Ale On The Town

Mar 6, 2013

by: Donny Smith and Sean Null

Logo_LoveCraftBeer_PintOrangeHey gang!
Lets just say that you know little or nothing about craft beer, but you sure do seem to be seeing and hearing more and more about it lately. You’re intrigued, but a little nervous because it’s new to you and you don’t want to walk into a bar or beer distributor and look or feel foolish.
Help has arrived!
This is a brand new column for Out on the Town written by myself (Donny Smith), and my good friend Sean Null. In this column we are going to cover the craft beer scene in and around NE Philly. We’ll cover not just the different types and styles of beer, but we’ll also cover some craft beer terminology, as well as the places that either have been, or are now getting into the craft beer scene.
This is going to be FUN!
About us – Sean and I are great friends! We ‘sample’ beer together, we brew beer together, and we are both involved in a local brew club called the ‘Lucky 13 Homebrew Club’. Sean takes it one step further and writes a blog about the different beers that he has sampled on a blog titled ‘Be Green and Flow’. Look it up – it’s AWESOME! Someday we’re going to open our own brewery called Wissinoming Brewery, but that’s a little ways off (insert *looking for investors* comment here).
Lets start with some simple terminology:
Craft Beer – A craft beer is a beer that typically comes from a micro or an independent brewery. To put it another way, a beer that is crafted rather than mass manufactured or mass produced.
Growler  – A growler is a reusable glass container that holds about a 1/2 gallon of beer (4-5 pints), and they typically cost about $10-$15 to fill depending on the beer. Filled and chilled they can last up to 2 weeks, however once opened, you’ll probably only get about 2 days out of a fill. Scoats, another good friend of mine who is the crack like dealer who got me hooked on these beers some time ago, explained it to me this way – “Think of it like opening a 2 liter soda bottle. The more you open it and the more air you let in, the faster it’ll go flat. Same thing with a growler.”
Flight – A flight is hands down the BEST way to sample whats on tap! You walk into a bar, pick 4 beers that you’d like to try, and take a flight. A flight consists of 4 or more 4-6oz glasses of beer that are usually served on a paddle or tray of some sort and are priced right around the cost of a single pint.
Beer Menu – Some places have their beers currently on tap described on individual cards, some places offer them all on one menu, and some places have their menu hanging on a wall somewhere. Either way a beer menu will tell you everything about the beer including where it came from, what type of beer it is, the cost, as well as the alcohol content.
Pint – 16 ounces or 1/8th of a gallon (bet cha didn’t know that!). Some places offer Half’s or Smalls (1/2 pints), but not all
Featured this month is – McStews Irish Pub
I had been thinking about doing a column like this for quite some time, however after visiting McStews and noticing their new involvement in the craft beer scene, I decided to get off of my a** and get crackin on it. McStews didn’t just put a couple of craft beers on tap, they went ALL IN!! They now have 15 beers on tap with 7 of them being craft style beers. The beers are all well described on their easy to read laminated Beer Menus which are placed everywhere throughout the bar. The beers are available in Mugs, Pints, as part of a Flight (which McStews calls “Samplers”), as well as Growler fills. McStews also sells empty growlers should you need one.
But it doesn’t end there!!
McStews also has one HELUVA take out section! They offer some of the best craft beers and ciders out there including Wyerbacher, Yards, Victory, Rogue, Great Lakes, Stone, Woodchuck, Angry Orchard, you name it, they’ve probably got it! Want more info? Another really cool thing that McStews has is a “Beer Book” of sorts that describes everything about every beer that they currently have, or beers that they can order. It’s AWESOME and it’s sitting right there on the side of the refrigerator – Check it out!
Back in the bar area Sean took a flight, and I’ll let him describe his flight and the beers that he sampled.
Sean: Hey Philly! You know, you have the greatest beer history in the United States and you have the greatest beer selection in perhaps the world! I’m glad to see so many of my neighbors taking interest in craft beer even on down to brewing their own now!
Last night I took a flight with a few craft brews from McStews! Donny was making the most of a keg of Stone 12-12-12.
The flights (sampler) that they have consists of four 4 oz. pilsner style glasses (long, tall and thin with a flared rim) on a rack that you can fill with any of the beer they have on tap. I chose:
Stone 12-12-12 – Verticle Epic Ale which, to not go into too much detail, is a holiday style ale that pours black with a brown creamy head and tastes like gingerbread and hops but not overly bitter at the end.  It’s a pretty well balanced beer (hops and sweetness) and a full body (body can roughly be described as either watery or syrupy or middle of the road).  I liked this beer. Donny loved it!
Sly Fox Rauchbier –  Rauchbier is a German beer named “smoked beer”. The grains that they used to brew it were smoked with beechwood just like beef jerky or salmon and you can really taste it in this beer! An amber colored beer with a thin white head that tastes and smells sweet from the malts and heavily smokey and not a lot of hop bitterness.  It was my least favorite of the night.
Allagash Curieux Ale is a beer that is made with 3 times the amount of normal grains and aged in bourbon barrels so it pours a clear golden straw color and has a light malty sweet aroma mixed with bourbon.  It tastes pretty much as it smells and has only a mild hoppy finish.  It’s just enough to make you want more! And I do! I would drink this again for sure!
Sam Adams Alpine Spring was my final beer on the flight and my favorite of the night. It’s a lager style beer mixed with two other beer styles that are slightly higher alcohol and a tad sweeter. It smelled and tasted slightly citrusy and malty sweet with a hint of apricot with a  medium body and creamy sweet finish and barely noticeable hops.
These four beers are a great way to transition from the “big beers” into the craft beer world as they are not bitterly offensive at all! McStews is doing a great job at bringing craft beer to the Northeast! Give them a try!
Donny: Well that about covers this months column gang, and we hope that you enjoyed it and and learned a little something. If you have any questions, comments, or you want to invite us out for a beer, shoot us an email – Donny: DonnysJokes@yahoo.com – Sean: snull37@gmail.com
Life is a garden – Dig it!

