By: Krista Doran

lorettaallen_promopic2I really love writing this segment for the Out On The Town. Over the last 2 years I have been writing this column, I have had the opportunity to meet some great musicians and I truly enjoy the wonderful friendships I have made. Some interviews are better than others of course, but they are all interesting to me. That being said, I am very proud of the fact that I am writing this month’s “In The Spotlight” about a young woman from our area that is a true musician in every sense of the word. She doesn’t just perform her own music, she writes from her soul, and is driven by her faith. Please let me present to you, Ms. Loretta Allen.

Loretta actually started out as an actor. She enjoyed a happy and successful career performing on Murder Mystery Dinner Tours. This life was very lucrative for her and then one day she decided to trade in her playbill for a guitar. I asked Loretta what helped her make this decision and she explained “I walk by faith and not by sight. I received a sign from God, telling me that this is what I should be doing so it is my mission.” Because Loretta has always been so driven by her faith, early in her career she took to the road with a beat-up old Ovation that her Aunt found in the trash. In her even-more-beat-up Jetta, Loretta went from town to town playing at gas stations making just enough money for food and gas that would get her to the next town. Driving out as far as California, she realized she’d found her second home. The wild ocean and tall trees gave her the inspiration to write her songs on a whole new level. Her music is soulful and graceful with heavy influences of Folk and good ol’ Rock and Roll. Her voice is devastatingly haunting. Each of her songs are an eclectic mix of music that moves people, both in a happy and sad way. Loretta explained to me, “I like to take people on a journey with my music. I love people and I want to inspire them through the stories in my songs.”lorettaallen_promopic1

I asked Loretta what she used as inspiration for her music. She giggled and said “Anything! I don’t really think that people write songs, however. I think the songs are already out there; we just have to grab them and pull them into this world. Songs come from a very special place in the universe and we are just the interpreturs.” Loretta’s music has greatly evolved over the years. I asked her in what ways she felt things changed and she told me that she has put a lot of study into what she does. “I have lots of wonderful coaches who have graciously given their time to help me realize my potential, especially my vocal coach, Mardelle F. DeLancey. I have been amazed at the growth I have achieved because I really didn’t expect it.”

With major influences of artists like Tori Amos, Jewel, Sarah McLachlan and The Beatles, Loretta has developed her own unique style that is innocent, yet wise, insightful and melodic. She is a highly sought after musician, playing many local upcoming events such as the Stirfry Music Festival at Snipes Farm in Newtown which will be taking place August 28 – August 30. She is also the Sponsorship Coordinator for the Montgomery/Bucks Music Awards, which are based on the very successful Lehigh Valley Music Awards. This alone is huge testament to her talent and validity as a musician. You can also catch Loretta performing every Sunday night at The Tullytown Pub on Main Street in Bristol.

Loretta Allen has certainly made a name for herself in the area through her music. She explained to me that it was very hard at first because she was making great money pursuing her acting career. “It was tough being broke all the time and starting a brand new career,” but 10 years later and look at her – she is soaring like a bird and all of us here at The Out On The Town couldn’t be more proud of her. She has done all the right things, the right way, and continues to stay true to herself and her beliefs. Not many people can honestly say that. Loretta is a beautiful, yet old soul and her music will inspire you. Check her songs out and see her schedule right now on Myspace at or better yet, go see her live! You’ll be glad you did!

