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2018 Philly Summer Concert Guide

Just a few things to go by here……

1.Click on any of the links below to grab those tickets. 

2.All dates are subject to change 

3.Have a fabulous rest of the summer full of….all of it

Let’s go. 

Thursday/August 23rd 

Interpol/Union Transfer 

Counting Crows/Etess Arena @ Hard Rock Casino Atlantic City 

Patti Labelle/Gregory Porter/Dell Music Center 

Descendents/The Fillmore 

Arty/NOTO 

Max Swan/Johnny Brenda’s 

Marc Antoine/South 

Friday/August 24th 

Jeff Lynne/Electric Light Orchestra/Wells Fargo Center 

2 Live Crew/Biz Markie/Salt-N-Pepa/BB & T Pavilion 

Donavon Frankenreiter/Lisa Bouchelle/TLA 

Espers/Vetiver/Union Transfer 

American Wrestlers/Kung Fu Necktie 

DJ Vice/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 

Joanna Pascale/South 

Shane Henderson/Boot & Saddle 

Fifth Dimension/Resorts Atlantic City 

Mile Marker Zero/The Grape Room

DJ CID/NOTO 

Saturday/August 25th 

Stevie Wonder/Borgata Event Center 

Jason Aldean/BB & T Pavilion 

Smokey Robinson/Mann Center 

American Trappist/Boot & Saddle 

Max Weinberg/World Cafe Live 

Sunday/August 26th 

Shinedown/Godsmack/BB & T Pavilion 

goodnight/goodluck/PhilaMOCA 

Aethere/Kung Fu Necktie 

Monday/August 27th

Sarah Elizabeth Charles/South 

Laughs On Philly/Ortlieb’s 

Tuesday/August 28th

Gavin DeGraw/Phillips Phillips/Xcite Center @ Parx Casino 

Liniker e os Caramelows/Johnny Brenda’s 

Black Tusk & Whores/Johnny Brenda’s 

Wednesday/August 29th 

The Offspring/311/Allentown Fairgrounds 

Shonen Knife/Johnny Brenda’s 

Dopethrone/Kung Fu Necktie 

Thursday/August 30th 

Stone Sour/Ozzy Osbourne/PPL Center 

Giorgio Moroder/The Trocadero 

Delta Sleep/Johnny Brenda’s 

Flow Tribe/The Foundry 

Marion Meadows/South 

Friday/August 31st 

Sugarland/Jennifer Nettles/Allentown Fairgrounds

Shinyribs/World Cafe Live 

Chris Isaak/Excite Center @ Parx Casino 

Sherry Lynn/Adelphia 

Cassadee Pope/Sound Waves @ Hard Rock Casino Atlantic City 

CKY/Underground Arts 

Saturday/September 1st 

Made in America Festival/Benjamin Franklin Parkway(through September 2nd)

5 Seconds of Summer/Allentown Fairgrounds 

The Jacksons/Sound Waves @ Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City 

Marion Meadows/South 

Ohmme/Boot & Saddle 

Sunday/September 2nd 

Niall Horan/Maren Morris/Allentown Fairgrounds 

Maze/Frankie Beverly/Dell Music Center 

Brett Andrew/HUNKAJUNK/Borgata Outdoor Venue 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aladdin Tea w/Clinton Greenspan

If there’s one thing that we can all most certainly agree on, it’s that the magic of Disney’s Aladdin will remain as timeless as the summer sun.

From its thrilling storyline to its underlying messages of love, hope and family to the many, many classic tunes that will always bring the Genie out of our musical bottles….it’s always here and so much more

Just ask yourself…..how many times have you belted out “Friend Like Me” in the shower? And we just have to show our music love to the Kleenex grabbing, Oscar-winning ballad, “A Whole New World.” A gleaming piece of ’90s music which not only holds its place in the film and musical versions, but on the Billboard charts as well, where it became a number-one hit in 1992 thanks to the magical pairing of Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson, with lyrics by the one-and-only, Tim Rice. 

And of course, we just can’t wait to see what Guy Ritchie does with his take on Aladdin when it hits theaters next summer with Philly’s own Will Smith taking on the big, big role of Genie…yes. 

With all that being said, the city should feel so incredibly lucky that we get to have a chance to see the critically acclaimed traveling tour of Aladdin while its gracing its presence at the Academy of Music until July 1st. Of course, that also means that you should waste no time in grabbing those tickets to experience what all of the red-hot buzz is about. Really, why would you not want to when it comes to this show?

But before you set forth on a wild entertainment magic carpet ride (and that you will), get to know Aladdin himself–the most fabulous Mr. Clinton Greenspan. Not only is this Texas born actor a true first class (and highly talented) gentleman, but he straight up took over Philly Mixtape for a ridiculously fun chat about Moms, the Ab Roller, walking into doors after auditions (don’t we all?) and of course, all that it takes to slip into the role of Aladdin every night. 