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alienarcadeTruly ” AN ALL NEW EXPERIENCE,” Alien Arcade is sure to be the breakout band of 2013…  With a lineup of performers who have already lead 3 of the most successful bands on the scene, combined with a brand new state-of-the-art stage production/light show, this is a perfect combination of passion, and youthful energy & enthusiasm that has not been seen before and is sure to rock the house and bring the party every night, to every stage, everywhere!!!

Paul Mullay – Vocals/Guitar- From Steamrolle Picnic
Anthony Baker – Drums/Vocals/Production Manager – From Crystal Roxx
Jordan Demarest – Guitar/Vocals – From Octane
Joe Berndt – Bass/Vocals – From Octane

Playing music by:
Maroon Five, Bruno Mars, Muse, Neon Tree’s, Fun, Cold Play, Calvin Harris, Train, Usher and much more.
Visit there facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/alienarcade?fref=ts

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184443_4921008018753_629257788_nDJ SEV-ONE / DJ OF THE MONTH

OOT – you’re making a name for yourself out here…What do you go by?
“My names Dj SEV-ONE, I Dj for Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes and many other artist. I Dj all around Philadelphia. I’ve  worked at Club 27, Club Roxy and also many other bars. I also have 3 residents at Parx Casino Club 360 ,Da Bar &HammerHeads and  also special event places in Philly”.

OOT – you really seem to have a passion – how dedicated are you?
“I am fully dedicated and a Dj that takes my music seriously. I grew up around mostly all soul music with my parents listening to it 24/7. I  never liked that kind of music but the older i get the more I listen to this kind of music because it reminds me of my father that passed when I was 9 years old.The Name SEV ONE is in memory of when my father passed on july 17th. SEV ONE is 17 backwards For the date my dad passed.”

OOT What kind of music do you spin?
. “Most of the music I spin is late 80s and 90s hiphop which is why I seperate myself from other Djs. There nothing better then Old school Hiphop to me. I have a big personality and have no problem talking to anyone. I learned everything  I do now from my older brother named Jeff Davis aka Stress – The White Boy. My brothers got a gold record and has been in the game for some time.. If not For MY brother Jeff, I wouldnt be where i am today. How i got Linked Up With Travis McCoy From Gym Class Hereos was in 2004 on Vans Warped Tour.
I was doing a merchandise for another band my brother was on tour with. Me and Trav would bump into each other here and there but besides that we always linked up when it came to Art on Tour. I was 14 years old and making beats and wrting graffiti on Custom Trucker hats which is why I guess I kinda stuck out to him at such a young age.  All the rest was down hill from there. We became good friends and he’s like my brother till’ this day. I’ve  worked with T-Pain and him in Miami and I’m sure more shows in the future. I’m just young and trying to make a name for myself through art and producing as well as Djing.
OOT – Where are you working at present?
“If you would like to check me Out?  I dj on tuesdays at Hammerheads in Northeast Philly as well as Parx Casino on fridays and Da Bar In Levittown on saturdays. Also check me out on Facebook at Facebook.com/DjSevOne or on Instagram @djsev_one.”
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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, www.facebook.com/ChioFanPage or www.facebook.com/ChioInTheMorning. He also has a personal twitter account, www.twitter.com/ChioNation.

