The Vans Warped Tour is a premier event that comes to the Tri state area every year. For the past 17 years the VWT has showcased many unknown bands that have needed to be heard. This year was no exception. I didn’t get a chance to see all of the bands so I will tell you about some of the ones I did.

Sleeping With Sirens

is a 5 piece post-hardcore band that just Rocks. I’m not sure what exactly Post-hardcore is but they sounded great and the crowd loved them. Singer Kellen Quinn opened up and told the crowd this next song for a guy who has really missed out on a lot. He said, ”if your going to make a son, at least stick around to see how he turned out”. I love that this kid writes songs about his life.. Check them out if you can, it will be worth it.

MGK..Machine Gun Kelly

Who the hell is this guy and why is he not a super star? Could be because he is from Cleveland Ohio and not a lot of hardcore Rappers come from there. I’m kidding, MGK Took the stage to a whole lot of people who knew exactly who he was. I was impressed, extremely impressed. The set was full of hooky songs with crowd participation spots. He had a live band that actually played their instruments and played them well. I loved this set and was worried about who was up next.


Watching Justina on the side of the stage while MGK slayed a crowd of thousands I was curious how she would perform to this already frenzied crowd. As she was about to go on I looked around and everyone was gone. Apparently ALL TIME LOW was playing another stage. They are super hot right now and it was a terrible spot for her. Justina is a Rapper/singer from North Jersey who truly has a ton of talent. She is an amazing singer and can play the guitar well. For this show she was supporting he new album RT 80 Mixtape. This set is no indication of whom she is and what she can really do live. Billing herself as the hiphop Joan Jett, she is far from Joan Jett. Her guitar player made the one mistake that is not appreciated in these parts. He insulted the few people that were there. It made me cringe. Telling the crowd that if they didn’t like your music they could go fuck themselves is a deal breaker. All of the music was prerecorded and the live band was completely unnecessary. The best song she had was called “Boom Fuck it “ which will never make it to mainstream radio. I hope for the sake of her career she stops rapping and starts singing and playing guitar because that is where her true talent lies.

Here  are a couple of honorable mentions. Sick of Sarah rocked Ballyhoo grooved and the Lost Prophets were as great as ever.

There were lots of bands and lots of causes. It was a great day all the way around.

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rsenergyThe ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is pleased to announce this year’s festival sponsors! The 2012 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is presented by ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and is sponsored by Jagermeister, Sumerian Records, Zippo, Ibanez, Hot Topic, Matador, Air Force Reserves, Revolver Magazine, Century Media Records, Metal Blade Records, Roadrunner Records, the Keep A Breast Foundation, Living The Dream, South Surf Clothing, Snagola, US Army, SJC Drums, and Metalinjection.net. See below to learn more about this year’s exciting sponsors, and stay tuned to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com for more information coming soon.

The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is only shortly over three weeks away! See below for all current tour dates and log on to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.

6/30 San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
7/1 Shoreline Amphitheater @ San Francisco, CA
7/3 Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
7/4 Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/6 Phoenix, AZ @ Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion
7/7 Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
7/8 Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
7/10 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/11 Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/13 Tampa, FL @ 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
7/14 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/15 Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
7/17 Bonner Springs, KS @ Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
7/18 Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
7/20 St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/21 Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/22 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/24 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/25 Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
7/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/29 Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/31 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/1 Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
8/3 Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
8/4 Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
8/5 Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre

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Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Resort in Atlantic City,  NJ will host the 1st annual Real Legends of Hip Hop Concert  concert produced by Vito Bruno Friday, June 22 9PM.
Twelve legendary acts will be performing over 20 hit songs…one night, one stage!
Performing live on stage the group credited with the first hip hop song ever, the legendary Sugar Hill Gang, plus Salt N Pepa, from the  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Melle Mel and Scorpio, DJ Kool, Bad Boyz, Kurtis Blow, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick, Rob Base all hosted by Hot 97s Funkmaster Flex.  Plus a special appearance by the Queen of House Crystal Waters.
Tickets available at ticketmaster.com. Prices are $29.50/$49.50/$75/$95 a special VIP ticket is available for $495.
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3 Days of Music, Camping, Crafts and FUN
Featuring More Than 30 Bands on 2 Stages
June 29th, 30th and July 1st

