Sunday, August 30, 2015

POSTED: Friday, August 28, 2015, 12:03 PM
Little League Baseball player Mo'ne Davis accepts the award for Breakthrough Athlete onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Since she's a young woman of many talents — she’s got a memoir, a shoe line, was drafted to the Harlem Globetrotters, won an ESPY, and she’s the first female to earn a win and pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series, among other feats — it’s easy to forget Mo’ne Davis is still in school. She is 14, after all.

But instead of dreading those first early weeks of the school year, Davis is heading up the fifth annual Back 2 School concert at the TLA next week, presented by Urban Celebrity Magazine and Jimmy Dasaint. She will serve as co-host alongside Ebony Lavone and Plex. The show will see performances from hip-hop artists Mookie Mook, Summer Valentine, Role Models, Dollar Boyz, Z Dub, Pandemonia, DJ Young Gunna and more. 

Doors are at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 and tickets are currently on sale.

POSTED: Thursday, August 27, 2015, 10:53 AM
Fresh off the release of their sophomore album, Royal Headache play a sold out PhilaMOCA show on Friday. (Photo by Luke Stephenson)

When trying to compare the American crossover popularity of their music to other artists from their homeland of Australia, Royal Headache drummer Chris “Shortty” Shortt immediately resorts to naming Gotye.

“I was trying to pull a name,” he says over the phone from the other side of the world. “I was thinking of an Australian in the pop charts in America.”

The point Shortt tried to make was, yeah, the garage punk foursome don’t have the same Top 40 appeal that Gotye once had (before he was somebody that we used to know), but there’s a blog-chasing, underground-searching crew that has sunken their teeth into the grit, the soul, the spiritedness of the Sydney foursome.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 9:26 AM
Dogs on Acid. (Stephanie Aaronson/

Peter Helmis sits at a corner table in Fishtown’s Kraftwork. He’s with his bandmates Joe Reinhart, Nate Dionne and Nick Tazza and they’re discussing their upcoming album over a few beers. It’s their debut as Dogs on Acid, out on Jade Tree this Friday. 

“For the most part, any music that I’ve created and recorded ...“ 

“... is wonderful,” Reinhart interjects.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 1:05 PM
Featuring members of Grateful Dead and John Mayer, Dead & Company play the Wells Fargo Center in November. (Getty Images)

While it seemed like the book had been closed on the Grateful Dead following their “Fare Thee Well” reunion concerts in Chicago last month, the Dead haven’t been buried just yet.

Three of the four surviving members, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir have teamed up with John Mayer to give life to a supergroup of sorts, Dead & Company. (Fourth Dead member Phil Lesh has his own thing going with project Phil Lesh and Friends.)

Embarking on their first tour, Dead & Company will hit the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, Nov. 5, with set lists consisting of Dead tracks. Tickets are on sale this Friday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. American Express Cardmembers can get access to presale tickets starting Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 11:06 AM
Avicii performs at the MLB Fan Cave on October 1, 2013 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Who ever thought we’d see the day when an EDM giant, a ‘90s boy band wonder and a violinist would share the same bill? 

You can thank Forbes for this one. Avicii, Lindsey Stirling and Hanson will co-headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival, the closing event at this year’s second annual Forbes Under 30 Summit here in Philly. 

POSTED: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:10 AM
Comedian/actor Dave Chappelle performs at Radio City Music Hall on June 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Dave Chappelle has largely been flying under the radar since walking away from the Chappelle’s Show ten years ago, but the stand-up icon is continuing to pick up steam heading into this fall. After his — at times rocky — stand up return, headlining 2013’s Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy Festival and last summer’s Radio City Music Hall residency, Chappelle is back with his very own nationwide tour. 

The 15-city tour, quietly announced this week, will conclude in Pa. when Chappelle stops by Reading’s Santander Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and the Hershey Theatre in Hershey the following day, Wednesday, Oct. 7. Both dates feature two show times: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 

Tickets for all four performances are on sale now. (Tickets for Oct. 6 7 p.m. show here, tickets for Oct. 6 9:30 p.m. show here, tickets for Oct. 7 7 p.m. show here, tickets for Oct. 7 9:30 p.m. show here).

POSTED: Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 11:14 AM

Before Wonder performed, Mayor Michael Nutter, whom Wonder later referred to as “Mayor Nutley,” talked to him backstage.
“He said he loves Philly,” the Mayor said. Asked who was cooler, Wonder, Pope Francis, or Jay Z (whose Made in America festival is due Sept. 5-6), Nutter gave a noncommittal response. “They’re all unique,” he said. “we’ve got Stevie Wonder now, then Jay Z, then the Pope then, the Dalai Lama in October. It’s not bad for Philadelphia.”
When asked about the relevance of the 1976 album and the response it has gathered from fans some nearly four decades after its release, Wonder spoke of the joy of recording “Isn’t She Lovely?” for the album, and how much he enjoys singing about being a “nappy-headed boy” on “I Wish.”
That masterpiece of gritty 1970s urban funk was one of two other Key Of Life songs he sang in its entirety, along with “As,” for which he was joined by a melismatic Jazmine Sullivan, with the Strawberry Mansion-reared singer reading the song’s lyrics on her phone.
Before Sullivan could leave the stage, Wonder made her promise she would “come jam with us” at the Wells Fargo center. And then — when she again started to exit — he again pulled her back by starting up “Superstition,” the climactic workout he normally closes shows with from 1972’s Talking Book. That  closed the show for real. “I love you!,” he said, and got up to go.
Wonder had reason to be in a hurry. Wonder had done a similar mini-performance/press conference at 10 in the morning in Washington, D.C. to announce the tour, which he said would be the last times the album is played in its entirety in the United States. He’ll perform in Washington on Oct. 3.
And after flying to Philadelphia — whose influence on his music he celebrated by name-dropping Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, remembering American Bandstand, and singing a snippet of McFadden and Whitehead’s “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” he was off to New York to repeat the ritual in Central Park. There’ll he’ll announce the tour’s final performance at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 24. He’ll thus end what’s become a yearlong tour in the same town where it began.
Asked if he had ever performed in two cities on the same day before, let alone three, Wonder genially answered — in song — that he had not, “never in my life.”
Tickets for Wonder’s Songs In the Key of Life show at the Wells Fargo Center go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday on

POSTED: Monday, August 17, 2015, 5:46 PM
Stevie Wonder performs at Dilworth Park in Philadelphia, Pa. on Monday August 19, 2015. ( Colin Kerrigan / )

Thousands filed into Dilworth Park Monday afternoon for a surprise Stevie Wonder performance in which he performed a few songs, announced the second leg of his Songs In The Key of Life Tour and took questions. 

Of course, the excitement wasn’t bound to solely in-person enthusiasm — many took to social media to share scenes from the impromptu event. 

Unsurprisingly, Philly showed their support en masse.

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