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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”.
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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 ;-}
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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.
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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 @ www.facebook.com/RoundhouseRon

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djmikelive_logo_glowDJ Mike Live is a Night Life Personality and Well Respected DJ & Emcee in and around the city of Philadelphia! Formally Know as “Yessir” Mike has Taken a New approach on his Entertainment career and he is more dedicated to the art of performance rather then the image and popularity that can be established with some levels of this lifestyle. DJ Mike Live can tackle any walk of life with his ability to play and his knowledge of all genres of music. There is No Event to Big or Party To small that he is not willing to take on and provide his crowed with the best entertainment possible! DJ Mike Live is making a new impact on the Bar scene in the heart of North East Philadelphia, trying to Bring some Life back to the environments he, along with a few others are Responsible for Changing. Back in the Mid to late 2000’s DJ Mike Live was Part of a group of DJ’s, Bartenders and Promoters that took there success from there down town club experience and brought it to North East Philly where they Respectfully took your average Bar, Tavern or Restaurant and turned them in to what felt like a Down Town Night Club, it set the bar for the great party experiences brought to you today by your favorite establishments. DJ Mike Live is unlike most DJ’s you may encounter, He is all personality, very out going and likes to make your experience one to remember. Using Serato Scratch Live with CD Turn Tables and Tech 12’s, running a PC and Mac Laptop’s and never with out a Microphone, DJ Mike Live takes the energy of his crowed and puts it right back in to his set times 10! What sets me apart from any other DJ? “Well, each person is there own person and everyone has there own style and i respect everyone who puts effort in to doing what they love, i feel I’m different from others because i read my crowed well and i like to make things fun, yes I’m that DJ that will have a packed dance floor at 1am and play Girls Just Want To Have Fun or Like a Prayer, it makes things interesting. I also feel what sets me apart is that I’m always willing to learn from and collaborate with others, i never feel there is something i cant do and that your responsible for limiting your own abilities by not reaching out and trying new things.” So the question everyone wants to know, Why The Name Change? “Just time for a change “Yessir” will always be a part of me and it will stay attached to me in the future, it defined me for the past 9 years, But its time to get down to business and take a new approach on things, its a move for the better! There is a lot of good memories associated with yessir, its time to move forward, but i will never forget what i accomplished under that name and all the people who supported Yessir over the years, Just hope to continue to earn the respect and support of them on this New journey along with the support of many new faces.” DJ Mike Live, Who are you inspired by? I get alot of my inspiration from My Dad, growing up with the parents i have was a great experience, My Dad is a Big Funk/ disco/ ol’skool kind of guy and growing up on the sounds of artist such as George Clinton, Cameo, Prince, Kurtis Blow, Earth Wind and Fire, To the Bobby Brown, New Edition, Madonna and Michael, along with so many more, it was just always good music, also having a lot of older cousins who put me on to Slick Rick, LL Cool J and many more from the Hip Hop side of things and of course The FreeStyle Club Music, I can go hour’s spinning songs from Stevie B, Lisa Lisa, and all the legends of that movement. I really like the styles of DJ’s Like DJ Touch Tone, Jay Ski and Doc B, and There are a number of Local DJ’s that i could sit around and listen to for days, inspiration is never enough! Currently I DJ Wed nights and Saturday Nights at The Sheffield Tavern, Wed being a “In The Mix of All The Hit’s” type of Night and Saturdays are more of a Back in the Day Dance Party with a twist of the Hits, Fridays I DJ Joey O’s After hours and I’m working on a few new things that should be coming real soon. On My Spare time I also Bartend and Do Free Lance Graphic Design work, I received My associates degree in Multimedia and Design back in 2008, I’m a softball junkie, i Play on a number of teams from spring to fall, Shoot 9ball and also play hockey and  i coach and do volunteer work at The Holmesburg Boys Club. Leaving behind alot, Mike Live Has given his all to going from YESSIR to DJ Mike Live and hoping for a bigger success and greater Respect from Old and New supporters!
contact info: DJMikeyLive@gmail.com
Facebook.com/WithMikeLive
Twitter: @DJMikeyLive

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BotMTheresa works at Daly’s Irish Pub and her shifts are
monday, wednesday and saturdays ( day) and thursdays
at night. She owns a great smile and has fun when she’s behind the bar.
She stands in at 5′ 7” and has bown hair and blue eyes….
Theresa has a great personality  and makes all of
her customers feel at home when thy visit.  She’s been
a bartender now for over 2 1/2 years.

