by Mike Vagnoni

RSTLN_LNGE_1_ELooking for an upscale sports bar that has it all?  Look no more because the Holiday Inn located 900 Packer Ave.,near the Ball Park, has the Stadium Sports Bar & Restaurant.  This place has made a major turn around and with the efforts of the staff and  new management and  has become one of the in – places to check out for a night of fun and your stop before or after any professional sporting event or concert.  There is something on going every night of the week. Mondays “Free” poker, tuesdays open mic comedy nights…wednesdays country night, thursdays karaoke night, fridays Dj and dancing and on saturdays the best area bands. They also host special shows and coming up May 11th for Childern’s Hospital a Frank Sinatra and George Burns show that will be featured in the Crystal Ball room at the Holiday Inn.  Also coming up a special Golf Tournament for SGT Stephen Liczbinski  that will have a 1:00pm shotgun start ( I would call for the date and get tickets for this benefit event.)

The Stadium Sports bar and Restaurant has a very modern look and is not your typical kind of sports bar. The also have daily specials on food and drink.On the foodie side of things…they offer wings, burgers, steaks, and all your favorite bar foods and also pasta dishes and at prices that are very moderate. On the bar side of things, every day specials like $2 Pabst and Labatts Drafts, $5.00 Svedka Vodka drinks, $5.00 Don Q  Rum Doubles…they also have a wide variety of domestic and imports.
When the Phillies play you can tailgate and for all Phillies games look for $3 Miller Lite’s and pitchers of Jack Daniels and enjoy $1Hot Dogs…they have HDTV’s all over the room…so if you can’t get a ticket for that big game – you can come and enjoy it at the Stadium.
Live music is something they pride themselves with and every saturday night they feature some of the area’s top bands.
Coming up on APRIL 26th Don’t Call Me Francis will be in the house…you can see their weekly schedule in each OOT Guide…also one other date to remember is May 10th, in the house will be south Philly’s favorite band “The Business” as they will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary in the Entertainment business in the Phila area.
So when you are coming to South Philly to see any sporting event make it a point to stop into the Holiday Inn on Packer Ave., and check-out the Stadium Sports Bar and Restaurant because they have the Food, Fun and Entertainment that you will enjoy.
For more information you can call 215-755–9500 or find them on Facebook.

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By Lou Pica of Dr. Lou’s Place

imt_logoThe opportunity to do for others happens to most people; some scoff at the chance, find it troubling, or are just plain too focused on themselves to see the value in helping others realize their dreams. Nineteen years ago a young man had an idea for a way to bring joy to a vast audience of people. Bill O’Brien did not sit on his couch and watch; he got up and did something with that concept. It’s called Inside Music Today.

For years, TV was a medium of communication and the vast majority of our entertainment. We loved to think of the possibilities of being on TV and having our work seen and appreciated by people we didn’t even know. We marveled at the celebrities that graced the silver screen and the boob tube, making us laugh, cry, and even get mad. It was a pipe dream to think that we could be lucky enough to get on mainstream TV, but for 19 years, one TV show has been the way for musicians to realize that dream. First airing on June 8, 1994, Inside Music Today (IMT) allows the local, independent songwriters and bands to play original music on TV. You can watch IMT on WMCN throughout the Delaware Valley on Saturdays at midnight.

Room Two Productions, the owner of IMT, produces original music acts and airs them on TV. With IMT there is a chance to be interviewed and have your music heard by thousands of people for what amounts to not much more than a “tip” for the cost of producing these historic shows.

Inside Music Today hasn’t received the fanfare that it should have, at least in this reporter’s opinion. IMT is like no other show in the Philadelphia region; its tenacity of staying in production for so many years has to do with the drive and dedication of Bill O himself and of course his partner in more than the film business, Gretchen O’Brien.

Bill and Gretchen fought the good fight for the bands and artists that they felt deserved the chance at being part of the show, many times operating on no budget under crushing deadlines. Little did they know that they’ve created a legacy of entertainment and social connections and have touched a really a very large group of people who have either appeared, watched people they knew, or participated in these sometimes “raw” but very straightforward representations of an artist’s talent.

IMT is actually one of the pioneers of reality TV. What you do is what goes out; there’s no fixing of the sound, no special effects, no tricks, no games; it’s reality TV the way it should be:  raw and honest, just like the sponsors of the show, Russo Music and Dr. Lou’s Place and Wing Shops.

Many times Bill has challenged bands to reach new levels of performance or personality. His approach as a producer is to make you the best you can be using his experience yet still offer the artists the chance to “live or die by the sword.” “If you don’t like the way you sound, you should have practiced more,” is one of Bill’s lines that he uses when musicians get caught up in the moment or simply have a bad night. He asks artists to get off the couch and experience the beauty of live music, and on IMT there’s no safety net. There’s a long list of artists who have appeared on IMT over the years. Some prominent names made it to the show, but Bill’s style is to treat everyone the same and make the artists take ownership of their “product.”

The war stories from these 19 years are worth putting into a novel covering the different musical personalities and the actions Bill and Gretchen had to take in the face of frantic, emotional, ego-driven players. Some of the bigger acts such as Danny and the Juniors and The Tymes have had the chance to be on IMT, but Bill’s professionalism was the same whether you were the big name or the little guy; you get out of it what you put in.

IMT is unique to Philadelphia, there for the greater good, and gives players an opportunity to be viewed by potentially 3 million people. This show continues to drive forward the chances for musicians new and old to approach their goals in music. There isn’t much more that a person could ask of themselves or from anyone else for that matter; so what’s your excuse? Why would you doubt your own skills, your own drive, or your own spirit? You really don’t have anything more pressing to do than this!


Call Bill and Gretchen at 856-461-4281, visit their website at www.roomtwoproductions or email them at


Wednesday, April 17, 8 PM at Dave & Buster’s, 1995 Franklin Mills Circle, Philadelphia:  taping for IMT at Bucks County Open Mic Night. Visit us and sign up for future tapings!

Sunday, May 5, 5 to 9 PM at the Shamrock Pub, Reed & Second Street in Philadelphia:  IMT In Concert Road Show featuring Mike & Flora, Angel Casiano, Cory Walters, If All Else Fails and more!

Saturday, June 8 at Croft Farm in Cherry HillIMT’s 19th Anniversary Concert with music by 4 talented young bands:  Volt, If All Else Fails, Half Daze and No Commitment.

