Eighties pop star, gay icon and the karma chameleon himself, Boy George, is coming to Philadelphia‘s TLA on April 18th to promote his latest album, This is What I Do, and we’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away!
The album is a comeback of sorts for the singer-songwriter, who recently announced he’s on track to beating a longtime drug and alcohol addiction. He’s looking great, sounding fabulous, and the new album — the first all-new studio work since 1995′s Cheapness and Beauty — is getting solid reviews. The Guardian actually called it “the comeback of 2013.”
To win tickets to the show, fill in your name and email in the box below. Each day around 5 p.m. I will randomly choose a winner and email them with info on how to pick up their tickets. Entries get wiped out daily, so be sure to submit every day. You can find details about the show here.
Of all the tortures, to put it lightly, of elevator-sharing (awkward eye contact, microscopic talk, the dreaded cougher), the music may be enemy number one. Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) understands the pain, and is flipping it on its head with a new exhibit, “Really Good Elevator Music.”
The project, headed by AAI artist-in-residence Yowei Shaw, turns an elevator into a pop-up installation, where office-goers and art lovers can change how they view passive time — the habitual commute becoming an experience. Collaborators on the project include Steven Dufala (formerly of Man Man) and a slew of other Philly artists. Their two-minute tracks are an experiment in found sound, field recordings and music, with the hope of promoting active listeners and an active community. Expect to hear heart-warming, thought-provoking and light-hearted pieces piped in through the PA, with tracks ranging from a recorded discussion with men to take shelter at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission to a soundbite of eighth graders rehearsing their Miley Cyrus-themed graduation video.
The project is running now through March 31st in the Wolf Building elevators, at 340 North 12th Street. Shaw will host a listening party on March 14th that features the music and video reactions from participants. That takes place at the Asian Arts Initiative, at 1219 Vine Street. For more information and to listen to some of the tracks, go here.
KindieComm is a convention for artists in the family music genre that will help aspiring “Kindie” (kids indie) musicians network with and learn from some big names in the biz. Rookies and veterans of the industry are excited to see a comeback for the event after the Brooklyn version fell apart.
As we reported earlier this week, Philly soul queens Patti LaBelle and Jill Scott performed at the White House last night for Michelle Obama’s “Women of Soul,” an arts workshop for high school and college students. The reviews are in, and it sounds like Miss Patti brought the house down. From AP: ”First up in the East Room lineup was LaBelle, with a thundering delivery of ‘Over the Rainbow’ that had the audience on its feet. … [She] had plenty of stories and advice to share with the students, then got them whooping, hooting and swaying with a [song] in the intimate venue of the State Dining Room.”
Scott joined Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, and Tessanne Chin on a “rollicking” version of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.” The concert streamed live on the White House website, and you can catch it on April 7th when it airs on PBS.
Remember the South Philadelphia house that blew up recently? No, not that one. This one.
The man whose house blew up was Ron Talton, a manager at Chris’ Jazz Cafe on Sansom Street, and on Thursday night, Chris’ is holding a benefit to help him out. Some of Philly’s best jazz musicians are coming out for it, and all of the proceeds ($10 suggested donation) go to helping Talton get his life back in order.
But what you really need to know about Ron Talton is that he used to be a professional singer in Germany, and in 1994, he starred in this semi-NSFW music video for his song, “Tie U Up.” And it is… amazing.
I’m pretty sure the lyrics go something like: “I would usually use my hammer, but with you, I’ve got the wood… I’m gonna tie you up, funk it down, hit you with my two-by-four…”
Enjoy this totally 1994 flashback to 1994. I don’t know whether to say, “You’re welcome” or “I’m sorry.”
On the evening of Saturday, March 1st, Friends of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hosted Cheers for CHOP at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia.
The event began with guests walking the red carpet into a cocktail reception where there was an expansive silent auction underway as well as butlered hors d’oeuvre and carving stations. Guests had the opportunity to bid on gift certificates to nearly every notable area restaurant you could think of, as well as spa treatments and sporting experiences.
After the cocktail hour, guests were whisked into the two-level dance floor of Seven The Nightclub where DJ Bizz from CTO Soho entertained the crowd — with the exception of a surprise performance by Rob “It Takes Two” Base, who sang his biggest hits backed by Kyle Rifkin.
The proceeds from the evening went to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, and the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.
Philly’s not immediately thought of as a “twee” town. We’re (proudly) a cheesesteak-huffing, rival-team-slaying, bar-and-basement-dwelling people, but that’s only for us to say (see: Vice‘s much-maligned backhanded pat on our back and the corollary backlash). For years, Philadelphia’s Bleeding Rainbow (formerly Reading Rainbow) has been called a “cutesy” outlier in a punk town. Yet the diminutive is not/was not even close to Bleeding Rainbow’s ethos. In fact, Bleeding Rainbow is smack-dab in the middle of the Philly music scene, defining it and defying detractors’ assigned novelty status. Over their past three LPs and various other recordings (culminating in the just-released Interrupt), Bleeding Rainbow has shed that image (not to mention a name) and gained a new sound, new lineup, new groove.