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By Rob Nagy

EDDIEMONEYFor seventies rocker Eddie Money there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Traditionally labeled as one of the hardest working artists in show business, Money has endured a professional and personal roller coaster that has taken him from the ranks of a New York City police officer to rock star in a career that now spans more than three decades. To call Eddie Money a survivor would be an understatement. On the heels of the 2009 debut of his first off Broadway stage production, Money is currently in the throws of another summer concert season, gracing stages all over America and sharing his rich catalog of hits with fans both old and new.
Eddie Money first came to prominence in 1977 with his self-titled release “Eddie Money”. Containing his most memorable hits, “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise”, the album reached number 37 on the charts and laid the foundation for an impressive career and string of top 40 hits that continue to get airplay decades later. Early success found him on MTV at its inception with the videos “Shakin'” and “Think I’m in Love”. His sophomore release, “Life for the Taking”, reached the Top 20, yielding the hit singles “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down” and “Maybe I’m a Fool”. In spite of his success, Money’s career floundered with the 1980 release of the commercially disappointing “Playing For Keeps”. A publicized personal battle with drug addiction stalled his efforts to rebound, and Money struggled to return to the charts. In 1982 he released “No Control”, featuring the hits “Shakin”, “Think I’m In Love”, and “Take A Little Bit”. The album catapulted to the Top 20 on the U.S. charts. His 1983 follow-up, “Where’s The Party?” was not warmly received. Three years later Money released the highly successful “Can’t Hold Back” album, yielding the hits “ I Wanna Go Back” and “Take Me Home Tonight”, which featured a duet with the legendary Ronnie Spector. The song reached number 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and soon achieved platinum status. Money continued the momentum with his 1988 follow-up album “Nothing To Lose” and yet another Top 10 hit “Walk on Water”. His last charting song was 1992’s “I’ll Get By”. The remainder of the decade and into the new millennium found Money releasing a series of compilation and moderately successful studio albums while continuing to perform solo shows and packaged concert tours with fellow eighties artists.

On July 24, 2010 Eddie played to a near capacity crowd at Atlantic City’s Hilton Hotel and Casino. Performing a ninety-minute show featuring all the Eddie Money hits, the audience of predominantly baby boomers enjoyed an energetic and loud performance that had them on their feet from the opening note. Backed by a solid core of rock veterans including guitarist Tommy Girvin; bassist Lee Beverly; drummer Glenn Symmonds; and, on keyboards, Chris Grove (formerly of Survivor), Money sounded great. His well known, amusing facial expressions and great sense of humor added to the evening. Highlights included “Baby Hold On”, “Two Tickets To Paradise”, ‘Take Me Home Tonight”, “I Think I’m In Love”, “Shakin” and “Give Me Some Water”. Included was a moving rendition of Money’s latest song “One More Soldier Coming Home”. Money’s tour continues throughout the U.S. for the remainder of this year. For more info on Eddie Money go to


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We are not a daily, nor a weekly…but we do one thing that none of these do ..we place the focus on the people and places that make up our local Entertainment Industry. We talk about the things you would want to know about if you were in the ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS. See each OOT is made by people in the business. This is our own way and has been for many years. In recent times we made the change and you can say we are an online GUIDE! * One of the very first in the country to place each OOT GUIDE UP ONLINE FOR FREE! We work hard for all of our accounts. Let us work for you.

Using VIDEO: OOT has set the standard in local Entertainment Information on Cable TV and we offer VIDEO to anyone of our clients. VIDEO CLIPS from :30 sec spots to 3 minute clips to also offering an entire (TV SHOW PRODUCTION 1/2 hour show ) on what you do. We air this production on WMCN DT 44 and touch 2.6 millioin cable homes on COMCAST, FIOS and DIRECT TV. This OOT TV production is the Video Guide and the TV VERSION of an OOT. When you need the service – we are here to help you get what you need.

We also offer special promotional nights and can add flavor to your next event by: Coming to take photos, or having our OOT PARTY PATROL make a visit and present giveaways with CONCERT TICKETS to T- SHIRTS….We hype up events with articles and blogs…we do features on you and your place and we cover many area events each week. From Concerts to shows in Casinos to local bands in bars. We offer features on where to find the best Restaurants with the best prices. We also feature where the best beer and liquor promotions are on going for the next full month in advance.

In this day an age, everyone is going on line and each day a new INTERNET SITE comes into play…When it comes to local ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OOT
has been and still is the best bet for the local Entertainment Industry. We ask you to take the CHALLENGE and SEE what one OOT can offer and then make your choice. You will see what makes our OOT NETWORK so unique and just ONE OF A KIND in the region. We made the jump years ago on the INTERNET and one thing..we still keep our physical GUIDE out there for all to see…THIS MAKES even more people come to our online version each day and each week. SO YOU GET THE BEST OF BOTH… THE INTERNET and the FOLKS IN AREA LOCATIONS with our GUIDE!

FIND OUT MORE by calling the office at: 856-786-1600 and see how an OOT can help you in today’s new world of advertising and marketing. We have a proven track record and continue to keep on finding new ways to offer you the best service as possible. Contact Out On The Town Entertainment Guide now or when planning out your next event. WE are here to serve you! THANKS, Mike Vagnoni / EDITOR and PUBLISHER

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You have to check out the fun over at HARRINGTON’S every Wednesday night with BAR BINGO…your host DJ FRANNY MAC adds to the fun. Sponsored by MILLER can win all kinds of cool MILLER LITE PRIZEs with each round of play..something to break up the week…head on over to HARRINGTONS located at 7226 Frankford Ave., in NE PHILA….for more information see their ad in the latest OOT.. Go to page 8 in the OOT GUIDE!


