Food and Music
The fellas of Little Baby's Ice Cream are taking to the stage instead of the streets with a Bruce Springsteen tribute show at Johnny Brenda's (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) this Friday, March 23. Bruce Ice Cream and the Freeze Street Band consists of the Little Baby's founders (Jeff Ziga, Pete Angevine and Martin Brown) and five of their friends (Greg Wright, Dave Fishkin, Matt "Shaggy" Stein, Julia Factorial and Maura Diberardinis). The show is a fundraiser to help LB's buy the necessary equipment for their upcoming brick-and-mortar shop.
"We thought, 'We have ice cream, so what else do we have?'" says Ziga on the idea of the show. Musical chops, clearly: Angevine and Brown met while attending jazz college, while Ziga worked at a rock-and-roll camp with Angevine. Why Bruce? "I'm not exactly sure how Springsteen came up," says Ziga, "but I am a fan of his music and I think it has widespread appeal."
As if The Trestle Inn (339 N. 11th St.) didn't already provide you with enough incentive to dance about it, they're adding tonight's festivities with Jim (Beam) and James (Brown). Starting at 7 p.m., you can git up offa that thing and shake your gravy boat to the tunes of the Godfather and his colleagues while sipping Beam specials. You'll have your choice of Jim Beam Black or Jim Beam Rye in the form of shots, Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and other staple cocktails to release the pressure.
In a bit of free advertising that couldn't be more up the outspoken Han Chiang's alley, local musician Brad Podray has penned a catchy-ass track chronicling his obsession with the popular local mini-chain of fiery Sichuan restaurants. Love the hook. You can stream and download the song right on Podray's site, as well as peep a full transcription of the lyrics (especially fond of the part labeling Chiang as "a Chinese Gandalf making spells out of chili oil"). Quick excerpt:
Han Dynasty is at the top of the food chain
its the wrong place for sesame chicken and lo mein
Get that shrimp dry pepper style flash fry
This is where weak taste buds go to die
I love the dan dan noodles and spicy cucumber
Spice level 10 is the magic number
Come here because you love the heat
Its like an explosion, but the kind you can eat.
Met with Chris and Heather Fetfatzes of Hawthornes Café (738 S. 11th St.) late last week to get the early word on their slated-for-spring takeover of Tritone (1508 South St.). The South Street bar and venue will host its very last show on Feb. 24; on March 1, the Fetfatzes will officially get the keys to the long-standing space to begin work on what they're calling The Cambridge.
A couple weeks ago, I profiled what I believed to be Philly's only "food rock" band, The Really Cooks. Turns out they're just the only food rock band in West Philly. Sorry. Brian "Brain" Dwyer, co-owner of the upcoming Pizza Brain (2313 Frankford Ave.), recently brought North Philly's Pizza Face to my attention.
Pizza Face started a couple years ago when it was "brewski night," according to lead vocalist Ben "Benriz" Erlacher. "We were suckin' down some heavy bevvies, just talking, and we decided since pizza is the [ultimate] food, that we would combine it with the [ultimate] music and make Pizza Face," he says.
A friend of Erlacher's told him about Dwyer and his endeavors in East Kensington and said they should get in touch. "I went to email him so Pizza Brain would know about Pizza Face," Erlacher says, "and I opened my email, only to find I already had a message in my inbox from Dwyer saying he bought our album and he's a big fan. We've been bad friends and ginger brothers ever since."
Matthew "Feldie" Feldman has spent so much time indoors while readying his Lucky Old Souls jazz venue/restaurant at 17th and McKean — nailing nails, booking bands — that he had to get out of the house. So almost two months ago, he announced he'd be opening a Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck, serving a menu of Lancaster County grass-fed beef burgers and housemade veggie patties, hand-cut fries, thick milkshakes, home-crafted bacon and housemade ketchup, mustard and mayo. That he would top it all off with the sweet and sour sounds of jazz music coming from his truck created brand awareness for Feldman's due-by-winter club.
Yes, that Fluid (613 S. Fourth St.) — tonight's Hispanic Heritage Month-themed Tropicalismo, the monthly party that runs from from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. (RSVP link), will have a dope food tie-in. South Philly/Italian Market types might already know Primas Tacos (above), the truck that slangs right outside Prima Pizza Taqueria Mexicana (1104 S. Ninth St.) most late nights. They'll be posted up outside Fluid while visiting acts Quantic and Pernett join resident DJ Juanderful (aka Village Whiskey barkeep Juan Bustamante) in spinning all things Colombiano. But this South American influence will spread to the eats outside, too — Bustamante has prepared a bunch of traditional Colombian arepas (his own family recipe) that will also be available at at the Primas window. The truck will be in full swing for the duration of Tropicalismo.
We here at CP have been talking a lot about next week's highly anticipated POPPED! lately — we're official media partners for the music and food fest, and lent a hand in curating the sure-to-be-dope Food Bazaar. (See Critical Mass for daily coverage of all the POPPED! acts.)
To prove that we're not all talk and no walk, we've got pairs of tix for both days — that's two for Friday and two for Saturday — that we want to give away. Entering to win is easy: Simply write ONE SENTENCE about why you deserve this sweet prize and leave it as a comment on this post before 2 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 15. Make sure you register with an email address that you check frequently, as that's how we'll alert the winner.
Good luck and happy sentencing! We'll see you at the show. Somewhat relatedly, here is a picture of POPPED! artist Kreayshawn eating a popsicle:
UPDATE [16sept11]: I gotta say, guys — I'm a little disappointed in the sentence selection for this contest! You have to know that "I love food and music" is not going to win you these tix, right? You gotta bring it a little, say something creative, outlandish, funny, scandalous, something that stands out! That's why Meal Ticket commenter gme928 wins with this gem: "These shows make me feel like a disco angel in a rainbow heaven." You'll be flapping your rhinestone-studded wings all over both days of POPPED!, sir/madam. Congratulations!
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. (Check out CP's coverage.) To commemorate the event, Yards has prepared their own barrel(s) of fun — the brewery's first-ever lager, Folk Fest. The 6 percent ABV beer, brewed on Yards' pilot system, uses German malts and Hallertau and Tettnang hops. They produced only six barrels, or a dozen kegs. "We will be pouring the beer at the Folk Fest and only at the Folk Fest," says Yards' director of operations Steve Mashington. "We may keep a keg for the tasting room [in the Philly brewery], but that will be it." So if you want to taste their latest creation (Mashington provided "pretty awesome" as a tasting note), prepare to trip it out to Old Pool Farm. Expect to find a number of the brewery’s signature ales — Philly Pale, Brawler, IPA and ESA — in the festival’s beer garden, as well. Folk Fest tix are available here.
City Paper and Meal Ticket are the official media partners of the 2011 POPPED! Musical Festival, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 at FDR Park in South Philly. While the music lineup for the two-day event is alluring on its own — looking forward to The Shins, Pretty Lights, The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Rakim, Girl Talk and many more acts — the festival's Food Bazaar, a collection of local food vendors, trucks, carts and full-fledged restaurants that'll be feeding the hungry masses, will be just as a big a draw. Set in a separate area away from the music, the Bazaar will feature both GA and VIP options; we're proud to be lending a hand in curating the lineup, along with Philly Homegrown, The Food Trust, chef Corey Fair of Modern Farm Table and POPPED! organizer Alexis Rosenzweig.
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