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Philly Weekend Entertainment Groove

While the weather outside is frightful once again…..

….the local and legendary events on this weekend’s fierce and festive list will make you feel oh, so delightful. 

Ready, set, eggnog. 

For the kid ages one-to-ninety-two in your life, there’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall (through February 25th) tons of locally made snacks and goodies, local-made Philly Holiday Gift Show (there’s an ugly Christmas sweater store that you must go to), magnificent carousel, a grand 50 foot tall Christmas tree, but most importantly…lots of fun for every one of all ages…including you!

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is also in full skate at (101) Columbus Blvd through March 4th, and with grub served up from Garces Group and Chickie’s and Pete’s as well as spectacular views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and waaay beyond, it’s sure to warm your holiday spirit all season long! Go here for more ho, ho, ho action.

Not that the beloved Philly holiday tradition of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show needs any introduction since you’ve seen it forty times already, but for those who haven’t, the stunning lights are now warming your holiday spirit right oh, so high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City (1300 Market St.) through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours! Let’s twinkle. 

Franklin Square Holiday Festival A fabulous mix of lighted Philadelphia history and simply stunning light show, this beloved Philly tradition (200 N. 6th St.) is sure to illuminate ya damn life all holiday season long. The Electrical Spectacle Light Show hosts free shows every 30 minutes between 4 and 8 p.m. on week nights and 4 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And with 50,000 gleaming lights set on top of a blissful music background with one composition featuring an illuminated kite and key, this is one holiday event that even Mr. Benjamin Franklin himself would approve of. Bring the kids and don’t miss it!

ANNIE For the love of all things Sandy and “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock existence for all of us this year, so what better way to treat the whole family and go see this forever cherished Broadway musical while it’s in town through the Philly holiday season! There’s really nothing else to say here except that Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan, life and everyone’s favorite ginger curled cute, Ms. Annie, will be waiting for you! Tonight-Jan 7th, 2018/Walnut Street Theatre/Various ticket prices & showtimes/825 Walnut St.

DJ Jimmy DePre Ignore that shitty weather forecast and head over to Tavern on Camac tonight (and tomorrow night, too!) where the always yaaas Mr. DePre will be twirlin those cuts out just for you, bish. And please remember…dance floors are for dancing and not standing there on your phone. Scruff and Grind’r can wait. Tonight & Saturday night/Tavern on Camac/10 pm/243 S. Camac St. 

Lettuce Rejoice:Hedda’s Holiday Spectacular You betta…press play on some J.Hud because for one fabulous night only–the esteemeed Queen of Green herself–Ms. Hedda Lettuce, will be taking over Philly with a holiday spectacular that’s not to be missed, kween! Get ready for a fierce night of holigay cheer while Ms. Hedda’s rendition of some of your holiday favorites will be guaranteed to stuff your stocking! Now, sleigh. Tonight/$25/830 pm/Ruba Club/416 Green St. 

The Hoots and Hellmouth & Johnny Showcase Solstice Spectacle  Now, what could be better than a little Johnny Showcase music action during the holidays? Actually, wait, don’t answer that…just head over to Union Transfer tonight and witness this delightfully cray and eclectic 10 piece ensemble and take over your snow covered life as they celebrate the release of their soon-to-be smash fourth studio set. Read about it all about right here (like, right now) and then…grab those tickets like a kid at Christmas. Tonight/730 pm/Union Transfer/1026 Spring Garden St. 

Kingfisher/Will Brown/Evan Scheerer  Looking to warm things up a bit this weekend? Then head over to the Barbary tomorrow night where the one, two, three punch of these final local music acts will be armed and ready to heat it up for you and to help you forget all about today’s weather drama. Go right here for set times and ticket info and then…go. Saturday/7 pm/The Barbary/951 Frankford Ave 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Does this one really need an explanation? Never. “Carol of the Bells” for holiday life. Sunday/Wells Fargo Center/730 pm/3601 South Broad St. 

