Atlantic City Offers “Free” Blake Shelton Concert, Garages Charge $50 for Parking

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Oh, Atlantic City: You are never going to learn, are you?

Last evening, country music star Blake Shelton offered what was billed as a “free concert” between Caesars Pier and Central Pier. The catch? Local casinos, including Bally’s and Caesars (the two closest to the concert and, arguably, the logical choice for most concert attendees), charged a steep $50 to park in their lots. The normal price? $5. Read more »

Morgan’s Pier Summer Concert Lineup 2014

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Penn’s Landing beer garden and outdoor concert hub, Morgan’s Pier announced its summer concert schedule, with a lineup promising all kinds of sound-of-summer fun. Get ready to get outside and dancing with Dave Pianka of Making Time and Dolphin Tavern, international DJs like Booka Shade and Tiga, and free, live performances presented by R5 Productions and Yuengling Lager. The season starts May 1st, with a host of opening-week festivities. Tickets are available here. Check out the lineup below:

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Cher Kicks Off “Dressed to Kill” Tour With a Few Oops Moments

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On Saturday, Cher kicked off the U.S. leg of her “Dressed To Kill” tour at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz., (she’ll hair-flip through Philly on April 28th) and, according to Billboard.com, there was a whole lot of wig drama going on. Apparently after three songs Cher burst into confessional mode, revealing to the sold-out crowd that some of her costumes underwent last-minute changes, she broke a nail on her right hand, and had flubbed the words to some of her songs. The 67-year-old pop goddess was also reduced to tears before the show, revealing on Twitter:

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INTERVIEW: Rising Pop Star Betty Who Talks Heartbreak, Gay Weddings, and Getting Ratchet For Her Philly Fans

Photo by Alexander Stein.

Photo by Alexander Stein.

Aussie pop diva on the rise Betty Who will surely shake up things when she takes the stage at Underground Arts Saturday (March 22) to perform songs from her much-buzzed-about upcoming EP Slow Dancing. I had the chance to chat with Ms. Who on the phone this week, when we gabbed about everything from looking like Pink and dealing with heartbreak to what it was like having her song used in that Home Depot gay marriage proposal video that went viral.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Arcade Fire at Wells Fargo Center

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Photo by Eric Tsurumoto.

One might assume a holiday like St. Patrick’s Day would hinder a band’s drawing power in a city as infamously Irish as Philly. But for Arcade Fire last night, all it really did was throw a emerald hue over a crowd of thousands — many of whom showed up honoring the band’s “formal & costume” dress code in some obnoxious green get-up or another.

At 8:45 p.m. sharp, the band emerged on a small, dimly lit stage toward the center of the arena, plodding through an abbreviated “My Body Is A Cage” before sprinting to the main stage of shimmering lights and mirrors for the proper opener, “Reflektor.”

While the night considerably favored tracks from their latest record, the band hardly shied away from old favorites like “Neighborhood #1,” “No Cars Go,” and the beloved finale, “Wake Up.”



Elaborate costumes, coruscating rotating backdrops and the group’s visceral delivery were more than enough to make up for frontman Win Butler’s occasional fumbling through his own lyrics — (“Ready To Start” started, ironically, with the wrong verse, but a sheepish grin on Butler’s part was all it took to render the flub endearing.)

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Philadelphia Event Listings

Our selective, day-by-day guide to the best of what’s happening in Philly. Send event listings to ticket@phillymag.com


Thursday 5/15

CHARITY: An Evening at Franklin Square
7:30 p.m., Franklin Square, 6th and Race Streets

ART: Vintage Poster Show & Sale
Merrit Gallery, 385 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford


Saturday 5/17

GALA: International House’s Global Gala
6:30 p.m., $250, International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.

CONCERT: All You Can Eat Tour Featuring Steel Panther and Future Villains
8 p.m, Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street


Sunday 5/18

THEATER: The Five-Minute Follies featuring Sidetracked
3 p.m., $15-$18, Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street.

CONCERT: Lower Merion Orchestra Free Performance
3 p.m., McShain Auditorium at Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont

CHARITY: The Durang Shebang
6 p.m., L’Etage Cabaret, 624 South 6th Street


Thursday 5/22

DANCE: Communitas, a Full-Length Acrobatic Dance Performance with Live Music
May 22-23, 8 p.m., May 24, 8 p.m. and 3 p.m., and May 25, 3 p.m., $20, Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street.


Thursday 5/29

CHARITY: 10th Annual Wall Ball
7 p.m, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street


Saturday 6/7 

MUSIC: 2014 Chester County Blues BBQ
2 p.m., Wyndsor Farm, 2550 Ridge Road

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