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Memorial Day Weekend Entertainment Groove

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! 

And for the love of all things SPF, please be safe out there….you getting arrested for being stupid is not what this weekend’s about. 

So, with that being said, let’s unofficially kick off summer, shall we? 

Yes. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke  Not only will you have plenty to do in Philly this holiday weekend, but you’ll also have lots of places to go and sing your little heart out thanks to the lovely Ms. Sara Sherr and her always sun-kissed Sing Your Life Karaoke collection. Belt it out this weekend and beyond at any of these fabulous locations listed below.  Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.Saturday/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. 

Delaware River Waterfront It’s official! The Philly Waterfront is now officially open for the season……and we’re all invited. Ready, set, hammocks all summer long. For more details on this summer’s flowing festivities including fun for the kids, fabulous music and where and how you can get your yoga on, you should absolutely check this out right now. 

Mayer Hawthorne It certainly has been “A Long Time,” hasn’t it, Mr. Hawthorne? If you’re looking for what’s sure to be the most vibed out show of your holiday weekend, this is it. Plus, this is also your official Daryl Hall and John Oates presented Hoagie Nation pre-party event! (see below). So, get those tickets because they will sell out before tonight’s show. But first, watch this f@#king epic music video. Tonight/The Fillmore/8 pm/29 East Allen St. 

HoagieNation It’s baaaack! And this year, Philly’s annual hoagie-stravagana is more stuffed than ever. Oh, wait, that’s us when it’s all said and done. Plus, the music of City of Brotherly Love entertainment legends Hall & Oates (plus Train & Fitz and the Tantrums!) helps this spectacular holiday weekend event shine in every way possible. Don’t miss it! Get those tickets here and now!  Saturday/3 pm/Festival Pier/Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden Streets 

Mamma Mia! Since there’s still two grueling months left until the much, much-anticipated Mamma Mia! sequel hits the big screens–that’s like twenty years in Meryl and Cher time–why not go see the acclaimed national production to help pass the 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. 

8th Annual Philly Tango Fest  You know you’re, like, so tempted to go right here to tango it up for more info on this sure-to-be sizzling holiday weekend event. Plus, the title says it all…and what a Fest it shall be. Tonight-Monday, May 28th/Lithuanian Music Hall/2715 E. Allegheny Avenue 

Festival Pier Whether it was Post Malone and 21 Savage this past Wednesday, Khalid tonight or Down North on Saturday,, Festival Pier has certainly wasted no time in getting the unofficial summer party started. Of course, there’s still much, much more on the way, so check this out right here as it’s your official gateway to all kinds of sun-kissed shenanigans down by the River this summer. Various dates& showtimes/Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden Streets 

Pop Muzik:Memorial Day Staycation Sunday  For those choosing to stay in the city this weekend, there is absolutely no need to fret. Because not only are you making a wise decision (Philly can be so peaceful when there’s no one around), but you’ll be here for a most fabulous dance party presented by the one, the only, DJ Robert Drake. Not only will he be spinning out those classic cuts all night long, but he’ll be getting you even more hype for the Depeche Mode takeover of Wells Fargo Center on June 3rd. Plus, you’ll get to check out the city’s newest hot-spot, Concourse Dance Bar! There’s really nothing left to say but stay…and dance for your life. Sunday/9 pm/Concourse Dance Bar/1635 Market St. 

Sunday Tea:Memorial Day Weekend Edition  Just keep on dancin’ this weekend…..it’s really that simple. Plus if you haven’t stepped a fancy stiletto inside Maison 208 yet, tonight’s the night like Rod to do so. Let’s boogie. Sunday/2 pm-8pm/Maison 208/208 S. 13th St. 

Kenny Loggins Yes, that Kenny Loggins. So, let’s get “Footloose” this holiday weekend, shall we? F@ck yes. Get those tickets. Sunday/8 pm/Borgata Event Center/1 Borgata Way

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

Friday……..

