Philly videographer Mike Cessario just wrapped on the pilot of a proposed documentary series that follows local electronic dance music (EDM) pioneer and Actual Records founder Aaron Ruxbin.
Cessario tells me he decided to shoot a film that focuses on Ruxbin because of the DJs unlikely story. He was a Drexel University business grad who “ditched the cubicle to create a grimey underground dance music empire in Philadelphia,” he says. “EDM has exploded and DJs are the new rockstars, but I want to show the less-glamorous side of the business—the side that actually powers 90 percent of [the Philly EDM scene].”
These days, Cessario says, Ruxbin basically lives out of his car while putting on sold-out shows at TLA and, for a little side money, a strip club called Purple Orchid. All that’s captured in pilot, with commentary by local MC Buddy Leezle and DJ Jack Deezl.
Cessario hopes this short film will attract investors who may be interested in backing a more-blown-out documentary. If not, this could be the only episode we’ll see. “This will remain a conceptual pilot for a series until we find more support. If we don’t, it will die and go to the pilot graveyard.”
Check it out above.
Hoboken trio Yo La Tengo is hitting the road for a mini-tour that celebrates the 30th anniversary of their very first show, which took place on December 2, 1984. The four-night tour kicks off at New York’s Town Hall on December 3rd, and culminates here at home, at The Trocadero Theatre on Saturday, December 6th.
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Erasure performs at the Borgata on September 26th.
10 “Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions”
Mann Center, 9/19
Literally, the music of Pokémon.
9 The Eagles
PPL Center, 9/12
In case you haven’t already heard “Hotel California” 1,000 too many times.
We loved Erasure … in 1985.
7 Disco Biscuits’ City Bisco
Multiple locations, 9/25-27
Calling all trustafarians and faux-hippie ravers.
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Bounce Music Festival, with Patti LaBelle, Ruben Studdard, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, took place last night at the Mann Music Center in Fairmount Park.
At one point Miss Patti dedicated a song to her friend Joan Rivers, the comedian who died last week at the age of 81. It began with a rift of "You Are My Friend," and ended in a prayer. The 70-year-old diva thanked Philly for supporting her for the past 52 years of her career.
Patti has the energy of women half her age, and legs that go on for days. She ended the set with "Over the Rainbow." At one point she kicked off her heels, with one flying into the audience as often happens in her show. (Once I actually caught one, but gave it to a friend who probably still has it on his shelf at home). But these days she's wearing Louboutins, so she sent her shoe guy into the audience to retrieve that baby. She left the stage to thunderous applause, and returned to sing an encore of "You Are My Friend" to the appreciative audience.
After a brief break Maze featuring Frankie Beverly took the stage and the audience began to dance, holler and party it up as Beverly sang all his big hits. It was a gigantic party for the next hour or so as the audience, many dressed in white to pay homage to Beverly, put down their video devices and seemed to get into the groove.
Lorde performs at the Mann Center on September 5th.
Maybe you’ll see Cecily Tynan there, singing along to “Royals.” The 17-year-old Kiwi is one of her personal faves. Mann Center, September 5th.
Zachary Chiero and Peter Andrew Danzig are gay Mummers in Tribe of Fools’ “Two Street,” part of the FringeArts Festival.
Every year, we wonder if the event previously known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe is going to lose its mojo. But based on this year’s lineup, which includes everything from an interactive public art installation floating on the Delaware River (WetLand) to Two Street, a gay version of Romeo and Juliet as told through the lens of South Philadelphia and the Mummers to one of the most unusual walking tours you’ll ever join (Experiment #39) and a few dozen other shows, and the fact that the FringeArts venue is now fully open, complete with brasserie, outdoor performance plaza and 240-seat theater, it seems the mojo is stronger than ever. Various locations, September 5th to 21st.
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XPN has a great piece up today about today’s momentous anniversary: The Beatles played Convention Hall on Sept. 2, 1964. The whole story’s worth a read, but is especially memorable for how DJ Hy Lit conspired with then-Captain Frank Rizzo (!!!!) to secretly get the band into the hall, past a mob of thousands of screaming teenagers outide. Hy Lit is quoted:
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Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean are being sued over a song they collaborated on that got it’s name from Jay Z’s Philly-derived Labor Day weekend Made in America Festival. The song in question is, you guessed it, “Made in America.” More from AV Club:
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