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Going On Sale:
Borgata Event Center: (3/22 @ 10am)
Tim Allen – June 29, 8pm
An Evening with Jackson Browne – July 5 & 6, 8pm
Music Box at Borgata: (3/22 @ 10am)
Jo Koy – June 14, 9pm
Tracy Morgan – June 22, 9pm
Los Lobos / Los Lonely Boys / Alejandro Escovedo – July 12, 8pm
Seth Meyers – July 13, 9pm
Sands Bethlehem Event Center: (3/22 @ 10am)
Alabama – May 2, 8pm
Billy Idol – June 9, 7pm
Rock Of Ages – June 10, 7pm
Soundgarden Hall: (3/15 @ 10am)
Actual Records presents Twurkaholics ft. GTA – May 17, 8pm
Susquehanna Bank Center:
Dave Matthews Band with Mavis Staples – June 28 & 29, 7pm (3/22 @ 10am)
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival ft. Rob Zombie & more (full line-up below) – July 19, 1pm (3/22 @ noon)
Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls – August 11, 7:30pm (3/23 @ 10am)
Theater of Living Arts: (3/22 @ noon)
Wired 96.5 Presents Kid Ink with DJ Bonics – May 2, 8pm
The Hush Sound and Hockey – May 15, 6:30pm
Ross Mathews – June 2, 8pm
Queensryche with Geoff Tate – June 6, 8pm
Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA:
Dave Matthews Band with moe. – May 29, 7pm (3/22 @ 10am)
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival ft. Rob Zombie & more (full line-up below) – July 13, 1pm (3/22 @ noon)
The Note – West Chester, PA: (3/22 @ Noon)
10 Years – May 21, 7pm
Show Listings By Venue:
Borgata Event Center – Atlantic City, NJ:
  • March 15, 8pm: Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller. $500 (VIP), 125, 95, 65, 55
  • March 16, 8pm: Run DMC. $145, 125, 75, 55
  • April 6, 8pm: Brian Regan. $46.50
  • April 13, 8pm: Diana Krall. $85, 65, 55
  • April 20, 8pm: Kathy Griffin. $75, 65, 55
  • May 3, 8pm: Soundgarden. $85
  • May 18, 8pm: George Lopez. $85, 65, 55
  • May 24, 8pm: Chicago. $76, 66, 56
  • May 25, 8pm: Russell Peters. $65, 55, 49.50
  • June 14 & 15, 8pm: Sting. $226.50, 176.50, 146.50, 126.50
  • June 29, 8pm: Tim Allen. $85, 75, 65
  • July 5 & 6, 8pm: An Evening with Jackson Browne. $76, 66, 56
  • July 14, 8pm: Jeff Dunham. $75, 69.50, 64.50, 59.50
  • August 10, 8pm: Jay Leno. $75, 65, 55
  • August 24, 7pm & 10pm: Jim Gaffigan. $49.50, 45
The Music Box at Borgata – Atlantic City, NJ:
  • March 16, 9pm: Citizen Cope. $45, 39
  • April 5, 9pm: Martin Short. $55, 45
  • April 6, 9pm: Keyshia Cole with Chrisette Michele. $65, 55
  • April 20, 9pm: Paul Reiser. $34.50, 29.50
  • April 27, 9pm: Sarah Silverman. $55, 49.50
  • May 3 & 4, 9pm: Wanda Sykes. $59.50, 55
  • May 10, 9pm: Anthony Jeselnik. $35, 29.50
  • May 11, 6pm & 9pm: Joan Rivers. $44.50, 39.50
  • May 24, 25 & 26, 9pm: Frankie Valli. $74, 64
  • June 1, 8pm & 11pm: Bill Burr. $45, 39.50
  • June 7, 8pm: Jay Mohr. $35, 29.50 (rescheduled date; all tix honored)
  • June 14, 9pm: Jo Koy. $35
  • June 22, 9pm: Tracy Morgan. $55, 49.50
  • June 28, 9pm: America. $59.50, 55
  • July 12, 8pm: Los Lobos / Los Lonely Boys / Alejandro Escovedo. $49.50, 45
  • July 13, 9pm: Seth Meyers. $45, 39.50
For shows at The Borgata, tickets can be purchased by calling 866-900-4TIX (4849), or by going to
Susquehanna Bank Center- Camden, NJ:
  • May 12, 2pm: Radio 104.5 6th Birthday Show ft. Phoenix, Paramore, Passion Pit, Silversun Pickups, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Twenty One Pilots. $55, 35, 29.50 (lawn), 30 (lawn DOS), $26.12 (lawn 4-pack indiv)
  • May 17, 7pm: Tim McGraw with Brantley Gilbert and Love & Theft. $65.75, 40.75, 26 (lawn)
  • May 18, 2pm: MMR*B*Q 2013 ft. Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Cheap Trick, Buckcherry, Device, Kid Felix & more. $75 (GA), 49.50 (reserved, lawn)
  • May 19, 8pm: The Killers. RESERVED SOLD OUT! $25 (lawn tix) (Rescheduled from 12/13; all tix honored)
  • June 1, 7pm: Luke Bryan with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line. $50, 25.25 (lawn)
  • June 25, 8pm: Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band. $136, 36 (lawn)
  • June 28 & 29, 7pm: Dave Matthews Band with Mavis Staples. $75, 40.50 (lawn)
  • July 12, Noon: Vans Warped Tour. $23.50-35, 45* (early bird ticketing options available)
  • July 16, 7pm: Victoria Justice. $59.50, 49.50, 39.50, 29.50
  • July 17, 7pm: Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd: The XL Tour with Black Stone Cherry. $100.50, 66, 46, 36, 26 (lawn/reserved), 18.75 (4-pack lawn indiv)
  • July 19, 1pm: Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival ft. Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Machine Head, Job for a Cowboy, Butcher Babies, Battlecross, Huntress, Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Emmure, Born of Osiris and Motionless In White. $69.75, 39.75, 26.75 (lawn/reserved), 20 (Get Off Your Ass Lawn Ticket – avail thru 3/25 @ noon)
  • July 24, 7pm: MIX 106 Summer Jam 2013 ft. Train with The Script and Gavin DeGraw. $75, 49.50, 29.50, 20 (lawn), 15 (4-pack lawn indiv)
  • July 27, 8pm: XPoNential Music Festival ft. The Lumineers w/ guests Dr. Dog & more. $55, 35, 25 (lawn) – Pavilion SOLD OUT!
  • August 11, 7:30pm: Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls. $95, 75, 49.50, 29.50, 25 (lawn), 18.75 (lawn 4-pack indiv)
