Check out Live Nation’s updated autumn schedule. Not only will you find that Elvis Costello show through the Kimmel Center that I mentioned last week (albeit without The Roots) Nov. 10, at the Merriam, you’ll see that it’s Multlu’s world and that we merely live in it. At least when it comes to the Tower Theater in U-Darb, the cosmopolitan-jazzy singer and percussionist has several gigs there, one opening for Hall & Oates on Oct. 5 (he has worked with Hall in the past) and a Nov. 27 gig opening for/playing with his longtime band mate Amos Lee, a Philly gent who has his own new album out this season.
The Philadelphia Real Estate site, always a good read, tells us that Calexico is coming to 1600 South St. No, no, not the alt-rock act; the Brooklyn-based Mex-ifornia cuisine concern that does up its taco-terias like gi-hugic food trucks. Ole.
Johnny Showcase and his 8-piece avant-soul show hit up Johnny Brenda’s Aug. 10. Expect an appearance from swami/Spinning Leaves’ Michael Baker.
See my mention of Philly’s hotel-motel-glut in Icepack-in-print this week? The Home2Suites (from the Hiltons via the Philly-based Wurzak Hotel Group) at 12th and Arch streets opened on Tuesday, weeks before it was scheduled to open. If you don’t know what it is, it’s that thing across from the Reading Terminal Market.
It’s first-pour time at the spanking new Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, in Jersey’s Voorhees. Iron Hill founders Kevin Davies, Mark Edelson and Kevin Finn will open the taps at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 (Voorhees Town Center, 13107 Town Center Blvd.) After that, you’re on your own.
Welcome to town the folk from Education Media Foundation, the big name non-profit broadcaster of Christian music and talk, to the area’s airwaves. Radiolink reports that they just bought WWIQ (106.9 FM),the local home of conservative chatterers Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Will God accept the wicked right wingers or will Stryper win this race? Stay tuned.
A recent report from the Daily News’ Stu Bykofsky stated that Joe’s Steaks (originally and famously known as Chink’s, until the name came down for its’ racially slurry implications) was being boycotted by its old-timey regulars who’ve been upset that owner Joe Groh caved to political correctness, rather than stand his cheesesteak-y ground. Groh did what he thought was the right thing (finally) and simply wants customers. Enter the Philly Post’s Joel Mathis, who is holding “an eat-in” on Saturday morning Aug. 10 at 11:45 a.m. to prove that Groh did the right thing. His FB page is loading up fast. Besides that, Joe’s billboard on I-95 North and an award as one of Philly’s Top 3 Tastiest Cheesesteaks from the Philadelphia Business Journal should help.
The Flavorpill pop-cult-site and DJ Cosmo Baker host a day time lunch jam at Whisper at 17th and Walnut, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. They feed you a bagged lunch (Absolut is another sponsor, this could get drunky early) and you donate your intended lunch money to Philabundance. Info here, with a catch.
Speaking of a tasty way to donate money, Ronald McDonald never had it so good as when the new Prime Stache restaurant (Brett Celek’s place on Front and Chestnut) hooks up with its next-door-neighbor, Han Dynasty (for now, Han is moving across the street soon) for a combo-collaborative dinner Aug. 12. Seven courses split between the pair, two seatings (one at each spot), liberal pourings of Tito’s vodka, and $10 of every $50 goes to the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia and the Take Flight Foundation.
John Legend isn’t the only member of the family with a new release, Love in the Future. His dad, 62 year old Ron Stephens of Springfield, OH has his own thing going on: a hat-making company, PopzTopz (popztopz.net) whose first item drops this month, a chapeau named “the Pop Legend Remix.”
Morning drinking isn’t just for habitués of Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar anymore. Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar, in University City will host Wednesday Morning Live, Aug. 14, at 7 a.m., for workers on the late-night shift whose day ends at 6 or 7 a.m. Where do these folks go for an après-work pop? “We want to provide a place for hospital staff, firefighters, police officers and factory workers to come after a long night of work and grab a drink or a bite to eat,” says Maddy Neff from Jolly’s. “Although this is currently a one-time event, we’d love to turn it into a regular weekly or monthly event.” If they keep the piano’s volume down to a dull roar, this could go down as easy as good bourbon first thing in the morning.
WHOWHATWHERE: While in town for a gig together, Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine did the worthy CHOP thing (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and visited pediatric patients. Hit making hip-hopper Flo Rida stopped by Q102’ studios for a song and a chat. The Radio 104.5 block party at the Piazza welcomed Panic! At The Disco, Walk Off The Earth and Alt-J. Youngin film stars Jamie Campbell Bower and Lily Collins from The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones stopped by Franklin Mills Mall to promote their upcoming movie and the book series from which Mortal Instruments came, with its author, Cassandra Clare, in tow. CNN employee and documentary director Morgan Spurlock was at KYW TV studios (amongst other stops) hawking his due-soon flick, One Direction: This is Us. Morgan had morning coffee at Sabrina’s on Callowhill and grabbed a cheesesteak with onions and hot peppers at Tony Luke’s. Spurlock got so pressed for time, he had to eat it in the car.
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