Get to know Mr. Greenspan below…you’ll be glad you did….and then go see this show!! 

Kicking off our little chat, what inspires you to get into the role of Aladdin every night? I’ve already done the show with this cast for a year as a [Aladdin’s] understudy, so I’ve had moments here and there where I’ve got to go on and experience a little bit of what it’s like to get into the role. I started to use my mother as a huge inspiration for the show [of course] one of the main points in the show is that Aladdin is trying to prove himself and show his family that he can do more. So, I’ll use that before every show and either text my Mom or write a little note out on the dressing room mirror.

Not going to lie, I love that. Although they challenge us on the daily, Mom always knows best…..  .Yes, they certainly do! But you just have to appreciate it. 

Moving on to your background, what made you jump into the world of acting? I was actually more engaged in gymnastics–I did them for about six years. But [I remember] I would go over to my grandparents house and they would always have classic music playing on vinyl or have some musical playing-something featuring Gene Kelly, or Julie Andrews, or opera even. I was always interested in that form of art. But it actually took me a bit longer than other stories may tell. My first actual show was in 8th grade..I did Peter Pan outside the school at a community theater and I just fell in love with it all. I asked if I could do improv classes and basic dance classes and it just grew on me. Each year I learned a lot of new things and kept improving and kept it growing in my heart and I just fell in love with it more and more.

Okay, so….this show. Besides being absolutely mind-blowing, it looks–or it certainly is–very demanding physically. How did you adjust to..it all? I think the biggest challenge was building the stamina for it both vocally and physically at the same time. A lot of the numbers that are going on with me and most of the cast, actually, you’re doing some intense dance or movements while you’re singing, so building the stamina was probably one of the crazier challenges of the show.

Any warm up secrets you do verify each show that you can spill for everybody? I do some basic conditioning, tons of vocal warm ups and I actually try to get at least fifteen minutes of cardio in, as well as simple core workouts before I head on over to the show. I also have one of those things–I don’t know what it’s called but it’s just like a wheel.

I think it’s called the Ab Roller…I think they sold those on T.V. You know what….as self explanatory as it is…that makes perfect sense. Yes! 

Let’s break some music mugs…..who’s rockin’ your world these days? I’m always weak for Red Hot Chili Peppers…they’re my go to band. I love those guys. Actually, I try to stick to some older Motown vibes or some funk, some grooves. I like to listen to a lot of Earth, Wind and Fire…they just kind of get me in the mood, whether I’m just trying to wake up or get into a positive attitude before the show. And I also love me some Fleetwood Mac.

All of the above, my man. So, one question I like to ask all of my tea patrons is what words of wisdom would you give to any performer who decided right this second to slide into this crazy entertainment business? Have patience and understanding and not have any self-doubt. This business can get hectic and scary and you can get a little lost but you need to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing and why you want to go further in what you’re doing. I like talking to the youth about this if I go visit a school or talk to people outside the stage door because even if it doesn’t seem like there’s an impact from our side, they might remember just like a ten second moment of us telling them just keep fighting, just keep working on it and don’t give up. Because as basic as it may sound, it’s so true. It’s a rough business, but if you have the passion for it and you love it you just gotta keep fighting through and never lose sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing. 

Before we part ways….any totally embarrassing audition stories you’re up for sharing? Actually….one of the auditions I had for Aladdin is. I had a little boo-boo on the lyrics and then afterwards when they had me read and said thank you, I headed towards the door and I for the life of me could not open the dang door..literally could not get out of the room. Any performer knows that after you hit that final note, you want to get out of there. So, the fact that I struggled so hard to pull the handle down was the most embarrassing thing for me…and they were all just laughing. And to this day, I still struggle with doors a little bit. 

Don’t we all. Okay, one last sip……describe Aladdin on one word…… Unbelievable. 

Get those tickets. 

Cover photo courtesy of Playbill 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Happy first weekend of summer!

Now, let’s make it a good one, shall we? And then do it all….again. Ready, set, SPF. 

Aladdin If you’re curious to witness what all of the high-flying buzz is about (really, how could you not be when it comes to this show??), there’s still some time left to catch the magnificent traveling production of everyone’s favorite Disney fairy tale before it flies out of town…so don’t be a Jafar and grab those tickets now! And of course, Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie and the rest of this truly incredible cast will see you there! But first, jump right here for all of the action and make those three wishes come true. Tonight-July 1st/Academy of Music /check showtimes/$44-$188/240 S. Broad St. 

You Can Never Go Down The Drain If you’re looking for a truly side-splitting night out over the next weeks, look no further than this entertaining spectacle right here. Fresh off the official Facebook page…..”Mr. Rogers always said: no matter how bad things are, “You can never go down the drain.” Using and abusing iconic songs from the program, Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret puts this idea to the test. In this performance, expect a goldfish funeral, gay romps into the land of make-believe, and some earnest questions about irony. ” Bottom line? Don’t miss it and go right here for those tickets….now. Tonight-July 1st/Wilma Theater/various dates & showtimes/265 S. Broad St. 