  • August 24, 7:30pm: Jason Aldean 2013 Night Train Tour with special guests Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett. $58, 28.50 (lawn)
Tickets are available at, Live Nation Box Office (111 Presidential Blvd, Bala Cynwyd), Susquehanna Bank Center Box Office (1 Harbour Blvd, Camden) or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.
The Camden Waterfront:
  • May 30 – June 16: Cirque du Soleil: Totem. $50-130 (VIP packages also available)
Tickets are available at
Theater of the Living Arts:
  • March 20, 7pm: Emblem 3. SOLD OUT!
  • March 21, 9pm: Radio 104.5 presents Alt-J. SOLD OUT!
  • March 23, 8pm: Twiztid with (Hed)pe, Liquid and Potluck. $20, 23*, 15 (4-pack indiv)
  • March 24, 9pm: Tyler, the Creator. SOLD OUT!
  • March 27, 8pm: The Revival Tour ft. Chuck Ragan with Jenny Owen Youngs, Dave Hause, Rocky Votolato and Toh Kay. $18, 21*, 13.50 (4-pack indiv)
  • March 28, 9pm: George Watsky with Dumbfoundead with Don McCloskey. $13, 15*
  • March 29, 9pm: Veteran Freshman: Driicky Graham with Mont Brown w/ Pace O Beats, Yazz, Tiani Victoria, Pate, Kidd Fresh and Novacane. $13, 15*, 10 (4-pack indiv)
  • March 30, 8pm: 2nd Annual East Coast Beard and Mustache Competition. $12, 15*, 25 (Competitor), 30* (Competitor DOS)
  • March 31, 6pm: 8th Annual Philly Zombie Crawl. $5 (21+)
  • April 3, 7:30pm: Andy Grammer with Parachute and Anjuli Josephine. $20, 23*
  • April 5, 8pm: They Might Be Giants with Moon Hooch. $27, 30*, 20.25 (4-pack indiv)
  • April 6, 9pm: C2C. $20, 25*
  • April 10, 7:30pm: Andrew McMahon with Kate Earl and Erland Wanberg. SOLD OUT!
  • April 11, 9pm: Deathwaltz Presents Bonobo with Shigeto. $20
  • April 12, 7:30pm: Parkway Drive with The Word Alive, While She Sleeps and Veil of Maya. $20, 23*
  • April 13, 7pm: Urban Celebrity Magazine DaBuzz247 & AllFlamerz Presents Philly Fest ft. Young Savage & The inner city hustlers, Ar-Ab, Bakery Boys, The Retinas and Reed Dollaz. $20
  • April 14, 8pm: Radio 104.5 Presents & Five Seven Music Present Tour Odyssey ft. The Dirty Heads & Shiny Toy Guns with Midi Matilda and Oh No Fiasco. $20, 23*, 15 (4-pack indiv)
  • April 16, 8pm: WMMR Presents Steel Panther with Hillbilly Herald. $27.50, 29.50*
  • April 18, 6pm: Metal Alliance Tour ft. Anthrax performing “Among The Living” album with Exodus, Municipal Waste, Shadows Fall and Holy Grail. $35
  • April 19, 9pm: Collie Buddz Light It Up Tour with special guests Cris Cab and New Kingston. $17.50, 20*
  • April 20, 9pm: Keller Williams with More Than a Little. $22, 25*, 20 (4/20 4-pack offer indiv)
  • April 24, 8pm: GoGo Morrow Live with Aaron Camper and Tye James. $10, 13*
  • April 25, 8pm: Death To All: Celebrating Chuck Schuldiner in Aid of Sweet Relief with Anciients and Believer. $28, 30*
  • April 26, 5pm: R5 ft. Ross Lynch of Disney’s “Austin & Ally” with Hollywood Ending, Taylor Mathews and Alex Aiono. $15, 18*
  • April 27, 7pm: DVT Entertainment Presents Devise & The Great Socio with special guests. $12, 15*
  • April 26, 10pm: Les Claypool Duo de Twang. $25, 28*
  • April 30, 8pm: TECH N9NE with Brotha Lynch Hung, Kutt Calhoun, Rittz, Ces Cru and BaKe & Knarley. $20, 23*
  • May 1, 8pm: WMMR Presents Limp Bizkit. Sold Out!
  • May 2, 8pm: Wired 96.5 Presents Kid Ink with DJ Bonics. $15, 18*, 11.25 (4-pack)
  • May 3, 9pm: Boris with Young Widows and Stephen Brodsky of Cave In. $15, 18*, 11.25 (4-pack indiv)
  • May 4, 8:30pm: An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October with Ashleigh Stone. $30 (GA seated)
  • May 5, 8pm: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with Bass Drum of Death. $21.50, 24*
  • May 8, 8pm: Danny Brown with Kitty (formerly Kitty Pryde). $15, 18*
  • May 9, 8pm: Steez Promo Presents Dirtyphonics with Le Castle Vania and ETC! ETC! $20, 25*
  • May 10, 8pm: Radio 104.5 Presents Capital Cities with Gold Fields. $15, 18*, 27.51 (VIP)
  • May 11, 9pm: James Blake. $25
  • May 12, 8pm: HIM Tears on Tour with Eyes Set To Kill. Sold Out!
  • May 15, 6:30pm: The Hush Sound and Hockey. $18, 20*
  • May 18, 9pm: Juicy J Stay Trippy Tour with special guest A$AP Ferg and DJ Sliink. $25, 28*
  • June 2, 8pm: Ross Mathews. $30
  • June 5, 8pm: Best Coast with Guards and Lovely Bad Things. $20, 23*
  • June 6, 8pm: Queensryche with Geoff Tate. $20, 25*, 15 (4-pack indiv)
  • September 28, 9pm: The Dan Band. $21, 24*
Tickets are available at, Live Nation Box Office (111 Presidential Blvd., Bala Cynwyd), TLA Box Office (334 South St., Phila.) or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.
Festival Pier:
  • May 10, 7pm: SoundGarden Hall presents Armin Van Buuren. $45-50
  • May 25, 7pm: 2013 El Zol Fest ft. Prince Royce. $32.50, 35*
  • June 1, Noon: The 6th Annual Roots Picnic ft. The Roots, Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grimes, Naughty By Nature (backed by The Roots), AraabMUZIK, DJ Premier, Solange, Trinidad Jame$, The Gaslamp Killer, Hit-Boy, How to Dress Well, Joey Bada$$, Robert Glasper, Sonnymoon, Lushlife, Jennah Bell & more. $45, 50*
  • June 8, 8pm: Radio 104.5 Presents Of Monsters and Men with Half Moon Run. $35
  • July 25, 6:30pm: OAR with Andrew McMahon and Allen Stone. $37.50, 40*, 28.50 (4-pack indiv)