On Bartending:
” I like to create the atmosphere for the customers that is fun …I want
them to really enjoy themselves when they come to Daly’s
Irish Pub. I like people and seeing them have fun makes the job so easy”
she says.

Hobbies: Going to the gym to work out and she likes to go Tanning..
* She also is taking part in the Dirty Girl Mud Run…
Resident: Wissinoming
Birthsign: Aquarius
Favorite Radio Station: Q -102
Favorite Drink to Serve: Mango Violation
* this is special drink from Daly’s…stop in and try one!
What’s in it? You have to stop over and find out and also
meet up with Theresa and she can tell you.

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In this photo Flip & Jay are with
Wired 96.5 FM’s Buster….
Flip – Works at Hammerheads
on tuesdays, thursdays & saturdays.
He’s been a bartender now for 7 years…
He’s Single and looking for the right gal,
Like’s being behind the bar because it is a great way to socialize…
Loves all the Philly Sports Teams,
Birthsign:  Libra
Favortire Radio Station: Wired 96.5 FM
Resident;  Rhawnhurst
Favorite Drink to serve: Red Bull & Vodka
Favorite Drink –  Fireball

JAY NICE– Works at Hammerheads
on tuesdays, wednesdays, sundays,
He’s been a bartender now for 1 year.
He is single also and is looking …
Likes to party along with his patrons…
He’s a personality behind the bar and gets
the party going every-time he does a shift.
He likes all Sports …and can’t wait to see
this year’s Supebowl.  Also want’s everyone
to know that at Hammerheads they have the
best Mardi Gras party ever..and that is coming
up in early February.
Birthsign: Leo
Favorite Radio Station: Wired 96.5 FM
Resident: Rhawnhurst
Favorite Drink to serve: Bud Light
Favorite Drink: –  Redbull and Stoli