Mamma Mia! Since there’s still quite some time until the gayest movie sequel ever made descends into our worlds (now until July 20th is, like, forever in Cher and Meryl time) why not go see the critically acclaimed national production of the original to help pass the grueling seconds along while it’s in Philly this summer? Yes. Just a word to your bell bottoms…tickets are going quick–because as we all know this show is life within itself–so don’t delay and shimmy on over to them right here and right now. Ready, set, “Fernando.” Tonight-through July 15th/various showtimes/ticket prices/Walnut Street Theater/825 Walnut St.

Sing Your Life Karaoke  What better way to kick off the first weekend of summer other than to go sing your little heart out courtesy of the fabulous Ms. Sara Sherr and her always sun-kissed Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving Philly all summer long at all of these fabulous locations listed below. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.Sat/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs/9-2 Milkboy South Street/401 South St.

Miss Amateur Drag Attack Pageant Now that summer has officially arrived, the time has come for you to perfect that walk, gurl. So, tonight head to Tabu for the biggest amateur drag syravaganza this side of SPF as The Cuntessa, Alexianna, and Miss Tabu 2018 herself, The Lady E, will be teaming up to judge an array of fierce queens…for their lip synched lives. Of course, only one queen can snatch the crown…so don’t miss any of it! For more info, sashay it on up right here. Tonight/9 pm/Tabu/200 South 12th St. 

Bang the Drum Philly w/Jihad Muhammed   Looking to dance your f@#king ass off this weekend? Try…all of this.  Tonight/10 pm/Club Mousai/1227 Walnut St. 

Foreigner/Whitesnake “I Want to Know What Love Is” and Tawny Kitaen for life. Get those tickets.  Saturday/BB & T Pavilion/7 pm/1 Harbour Blvd Camden, NJ 

Paramore   Hayley Williams and “Airplanes” for life.  Grab those tickets.  Sunday/530 pm/Festival Pier/Spring Garden St. & Columbus Blvd

John Fogerty/ZZ Top  Yeah, it’s that kind of a concert weekend. Because the ladies go crazy for a sharp dressed man, you should absolutely impress your lady and own those tickets. Sunday/BB & T Pavilion/7 pm/1 Harbour Blvd. 

Also on the local and legendary for your first Friday of summer……..

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s (202 S 13th St.) all weekend long……..DJ Jimmy DePre @Tavern on Camac (Friday & Saturslay/10 pm/243 S. Camac St.)………Black Caviar @NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)………….Ray LaMontagne @Festival Pier (730 pm)………..The English Beat @Underground Arts(9 pm/1200 Callowhill St.)……..Ghastly@Coda(11 pm/1712 Walnut St.)………..Eric Nam @TLA(8 pm/334 South St.)……….Yeek@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm/1248 N. Front St.)……….Steve Cole@South(8 pm/600 N. Broad St.)………….Hit Bargain@The Barbary(830 pm/951 Frankford Ave)……………James Pace Band@The Grape Room(8 pm/105 Grape St.)……….

For your Saturday……

Dr. Dog @ Festival Pier (8 pm/Colymbus Blvd. & Spring Garden St.)…………..Finch @Voltage Lounge (9 pm/421 N. 7th St.)………..Tim Atlas & Gibbz@The Barbary(7 pm/951 Frankford Ave)……….Jeremy Enigk@Union Transfer(830 pm/1024 Spring Garden St.)……….Matt McAndrew@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm/705 N. 2nd St.)…………MINKA@The Foundry(9 pm/1000 Frankford Ave)………….Josiaj Johnson@Milkboy Philly(830 pm/1100 Chestnut St.)……….Holy Trinity@The Dolphin Tavern(9 pm/1539 S. Broad St.)…………DJ Spade@NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)……..Tia Fuller@South(9 pm/600 N. Broad St.)………

For your Sunday…..

Showtunes Sundays @ Tavern on Camac (9 pm/243 S. Camac St.)………..Sinful Sundays w/ The Godess Isis @Tabu (10 pm/200 South 12th St.)……..White Denim @Johnny Brenda’s (8 pm/1201 Frankford Ave)…………Magic Sword @The Foundry(8 pm/29 E. Allen St.)……………WOLF @Milkboy Philly(7 pm/1100 Chestnut St.)……………Tia Fuller @ South(9 pm/600 N. Broad St.)…………Jody YoBro@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm/705 N. 2nd St.)………..Not Fur Longs@Ortlieb’s(2 pm/847 N. 3rd St.) 

And for much, much more first weekend of summer shenanigans…check this and this out. 

Cover photo courtesy of Graphic River