Tickets are available at, Live Nation Box Office (111 Presidential Blvd., Bala Cynwyd), Festival Pier (Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden St., Phila. / Day-of-show only), TLA Box Office (334 South St, Phila) or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.
Tower Theater – Upper Darby, PA:
  • April 5, 8pm: Power 99 & Live Nation Presents Meek Mill Dreams Come True Tour with Ace Hood. $45, 35, 30
  • April 6, 8:30pm: Morrissey with Kristeen Young. Cancelled. Refunds at point of purchase.
  • April 7, 8pm: WDAS & Power 99 Present Keyshia Cole with Chrisette Michele. $75, 59.50, 39.50
  • May 4, 2pm & 5pm: Super Why! $40, 25, 20, 15
  • May 10, 8pm: Chris Tucker. $59.50, 49.50, 39.50, ($10 DOS increase on all levels)
  • June 9, 7:30pm: Weird Al Yankovic. $65, 55, 35, 25 (in association with BRE Presents)
  • June 20, 7pm & 9:30pm: Daniel Tosh “The June Gloom Tour”. $75, 59.50, 49.50
Tickets are available at, Live Nation Box Office (111 Presidential Blvd., Bala Cynwyd), Tower Box Office (69th & Ludlow, Upper Darby – first day of sale and day-of-show only) or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.
Wells Fargo Center:
  • April 4, 7:30pm: Maroon 5 with Neon Trees and Owl City. SOLD OUT!
  • April 6, 8pm: Fleetwood Mac. SOLD OUT!
  • June 15, 7:30pm: The Package Tour ft. New Kids On The Block with guests Boyz II Men and 98˚. $92.50, 72.50, 52.50, 29.50, 20
  • June 24, 7:30pm: Bruno Mars with Fitz & the Tantrums. $130, 84, 64, 40
  • June 25, 2013, 7:30pm: One Direction. SOLD OUT!
  • July 25, 8pm: The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring BEYONCÉ. SOLD OUT!
Tickets for all Wells Fargo Center events are available exclusively through ComcastTIX at or 1-800-298-4200. Tickets are also available at the Wells Fargo box office. More information at
Sands Bethlehem Event Center:
  • March 24, 7pm: WOW – Women of Wrestling. $65.50, 39.50, 35.50
  • April 7, 7pm: Yes. $65, 55, 45
  • April 12, 8pm: Bill Engvall. $65, 55, 49.50
  • April 13, 8pm: Anjelah Johnson. $35
  • April 20, 8pm: Wayne Newton. $79.50, 69.50, 59.50
  • April 21, 8pm: Goo Goo Dolls. $55, 45, 40
  • April 26, 8pm: Steve Earle. $35, 30
  • April 27, 8pm: The Machine – Tribute to Pink Floyd. $25
  • May 2, 8pm: Alabama. $99.50, 79.50, 59.50
  • May 4, 7pm: Doo Wop Extravaganza ft. Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners, Frankie Lyman’s Legendary Teenagers, Willie Winfield & The Harptones, The Tymes, Johny Farina of Santo & Johnny, The Knockouts and Shirley Alston Reeves. $65, 55, 39.50
  • May 7, 7pm: Alice In Chains with Bloodnstuff. $69.50 (reserved), 45 (GA)
  • May 10, 8pm: Boz Scaggs. $65, 47.50, 37.50
  • May 11, 8pm: Chris Tucker. $75.50, 59.50, 49.50
  • May 12, 7pm: Brian Regan. $39.50
  • May 16, 8pm: Sara Evans. $65, 49.50, 39.50
  • May 20 & 21, 8pm: Motley Crue. $79.50
  • May 22, 8pm: Chicago. $96, 80.50, 60.50
  • June 4, 8pm: Weird Al Yankovic. $45, 35, 25
  • June 9, 7pm: Billy Idol. $65, 49.50 (GA)
  • June 10, 7pm: Rock Of Ages. $65, 45, 35
  • June 29, 7pm: America. $55, 49.50, 39.50
  • September 22, 8pm: Sarah Brightman. $104.50, 84.50, 70
Tickets available at,, the Event Center Box Office on the street level at The Shopped at Sands retail mall and by-phone at 800-745-3000.
Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA:
  • May 29, 7pm: Dave Matthews Band with moe. $75, 49.50, 40.50 (lawn)
  • July 13, 1pm: Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival ft. Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Emmure, Born of Osiris, Motionless In White, Machine Head, Job for a Cowboy, Gojira, Battlecross, Huntress and Butcher Babies. $54.50, 39.50, 25.50 (lawn/reserved), 20 (Get Off Your Ass Lawn Ticket – avail thru 3/25 @ noon)
  • July 16, Noon: Vans Warped Tour. $17.50-29, 39* (early bird ticket options available)
  • August 2, 7pm: Victoria Justice. $59.50, 49.50, 39.50, 29.50
  • August 15-18: The Peach Music Festival starring the Allman Brothers Band, Bob Weir & RatDog, The Black Crowes, Brunch with Bobby (Bob Weir solo acoustic), Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Railroad Earth, Galactic, Rusted Root, Dirty Dozen Brass Band & many more to be announced. $129  (early bird GA 4-day pass; while supplies last),  225 (reserved 4-day pass), 450 (VIP 4-day pass); For more info:
  • August 25, 7:30pm: Jason Aldean 2013 Night Train Tour with special guests Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett. $55.25, 25.50 (lawn)
Tickets are available at, Toyota Pavilion Box Office (On sale and day-of-show only; Service-charge free at box office for on sale) or by-phone at 800-745-3000.
Stabler Arena – Lehigh University:
  • April 18, 7:30pm: Bob Dylan and His Band with Dawes. $49.50, 29.50 (student)
Academy of Music:
  • May 3, 8pm: Jillian Michaels – Maximize Your Life Tour 2013. $59.50, 49.50, 39.50 (in association with Kimmel Center)
Merriam Theater:
  • April 10, 7pm & 10pm: Aziz Ansari – Comedy Special Taping. $45, 35
Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ:
  • April 27, 7pm: FURTHUR. $59.50, 49.50, 39.50
  • July 26, 8pm: July 25, 8pm: The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring BEYONCÉ. SOLD OUT (sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City)