OOT_Ad5x6Opple Topple Music Festival is 3 day camping music festival and is the brain child of Ryan Opperman of Special Ops productions. The festival is an annual event that is in its 3rd year. It exists to support the local live music scene by providing a variety of quality music performances throughout the year that culminate into the 3 day extravaganza. Stage Trip Productions will be providing the the ultimate optical soundsation stage show. The festival organizers strive to provide stadium quality concerts for the working mans wallet.
Each year the festival has grown and along with hat growth has been evolving needs. This year it has been a huge challenge to find a venue capable of supporting the expected crowds, camping needs, vendors and staff. The organizers of the festival are pleased to be working with the great folks at Winding Brooke Farm who at the 11th hour stepped up with a property that will meet all the Opple Topple Festival Needs.
Bands performing at Opple Topple this year include: Neptune Bloom, Dirk Quinn, Sunflower and the Seeds, New Kings of Rhythm, Muscle Shoals Revival, Fikus, Fundimensionals, Sage, Karmic Repair Company, Local Dub, Philadelphia Funk Hustle, ShwiZz, Whiskey Hickon Boys, First Capital Funk, Jared Kahn Band, Gracy’s Trip, April May & The June Bugs, Pete Kranz and Billadelphia, Gandalf Lord of the Bass, Pureland, Primate Zoo, Echoes Talk Back, Matt Cicchetti, Drew Kelly, Rocktapuss, Citrus Distress, Catullus, Gnarly Favor, Zombie Brigade, Cosmal, Sonnie Shine and the Under Water Sounds, The Punkabillys, Scott Marshall and the Hillbilly Souls and Brooke Shive and the 45’s.
Opple Topple can be found online at www.oppletopplefest.com and from here festival goers can purchase tickets, get directions, sign up to volunteer and get other important details to make their festival experience the best it can be. The site was expertly designed by the grand master designers at “Pixelmechanic.net
Opple Topple is proud to be supporting the RACE FOR ADAM FOUNDATION and CAMELOT FOR CHILDREN for 2012. Find out more about how they serve terminally ill, handicapped and disabled children by going to their web sites at www.raceforadam.org and www.camelotforchildren.org
Advance discounted tickets (includes camping on a first come first served basis) for Opple Topple are on sale now. Full NON-discounted tickets will be $70.00. Pre-sale Discount (May 11th- June 7th) – $65.00, Full Ticket Price (June 8th – June 29th) – $70.00. The full line up schedule and other details can be found on the Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/191564544281709

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By Jimmy Abgarian.


April 24th saw the return of Nickelback to the Tri-state area for the first time since March of 2009. A Canadian band hell bent on putting on a gigantic spectacle of sound and lights, they did not disappoint. My Darkest Days was the first band up. Going on very early and only playing 4 songs has to be difficult for any young band trying to make an impression on a crowd that early. They have a strong following who seemed to show up early on to see them. They ended their short set with their hit song Porn star dancing.  MDD is on Chad Kroegers 604 record label. They sounded well rehearsed and appeared to have fun making the most of their short set. Next up was Seether. I don’t know where to begin here. Let’s start with the positives. Seether has great songs and a great sound, there is no disputing these facts. The problem is they seem to be lacking stage presence and had no connection to the audience at all. This is the fifth time have seen this band and I have disappointed every time in the live show. Seether’s stage set up consisted of over sized Amps and what looked like cheap Christmas lights. The exact mundane set up that they used last year. Watching this band play their hit songs and sounding great mad me angry because there was no movement at all.  I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that all of the nine songs of their set were hits. Legitimate, on the radio,hits. The problem is there was no show. NEXT

What Happened next is something that I have waited for a very long time to see. Bush fronted by Gavin Rossdale took the stage and proceeded to take the Philly crowd to school. They only played 8 songs but those 8 songs were worth the price of admission alone. They opened with Machinhead and then proceeded to blast through All My Life and The Sound of Winter off of their 2011 release Sea of Memories. Both songs are Bush caliber songs and belonged in the set. They then played Everything Zen before cranking it up full volume for a stellar version of the Beatles classic Come Together. During the song Gavin left the stage and went into the crowd to sing and dance with the fans. I was shocked that one half of a Hollywood power couple would risk life and limb to get his point across. It worked in a big way. The rest of the set was incredibly familiar with Little Things, Glycerine  and Comedown ending the set. This set showed me that my loyalty and dedication had not been wasted on a band that brought their A game and didn’t just go through the motions. It was unreal how great they sounded. Bush was the perfect set up band for what came next.

