Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Orchestral Snub

The Philadelphia Orchestra didn’t make Gramophone’s Top 20 list of the world’s best orchestras. I guess that’s the led-by-a-guy-dressed-like-a-penguin-music world’s BCS standings or something. I guess Philadelphia was knocked out by Boise State or didn’t win enough in-conference Vivaldi concertos.

Maybe it’s the Curse of Riccardo Muti or Eugene Ormandy?

Don’t fret, woodwinds. None of the other cities listed in the Top 20 won the World Series this year.

Suck on those fermatas, Vienna.

– AP

5 days until: The Philadelphia Marathon

It’s that time of year again! The Philadelphia Marathon is scheduled for this coming Sunday, November 23 at 07:00, beginning at 22nd and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Check out one of these “cheer zones,” too!:

* 16th & Arch (Mile 1) Starbucks
* 4th & South (Mile 4.5) Starbucks
* 10th & Chestnut (Mile 5.5) Starbucks
* Memorial Hall (Mile 9.5)
* Philadelphia Museum of Art (Mile 13.5 & Finish)
* Kelly Drive & Fountain Green Drive (Mile 15 & Mile 23)
* Main Street & Levering (Mile 20) Starbucks

The race is full (18,000 runners!), as is the half-marathon (same start time, same place, and the Rothman 8k (starting at 07:15, same place).

Come out and cheer on the runners who have worked so hard to prepare for this race! (Find the course here.)

R5 Shows for November 15-21

Always check out for the most up-to-date information about shows, venues, and events. All shows are all-ages unless otherwise noted.

November 15

November 16

November 18

November 19

November 20

November 21

Andrea’s 30th Birthday of Karaoke Awesome

Japas House Rules

I had no idea where I wanted to spend my 30th birthday—this accomplishment required an impressive night of partying, right? I went through many suggestions before a friend of mine mentioned a place I’d never heard of before: Yakitori Boy at 11th and Race in Chinatown.

I decided to spend the extra money and reserve a 20-person private room for my party, which was great because some people who’d normally never get up in front of a crowd of people and belt out “Eye of the Tiger” did so that night. The system (as illustrated in a photo on my flickr) is somewhat disorienting to search through, and all songs in English are listed under “Foreign”. All songs are under Men, Women, or Bands, listed alphabetically… except when they are not. For the life of me, I could not find Hall & Oates, and believe me, I tried.

We discovered that standing, jumping, or dancing on the couches was allowed, so long as we removed our shoes first. (It astounds me that this has happened enough that a rule was made about it!)

Besides that, YB is amazingly awesome. The servers were quick and polite, even when we made a mess with my birthday cake. Drinks and food were all wonderfully tasty, but I must admit, I spent most of my evening with a Pom Lychee in one hand and the mic in the other. Most everything was offered in small plates (hence the upstairs lounge name Japas) so we all got to sample a few different things. Sweet potato tempura! Oh my, that was good.

I had a bit of a mix up with my credit card near the end of the night when we went to settle the bill, but our server was graciously patient with me as we figured it out. I just hope my tip was enough, because I can’t imagine how frustrating my party must have been. Oh, not that we were obnoxious or nasty, there were just so many of us! I’m used to having small gatherings for my birthday, but because it was my 30th, about 25 people showed up.

On the way out of the place, so many people told me how much fun the evening was, and most of us plan to go back sometime. Perhaps a Metblog Happy Hour?

Rock Rules – Sunday

I’m betting a few of you are rock ‘n roll fans. Here’s a FREE event for you:

Henry Owings-author of The Rock Bible and publisher of Chunklet magazine-will be in Philly doing an in-store event at AKA Music in Old City (27 N. 2nd St.) on Sunday, November 9 at 3 p.m.

Henry will be discussing how The Rock Bible was conceived and created, and of course, the dos and don’ts of rock ‘n’ roll. He’ll then open up the floor to a Q&A followed by a signing.

Keep reading for more info. on the book!


R5 Shows for November 1-7

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Saturday, November 1

Sunday, November 2

Tuesday, November 4

Wednesday, November 5

Thursday, November 6

Friday, November 7

Girls Rock Philly Showcase – Saturday, August 9

Girls Rock Philly, a week long summer day-camp for female rockers ages 9-17, will hold their showcase at Girard College this Saturday. See the mini rockers rock out! They’ve formed bands, written songs, practiced hard, and learned jump kicks, for goodness sake! 6-8pm. There is a $5 donation requested.

Free Summer Activities

It seems my economic stimulus payment has come and gone pretty easily. So, I’m looking for inexpensive (i.e. FREE) things to do lately. My good friend has sent me a list of things she’s come up with. Thanks, L!

We are deep into the free outdoor movie season. Here are some links to places you can see them!:

City Hall

Headhouse Square
(This one has dance lessons, too!)

Penn’s Landing

Schuylkill Banks

Northern Liberties

Jefferson Square Park


Free concerts, too!

Rittenhouse Square

Mummers Museum

Other parks in the city have various film/concert activities, as well!

If you have more to add, please do so! I know there’s gotta be more music events.

Saturday Night Revival

Of course everyone knows about the Popped! Festival this weekend. They’ve got an excellent lineup and an excellent marketing plan. However, we have another item for your Saturday night. You know, it will be the summer solstice. Bree, who works at the excellent and secret (oops!) gem, For Pete’s Sake, handed me a flyer for Liquid Vinyl’s Saturday Night Revival, boasting music, summer love, and free beer! (Who doesn’t love that?) Drink it there, at Old Swede’s Church (Columbus & Christian St.), this Saturday.

Ladyfingers, Nervous Cabaret, & Dillon Minacci perform for you. There’s an afterparty at For Pete’s Sake, too. Tickets: $15 now/ $20 at the door.

And then the weekend…

As we swing into May, rumored month of flowers, here comes a jam-packed weekend. On my possible agenda, we start with First Friday (also cheesesteak Friday, in some parts). Saturday, animal lovers can stroll up to PAWS (2nd and Arch) around half-past-noon and check out the “Voices of the Phillies”, where you can meet the broadcasters and announcers for autographs and photos. They’ll be accepting your donations for pets that need adoption. With your donation of money or one of the items on their list, you run the risk of winning Phillies prizes! There’s gonna be more pushin’ and shovin’ Philly Roller Girls at the Sportsplex in NE Philly (5 p.m.). Check the website for directions, ticket outlets, and more. A portion of the bout proceeds benefits Girls Rock Philly. After that, I was thinking about heading to see The Kills at Johnny Brenda’s.

Sunday, relaxation time. This is my favorite day. Headhouse Market re-opens for the season. I just found out that one of my favorite bands, Hoots and Hellmouth, will be playing for FREE at 10 a.m. Come stomp around with them!

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