World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA:
  • April 20, 8pm: Rhye. $15
The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA:
  • April 1, 7pm: Floor with Thrones. $14
  • April 5, 6pm: Allison Weiss with Candy Hearts and Pentimento. $10, 12*
  • April 7, 6pm: Transit with Seahaven and Young Statues. $13, 15*
  • April 16, 7pm: What’s Eating Gilbert. $10, 12*
  • April 25, 7pm: Empty Mansions with Scott Lucas & The Married Men. $12
The Note – West Chester, PA:
  • March 22, 9pm: Stick Figure. $13, 15*
  • March 23, 8pm: Joe Brooks. $13, 15*
  • March 25, 8pm: Ghost Thrower with Foreign Tongues. $8
  • March 26, 9pm: Orgy with Davey Suicide and Vampires Everywhere! $18, 20*
  • March 28, 8pm: Local H. $13, 15*
  • March 29, 8pm: The Protomen. $13, 15*
  • March 30, 6pm: The King’s Dead. Cancelled.
  • March 30, 10:30pm: Passafire. $13, 15*
  • April 2, 8pm: Flagship Romance with Man On Earth and Gone By Daylight. $8, 10*
  • April 4, 9pm: Big Wreck. $15, 17* (21+)
  • April 6, 9pm: My Ticket Home. $10
  • April 6, 8:30pm: Suffocation with Exhumed, Jungle Rot and Rings of Saturn. $20
  • April 7, 8pm: Conspirator. $20, 23*
  • April 11, 9pm: Crash Diet with Crucified Barbara and Snakeskyn Whiskey. $10, 12*
  • April 12, 9pm: The Untz Presents Phutureprimitive with ill-esha and Buku. $12
  • April 13, 9pm: The Supervillains. $10, 13*
  • April 15, 8:30pm: August Burns Red with The Bells. $20
  • April 16, 9pm: Paganfest America 2013 with Ensiferum, TYR, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Hellsot. $20
  • April 20, 9pm: Fu Manchu. $12, 15*
  • April 22, 6:50pm: After the Burial with Within The Ruins, Glass Cloud and City in the Sea. $15
  • April 26, 8pm: Matt Pryor & James Dewees. $12.50, 15*
  • May 4, 9pm: Nine Days. $15
  • May 18, 8pm: O’Brother. $10, 12*
  • May 21, 7pm: 10 Years. $17
  • June 8, 8pm: 40 Below Summer with Enstride. $15
  • June 13, 8pm: Torche. $14
  • June 16, 8pm: Down By Law with Redemption and Goddammit. $10, 12*
Soundgarden Hall – Philadelphia, PA:
  • March 22, 8pm: Lights Out White Out (edition) ft. Maor Levi & Matt Lange. $10, 15*
  • March 23, 8pm: Aly & Fila with Sied van Riel. $20, 25*
  • March 26, 8:30pm: Dillon Francis. $20, 25*
  • March 28, 8pm: Flosstradamus. $16.50, 20*
  • April 5, 8pm: Actual Records pres. Twurkaholics ft. gLadiator and LOUDPVCK. $10, 15*
  • April 10, 8pm: Netsky LIVE. $20, 25*
  • April 11, 8pm: Markus Schulz with The M Machine (Live) and KhoMha. $20, 25*
  • April 12, 8pm: Bass Nation Presents Crizzly, Xilent and Ajapai. $15, 20*
  • April 19, 8pm: Sander van Doorn. $25-35, 40*
  • April 20, 8pm: Lights Out ft. Cyberoptics & Evol Intent. $15, 20*
  • April 26, 8pm: Bass Nation Presents Bro Safari with Roksonix, Brown & Gammon and more. $15, 20*
  • May 17, 8pm: Actual Records presents Twurkaholics ft. GTA. $10, 15*
World Cafe Live at The Queen – Wilmington, DE:
  • August 5, 8pm: Justin Hayward. $42, 40 (XPN Members)
The Grand – Golden Nugget: Atlantic City, PA
  • April 20, 9pm: Mario Cantone. $39.99, 34.99, 29.99
  • June 15, 9pm: Foreigner. $85, 70, 55
Tropicana Casino – Atlantic City, NJ:
  • May 24, 9pm: Dana Carvey / Dennis Miller / Kevin Nealon. $250 (VIP package), 85, 75, 60, 55
Sovereign Center – Reading, PA:
  • April 23, 7:30pm: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. $75