We’re going to give away some pairs of tickets to see the MACHINE a PINK FLOYD SHOW at the HILTON IN AC on AUG 20th…EASY TO ENTER…just contact us by either email @ and or, go to our FACEBOOK PAGE: Out On The Town Entertainment Guide FAN PAGE and tell us what you like most about the OOT ONLINE> EASY to enter and FUN to win. This contest runs now till’ (MONDAY) DO IT TODAY! GOOD LUCK! Over the weekend send us your response. THANKS~

MORE FUN FROM OUT ON THE TOWN! and or SEE US 24/7 anytime you like for the best local Entertainment news in the area…..find out about each day and what promotions are ongoing at your favorite places. IN one OOT you will find information for the entire month…each day and each night!
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Here are some hot :AUGUST PROMOTIONS: you don’t want to miss out on:\


THE PENTHOUSE CLUB – THE UPSCALE GENTLEMENS CLUB is hosting an entire week to celebrate their 1st Anniversay….AUGUST 21st thru to SEE
TANYA PARKER – the 2009 PENTHOUSE PET OF THE YEAR and winner of the VH1 ROCK OF LOVE BUS also Meet NINA MERCEDEZ 2010 xxx Star of the decade…top this off with a LVIE RADIO BROADCAST with 94 WYSP’s DANNY BONADUCE…plus more fun and prizes and many local celebrities.

CHICKIE’S AND PETE’S to host the “KISS THE SUMMER GOOD BYE PARTY” on AUGUST 26th – BIG ROMEO is in the house along with the BUD LIGHT GIRLS…and THE COORS LIGHT GIRLS plus OOT will be in the house taking photos and also look for many giveawasys! Plus many more suprizes…

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By: Krista Doran

GoodmanFiske_promoshotIs it just me or does it seem as though the cover band scene in this area has done a good amount of “self-weeding” lately? Let’s face it, everyone is, or at some point in time wants to be in a band. It’s a pretty cool job, if I may so myself! I spend a lot of time out there on the scene and it seems like the bands that truly have the staying power are easily getting booked, while others are struggling to get a return date anywhere. I suppose there is always going to be a level of saturation when it comes to local cover bands but clubs and fans of the local scene are wising up and they will no longer settle for mediocre or the same old thing. They want something “different.” One band that we have been seeing and hearing a lot about lately is a band out of NJ called Goodman Fiske, and that is who we are featuring in this issue of the OOT!

I sat down and talked to band co-founder, Gene Goodman who is a very down-to-earth, no nonsense guy, who truly knows the talent of this band. Gene told me, “I have spent a lot of time researching all the bands around the area, as well as the music scene itself, and I can pretty much guarantee the musicianship you see with this band is different that any other cover band out there. We have definitely raised the bar.” Specializing in hard-hitting Rock and Party Rock, Goodman Fiske is a band that has been getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reasons. These guys have only been together less than 3 years, and they are playing some of the best clubs in the area such as Ri Ra and Bally’s Beach Bar in Atlantic City, and most recently they added 3 shows in August and will be performing on the Carnival Cruise line out on the Atlantic Ocean! GMF usually plays mainly in the NJ area, but are making an effort to start working the Philly scene and will be appearing at Tavern on Broad, Wednesday 8/11. “We are here to show everyone that there are still really good cover bands out there that not only play well, but know how to entertain a crowd,” Gene told me. I have to agree with Gene because I have been around the scene a long time and I really believe a lot of bands have forgotten how to entertain. Many don’t even know there is a difference between playing and entertaining. This band “gets it” and they strive to be the best they can be.

If you go to see Goodman Fiske, you are going to experience a very entertaining party band that will stun you with their musical ability. The things they do onstage, the songs they choose to perform and their overall playing style is something every music lover should experience. In the time GMF has been playing live, they’ve had some major opportunities to shine such as performing on channel 3’s “Beasley Reece Show” inside CBS studios. They have also worked with local radio station events such as 94.1 WYSP’s Fat Tuesday with Danny Bonaduce, 93.3 WMMR’s MMRBQ with Pierre Robert and recently became the house band for 102.7 WJSE – a rock station down at the NJ shore area.

