Dock Street’s forthcoming Dock Street Beer Ain’t Nuthin’ to Funk With.
Vince Desrosiers is creating a beer that can bring da ruckus.
Desrosiers, the head brewer at Dock Street in West Philadelphia, is currently aging his new golden saison. Playing next to the barrel for the six months it’ll sit there? Wu Tang Clan, streaming from Spotify.
“I listen to music every day in the brewery and I’ve wanted to do a series of beers based on the music I like,” Desrosiers says. “It’s hardly an original thought but my musical taste is all over the place and Wu Tang seemed like a great place to start.”
Jersey-born rocker Bon Jovi was presented an honorary doctorate of letters this week at the Rutgers-Camden graduation at Susquehanna Bank Center. The gesture recognizes his career as an entertainer and work to raise money for the causes of homelessness and poverty.
During his commencement address, he pulled out his guitar and broke into song, a new ditty he wrote for the occasion called “Reunion.” It includes some inspiring lyrics, telling the graduating class of around 293 to do things like “write your song,” and “start your own revolution”–you know, take-life-by-the-balls kind of stuff. Give it a listen in the Twitter video up top and below. Or watch the full video here.
Rutgers-Camden graduates listen to Jon Bon Jovi perform a song he wrote especially for them. https://t.co/wwW9sCw2m0
Temple-trained DJ Diplo and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler performed at the Hangout Festival this weekend in Alabama. Between sets, the two found time to hit the basketball court for a little Shirts vs. Skins action, with Diplo being the only one on the Skins team, apparently. Butler mostly sits the bench. Check out the video, via Stereogum, above.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia celebrated its 50th anniversary with a concert at Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall on Sunday May 10, 2015. After the performance a champagne toast reception was held at the Hamilton Garden where Garces Catering provided small plates of delicious food. Guests included music director Dirk Brossé; Geert Bourgeois, minister-president of the government of Flanders; former Governor Ed Rendell; as well as friends , supporters and members of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
There were toasts to the staying power of the orchestra and to the exciting future that lays ahead . Also on hand was Kenneth M. Jarin, board chair; who with Dirk Brossé, conductor; and Susan Schwartz McDonal,, president of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Board of Directors. They honored Marc Mostovoy, founder of the chamber orchestra, and recognizing Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn for his service.
The concert was conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé conducted can be heard this Sunday, May 17, 5 to 6 pm on WRTI.
Legendary blues man B.B. King passed away this morning at the age of 89. You’ll find moving profiles on him all around the web, including this one from The New York Times, which chronicles his life “from the cotton fields of Mississippi” through a career as one of the defining voices and guitarists in the history of recorded music. He was an original crossover artist, “marrying country blues to big-city rhythms” and eventually making his way to Philadelphia to tinker with TSOP with producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. King worked with them in 1974 on an album called Friends. That’s where I’ll leave you today, with with a catchy instrumental track from the album called “Philadelphia,” a nice blend of King’s wailing guitar and the unmistakeable funk of TSOP. R.I.P.
In April, Doylestown native and pop-rock star Pink shut down a bunch of haters on Twitter who were ridiculing a photo of her in which they said it looked like she’d put on a few pounds. Her response was fantastic, and empowering, and it’s prodded interviewers to ask where she gets the strength to deal with the constant criticism on the web and in tabloids. She opens up in this great interview from Entertainment Tonight:
I don’t take well to bullying. I never have. I’m not a person that will be bullied. I’m not a person that will stand by watching other people bullied.
I am a girl, I have feelings and people think I take no shit and I’m tough, tougher than nails, but I’m a human being.
I think people have gotten it wrong. They think their opinion matters and holds weight and I don’t know where or why they’re giving themselves so much credit you know?. … So I thought it was important for me to remind them that I don’t care. My life is full, I like food a lot and I really like to cook, I like to live, I find joy in that and were doing alright in the Hart household.
After the womp-womp that was her last video, “Style,” Taylor Swift has decided to turn things up a notch for her next offering by inviting a handful of her famous pals to star as elaborate, funny-named noir characters. She tweeted a hint about the video, for the song “Bad Blood,” yesterday evening, explaining that each star chose their own name and persona:
First, the Founding Fathers came to Philadelphia to birth American democracy, the shimmering benchmark of freedom and self-empowerment that has alternately subjugated and enlightened the world for 300 years.
Things were quiet after that. The Phillies won the World Series in 1980.
Then, as a result of the stagnation of a bloated, pop-riddled late-’80s hip-hop scene and his own desire to move some damned wax, Jesse B. Weaver Jr. a.k.a. SchoollyD invented gangsta rap. He’s the progenitor, father of IceCube, grandfather of Tupac, Abraham and every post-gangster, Frooty Loops-hounding loudmouth, talented or otherwise.