I have seen a lot of good and bad written about Nickelback over the years. I want to tell you why I love this band. Before the show they spent the day visiting Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It makes me proud that a band of Nickelback’s stature takes the time while touring to take the time to brighten a sick kids day. These are the things most critics ignore.; Not me. I praise them for their unselfishness. Nickelback is out touring in support of their new album, Here and Now. The new record has at least 4 hits on it.  I couldn’t wait to see the Bigger and Better stage show.

They opened the show with This means war and then steamrolled through a 15 song set of some of their best songs. They spared no expense on the staging and lighting. Lot’s of huge explosions and pyro. In the middle of the set, a giant floating stage came down and the band played Bottoms up suspended above the pumped Philly crowd.

They played Rockstar and Someday after they landed and Animals on the way back.

This is how a Rock Concert is supposed to be. There was no rolling tape or prerecorded back up vocals or lip Synching. This was an hour and a half of balls out rock. Hit after hit made the night go way to fast.

This band has progressively gotten better and better over the years and I am surprised at the infinite creativity of Nickelback. The show reminded me of the Huge Rock shows of the late Eighties. They closed the night out with Figured You Out. It was a long night of Rock that was worth the money. If you were looking to immerse yourself in a couple of hours of great Rock and Roll I would highly recommend a Nickelback show.

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The Pennypack Music Festival/Wednesday Nights and the ALL NEW Saturday Summer Slam Jam!
By:  Krista Doran
It’s that time of the year again folks!  Time to pack up the kiddies, lawn chairs and blankets and head down to Pennypack Park for the Pennypack Summer Music Festival!  We have all spent time at the park over the last several years listening to great live music, comfortably lounging in the grass with our family and friends.  It’s a wonderful experience for the whole family and we are very lucky to have these concerts available to us to enjoy every year!

The festivals all started back in the ’70’s through the imagination of Ed Kelly and Louis Farinella, and other activist citizens of NE Philadelphia.  Kelly led the grassroots effort to build the existing bandshell with the mindset “If we build it, they will come.”  The shows featured Big Band acts such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey and local area string bands. The concerts regularly attracted huge, appreciative crowds and were a great success for more than 20 years. But as the years passed, the original founders could no longer handle the exhaustive administrative and logistical tasks of running the festival every year. Consequently, despite the obvious need, it ceased to exist.

Luckily, in the Winter of 2000, revival efforts  began and a new group of community activists began to take things over. They put together a plan for a new Summer music series that would use the existing band shell.  By mid-Summer of 2001, the series was officially renamed the Pennypack Park Festival and the abandoned band shell was completely restored! The first year, the new festival was able to put on three small and very successful shows featuring Jazz, Latin, and Big Band music.

Today the concerts continue to be a huge success.  Every Wednesday night, another great Tribute Band is featured, along with other awesome local bands as openers.  Just a few of these amazing acts will include Steal Your Face (Grateful Dead Tribute), Romeo Delight (Van Halen Tribute), The Glimmer Twins (Rolling Stones Tribute), Diamond Dogs (Bowie Tribute) and of course, Philly’s own Mike LeCompt and AJ Slick, plus many more!  The series runs from 5/9 through to 9/15.  These concerts give local musicians the chance to play up on that big stage for the huge crowds that love the music.  This year, the Board approved a special SATURDAY concert that is going to feature the areas top cover bands!  This event called Summer Slam Jam, is going to take place on Saturday June 2, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm and will feature opening band Original Haze and then starting at 2:00 pm: Boss Hydro, Stems and Seeds, Dirty Electrick, Chowder and Rev!  This is sure to be a great time for the whole family to enjoy, so make your plans now to be there!

The summer concerts are something everyone looks forward to. What you may not know are the many fundraising efforts and scholarships the concerts help to support.  The Festival’s ongoing mission to promote and develop musical and other performing arts is a historic commitment to youth participation.  This is why it is so important for our local community to come enjoy and support all the summer concerts.  Yes, it is about great music but it also about making our community better and better.  The Festival consistently seeks grant funding from public and private foundations, government sources and the private sector and donations from the loyal audiences continue to be a critical source of support as the board looks to eventually increase the number of scholarships that can be awarded.  To read the entire history of the concert series, view the upcoming schedule and for more information please visit www.pennypack.org!

On behalf of, well everyone who enjoys these concerts year after year, all of us at The Out On The Town would like to thank the entire Board (Steve Hartzell, Norman Jadczak, Glenn Devitt, Jerry Lathrop, Janet Tagliavia, Lonnie Goldiner, Lisa Greco, Bob Finnegan, Harry Fritsch and Donny Smith) for all the painstaking effort that goes into such a demanding and wonderful achievement.  This series is a true commitment to community in every sense of the word. All of the concerts are free, so please support this commitment with donating all you can when those buckets come around!