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s (202 S. 13th St.) all holiday weekend long………DJ Jimmy DePre @Tavern on Camac (Friday & Saturday/10 pm/243 S. Camac St.)……..John Fogerty/ZZ Top @Borgata Event Center(8 pm/1 Borgata Way)……….Lissie@World Cafe Live(8 pm/3025 Walnut St.)……….Suuns @Boot & Saddle(830 pm/1131 S. Broad St.)……..Two Friends@NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)…………Thank You Scientist@Milkboy Philly(830 pm/1131 Chestnut St.)…………Pkew Pkew Pkew @Kung Fu Necktie (730 pm/1248 N. Front St.)………….The Cobbs @Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm/1201 Frankford Ave)………..DJ Sylo@The Dolphin Tavern(8 pm/1539 S. Broad St.)…………..Plagues@The Barbary (730 pm/951 Frankford Ave)

Saturday……

Hip Hop Since 1987 Mini Festival @Voltage Lounge(12 pm/421 N. 7th St./Sunday, too!)…………..The Kooks @The Trocadero(8 pm/1003 Arch St.)…………..Laura Veirs@Boot&Saddle(8 pm/1131 S. Broad St.)…………Village People @Resorts Atlantic City(8 pm/1133 Boardwalk)…………This Is The Kit@Johnny Brenda’s(915 pm/1201 Frankford Ave)………..Kevin Hart@Boardwalk Hall(7 pm/2301 Boardwalk)……….The Vanish@The Barbary(7 pm/951 Frankford Ave)………Blood Sound@Ortlieb’s(8 pm/847 N. 3rd St.)………Great Time@The Pharmacy(7 pm/1300 S. 18th St.)……….The Baylor Project@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………Holy Trinity@The Dolphin Tavern(9 pm/1539 S. Broad St. 

Sunday…….

Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @Tabu(10 pm/200 South 12th St.)…….Carnage@NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)………….Leikeli47/Shaqeyah@The Foundry(9 pm/1000 Frankford Ave)…………Lost Dog Street Band@(8 pm/951 Frankford Ave)………Knightlife@Ortlieb’s(7 pm/847 N. 3rd St.)……..Brendan Bring’em@Silk City Diner & Lounge(10 pm/435 Spring Garden St.)……..Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac (9 pm/243 S. Camac St.)

Monday….

Mambo Mondays @Vango(830 pm/116 South 8th St.)……………Memorial Day Party @Vesper (11 am/1031 Germantown Ave)………….Serenity/The North Wind @Penn’s Landing Arena(9 pm/301 S. Columbus Blvd.)…………Augustus@The Pharmacy(7 pm/1300 S. 18th St.)……….Brett Andrew/Hunka Junk@Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort(730 pm/77 Sands Blvd).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

There’s really only one thing to say here…..Hi, Mom!!

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! 

Now, show her how much she’s loved by taking her to do everything on this weekend’s most fabulous list. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke Now, what could be a better way to celebrate Mom this weekend other than taking her to belt out her favorite karaoke tune? Perhaps a little duet of  “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart?” Or perhaps a little “Bang Bang” where you both get to be Nicki? No matter what you’re in the mood for to sing it all out to, there ‘s simply no denying that Sing Your Life Karaoke goddess Sara Sherr has got you covered all weekend (and week!) 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 Milkboy South Street/401 South St. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

Welcome Summer:Opening Weekend of Delaware River Waterfront   It’s official! The Philly Waterfront is now officially open for the season……and we’re all invited. Ready, set, hammocks all summer long. For more details on this weekend’s heavenly festivities, you and the whole family should absolutely check this out right now.  All weekend/Delaware River Waterfront

DTF:Darryl and Timaree Fun Hour 5th Anniversary  Hard to believe that it’s already been five years since the “greatest sex ed/comedy/game show in the known universe” took over Philly! In that short time, real life sex educator, Dr. Timaree Leigh, and real life comedian Darryl Charles (and lots of fabulous guests along the way…some of whom will be back tonight!) have kept it real with their most entertaining and educated takes on sex, love and all of that other shit that strides along with it. But what it really comes down to is that this party is just getting started, so if you’re one of the few who haven’t experienced this f@#king show yet, tonight is it, gurl. Tonight/8 pm/Franky Bradley’s/1320 Chancellor St.

