the monstrous R&B laced revenge anthem by flame haired chanteuse, Ms. Blu Cantrell.

Throw in that luscious horn sample and that one-of-a-kind beat produced by legendary producer Dallas Austin, and well, it looked like our window shattering songstress was headed straight on a rise to the top of the charts forever, gurl. 

Eh, not so quite. But it sure was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it? 

Born in Providence as one of five siblings, Cantrell fell into the world of jazz performance at a young age, only later to be entranced by her watching her mother sing at local churches.

It wasn’t long before the “Oops” diva began recording demos, and eventually her powerful pipes caught the ears of C. Stewart…aka the one-and-only producer bad boy himself, Mr. Tricky Stewart.

While she was crafting studio for the werk that eventually went into her 2001 debut, So Blu, the singer sung along the road to stardom singing backup for a buffet of bona fide crooners including Gerald Levert, Faith Evans and Aaron Hall.  

It wasn’t long before “Hit Em Up Style” didn’t just storm into our lives like a kiss off groove from the music heavens above, but it bulldozed its way to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 2001 (“Bootylicious” kept it from the top spot..twas a good summer) and earned the songstress two Grammy Award nomination including for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and and Best R&B Song, and she even nabbed an American Music Award nomination for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist, all in 2002.


Although Cantrell released a follow-up album, Bittersweet, in 2003 (and garnered another Grammy nod) and did give us another hit, “Breathe” co-starring Sean Paul, but the album quickly lost steam on the charts and would ultimately become her last studio set. And while we may never know just exactly what she’s up to these days, there’s two things we must take away from spilling music tea about the one-time career of Ms. Blu Cantrell…

Number one….the early ’00s were truly the last great era of pop music…and number two….”Hit Em Up Style” is still one hell of a track. 

Go on, gurl. 

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Blu Cantrell cover photo courtesy of You Tube. 


Rewerk Wednesday/Thomas Gold

Whether firing up one of his original works, owning a well crafted remixes or landing high-profile slots in music festivals across the globe, Berlin based DJ and producer Thomas Gold has certainly earned his place as one of the world’s biggest and baddest dance music moguls. 

And this Friday he’s about to prove all of that and then some when he takes over the decks at Coda for a set that’s sure to be nothing short of explosive. 

Getting his start tickling the keyboards at the oh, so young age of seven, Gold soon drew his love for music towards the synthesizer, which would then lead him to pursue his strobe-lit dreams thanks to a makeshift home studio he soon built in his Mom‘s basement, of course. Is there any other way? Absolutely not. 

Soon after, Gold linked up with fellow DJ Björn Mandry and the pulsating pair released the high-powered Paintbootiqa EP on the Mauritius dance label, all while Gold was making a solo name for himself due to his remixes appearing on a handful of red-hot Ministry of Sound compilations. 

But perhaps Gold’s biggest break along the disco way came in 2010 when his fiery retelling of Fatboy Slim‘s “Star 69” went straight to the top of the Billboard Dance charts, and from there, well, it’s pretty much dance music history as Gold is still one of the most sought after DJs on the planet. 

Just ask any of the thousands of festival goers and his legions of fans who’ve witnessed him own the Ultra Music Festival and Coachella. Or, just ask anyone whose gotten down to his sizzling body of werk, including such firestorms as “Take Me Home,” “Beast,” “Sing2Me,” “What’s Up,” as well as his latest creations, “Shake It” and “Better Versions of Myself,” which are sure to headline his takeover of Coda on Friday night. 

In other words, let’s fucking dance…because we must. Thomas Gold told us to. 

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Happy dancing!! 

Thomas Gold cover photo courtesy of Electronic Midwest




Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Happy (almost) weekend, everybody! 

Now, get out there and do it all…cause there’s quite a lot of it. Enjoy! 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Now that fall has officially arrived, there’s no better time to head out to belt out your favorite karaoke groove in which the always colorful Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure all week & weekend long. Ready, set sing…for your yoga pants life. 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

My Son the Waiter:A Jewish Tragedy Get ready to laugh your ass off, Philly, because comedian Brad Zimmerman is here and serving up non-stop laughs in his critically acclaimed play! The story of “one man’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York,” this show has it all, that is, if you like to laugh out loud for ninety minutes straight. Really, who doesn’t in these crazy times? So, don’t delay and grab those tickets now! But you better hurry because this show is only here for a few weeks and this is one fab night out you do not want to miss. Meaning….you, so, go and Mr. Zimmerman will see you there! Tonight-Nov 19th/Various dates & showtimes/Penn’s Landing Playhouse/211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

The GLOW If you’re looking for a fun night with the entire family or maybe looking for the perfect place to take a fall date, then prepare your Halloween-ed selves for a lovely stroll through Fairmount Park one of these upcoming nights to experience this one of-a-kind jack o’lantern extravaganza! Complete with top-notch pumpkin carvers, stunning visual art (hey there, Santa’s Christmas Village and Bey and Jay!) and much, much more, it’s an evening full of delightful fright that you’ll never forget anytime soon. But you better hurry up and grab those tickets because time slots are filling quickly, so go right here to grab yours…now. Happy pumpkin spiced trails, Philly!  Various ticket prices and showtimes/5201 Parkside Ave/Fairmount Park 

Philly Fall Concert Guide  What do Katy Perry, St. Vincent, Tegan and Sara, Janet Jackson, Thomas Gold, Michael Bolton, Bruno Mars, Kelela, Imagine Dragons and Zedd all have in common? They’re just some of the many, many ready-to-serve music artists that are coming to take over the Philly stages all fall long. So, if you’re down to spend your hard-earned coin on lots (and lots!) of upcoming concert tickets, waste no time in diving straight into Philly Mixtape’s official Fall Concert Guide and bag ’em all up. 