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by Helene

DSC01285“XFINITY Live! Philadelphia” grand opening was Friday, March 30th. They reported that over 30,000 guests came out to celebrate with them on opening weekend! If you were lucky enough to get there you would have enjoyed a free concert with Third Eye Blind on opening night! This ultimate and unique dining and entertainment complex is located in the Wells Fargo Complex, at 1100 Pattison Avenue.  It features over a dozen different dining and entertainment options, including free concerts, family events,  and is equipped with state-of-the art studio and video systems that will take you “Way Beyond Game Day!” You can also hold your next private party there-and what an unforgettable party that will be!  The expansive outdoor area of XFINITY Live! Philadelphia is centered around the XFINITY™ On Demand Theater, a 24-foot wide, Sony LED video board, which will show both sports game and family friendly movies. Adjacent to the XFINITY™ On Demand Theater, the NBC Sports Field, an outdoor miniature artificial turf field, will host numerous activities and free concerts. Through a partnership with Sony, XFINITY Live! Philadelphia will open with state-of-the-art audio and video systems, including Sony flat panel televisions, to ensure everyone in the venue will have a high definition view of the game.

Since I haven’t had the pleasure of checking this place out for myself yet. I did a little digging on my own to let everyone know what they too, can look forward to! XFinity Live! Philadelphia is open daily from 11am – 2am. There is plenty of parking for a fee, but on non-event nights its free and it is also free one hour after the start of the final event of the day. Also, any person under 21 must be under the supervision of a person over 25 years of age to enter any venue.  After 9pm, all guests must be 21+ to enter. Here is a summary of what unique and exciting features you can expect.

Philly Marketplace includes all the “Philly Favorites” like: Chickie’s & Pete’s, Comcast SportsNet Interactive Zone, Goodnoe’s Ice Cream, Old Original Nick’s Roast Beef, and the Original Philadelphia Cheesesteak Company. It also features a VIP lounge, custom draft tables, a raw bar, and world class sports viewing.

The Spectrum Grill: “A sophisticated, intimate atmosphere and an extraordinary dining experience. The “crown jewel” of XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, features prime steaks, chops, and seafood, and will host one of Philadelphia’s finest cocktail parties nightly.

Broad Street Bullies Pub: This pub features authentic memorabilia from the legendary Broad Street Bullies team of the 1970’s. “Classic tavern meets gastro pub”. Specializes in gourmet burgers and classic pub fare as well as an expansive variety of beer including 48 drafts on tap. Serves up lunch, dinner and features live acoustic entertainment at night!

Victory Beer Hall: In partnership with Philadelphia’s Victory Brewing Company, the Victory Beer Hall; featuring elongated, beer hall style tables, a stage for live indoor entertainment, and a 2,000 square-foot patio complete with a fire pit and a unique panoramic view of the Philadelphia skyline. A great variety of Craft beer, featuring an eclectic selection of regional Philadelphia brews as well.

PBR Bar and Grill: “Country cool meets urban chic”; a western-themed venue and authentic Tex-Mex cuisine daily. In the evening hours you will experience a country and southern rock party featuring a mechanical bull!

NBC Sports Arena: “Offers fans a one-of-a-kind sports viewing experience, featuring a 32-foot diagonal, 6mm, Sony LED HD television, high impact LED Rings displaying the NBC Sports Ticker, and in-game promotions that will rival any live sports experience in the world, making for a true fourth stadium experience at the Philadelphia Sports Complex. With a full service menu, the NBC Sports Arena will be the best place to catch the game or host an unforgettable event.”
Who says Philly doesn’t know how to have fun?! For more information on events, reservations, or to request information about your private event please visit their website at www.xfininitylive.com ; or call (215) 609-1600.