Party at the Pen:The Masquerade  Do you think you can survive a fabulous night behind the walls at the Eastern State Penitentiary? The answer would be yes as it’s one of the many, many reasons this two-day soiree is back by popular demand. Grab those costumes and then go right here to get your tickets…that is…if you dare.  Friday&Saturday/Eastern State Penitentary/22nd & Fairmount 

DJ Jimmy DePre  He’s back from San Fran and ready to slay those beats for all of you phabulous Philly dancing queens out there. Any questions? Good…and may you forever respect the DJ and the bartender. Tonight & Saturday night/Tavern on Camac/10 pm/243 S. Camac St. 

Geographer With his laid-back vibes and silky smooth voice, it’s no wonder that this rising indie-pop star is straight up owning every tour stop he rolls through. Listen to his latest romp, “So Low,” and you’ll know why. But first, grab those tickets if you’re lookin’ to get down with a laid back Friday night. Really, who isn’t? Tonight/730 pm/Boot & Saddle/1131 South Broad St. 

Philadelphia Taco Festival Pass all of the Zyrtec…now. Burp it up right here for more info on what’s looking to be quite a deliciously spectacular two-day Philly phiesta over at the Sugarhouse Casino this weekend.  Saturday & Sunday/1 pm/Sugarhouse Casino/1001 N. Delaware Ave 

Storybook Weekend Looking for something to take the kids to this weekend? Look no further than right here for all of the magical details……plus there’s brunch!! Plus, there’s guaranteed to be something all around this cherished fantasy world for the big kid in all of us….because Mother Goose said so. Saturday & Sunday/Sister Cities Park/18th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

Back 2 Basics:Throwback Jawn Because throwbacks are life and because the hottest dance party may just be right here. Oh, wait…it is. Get your momma on the dance floor, kween.  Saturday/10 pm/Tabu/200 South 12th St. 

MASQ  Now, what could be better than a bunch of sexy boys rockin’ mysterious masks, harnesses and jocks…oh, my. Get ready for a night of Boys of Summer truth as this is guaranteed to be one sizzlin’ and oh, so scandalous event. And of course, lots and lots of fabulous beats will be provided by DJ KRK who’ll get you more right than J.Lo. Yas. Saturday/10 pm/The Bike Stop/204 South Quince Street 

Maxwell/Vivian Green/Gladys Knight  Three’s certainly not a crowd when it comes to this dynamic company, so grab those tickets for what’s sure to be a rockin’ baby makin’ time down at the Jersey Shore this weekend. Saturday/Boardwalk Hall/7 pm/2301 Boardwalk 

Yanni Yes, that Yanni is coming to the Mann Center this weekend to give you and your Mom the show of a lifetime as we all celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of his breakthrough album, Acropolis. Trust his music, she’ll love you forever. Get those tickets. Saturday/8 pm/Mann Center for Performing Arts/5201 Parkside Avenue 

Marshmello  Let’s f@#king dance…it’s really that simple. Know what else is really, really simple? Getting those tickets to see the “Wolves” maestro take over Festival Pier on Saturday…and he’s from Philly so you know there’s going to be one hell of a dance par-tay down by the river. Saturday/5 pm/601 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Sinful Sundays w The Godess Isis If you really, really want to impress Mom this weekend, you’ll take her to the Gayborhood’s longest running drag show starring the one, the only…Goddess Isis. If not, may you forever burn in hell for all of your sins. Just sayin.’   Every Sunday/10 pm/Tabu/200 South 12th St. 

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

Friday……

Pennsylvania Ballet:Jewels @Academy of Music (all weekend//get tickets here)…………Lot of fabulous dancing at Woody‘s (202 S. 13th St.) all weekend long…….Jazz at The Library Bar(930 pm/210 W Rittenhouse Sq.)………..Shakey Graves @Union Transfer(830 pm/1024 Spring Garden St.)…………..Breathe Carolina @NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)………..Jorja Smith @The Foundry(1000 Frankford Ave/9 pm)…………Emmure@TLA(730 pm/334 South St.)…………..Fu Manchu@Underground Arts(9 pm/1200 Callowhill St.)……..Broncho@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm/1201 Frankford Avenue)……….Slick Shoota@Kung Fu Necktie(10 pm/1248 N. Front St.)………Berdmajik@The Barbary(745 pm/951 Frankford Ave)………Erica Corbo @Sound Space Performing Arts Center (9 pm/2511 West Girard Ave)……….