Wells Fargo Center  Whether Katy Perry tonight or Enrique Iglesias (and Pitbull!) for the start of your weekend tomorrow, the Wells Fargo Center is certainly the perfect place to escape from it all this week. Grab those tickets. 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum You must not walk, but run to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre to grab those tickets to take in Stephen Sondheim’s classic Tony Award-winning Best Musical, which has been described as “a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a bevy of beautiful showgirls. This unforgettable, hysterical musical comedy will have you laughing all the way to the Forum with “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” All meaning….go. Walnut St. Theatre/tonight-October 22nd/various 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 always absolute, um, nothing on, Ms. Honeytree EvilEye, always has her tassels and so much more ready and waiting for you along with a fresh new roster of Philly Burlesque talent every god damn week.  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.

Johnny Showcase  In what will certainly be the most funked up night of the Philly entertainment week, head over to Franky Bradley’s tonight to experience the joyful noises, vibes and bounces that transform when this raging 10 piece soul ensemble gets together to take over the Philly stages…which they often do frequently. With their mix of tricked out grooves with a funky psychedelic twist, Johnny Showcase and his boys are about to give it to you right tonight. So, don’t mother f@#king miss it. Let’s ride. Thursday/9 pm/Franky Bradley’s/1320 Chancellor St. 

DTF:Daryl & Timaree Fun Hour  Philly’s most f#$king hilarious duo–Daryl Charles and Timaree Leigh–are back at Franky Bradley’s to spill about love, sex and everything else in between! And the fact that this month’s round is on Friday the 13th, well, shit’s about to get weird…in the most delightful way possible, of course. Don’t miss it!  Friday/830 pm/Franky Bradley’s/1320 Chancellor St. 

Pennsylvania Ballet:The Sleeping Beauty  Now, what could be better than seeing this classic fairytale being retold by the talents of the incredible Pennsylvania Ballet? Absolutely nothing. Throw in one of Tchaikovsky’s most exquisite scores and you’ve got yourself one truly enchanted night out. Various dates and showtimes through October 22nd/The Academy of Music/1420 Locust St. 

Red Bull Sound Select:3 Days in Philly Three days….one hot venue….boatloads of talent including Girlpool, Andrea Valle, NoName, St. Beauty and many, many more. And of course, unlimited wiiiings courtesy of Red Bull. This is certainly the spot to be all weekend, so don’t miss your chance to soar and witness the joyous grooves that’ll most definitely be taking over the Underground Arts building starting tonight. For much more info on how to get yours, check this out and then get ready to phly, Philly.  Tonight-Saturday/Various showtimes/Underground Arts/1200 Callowhill St. 

DOOM  What happens when the always on point and spooky drag diva Porcelain takes over the upstairs stage at Tabu and rightfully serves up a cast that includes Ann Artist, Iris Spectre, Pretty Girl and DJ Goddess Isis, all while giving us a Friday the 13th costume appreciation fashion show that’s guaranteed to blow your wig off? There’s only one way to find out..prepare yourself proper and go. Friday/Tabu/10 pm/200 S. 12th St. 

Charley B’s presents 4 AM w/Tara Hendricks  If you haven’t experienced the powerful pipes on Philly’s very own powerhouse vocalist, Ms. Tara Hendricks, then it’s time for you to absolutely do it tomorrow night. So, join the lovely chanteuse along with her merry band mates–Sunny Dee (drums), Rick Tate (reeds), Darien Ebo (percussion) and Derrik Baldwin (keyboards)–as they kick off Charley B’s 2017-2018 entertainment season in only a way that they all know how to do…in sleek, sophisticated soul shattering style. Don’t miss it! Friday/7 pm/Charley B’s/6402 Stranton Avenue 

DJ Chris Urban  There’s absolutely no need to press play on 4 Non Blondes because you know what’s up when it comes to showing your dance music respect to one of Philly’s hottest DJs–L’Etage on Saturday (624 S. 6th St., 9 pm-2am,) and Positano Coast (212 Walnut St., 12pm-4pm) on Sunday for your hangover needs and beyond. Let’s dance…because, well, why the fuck not? Go. 

LiPSMACKERs  Although the whirling talents of DJs Mike Shaffer and Javascript are already enough to get us sashaying over to Tabu this weekend, they’ll be spinning out a buffet full of classic ladiez jamz to make it one diva-licious evening you’ll never forget. And guess what? It’s free! So, go and get your god damn groove on, bish. Saturday/9 pm/Tabu/200 S. 12th St. 


Against Me!@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Madeintoyo@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)………….Girlpool@Underground Arts(8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………LVL Up@Boot & Saddle(8 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………..ill.Gates@Coda(10 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)………DJ ESCO@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………..Deaf Scene@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)


Adventure Club@The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Noname@Underground Arts(8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………TOKiMONSTA@The Foundry(9 pm, 100 Frankford Ave)…….Quinn XCII@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………John Talabot@Dolphin Tavern(9 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)………..Dannic@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………Thomas Gold @Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….The Phonies@The Barbary(8 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)


Cults @Johnny Brenda’s(915 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)…………Ministry@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………..Blind Pilot@Underground Arts(8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)……….Andrew Belle@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)………..Grizfolk@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)………..The Courtneys@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….weaves@Boot&Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)


Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)………….Magic Giant @The Foundry(29 E. Allen St.)………..GoldLink@Coda(7 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………..The Stone Foxes@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)……….David Choi @Kung Fu Necktie(6 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……..

Cover photo courtesy of THE GLOW:Philadelphia 

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