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

Friday……

Municipal Waste@The Trocadero(7 pm, 10003 Arch St.)………Trophy Eyes/Free Throw@The Fillmore(6 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Ofenbach@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….The Dan Band@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……Two Friends@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)……….Owel@Voltage Lounge(730 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Muscle Tough@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)

Saturday…… 

Matisyhau@TLA(9 pm, 334 South St.)…………Converge@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………..Work Drugs@Boot&Saddle(8 pm, 1131 South Broad St.)…….Plumb@Tower Theatre(730 pm, 69th & Ludlow St.)………Marah@Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)………Chynna@The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)……..Jesse Marco@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)…….DJ CYD@Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.) 

Sunday….

A Very Mary Christmas w/Mimi Imfurst@Ruba Club(7 pm, 416 Green St.)……..Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis@Tabu(9 pm, 200 South 12th St.)……Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……….Carmen Lundy@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………Boy Named Banjo@Milkboy Philly(7 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.) 

Cover photo courtesy of VisitPhilly 

 

 

 

 

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2017 Holiday Album Round Up

Move over Mariah?? 

While MC will always be the official queen of the holidaze, sensational violinist (and dancer!) Lindsay Stirling has certainly released a holiday album for the ages and beyond this year with ‘Warmer in the Winter.’ 

Also on your holiday playlist shopping list are stocking stuffed offerings from Sia, Gwen Stefani, Tom Chaplin, Kaskade, Cheap Trick (!), Hanson(!!) and one bangin’ set from You Tube favorite Jake Paul that even Scrooge himself would get down with. 

Happy holiday streaming!! 

Sia/This is Christmas  No, you’re not hallucinating (well, maybe a little), the “Chandelier” songstress has released her first holiday offering and as you would expect…..it’s quite Sia-fied. But that’s actually not a bad thing here as the kwirky Aussie music princess teamed up with Grammy snatching writer and music producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Kelly Clarkson) to deliver the kids and kweens ten original holiday tunes that are worth sliding down the chimney to. Among Ms. Sia’s serving of dashing ditties are the jinglin’ “Santa’s Coming For Us,” the doo-wop tinged “Candy Cane Lane” and the oh, so adorable, “Puppies Are Forever,” in which even The Grinch would smile at. 

Lindsay Stirling/Warmer in the Winter There’s holiday albums….and then there’s those holiday albums. You know, the ones you can’t stop listening to all year long. Right, Mariah, Ms. Clarkson and Pentatonix? Dancing With the Stars diva and incredible violin connoisseur Lindsay Stirling has certainly cooked up a truly standout holiday record, whipping up a set full of gift-wrapped life for kids of all ages. Whether on the cheeky “Christmas C’Mon” co-starring pint-sized pop diva Becky G, Ms. Sterling’s intriguing takes on “I Saw Three Ships,” “Let it Snow,” and especially her rendition of Trans Siberian Orchestra’s holiday classic, “Carol of the Bells,” indeed this is that album and from the blissful sound of it all, will be for many more cheery seasons to come. 

Gwen Stefani/You Make It Feel Like Christmas While we could have only wished the legendary No Doubt diva (and of The Voice, too..) would’ve served us with a feisty rendition of “Hollaback Santa,” Blake Shelton’s gal pal kept it light and frothy and delivered a holiday record that’s actually quite fabulous at times. With her trademark vibrato in full formation, Ms. Stefani sleighs classics like “Jingle Bells,” Let it Snow,” “Santa Baby” and “White Christmas.” And we just can’t leave out “You Make it Feel Like Christmas,” Gwennie’s debut duet with her one-and-only, Blakie. Sigh…holiday miracles do come true. 

Cheap Trick/Christmas Christmas One that truly needs no introduction as you’ve already poured in the Aqua Net, ripped those jeans, popped in the shoulder pads and are already well versed in this truly rockin’ holiday set from the ‘I Want You to Want Me” and “The Flame” crooners. Let’s jingle bell f@#king rock this holiday season, shall we? Yes. 

Hanson/Finally It’s Christmas  It looks like all of our holiday wishes have come true this year because the f@#king legendary “MMMBop” superstars are not only back in our late ’90s lives, but they’ve given us the gift of their first holiday album!! And we’re not going to spill about it here, just delightfully listen to the “Finally’ lead single below and then check your holiday spirit for the rest of the tracks right here. OMG, Hanson is home for the holidays!! 