Saturday…..

DJ Chris Urban @L’Etage(10 pm/624 South 6th St.)………..Rob Paine/Willyum @The Barbary(10 pm/951 Frankford Ave)……..DJ Deejay @Silk City(10 pm/435 Spring Garden St.)…………Moon Boots @The Trocadero(8 pm/1003 Arch St.)………..Brklyn@Premier AC(10 pm/1 Borgata Way)………Dorothy@Electric Factory(830 pm/421 N. 7th St.)………..G Herbo @TLA(7 pm/334 South St.)……..The Feelies @ World Cafe Live(830 pm/3025 Walnut St.)…………Mo Lowda &the Humble/Medalia @The Foundry(9 pm/1000 Frankford Ave)………Luke Winslow-King@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm/1248 N. Front St.)…….Chachi@NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)………

Sunday…..Happy Mother’s Day!! 

Brand X &Project @TLA(8 pm/334 South St.)…………DJ Chris Urban@Positano Coast(12pm-4 pm/212 Walnut St.)) NO FX/Bad Religion@Festival Pier(1 pm/Columbus Blvd. & Spring Garden St.)……..Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm/243 S. Camac St.)………….Frankie Cosmos @Union Transfer (8 pm/1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Josh Rouse@World Cafe Live (8 pm/3025 Walnut St.)………..Tiara Thomas @Underground Arts(8 pm/1200 Callowhill St.)………….Fara@Bourbon & Branch(2 pm/705 N. 2nd St.)…………..MO70/B. Aquaruis@Voltage Lounge(530 pm/421 N. 7th St.)

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Music Tea w/The Values

If there’s one thing that Philly is absolutely fabulous for (besides cheesesteaks and Super Bowl rings, of course), it’s that its local entertainment scene is truly like no other.

Whether you’re a performance artist slaying in the FringeArts festival, a DJ serving up deep house at one of the many, many nightclubs around or a drag queen serving the runways of the Gayborhood, all walks of entertainment thrive on the City of Brotherly Love dance floor. 

Another performance genre that is certainly soaring in Philly (although some of you kids might not know how big it truly is), is that of the “basement” genre. Or, we can think of it as a small intimate musical gathering in the basement of your Mom’s house, designed for bands with a darker, edgier sound who’re built for more intimate crowds for their talents to be seen and their voices to be heard…and that they most certainly are. 

Thanks to venues like The Barbary and “house party” hot-spots like The Waiting Room and Hubris House, the basement genre is more alive than ever before, which is why Brooklyn based duo The Values are finding no trouble fitting into it all

With their eccentric mix of pop, indie and thunderous beats, The ValuesMason Taub (vocals) and Evan Zwisler(synths & the rest of it)–have not only made a name for themselves on their native NYC local entertainment scene, but right here in Philly while creating an ever-growing fan base that follows their every move.  With Ms. Taub’s dark, defining vocals on top of Zwisler’s pulsating production, these two certainly know how to serve up the heat while keeping it all light and groovy. 

Speaking of keeping things light and groovy, Mason and Evan stopped by Philly Mixtape for a spot of music tea, where they broke mugs about their humble beginnings, recording sessions and everything else in between….including their love for The Boss. Take a sip and enjoy! 

And for much, much more tea with The Values, check this out. 

Hey, guys! Thanks for stopping by the Philly Mixtape music tea table!! First up, spill for everyone about how The Values came to light…..Mason:When I met Evan in 2014, he was already working on the first iteration of The Values with some friends of his from college. He actually invited me to their first show that was happening the next day. We started dating and eventually I joined the band, and since then we’ve gone through lots of changes, learned a lot, and seem to have found our best sound yet as a duo. Evan: Every iteration of the band before this really didn’t feel right. I feel that when it’s just the two of us we have the freedom to really make and perform the music that’s in our heads. I’ve never been more excited to write new music.