Managed by The Shore Bets Agency, you can find Goodman Fiske playing up and down the East Coast all year long. This band definitely has the energy, drive, dedication, and creativity to become one of the best cover bands to ever come out of the Philly area. Goodman Fiske is: Gene Goodman, Lead Guitar and vocals, Ryan Fiske, Guitar and vocals, Ian Lightcap, Bass and vocals, John Kresge, Drums. You can view their schedule online at Goodman Fiske is certainly one of The Out On The Town’s favorites because we know and support the best local music!

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By Rob Nagy

Wang+ChungThe eighties music scene was a sea of one hit wonders dominated by the newly created MTV and the simultaneous birth of the infamous music video. One of the more talented artists to surface was London’s Wang Chung. Initially gaining notoriety with their unusual name, the band would ultimately release a handful of hits that included “Dance Hall Days”, “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”, “Let’s Go” and “To Live and Die in LA”. Achieving the majority of their success on American soil, the band quickly established a cult following. Three decades later Wang Chung has reemerged, hitting the concert trail to promote their latest release, “Abducted By The ‘80’s”, and hoping to win over a new generation of fans.

Originally called Huang Chung, the band – consisting of Jack Hues (guitar & vocals), Nick Feldman (bass) and Darren Costin (drums) – released its first single, “Isn’t It About Time We Were on Television?” in 1980. That song earned them a recording contract with Arista Records. Two years later, after changing their name to Wang Chung, the band released “Points on a Curve”, which yielded the hit single “Dance Hall Days”. A moderate success in Britain, the song hit the top forty two times in America, and the follow-up single “Don’t Let Go” also reached the top forty. The simplistic appeal of “Dance Hall Days” catapulted the song into America’s top twenty, putting the band very much in demand. “I found it all to be a bit of a strain”, recalls Hues. “I wanted to be a pop-star from when I was a young lad and saw the Beatles on TV, but I didn’t realize what it entailed, and when it actually started happening the demands were a bit of a strain. You have the pressures of the business trying to make you conform to certain standards of what was considered a hit song at the time. You must be really compliant on that front. There was a certain amount of craziness to it all.”

Having secured a solid foundation in America, Wang Chung’s “To Live and Die in L.A.” was used as the theme song for the 1985 cult classic thriller film by the same name and also rose on the pop charts. That same year, Costin left the band and Hues and Feldman moved forward as a duo. The band soon released the album “Mosaic”, containing the hit singles “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” and “Let’s Go!” which reached the top ten and marked a new high point for Hues and Feldman. As the decade came to a close Wang Chung’s fifth album, “The Warmer Side of Cool”, spent a disappointing six weeks on the charts. “Praying to a New God”, from that fifth record, was a modest hit for the band.

By 1990 Wang Chung’s time had come and gone and the group officially disbanded. “I felt I had gone as far as I could go in my own world”, recalls Hues. “I started work on a variety of solo projects, which included a new appreciation and subsequent exploration into the world of jazz. I also did some producing, which was a great thing for me because it forced me to listen to other artists. I had gotten into a way of thinking that ‘only I knew how to do it’, which is a terrible delusion that you can get yourself into. “

Seven years after breaking up, the band briefly reunited in 1997 to promote their greatest hits package. It wasn’t until 2005 that a renewed interest in Wang Chung surfaced. “A publishing deal came up for our back catalog and we did that TV show ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’”, says Hues. “I think that was the catalyst that got us back in the States working together. We realized there was a really lovely kind of warm feeling about Wang Chung in the States and real opportunities to do some more work. It came together in a very ‘time felt right’ way in terms of the way our lives were going, and we could do something that we were going to feel proud of.”

In an effort to preserve the legacy of Wang Chung, the band is on the verge of releasing a series of new albums of their hits as well as new material. “We’ve recorded all the music, and we’re releasing it as a set of three EP’s”, says Hues. “The first EP is out now and has four re-recorded tracks of “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”, “Dance Hall Days”, Let’s Go” and an acoustic version of “To Live and Die in L.A.”. The second album has four brand new songs on it. We’re trying to reconnect with the old fans while showing them the new stuff we are doing. A third one will be out around Christmas. Possibly next year we’ll release a proper album. The idea at the moment”, added Hues, “is to create this collectible package and see how it is received.”