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More than 50 Regional, Breweries, Restaurants, Artisanal Producers and Farmers
Gather to Promote Humane Sustainable Agriculture Through 8th Annual Brewers Plate
PHILADELPHIA (February 6, 2012) – Fair Food, a nonprofit organization uniting local farmers,
business and consumers for over a decade, presents The Brewers Plate. Now in its 8th year, this
one-of-a-kind tasting event will be held at the National Constitution Center Sunday, March 11,
2012 from 5:00-9:00 PM. Advance general admission tickets are $65 per person [$75 after
February 10] and VIP tickets are $125. VIP tickets admit access to exclusive star-studded demos
and interactive tastings focusing on cooking with beer. Tickets are available at
www.fairfoodphilly.org with all proceeds supporting Greater Philadelphia’s farmers, Chefs, craft
brewers and artisanal producers through Fair Food and its innovative programs.
The VIP experience, The Farmer & The Artisan, takes visitors on a stimulating sensory journey
through witnessing the art of simple raw ingredients being transformed into unique, edible
masterpieces. Guests will also explore the nuances of terroir, the simple elegance of cooking with
beer, and much more through interactive tastings and demos designed to stimulate all the senses.
VIP featured guests include: Jose Garces, Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing Co. and wine author
and Daily News columnist, Marnie Old, The Bent Spoon, Birchrun Hills Farm, Bobolink Dairy,
Choptank Oyster Company, Doe Run Dairy, Farm Fromage, Fork Restaurant, John & Kira’s, North
Mountain Pastures, Suburashi Kudumono, and Zone 7.
The organization’s largest fundraiser is a wildly popular a unique event uniting more than 50 local
culinary outlets with an expected thousand attendees. Brewers Plate participants include: Bar
Ferdinand, Boxcar Brewing, Brauhaus Schmidt, Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse, Capogiro Gelato,
Dogfish Head Craft, Khyber Pass Pub, Pasta Strada, Tria, White Dog Café and Yards Brewing
Company to name just a few.
“Fair Food continues to educate consumers about the importance of eating local and supporting
farmers through cultivating partnerships between family farms and locally-owned restaurants and
food businesses”, explains Ann Karlen, Executive Director, Fair Food. “Our premiere fundraising
event, The Brewer’s Plate, supports our mission by celebrating this effort with a fabulous day of
showcasing the best our area has to offer in terms of eating, drinking and having a fun time.”

About Fair Food
Founded in 2001 by Philadelphia entrepreneur Judy Wicks, Fair Food brings locally grown food to
the marketplace. Through uniting local farmers with businesses and consumers, supporting the
importance of family farms and creating a year-round marketplace for fresh, local and humane food
products, Fair Food is promoting a humane, sustainable agriculture system for the Greater
Philadelphia region.

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by Mike Vagnoni

218052_10150169139329208_299478389207_6855452_7876870_n The Spirit of the  St. Patricks’s Holiday Season with the Shamrock Shuttle and the Erin Express is coming March 3rd and March 10th ….these two days  will see bus loops going from bar to bar …you  pay a fee to get a wristband to ride on the loop…bus loops are a big thing…and this year check out all the fun with the Sharmrock Shuttle on March 3rd and then on March 10th with the Erin Express…see all the locations that will be on this year’s loop route  …. ( see in this issue of the OOT) To get everyone ready here is what the Bus Loops looked like last year … all photos from the OOT Archive  as seen on the Out on The Town  Entertainment Guide’s Fan Page…..have fun and respect the neighbors in the area. Enjoy the holiday season with your friends.

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by Mike Vagnoni
On sunday Feb 12th from 2pm to 7pm a benefit will take place to help out the family of Chuck Wyld from Wyld Studios.Chuck was a soundman for years and also the owner of Wyld Studios. He dedicated his life to the local music scene. Tickets to the event are $30 per person for Food, Beer, Wine & Soda and there will be raffels for prizes and other items along with many area bands… you can them at the Tango, Wyld Studios or contact some of the following bands that will be coming out and playing the Benefit.
The Sunday after Superbowl is like blah…nothing to do..now on Feb 12th come and show the support. Get your tickets and see:  Demon Alcohol,Hangmens’ Cry,Boneyard,.Right Turn at Forty,Un-Finished Business,Dead Horse, Paths To Glory, Wicked Bonez, and there will be many more bands showing up. The night also will continue after the the 2 to 6pm Benefit and go well into the late evening….See Queen Helene  as your host..and many area local celebrities will be on hand also getting up on stage.
Call Wyld Stuidos for tickets at 215-331-4542 or the Tango @215-671-9234. You can also contact Mike from Release for tickets and again contact any of the bands listed. Hope to see you all there.  We ask you to come out and show the support. See more details go
online at:  www.ootonline.com * We like to say thanks to all the Staff at the new Tango for their support in this upcoming Benefit. Lorie, Kim, Mike, and Bill.

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