Okay, let’s break some mugs about your unique sound. I’m feeling a lot of genres with it……a little EDM, a little new wave, and perhaps a touch of goth vibes? How would you kids best describe it? M:We usually put ourselves under the umbrella of synthpop, but there are lots of influences that we each bring to the table. My vocals certainly don’t sound like a lot of synthpop bands out there, and we slip in some rock and post-punk stuff in a few of the songs with Evan’s guitar. E:Sexy synth sounds that make you want to move your booty. Mason also writes amazing lyrics that are so vivid. It’s one of the reasons I love her so much.

Which musical artists inspire you both? M:I feel like the best way to answer this is with some of the music we listen to on the road: there’s a lot of Prince and Bruce Springsteen, LCD Soundsystem and Donna Summer. I also definitely find myself inspired by female pop artists like Janelle Monae, Grimes and Robyn. E:Recently it’s been a lot of Prince, I think he’s so bad ass. I think the sound design in Maggie Robert’s hit song ‘Alaska’ is really good and I think Lorde is just killing it, ‘Green Light’ is one of our favorites. Bruce Springsteen was the person who taught me what it means to be American and his music has helped get us home when we’re driving back from a road gig after one am. Other members of our One AM Club include: Sly Stone, Holy Ghost!, LCD Soundsystem, and Slyvan Esso.

You guys have also played quite a bit in Philly. Which venues have been your favorite places to rock out at so far? M:We’ve actually played a lot of Philly house shows, which is an incredible scene. We love Tralfamadore! In terms of above-ground venues, The Barbary also treated us really well. Shoutout to their bouncer Bear, who helped keep an eye on our mini pitbull and tour pup, Honey while we played! E:We love the house party scene in South Philly. In the coming months we’re going to play Tralfamadore, The Waiting Room, and Hubris House to name a few. There’s something about playing a basement packed with thirty or so other people all shoulder to shoulder that’s just electric.

What do you both think is the one thing that you think any new artist should keep in
mind when they first hit the scene? M:Things will change, whether that’s your lineup, your musical interests, whatever, and to be ready to handle that with as much grace as possible. E:Don’t be a dick. Most people are pretty nice so in addition to that I’d say that there are a ton of amazing bands in Philly so try to do something unique that you’re passionate about. People are super accepting and supportive in Philly so if it’s your dream to perform operatic baroque pop music performed acoustically with only your voice and a ukelele, go for it!!! People would rather watch you struggle to make something amazing, unique, and personal than have you do the same thing they’ve seen 100 times.

Spill a little about your recording sessions. What’s the general mood like? What do you do if there are any disagreements? That is, if there are any….M:We try to make recording fun for us, which isn’t too tricky because we’re both kind of music nerds. Some of the first recording sessions we ever did we had a bunch of friends over hanging out in the control room. Evan and I are pretty good at keeping the vibe upbeat and respecting each other’s ideas and trying things out when we’re recording or mixing. It’s just not productive for us to be at odds when there’s so much to do. E:The mood [is] good! We both love being in the studio so it was pretty great. I gotta give major props to Oliver Ignatius and Holy Fang recording. He really helped us get great synth sounds from his amazing collection of synths. We used an Oberheim Matrix 6 for a lot of the pad sounds on ‘Mass Destruction’ and it sounds fucking sick. Oliver knew exactly where to As far as disagreements go, there was only really one time I got upset. We were starting to record our cover of ‘Dancing in the Dark’ and Mason and Oliver decided to basically to scrap our demo and go for a much moodier take on the song. I felt kind of blindsided and was totally thrown off balance. I didn’t yell or scream like a psycho, but I wasn’t thrilled to change our demo which was working, but thank god we did. Pretty quickly into working on the new version I realized that what we’d been doing was pretty bland. We really wanted to drive home the ennui and frustration the lyrics conveyed. I trusted Mason and Oliver, I think they’re far better musicians than I am, and while there was friction I think the song was galvanized into something much stronger.

One last sip……..the one album that each of you simply cannot live without would be…..
M:This is a really tough question for me! Maybe….LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver.
E:Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen. Great Album, great album artwork (love me some of that Brucey Booty)

Cover photo courtesy of Mixtape Media, LLC

Get down with their hot-to-headphones cover of “Dancing in the Dark” right here!