Everybody wanted to be slimed back then. (youtube.com)
In the late ’80s and early ’90s, every kid knew who Marc Summers was. These days he’s a friendly Food Network personality, but back in the day, he was the friendly host of Double Dare — the Nickelodeon game show that had contestants wading through oatmeal and sticking their hands up giant noses in search of that elusive orange flag.
For viewers of a certain age, it was the grossest, most hilarious thing on TV. How we dreamed of being the kid in the goggles and helmet sliding into the giant sundae or sitting in the giant bowl of spaghetti, trying to catch the gravy-covered nerf meatballs. Every episode ended with an obstacle course full of whipped cream, chocolate sauce, slime and every other disgusting thing.
It didn’t come out till years later that Summers — now based in Philly part time — had been suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder the whole time. So why’d he keep going? It was good TV.
The new documentary On Your Marc — premiering at the Troc on Friday — tells Summers’ insane, oddly inspiring personal obstacle course, from the Double Dare days to prepping his one-man-show on OCD, to the car accident, the cancer and everything else. It’s a wild ride. Here’s the trailer: Read more »
Dua Lipa is at the Foundry at the Fillmore on Thursday. Photo by Nicole Nodland
Dua Lipa @ Foundry at the Fillmore | Thursday, March 2
This young pop singer out of London is on Entertainment Weekly’s list of “10 Artists Who Will Rule 2017” and her self-titled debut album, slated for a June release, made it onto Billboard’s roundup of the year’s 40 most-anticipated albums.
The-Dream @ Theatre of Living Arts | Thursday, March 2
Singer, songwriter and producer The-Dream, who co-wrote hits like Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in addition to releasing his own studio albums, is on tour for a new EP, Love You to Death.
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Rising Appalachia play World Café Live at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday. Photo from Facebook/Rising Appalachia Music
Jim Jones and Steve Conte @ Boot & Saddle | Wednesday, January 4
The lead of UK garage rock band Jim Jones Revue and American songwriter/guitarist Steve Conte, who did a stint with the New York Dolls in the 2000s, play Boot & Saddle.
All Mozart @ Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center | January 5-7
Mozart specialist Jane Glover leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in three works by the famed composer, including his very first symphony and his last, plus the Bassoon Concerto, with Daniel Matsukawa playing the title instrument.
Rising Appalachia @ World Café Live at the Queen | Thursday, January 5
Sisters Leah and Chloe and their band play folk music infused with influences from around the world. They’ll be at the World Café Live in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Shawn Mendes is in the lineup for Jingle Ball 2016. Photo from Facebook
Curtis Harding @ Trocadero | Wednesday, December 7
Soul singer Curtis Harding only released his debut album, Soul Power, a couple of years ago, but his throwback sound will convince you he’s been making hits since the ’70s. Philly rockers The Whips open the show, which is upstairs on the Troc’s Balcony.
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The Hot Sardines @ World Café Live
The Hot Sardines bring their hot jazz to World Café Live. Photo from Facebook
| Tuesday, June 28
Throwback jazz collective The Hot Sardines goes for a smooth, lively hot jazz/Dixieland/swing sound with sultry vocals. They just released their sophomore studio album, French Fries & Champagne
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Image by Paul Heartfield
John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, the king of the punks, lit the match for cultural revolution at age 20 when he penned the lyrics to the Sex Pistols iconic 1976 single, “Anarchy in the U.K.” and howled: “I am an antiChrist. I am an anarchist. Don’t know what I want. But I know how to get it.”
The Sex Pistols took on England’s Houses of Parliament, its monarchy and the establishment by speaking for the less fortunate who were stagnating in a quagmire of economic hopelessness and poverty. Johnny Rotten was hailed by young Brits as a cultural revolutionary. He was happy to provoke, make scenes, throw some punches and thumb his nose at the rules of convention. The MI5 declared the Pistols “subversive,” and they were banned from performing live anywhere in the U.K. But after only 26 months together, this seminal band was over. (Julien Temple’s documentary, The Filth and the Fury, chronicles the band’s chaos-filled rise and fall, including the fatal overdose by Sid Vicious.)
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Photo by G. Widman, courtesy Visit Philly
Way back in 2013, a band from Los Angeles called Caught a Ghost played an opening slot on a Thursday night at popular Fishtown bar-restaurant-nightclub Johnny Brenda’s, one of Foobooz’s Best Bars of 2015. The show didn’t get any press, and we couldn’t find a single video from the night other than a quick soundcheck clip of the headliner. But the gig was pivotal in landing Johnny Brenda’s some significant screen time in Creed, the new Rocky movie that opens nationwide on November 25th. Read more »
Local AIDS-fighting nonprofit Philadelphia FIGHT announced today that Harlem-born songstress Teyana Taylor will perform at the third annual Hip Hop for Philly concert on June 27th at the Trocadero Theater. The concert is free and open to youth aged 13 to 24 who receive a free HIV test at a handful of participating agencies (see those below).
Taylor just released her first studio album, VII, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart last November. She is signed to Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music label, and was featured on his recent single “Dark Fantasy.” You may also recognize her from her roles in Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family. Other acts scheduled to perform at the concert include dance troupe Project Positive, and rapper E-Hos.
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Philly jam giants Disco Biscuits (DB) might have taken a summer off from their 14-year-strong electronica festival Camp Bisco. But commitment to their fledgling hometown annual run City Bisco has hardly stalled. Adding a third day and two new venues to this year’s chapter, the party’s only on the up and up.
For unfamiliar ears, the Biscuits’ claim to fame is their trademark trance fusion—a genre-bending hybrid of jam, electronica and psychedelia that opened countless doors for likeminded torchbearers of The Grateful Dead and Phish.
Where last year’s City Bisco lineup favored hip-hop legends Big Boi, Method Man and Redman, this year’s supporting acts complement a return to the roots for the hometown heroes.
The Biscuits will have the stage to themselves for night one, a sold-out show on Thursday, September 24th at the Trocadero (because Thursdays are contractually reserved for throwing back to the 90s at this point).
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