On July 10, 2010 Wang Chung played the Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville, PA, showcasing their new release “Abducted By The 80’s”. Their ninety minute set featured all the band’s hits including “To Live and Die In L.A.”, “Let’s Go”, “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” and “Dance Hall Days”, as well as new material off their latest album. While attendance was moderate, the Wang Chung faithful that came to the show were not disappointed as the band put on really fun show. Following their final encore, Wang Chung exited the stage to a standing ovation before adjourning to the lobby to meet fans. To stay up to date with Wang Chung go to For all future shows at the Sellersville Theatre go to


By DJ Big Danny

It’s been a few years but a staple of Columbus Blvd’s night life is back up and Running this summer. Dave & Buster’s Dockside Bar is open six nights a week with live music throughout. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays DJ Big Dan who also is the booking agent for the room spins your favorite requests and hosts Karaoke Idol on Wednesdays, Thursdays Slamm Band and Jayded perform alternately, Fridays and Saturdays bands such as The Exceptions, The Business, Scream, Doc Hollywood, Cuz and many other of your favorite party bands grace the stage at Dave & Buster’s Dockside Bar. On Sunday you can come out and enjoy some of the areas finest original bands for The Dockside Bar’s Original Band Sunday! The Dockside Bar is the furthest out of all the open air clubs on the Delaware River with the most breathtaking views. As well as the great music, they have a fabulous menu and drink specials nightly. Dave & Buster’s Dockside Bar is located behind Dave & Buster’s on the river at 325 N. Columbus Blvd in Philadelphia. For more information call Dan Vanore at (215)336-5101 and join our facebook group page D&B Dockside Bar.

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by Helene
Hey everybody the summer is moving quickly and before we know it Fall will be here and so will our regular routines. But let’s not mull over that stuff ‘cause Chickie’s & Pete’s in Northeast Philly (Roosevelt Blvd.), is having the BIGGEST END OF THE SUMMER EVENT EVER! It all begins on Thursday, August 26th @8pm! Their “KISS THE SUMMER GOODBYE PARTY”, sponsored by Budweiser, will be off the hook. Better believe it…The Bud Lite Girls will be there and so will one the best party bands in the area-BIGG ROMEO, and you know they will “bring it”! There will be icy cold drink specials, great food as always, and fantastic prizes and give-a-ways, and so much more! Yours truly will definitely be there representing OOT for this one! Mark your calendars!


Chickie’s and Pete’s is like a household name now….but did you know that it started as a mom & pop business? One small bar-located on Robbins Avenue. When son, Pete, along with his brother, Tommy (Director of Food Operations) took over- one turned into a whole lot more, according to Bob Morrison, Asst. General Manager. He told me that Pete came up with their famous Crab Fries! Between Pete & Tommy many new recipes were added to everyone’s delight! People from all over come to any one of their locations-knowing that they will be treated to great food and great service. Their newest location at Parx Casino opened this past Friday and has already served many hungry and thirsty patrons! They also have a Chickie’s & Pete’s in Egg Harbor, Bordentown, South Philly, the Airport (3), and the Stadiums (5). WOW! For more details just check their website at

The one on the blvd. is hopping all the time! Every Monday, check out the “Bull Session”, baseball radio show from 6-7pm with famed, Phillies slugger, Greg (The Bull) Luzinkski and Phils’ P.A. Announcer, Dan Baker! And recently I heard a rumor that they were going to start having Karaoke later -on Monday nights! So make sure you check back in the next few weeks and get ready to be a “Singing Sensation”! On Tuesdays- it’s Acoustic night from 8-12 with Jumper, Bigg Romeo, LeCompt, Jerry Watkins, Long Time Gone, Love Junk and more! Wednesday-it’s Quizzo from 9-12pm and Thursdays-live bands! Chickie’s & Pete’s keeps the excitement going throughout the rest of the week with DJ music and great drink specials. And there are daily lunch specials too from 11am-2pm!

Starting in September, the Merrill Reese show will broadcast live every Thursday from 6-7PM! Merrill will have a current or a former Eagle as his guest every week! Make sure all you Eagles fans come out for this one!

All of the Chickie’s & Pete’s are open every single day of the year from 11am-2am! So come on out and follow the crowds of happy people-where you are always NUMBER#1!

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