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Rewerk Wednesday/Zedd

“If our love is tragedy why are you my remedy……If our love’s insanity why are you my clarity?,” chants UK songstress Foxes on “Clarity,” the 2012 Grammy winning collaboration she shares with German DJ producer and beat maestro, Zedd, who’s about to straight up give it to us with a two night stint at the Electric Factory beginning tomorrow night. 

Born Anton Zaslavski in southwest Germany, the future dance floor destroyer and global dominator was raised into a musical family in which Zedd first tickled his music fancy at four-years old by taking on the acoustic guitar. It wasn’t long before he graduated to ticking the ivories and eventually moved on to playing the drums in a local band. And from there, well, the digital world soon came calling and Zedd would become the most sought after names in the dance music business in no time flat. 

Thanks to a batch of high-profile rewerks for Lady Gaga, Armand Van Helden and a handful of A-list others, Zedd served us with Clarity in 2012his first full length album that put him well on the music map and beyond. This was due to the shimmering success of sizzling singles “Spectrum” with Matthew Koma, “Stay the Night” with Haley Williams of Paramore and of course, “Clarity,” which owned the top spot on every music chart across the globe for months on end. 

A successful follow-up, True Colors, got rightfully served to us in 2015 and proved to be an even bigger success in busting charts worldwide due in part to pulsating thunderstorms, “I Want You to Know,” co-starring Selena Gomez, “Papercut” with Troye Sivan and of course the album’s hauntingly beautiful title track which Zedd shares with the Rainbow diva herself, Ms. Kesha.

And that moment he teamed up with Ariana Grande in 2014 to deliver her second My Everything single, “Break Free?” Fucking priceless. 

Of course, we just can’t leave out Zedd’s latest and greatest 2017 werk–the bass bumpin’ “Stay” with the red-hot Alessia Cara(which we all know) and “Get Low,” a somehow underrated groove (y’all just ain’t listening to it enough!) co-starring former One Direction-er, Liam Payne.

Delicious. 

And while do hope that his latest bangers make it onto his eagerly anticipated third studio set, what we do know is that Zedd is one hell of a remarkable talent (with that “Clarity” Grammy to prove it) and that he’s going to blow the roof off of the Electric Factory over the next few days. 

Get ready, Philly. 

To grab those tickets to Zedd’s shows (Friday is almost sold out and there’s one-hundred left for Thursday) at the Electric Factory, go right here, right now

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Zedd cover photo courtesy of Billboard 

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‘My Son the Waiter’ Tea w/Brad Zimmerman

Outspoken, outlandish and all together downright hilarious.

Although Jewish comedian/actor/performer Brad Zimmerman didn’t get his career in full ignition until a bit further down the entertainment road when he was in his ’40s while working alongside the likes of late, great comedic legends George Carlin and Joan Rivers, he’s certainly doing his thing now judging by the massive success of his little/big traveling one-man play, My Son the Waiter:A Jewish Tragedy.

And lucky for everyone in and around the tri-state area, the critically acclaimed show is currently in week two of its six week run at the Penn’s Landing Playhouse right here in Philly. 

Labeled as the “story of one man’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York,” the play can be best described as one part Brad’s on-point standup comedy and the other part his well-crafted theatrical skills, which are mixed together to give all of us one hell of a fun evening of entertainment. 

But since there’s never a bad time to spill some entertainment tea, Mr. Zimmerman took a little time away from the stage to chat with Philly Mixtape where he broke mugs over his influences (or lack there of), what it was like to work with Ms. Joan and why everyone should go see this show that he himself calls “poignant” and “inspiring.”

And no, you don’t have to be Jewish to go see it. Read on to find out more and get to know the many, many talents of Mr. Brad Zimmerman below. 

For your chance to see My Son the Waiter:A Jewish Tragedy while it’s in town at the Penn’s Landing Playhouse until Nov 19th, go here now. 

First up, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with Philly Mixtape, I truly appreciate it. So…..how are you? Things are good! I just finished Chicago and I’m on the longest break that I’ve ever had (we chatted a few days before he hit Philly), which is six weeks ’cause I’ve been doing the tour for four years! So, [I’m] getting used to not performing and getting that energy, which is really good cause I needed it ’cause I did seventeen weeks in a row this year at one time–and it’s six shows a week..it’s grueling. But I’ve been using the six weeks [to work] on the sequel. I’m busting my chops and I would like to eventually sell it…but that takes as long as it takes. Just to write [this one] it took me seven years to get sold. You never know…but the process is fabulous.