Tickets are available at the Sovereign Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.
Liacouras Center – Temple University:
· April 3, 7pm: Green Day with Best Coast. $39.75, 59.75, 65 (Tix from 1/22 show honored).
Citizens Bank Park:
· August 13, 8pm: Legends of the Summer: Justin Timberlake & JAY Z. $39.50, 65, 99.50, 150, 250
Tickets are available through ComcastTIX at or 1-800-298-4200.
Ortliebs Lounge (Philadelphia):
· March 28, 9pm: Pegi Young & The Survivors with Ron Gallo of Toy Soldiers. $10
Mark G. Etess Arena – Trump Taj Mahal (Atlantic City):
· May 11, 8pm: Rush. $276, 151, 96, 76
· May 25, 8pm: Motley Crue. $149.50, 89.50, 79.50, 69.50
· July 26, 7:30pm: The Package Tour ft. New Kids On The Block with guests 98˚ and Boyz II Men. $95

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For the past 4 years, the best and longest running open mic in Bucks County is at McStew’s Irish Sports Bar.

297539_266728516672125_100000049359018_1178311_3486994_nIt’s called OPEN MICWITH A TWIST, and there’s definitely  SOMETHING FUN FOR EVERYONE!!!

​​OPEN MIC WITH A TWIST was conceived by Nick Brambila, Dominic Taurino and Brendan O’Boyle with the intention of encouraging CROWD PARTICIPATION. It’s not your average open mic. Along with open mic, the night is also home to KARAOKE, DJ, TRIVIA, PRIZES, GIVEAWAYS, FUN and  PERSONAL INTERACTION in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, all bundled into one night. We have instruments, computers and tv monitors for lyrics and karaoke, lights, sound system, etc. It’s personalized crowd interaction that encourages fun and excitement. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!!!! —>website with all info
“Open Mic With A Twist” every Wednesday night at:
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Rd  Levittown, PA 19057
Wednesdays 10pm-1am
-$2 You Call It’s 10-12

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Brewers Plate 2012-111

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By: Roundhouse Ron
Photo_3(1)On Friday December 14, 2012, like the rest of the Philadelphia area, I was totally shocked & stunned that wired 96.5 (WRDM) had fired “CHIO”, for reasons that no one knows. Since early 1995, he has made this city his home, from starting with Q102.1 (WIOQ) to this present day. Being the honest man that he is, “CHIO” wanted his faithful listeners to understand and make one thing perfectly clear, “I Did Not Resign, I Straight Up, Got Fired”.
Since hearing this information, I decided it was about time I had written a story on this very good friend of mine. Way back, when “CHIO” first arrived in Philly, I was introduced to him by a mutual friend of the both of ours, another local radio icon by the name of “Glenn Kalina”. Glenn and his wife “Stavros”, were both friends of mine, therefore they asked me to show this Philly newbie (“CHIO”) around our fine town for little, cause he liked the “ROCKY” movies and I am a true Philadelphian. During these past seventeen (17) years, we have always kept in touch and been seen around at many local venues together as he would take over these spots. In fact, “CHIO” gave me my start in the promotional field, by me listening and learning how crazy this world of entertainment works. I then ventured out on my own as “Roundhouse Ron” & “Philly Music Video Promotions” in 2000.
This Philadelphia radio legend first air checked in on February of 1995, with then Q102.1 (WIOQ) a Clear Channel station in the 6pm to 10pm time slot. Back then, Q102 had an entirely different vibe with such slogans as “Peace On The Streets” & “The Switch Is On”. Their main competition for many years was Y100 (WXPN). “CHIO” took over the night time airwaves as his program was climbing to the rating charts. In January of 1997, Clear Channel had a brain storm to revamp the station, so with that, “CHIO” moved on with his career.
Phoenix, Arizona was the next location for my boy, in January of 1997, “CHIO” took a nice job at 103.9 (KPTY), “Arizona’s Party Station”. Riding the hot frequency waves of Arizona, he stayed until August of 1997, where at this time, he was known as “CHIO The Hit Man”.
As “CHIO’s” career was gaining more popularity by da moment, he fell into an awesome gig in sunny San Diego, CA, and started there in August of 1997 with Q106.5 (KKLQ). He held down his night shift with sum great ratings, so what happens, he gets a phone call from Q102.1 back here in Philly with an offer “CHIO” could not refuse. The family loaded up the moving van once again in August of 1999.
Taking over the Philadelphia airwaves once again, “CHIO” was received with a huge warm welcome back. He found a nice spot on Q102.1 with the afternoon drive shift (2pm to 6pm). From August of 1999 to December of 1999, “CHIO” made the drive home from work, both very entertaining and informational.
In January of 2000, an exciting career booster was proposed to “CHIO” from WIQO (Q102.1) with taking over the morning show. There was no way he was letting this amazing opportunity go, so he was signed on as the morning showPhoto_4(1) host, with another local radio legend being the co-host. Yes, you got it, “CHIO” was now teamed up with “Diego Ramos” (local boy born & raised). “CHIO” would host the program (6am to 10am), while “Diego” would be the stunt man, producer & all around whatever needed to be done, he did it for the show kinda guy. Not only was a legendary show now being developed, but also was a new name for “CHIO”, that he will carry on for the next 13 years. All I gotta say is “CHIO” In The Morning and the world knew who I was talking about.
In January of 2006, “CHIO” got an interesting offer from a radio station (Z90) in San Diego, CA. He decide to take a journey across this country via automobile, just to get away for a while cause he felt he needed a change in his life. “CHIO” signed on and worked just 1 day on air, then in conversations with his wife “Shawn”, he decided to leave this job and return back home in New Jersey. Now remember, he had no job or job offer in this area. But “CHIO” made the call to leave, quit his job in San Diego and return to his humble home in Cherry Hill to save his marriage with “Shawn”.
While driving back to Philadelphia, “CHIO” received a phone call on his cell, from another Philly radio station. Yeppers, wired 96.5 (WRDW) heard that he was returning to Philly and they wanted to start a new morning program just for him. Because of him still being in contract with Q102.1, “CHIO” had to wait til March of 2006, only then could he return to the frequency in this area.
So, as the story goes, “CHIO” worked for wired 96.5 from March of 2006 til his finally good bye on December 14, 2012 at approximately 9:45am. It was a great run for over 6½ years as he was killin the Philadelphia radio market with good ratings and a very entertaining local show.
During the history of this awesome morning program, “CHIO” worked with many interesting and very popular co-hosts like “Diego”, “Angi Taylor”, “Blaire”, “Jill”, “Justice”, “Lisa Paige”, “Roula Christie”, “David ”Secrest” Krieger”, “Casey”, “Joey B”, “G-N Kang”, “Ryan Motts”, “White Trash Matt”, “Shila” and most recently “Tingle”.
“CHIO” is also responsible for sum outstanding events and charity work in our area, like who remembers “Singles Mingle”, with the 1st one being at “Envy Nightclub” in Philly? How about the very emotional “Chio’s Christmas Wish List”, giving away over $126,000 while helping over 126 families, making Christmas just a little bit brighter in tough times. Things like this, no one can take away from him, “CHIO” honestly luvs to give back to the community that he serves, while trying to make a difference in any way he can.
As being one of “CHIO’s” good friends here in da Philadelphia area, we have hit many local night spots as he was doing numerous personal appearances. Actually, I must accredit my reputation & vast knowledge in the promotional field to my boy “CHIO”, he showed me how important is it to be genuine to people when they come out supporting you & your events.
If you have ever meet “CHIO” in person, you know this all to be very true, he respects each person as a loyal friend & this is why he does what he loves to do. I can’t go any further without mentioning all of the clubs you may have seen “CHIO” at, sum in fact may jar your brain with awesome memories, like “Club 1415”, “The Shark Club”, “Maui Nightclub”, “Egypt Nightclub”, “The Warehouse”, “The Cave”, “Adelphi Nightclub”, “The 8th Floor”, “Baja Beach Club”, “Soncini’s Sports Bar”, “Touche Nightclub”, “Iguana Yacht Club”, “Bronco Billy’s”, “Pulse Nightclub”, “Blue Martini”, “The Roxxy”, “The Bamboo Bar”, “Chrome Nightclub”, “The Woodbine”, “The Big Kahuna”, “Ice Nightclub”, “Top Dog”, “Envy Nightclub”, “Flatspin Nightclub”, “Club Manhattan”, “Reed’s Nightclub”, “Diego’s Bar”, “The Deck”, “RP Murphy’s”, “Bootleggers”, “Club 27”, “Cebu”, “Escape Nightclub”, “The Lagoon”, “Club Deco”.
And he is still going even stronger today with the “CHIO” “Radio Frequency Tour”, hitting places like “Penguin’s Pub”, “MoodSwing Nightclub”, “Kellen’s Station House”, “The Trappe Tavern”, “Phily Sports Bar” & “The Foundation Room” (Showboat Casino in Atlantic City).
If you wanna keep in touch with “CHIO”, please go to one of his personal facebook accounts, or He also has a personal twitter account,