Jake Paul/Litmas A holiday album so packed full of krunk-worthy beats, that even Grandma herself will be gettin’ down with that eggnog in the middle of the living room dance floor. Just listen to Mr. Paul’s take on “Deck the Halls” below and you’ll understand how he’s certainly released the most…interesting (??) holiday album of…like, ever. Let’s party. 

Kaskade/Christmas  Are you destined to be the hit of your holiday party? Well, you just might be once you get Kaskade’s holiday offering pumping through the chimney. Get on the decorative dance floor and prepare to dance for your red-nosed life as the superstar DJ provides us with his deep and delicious takes on “Santa Baby,” “Deck the Halls,” “God Rest Ye” and “Christmas Is Here,” all of which will guide your dance floor sleigh well into the holiday after party night. Let’s dance like Rudolph. 

Tom Chaplin If you don’t know who Tom Chaplin is now, you certainly will after you get lost in his light rocked debut holiday set. The former Keane front man not only delivers a record that’s a bit heartbreaking because of that voice, but it’s also quite delightfully laid back and the perfect holiday stress reliever because of well, that voice! Just listen to “Midnight Mass,” “Another Lonely Christmas,” “Under a Million Lights” and “We Remember You This Christmas” and try not to simply feel it all over..or call your ex for that matter. It’s like that. 

Holidays Rule Vol. 2  Indeed, the holidays do rule, especially if there’s an extra festive compilation record to go along with them. This mix has it all from the holiday music past–Roseanne Cash’s “May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas–present–Paul McCartney and Jimmy Fallon’s take on “Wonderful Christmastime”–to the somewhat bizarre–Muna’s “Pipes of Peace”–it all just gets to holiday werk for Santa on one dizzying compilation that’s perfect for the holiday playlist lover in your life…or you! 

Mariah Carey/Merry Christmas  Because it’s still that god damn magical year-after-year. 

 

 

 

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Holiday Groove of the Day/Destiny’s Child/”8 Days of Christmas”

“You know Christmas was made for the chi’ren
Destiny’s Chi’ren, 2G Christmas
Destiny’s Child, ha ha, haaaa
Ah, kagigi, kabuki say what
On the eighth day of Christmas my baby gave to me
A pair of Chloe shades and a diamond belly ring
On the seventh day of Christmas my baby gave to me
A nice back rub and he massaged my feet
On the sixth day of Christmas my baby gave to me
A crop jacket and dirty denim jeans
On the fifth day of Christmas my baby gave to me
The poem that he wrote for me
The feeling that I feel is so good, he makes me feel so in la-la-la-la-love
If he only knew what he does to me, my man, my man, my baby
Oh he makes me feel so lovely, so sexy, I’m so in la-la-la-la-love
How I love him for his generosity, my man, my man, my baby
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (It feels lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (Feels so lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (Whoa)
Yes, it feels like Christmas
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (It feels lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (Feels so lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (The spirit of Christmas)
Yes, it feels like Christmas
On the fourth day of Christmas, my baby gave to me
A candlelit dinner, just me and my honey
On the third day of Christmas, my baby gave to me
A gift certificate to get my favorite CD’s
On the second day of Christmas, my baby gave to me
The keys to a CLK Mercedes
On the first day of Christmas, my baby gave to me
Quality T-I-M-E
The feeling that I feel is so good, he makes me feel so in la-la-la-la-love
If he only knew what he does to me, my man, my man, my baby
Oh he makes me feel so lovely, so sexy, I’m so in la-la-la-la-love
How I love him for his generosity, my man, my man, my baby
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (It feels lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (Feels so lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (Whoa)
Yes, it feels like Christmas
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (It feels lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (Feels so lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (The spirit of Christmas)
Yes, it feels like Christmas
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (It feels lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (Feels so lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas
Yes, it feels like Christmas
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (It feels lovely)
Doesn’t feels like Christmas (Feels so lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (The spirit of Christmas, oh yeaaee)
Yes, it feels like Christmas
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (It feels lovely)
Doesn’t feels like Christmas (Feels so lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (ooh)
Yes, it feels like Christmas
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (It feels lovely)
Doesn’t feels like Christmas (so lovely)
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas (ooh)
Yes, it feels like Christmas
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas”

Enough said. 

Lyrics provided by Google 

Cover photo courtesy of Getty Images