Speaking of your lengthy run, how do you keep the material fresh after doing it for so long? What I do is first of all–I’m a pro–so I stay in great shape. I get plenty of rest. It’s very difficult saying the same line for the ten thousandth time, in which the audience has to know that it’s the first time–you want to give them their money’s worth. It’s very difficult when you’re doing that, sometimes you’re just exhausted. You have no choice but to just get out there, suck it up and do it. That’s probably the biggest challenge and that’s one of the reasons why I’m working on new material is to get a freshness. I can still go out with old material, but look, people on Broadway have been doing the same show for eight years. You have to take that you’re not alone in this and that you’re a professional and this is what you do. All of the negative stuff pales in comparison to the positive. So, I’m making a living doing something that I wrote. I have to be honest, there’s very few people who can stick with something until it’s ready for marketability. I know friends who’ve been trying to do this for years and they have the talent but they don’t have the intangibles that go with it.

Do you still get nervous before each show? You’re always going to have a certain amount of nerves. The nerves are lessened by a couple of things. One is being really prepared. [Another is] having the confidence, that’s you know, using a mantra that it’s work…it works. But of course, you never know, depending on where you are what the demographic might be. There’s certain demographics I’ve done where the laughter is remarkable. And there’s also certain demographics where they’re much more reserved and yet they’re still really enjoying it. Another is that sometimes there may be fifty people in your audience–which is depressing–but other times there may be 200 people in your audience. Sometimes you have may audience and get nothing…it’s like pulling teeth because they might be afraid to laugh. Now, I wouldn’t trade that because it strengthens you. If every show is just an A plus you don’t learn anything. But when you’re in the middle of doing a show and some line the night before in some other city kills and you get noting that night, well…

How are the Philly audiences? Philly is phenomenal. First of all, I know the demographic, I live in New York. I opened for George Carlin once in Philly years ago at the Tower Theatre. [There’s the] Jews in Cherry Hill–and I don’t even need Jews–it’s not a question. But I know there’s a lot of Jews in the area and it certainly doesn’t hurt. Remember, Philly’s a cultured area..it’s only an hour and forty-five minutes from New York. It’s an area that has tremendous history. I consider it like a suburb of New York, [so it’s] definitely got the same type of demographic. 

Okay, back to the play. It took you seven long years to write. Tell me a little about the process of…it all. Let me explain how it went. In 2005 I was still waiting tables and I had a guy who’d known I’d done a couple of one-person shows that I never made money off of–I just wrote them and did them. But he knew of my history and said to me, ‘Look, if you ever decide to do another one-person show, I’ll produce it.’ At some point, I said..’Why not?’ So, what I did was something quite unique–I decided to do, like, a hybrid. [This was] where I used the comedy material that I was doing [at the time], and I took the material that was funny and I put it together with the more serious stuff about my Father dying and so forth. So, from 2005 to all the way to 2013 when I sold it, I started doing [the material] on the road and soon, word of mouth became huge and two producers ended up flying down, saw it and offered to buy the touring rights for seven years the following day. It was less writing it in that period, but more performing it and getting it up to snuff. 

Who are some of your comedic and acting influences? Remember, I started comedy when I was forty-two, I’m sixty-three now. I was a consummate late bloomer. The only thing where I was an early bloomer was in sports, actually, and I was really great. But when people ask me who my influences are, I always say..’nobody.’ Doesn’t mean I don’t think there are certain comics who are great, I was more influenced by when I saw John Malkovich in an Off Broadway play called True West–he was extraordinary and remarkable. I knew from the moment he did that show, that I was set for life. I would also say early Pacino, early DeNiro, Meryl Streep, and you know that whole group of people who were doing their masterful work back then. 