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Since “Hot Wings” is one of my all time favorite proteins, I just had to write about these delectable treats. I like to call them “Hot Wings”, but they have also been known as “Buffalo Wings”, Chicken Wings, “Hot Wings” or “Wing Dings”. Some people enjoy them as an appetizer, while others luv to chow down & get right to the point as a main entrée. These tasty morsels are best when accompanied by fresh celery sticks, along with a dipping sauce of either blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing.
As history goes, on a cold Friday night in 1964, “Dominic Bellissimo” was tending bar at the now famous “Anchor Bar & Restaurant” in Buffalo, New York. Late that evening, a group of “Dominic’s” friends arrived at the bar with ravenous appetites. “Dominic” asked his mother, “Teressa”, to prepare something for his friends to eat. “Chicken Wings” in those dayz, usually went right into the stock pot for soup. So, “Teressa” had deep fried sum wings & flavored them with a secret cayenne hot sauce. The wings were an instant hit and it didn’t take long for people to flock to the bar to experience this new taste sensation. From that evening on, “Buffalo Wings” became a regular part of the menu at the “Anchor Bar & Restaurant”.
If you ever thought that a “Buffalo Wing” came from parts of a buffalo, you were completely wrong & probably been living under a freakin rock, cause everyone who lives in Philly, knows that “Buffalo Wings” come from chickens, actually from the 1st (wing drumette) & 2nd section (flat wing tip) of the wing.
These miniature culinary masterpieces can be prepared & served in several different ways. Always best when made fresh, please don’t ever buy those grocery store frozen bags of “Chicken Wings”. To be honest, they focking suck & are so damn gross. Get the real deal or don’t eat them at all. Clean your pieces, then lightly dip them in either seasoned flour or seasoned bread crumbs. Deep fry these puppies until golden brown or to your liking. Now, is where we all get lost, in the final flavor treatment of the wings, there is over 5 trillion different ways to finish them off. I prefer my own secret mixture of a “Frank’s Red Hot Sauce” base, chopped cilantro, minced garlic, splash of lime juice, with a few dashes of cayenne pepper. Mix it up, then add the wings for a few seconds of shaking & enjoy ;-}
As many of you already know, I review & post a Top 10 List Of Philly’s Best “Hot Wing” Spots, in my opinion. I could not continue this article without mentioning a few local locations. If you are ever in da need for sum amazing “Chicken Wing” greed, please check out either “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille”, “Curran’s Irish Inn”, “Byrne’s Tavern”, “Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub”, “Moriarty’s Irish Pub” or “McCrossen’s Tavern”. Since visiting all of these food eateries, tasting their fine wingers, I seriously recommend them all. Other awesome local chain restaurants that have fabulous wings are “Hooters”, “Chickie’s & Pete’s”, “Tilted Kilt Pub” & “Buffalo Wild Wings”.
“Buffalo Wings” & football, need I say anything more? These gotta be 2 of my favorite things in life, so I have to mention how popular they are during our big American show down. Super Bowl weekend is unquestionably the biggest time of the year for wings.  More than 1.25 billion wing portions will be consumed during Super Bowl weekend, totaling more than 100 million pounds of wings, according to the National Chicken Council’s (NCC) Wing Report. Some 23% of those who watch the big game have eaten “Chicken Wings”, up slightly in popularity from last year & second only to dips & spreads (32%) on Super Bowl menus.
Leading up to our local “Hot Wing” heritage, I can’t go any further without mentioning WIP’s (94.1fm/610am radio) world famous “Wing Bowl”. The “Wing Bowl” is in part a sporting event, part 3 ring circus & all entertainment. This annual “Chicken Wing” eating contest founded in 1993 by radio talk show host “Al Morganti” & in time “Angelo Cataldi” joined in on this celebration of pure gluttony. “Wing Bowl 1” started in 1993, with about 10 people who attended The Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel lobby in center city Philadelphia. This wacky competition started with just 2 contestants, as “Carmen “The Beast from the East” Cordero” walked away with the inaugural title of eating 100 wings while receiving a hibachi grill as his prize. The Wing Bowl is traditionally held on the Friday preceding the Super Bowl. This year’s big winner was “James “The Bear” McDonald” (from Granby, Connecticut) who rose to victory after devouring a ridiculous 287 “Chicken Wings”.
“P.J. Whelihan’s” in Haddonfield, NJ is responsible for supplying all the “Chicken Wings” for WIP’s “Wing Bowl” this year. They fry up to about 540 pounds of wings, which falls into around 12,000 wings for this single event.
A huge part of this annual event has been the “Wingettes”. OMFG, just imagine over 120 scantily clad women dressed in bikini tops with boy shorts & high heeled shoes, all biding for the title of “Miss Wingette”. Actually they are a vital asset to the contestants, as the “Wingettes” support their wing eating gladiator onto victory or defeat. The top “Wingette” of “Wing Bowl 21” (this year) rode off on a brand new Harley Davidson 883 Sportster from Barb’s Harley Davidson. I know you are all chomping at da bit wondering, who was this year’s top “Wingette”? This year’s winner was a very attractive 20 year old brunette named Alexandra Warner from Easton, PA.
With such a worldwide attraction, the “Wing Bowl” attracts numerous commercial & local sponsors. Not only do these sponsors promote the eating competitors, but they also help supply the event with the “Wingettes”. Big time promoters & local companies like “Promo Frank”, “The Penthouse Club”, “Xfinity Live”, “PBR Bar & Grill”, “Chickie’s & Pete’s” & the “Victory Beer Hall” (just to name a few) have a stable of fine young ladies that are more than willing to be a part of this colossal 20,000 people venue.
And, this is how “Roundhouse Ron” goes from “Hot Wings” to “Wing Bowl” & “Wingettes”. “Enjoy Life My Friendz, With No Regrets, Cause Tomorrow Is Not Guaranteed”. You can always reach me @