I also understand you worked side-by-side with the late, great Ms. Joan Rivers. What was experience like? You know it’s interesting, that weekend she went into the hospital, I was coming to New York for a new [show run]. My producers and my PR guy reached out to her and she was going to do a radio spot as soon after she [got] out of the hospital. And of course, sadly we didn’t, but I would say working with her from the past was a joy because I made her laugh spontaneously off stage. She was a character, a real pro. She loved working, she loved the money. But she always said an empty calendar was her biggest fear…..she didn’t want to stop and, you know, if it wasn’t for this stupid procedure, we’d still be performing. We lost a legend. 

One last moment of truth….why should everyone and their Jewish mother come see you at the Penn’s Landing Playhouse over the next month? I would say, first of all, [the show’s] real. There have people that have said to me-‘I feel like I’m not in the theater, I feel like I’m in your living room when you’re just telling us stories. That’s the highest praise you can get. I think that what people can get from my show is that I’m sharing me in a way that’s raw, unguarded and genuine. Also, everybody will always find something to relate to. There’s something for everyone–you don’t have to be Jewish you just have to be willing to have not just a good time, but an experience. 

For much more with Brad Zimmerman, check this out. 

Brad Zimmerman cover photo courtesy of Heron Agency 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

From a double dose of Zedd at the Electric Factory to your final chances to take in the Pennsylvania Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty and Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum from the debut of the Philadelphia Monster Ball prestented by the one-and-only, DJ Robert Drake, there’s lots to do (and so much more!) as we all dive a little bit further into October.

Let’s do it. 

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

My Son the Waiter:A Jewish Tragedy Get ready to laugh your ass off, Philly, because famed 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.

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Now that fall has officially (finally!) 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

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

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.

 

Zedd  Although the Friday show for the double dose of Ariana’s “Break Free” buddy at the Electric Factory is sold out, there still might be one or two tickets left to his Thursday spot, so go here now to bag ’em up while you can. And if you need further convincing, listen to his summer smash, “Get Low” co-starring Liam Payne everyday…for the rest of your life. Thursday/8 pm/Friday/830 pm/Electric Factory/421 N. 7th St.

 Cheat Codes Because you’re still totally obsessed with “No Promises” (you betta werk, Ms. Lovato), there’s no reason not to grab your chance to witness this tantalizing L.A. based electronic trio takeover over the Philly stages this Friday night. Let’s dance..because we must. Friday/10 pm/NOTO/1209 Vine St.

Lisa Loeb Yes, that Lisa Loeb. So, put on your cat-eye glasses, do not call your ex and grab those tickets.  Friday/6 pm/Sellersville Theatre/24 W. Temple Avenue 

Philadelphia Monster Ball  It’s that time of year again, kids! Time for the dead to rise, tricks ‘n treats to be had and seeing if we still have those coveted “Thriller” dance moves down to perfection. However, this Halloween season in Philly will be extra “spooky wooky” this year as DJ Robert Drake along with The Striptease Orchestra are about to unleash the debut of this truly one-of-a-kind monster-stravaganza. Get ready to dress up as ANY monster you want (whether classic or from your crazy ass mind) and prepare yourself for a ghoulish Saturday night filled with lots of great music, freakish fun, monstrous fashion and a costume contest that you know you want to win! So, get crackin’ on it all, but first grab those tickets right here before this event flies into the scary night forever. Saturday/8 pm/The Trocadero/1003 Arch St. 

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

 

Friday 10/20 

Vance Joy@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Ben Folds @The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)………..Moon Taxi@TLA(9 pm, 334 South St.)………Marco Benevento@Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)……….Bear Grillz @Disctrict N9ne(830 pm, 460 N. 9th St.)……….The High Divers @Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)….Justin Martin@Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)

Saturday 10/21 

Misterwives @The Fillmore(7 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Lee Brice@Electric Factory(421 N.7th St., 830 pm)…………Judah &The Lion @TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……..JJ Grey/Mofro@Union Transfer(1024 Spring Garden St., 8pm)………Party Favor@District N9ne(9 pm, 460 N.9th St.)…….Manhole@Ortlieb‘s(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.) 

Sunday 10/22

Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis@Tabu (9 pm, 200 S. 12th St.)………Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)…….King Krule @Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……..ZZ Top @Tower Theatre(8 pm, 69th & Ludlow Streets)……Lila Downs @Merriam Theater(7 pm, 250 S. Broad St.)……Lawrence Rothman@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)

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Cover photo courtesy of Yahoo!