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OCTANE_GROUPWHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEARS EVE?? 93.3 WMMR’s Artist of the Month, OCTANE, will be playing the PARTY OF THE YEAR at the ELECTRIC FACTORY with SPECIAL GUESTS Kid Felix, BHFJ, and The Endless March. The first 500 tickets are only $10 and nowhere else will you find such a spectacular deal to ROCK in the New Year 2013! Be prepared to hear BRAND NEW TUNES mixed with your old OCTANE favorites in an EPIC fashion. DON’T MISS OUT ON PHILLY’S BIGGEST ROCK PARTY OF THE YEAR.

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Women to Women (W2W) will host their first concert event on Saturday, November 10 at the Indian Chief Tavern in Medford NJ and will feature 12 local female singers raising money for breast cancer research.

W2W is a unique new charitable organization rising out of the local Delaware Valley music community that will be organizing live music events featuring women from all walks of life taking to the stage and singing songs of solidarity to raise consciousness and funds to aid women in need.

Founder Jeanne Mannix Evans explains the inspiration for the project was an attempt to empower women to come out from behind the curtain and take their rightful place in the spotlight. Recognizing that so many women spend their lives nurturing and supporting others, Evans saw this as a way for women to nurture their own inner creative spirit as part of the process.

The net proceeds from W2W on November 10 will benefit Breast Cancer Research for the American Cancer Society, in honor of a friend who is currently fighting the battle and for a sister in law Gina Evans, who recently lost her battle. Future events will continue to focus on raising awareness and funds for local women’s organizations that support women in crisis.

W2W will feature 12 local female artists including rocker Sandy Hall, from Kick it Out, Chris Hartline from ‘Sordid Past’, Susan Lake from the Rockets, and Gospel/jazz favorite Keli Vale. Also performing on November 10 will be a host of other women that Evans handpicked to highlight their unsung talent such as Robin Parry of World Café Live and Rachel Evans who will sing in homage to her mother Gina.

Acting as music coordinator and bandleader for the events will be Jeanne’s husband Mark Evans, former lead singer of Columbia recording artists Heaven’s Edge who has put together a prominent group of local musicians to back up the lineup of women performers.

Judging from the rehearsals, this event is going to seriously rock! The musicians are thrilled about the project and awed at the level of talent they are backing up. On a break from a recent rehearsal, drummer Joe Mannix talked about this project branching out even further. “Now that we know these songs and heard these women sing we are hoping they will come to our shows and hop up on stage!” says Mannix, referring to his band Out Loud.

The women are equally excited to be part of such a creative way to help further education and research in the fight against breast cancer. They will be singing their hearts out November 10 for their friends, sisters, mothers, and women everywhere.

W2W has already inspired a whole music community with love, admiration, and charity and cannot wait to share it all on November 10 at the Indian Chief!

For more information about the performers and the event visit W2W on facebook or contact Jeanne Mannix Evans at

EventPoster_LetterSize3Women performers on November 10:

Kathi Cooley Janet Bufano Britt Marie Zammer
Keli Vale Jennifer Walker Susan Lake
Tina Brand Sandy Hall Chris Hartline
Kate Bradshaw Rachel Evans Robin Parry

Net Proceeds benefit

American Cancer Society

Women to Women Concert Event

Saturday, November 10, 2012 8pm

The Indian Chief Tavern

212 Rt. 70, Medford, New Jersey 08055 (606) 953 5611

$10 donation at the door

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – October 19, 2012– Trump Taj Mahal presents Lisa Marie Presley in the Xanadu Theater on Saturday, November 10, 2012.  Show time is at 8pm.  Ticket prices are $24 and $19. Tickets can be obtained by either calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420, on line at

With all the hoopla that has surrounded her, it’s easy to forget that Lisa Marie Presley is at heart a simple Southern girl whose earliest musical memories are of obsessively listening to 45’s in her bedroom at Graceland and of her dad catching her singing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror at the age of three.
The Memphis-born Presley reclaims those roots on her new album Storm & Grace — an Americana-inspired showcase for her songwriting talent and smoldering alto voice. Produced with elegant restraint by 12-time Grammy Award-winner T Bone Burnett, Storm & Grace is a marked departure from Presley’s previous albums, 2003’s gold-certified To Whom It May Concern and 2005’s Now What, which both debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard‘s Top 200 chart.
The album’s rootsy golden tone is set immediately with the opening track “Over Me,” with its echoey guitar line, burping bassline, shuffling backbeat, and lyrics that lament a lover who’s replaced her, while the ominous, swampy lead single “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” and the pedal-steel and mandolin-driven title track sound like they could have been recorded during an impromptu back-porch jam session.
Not wanting to abandon her craft, and after gentle prodding from her new manager Simon Fuller, Presley agreed, in the summer of 2009, to sit down with some new songwriting collaborators, who included three Brits: Sacha Skarbek (who’s written with Adele and Jason Mraz among others), and singer-songwriters Ed Harcourt and Richard Hawley, who is also a member of Pulp. Over an eight-month period, Presley wrote 28 songs including “Storm and Grace” and “How Do You Fly This Plane?” with Hawley; “Un-Break” and “Close To The Edge” with Skarbek; and “Soften The Blows” and “Over Me” with Harcourt.
Taken as a whole, Storm & Grace is an unflinchingly honest piece of work from this songwriter, who, though known for her tough frankness, has managed to create a tender, consoling thread that runs throughout the album. “Weary” may concern a relationship that didn’t work out, but it is suffused with genuine warmth, as Presley sings: “I will always love you/you can move on, dear.”  For Presley, the album’s conciliatory theme grew out of wanting to have peace in her life after a period of turmoil and letting go of what no longer suited her.
Impressed with Presley’s songs, Fuller sent the demos to producer and musician T Bone Burnett, who is known for his work with such artists as Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Elton John and Leon Russell, and scores of others.
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