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Nicks_Photo_1You ever just drive spots in our fine city without really thinking it’s history because it’s just been there for so many years? I have driven past “Nick’s Roast Beef” on Cottman Avenue like over a million times, but never thought of how fascinating the story goes. “Nick’s Roast Beef” has a very long & interesting history in our Philadelphia area, starting with the first old original “Nick’s Roast Beef” (20th & Jackson Streets) opening it’s doors in 1938. During those jazz musical times, our city had a very strong & physical mob presence, and it was also just a few years after this country ended alcohol prohibition. Since then, there has been a second location (10 E. Woodland Avenue in Springfield, PA) that opened in 1998 & a sexy sleek franchised spot (2212 Cottman Avenue) that opened over 30 years ago.
I choose to do my foodie review on the “Nick’s Roast Beef” located on Cottman Avenue in NE Philly, just a stone’s throw from the Roosevelt Mall. Established over 30 years ago by a gentleman named “Tom Gannon Sr.”, who seen the need for a top quality roast beef sandwich on this part of town. “Mr. Gannon Sr.” since has passed away about 3 years ago, when his daughter “Dianna” took over the entire operation. With so many things on “Dianna’s” plate, her brother “Tom Gannon Jr.” stepped in to continue the “Gannon” family business, so it would not be sold to anyone without the same commitment to quality food. Now, “Tom Jr.” is the full owner & master mind behind the all new “Nick’s Roast Beef” in NE Philly.
During the past year, this restaurant/tavern has been going through numerous changes from an all new interior design look, to some new very tantalizing menu items. If you have ever been to this “Nick’s Roast Beef”, you can’t help to notice the all new seating selection from the very spacious booths, to open tables and now high top table seating. The floor plan has been totally opened up, with a new stage area for local talent & bands to perform their skills. You will be very pleased with the brightly improved eye appealing decor & enjoyable relaxing atmosphere.
After I parked my truck in their huge azz rear parking lot, I entered “Nick’s Roast Beef” & was greeted by two very attractive hostesses by the names of “Allie” & “Vikki”. As my companion for the evening & I were being seated, it was very noticeable how happy & content the entire staff was as they were performing their various responsibilities. Our fantastic server (“Melissa”) for tonight was this very energetic, knowledgeable & very helpful gurl, that any establishment would luv to have on their waitress staff. Once again, thank you so much “Melissa” for everything.
Now, while chugging on my tasty beverage (Jack Daniels & Diet Coke), I could not help to notice the jars of horseradish & hot peppers on every table. Mentally I was like, freakin awesome cause I like hot flavorful food with a slight kick. Checking out the “Nick’s Roast Beef” menu, I was finding it very hard to just pick out 1 entrée, because it all sounded so interesting. So, let me start off by telling you about this crazy good backboard special soup of the day, homemade “Cream Of Vegetable” is all I gotta say. OMG, this was just what da doctor ordered on a chilly Philly night. A few crackers & a slash of black pepper, I was in heaven. Always check out da blackboard special soup of the day.
Just a little info on your boy “Roundhouse Ron”, I luv potatoes & cheese like a fat kid likes cake, so for a beginning teaser I choose the “Buffalo Chips”. As this delectable appetizer reached our comfy booth for 2, you could just smell da goodness. That’s cause the “Nick’s Roast Beef” “Buffalo Chips” are made with a famous recipe, of fresh waffle fries tossed with buffalo sauce along with melted sharp cheese to complete this masterpiece. You can also add slices chicken breast to complete this fantasy, if desired. This was a perfect start for my spicy palette urges.
Since selecting an entrée seemed to be a challenge, I loaded up on all the “Nick’s Roast Beef” goodies. My 1st selection, you could hear sizzling as it was coming out of da kitchen. Yes, I decided to go for da “Chicken Fajitas”, it was designed by using freshly sliced chicken breasts, grilled til they sizzle, included were peppers, onions, served with lettuce, tomato, Monterey Jack/sharp cheeses & soft fajita shells. If preferred, you can also add filet steak or freshly peeled shrimp. Next up, I just had to try da “Ragin Cajun Chicken Wrap Sandwich”, as it was served with Cajun seasoned chicken breast with bacon bits, lettuce & Monterey Jack cheese tightly wrapped with a tangy flavorful power punch.
I could not leave “Nick’s Roast Beef” without trying da world famous “Nick’s Roast Beef Sandwich”. It has to be one of America’s most tender & sultry sandwiches in history, as the roast beef is seasoned & slow roasted, and then piled high on a freshly baked Kaiser roll, with a side of Au Jus & pickles. If you choose, you can also add mushrooms, onions, long hot peppers, roasted red peppers, broccoli rabe & sharp provolone cheese. This signature sandwich of “Nick’s Roast Beef” is a freakin masterpiece that will take you on a 1 way trip to flavor town.
This is so wild, but people come from all around just to taste the “Potato Chips”, yes, I said the “Potato Chips”. They are all homemade, cut from genuine grade A extra long fancy Idaho potatoes, deep fried, seasoned & served with a crispy crunch. When going to “Nick’s Roast Beef”, I am kindly asking you to order da “Gravy Fries”, cut fresh daily, married with prime roast beef & topped with homemade beef gravy.
If you have a sweet tooth, the desert menu freakin rocks with such delectably sugar treats as “Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie”, “Big Cheese Brulee”, “Caramel Apple Granny” & “Molten Chocolate Cake”.
I must give the entire staff of “Nick’s Roast Beef” major props & kudos for such a superior job well done. You all made me feel so at home & comfortable, while still performing your individual duties in a very professional matter. Hang in there, because I must thank you all, starting with the hostesses (“Allie” & “Vikki”), the servers (“Dana”, “Joanie”, “Bobbie”, “Melissa”, “Denise A”, “Denise B”, “Rachel”, “Tory”, “Sam”, “Annie” & “Caitlin”), the bus boys (“Danny”, “Mike”, “Greco”, “Matt” & “Ed”), the prep cooks (“Kenny”, “Mairsol” & “Kevin”), the cooks (“Matt”, “Bill”, “Keith” & “Mark”) & the bartenders (“Samantha”, “Mark”, “Timmy”, “Jenn”, “Lisa” & “Ms. Linda”).
Special thanks to “Jeronimo” (general manager), “Gary” (assistant manager), “Jimmy” (kitchen manager) & “Javier” (head chef). Superior job my culinary brothers & sisters, you have taken a sensational establishment as you all are serving top quality food & perfectly poured libations.
If you are planning a private party in the future, “Nick’s Roast Beef” has just the perfect banquet facility for up to 100 guests. They also have sum specially priced bar & buffet packages, that I am sure can fit your every delight. To hold this spacious area & inquire about the fantastic banquet menu specials, please contact “Caitlin” (event coordinator) @ 215.745.1292 or email her @ CGannon_NicksNorthEast@yahoo.com.
Did I forget to mention that “Nick’s Roast Beef” also sponsors a local flag football league, softball league, a dart league & what they call a give back night? Just other ways they have been supporting the community in which they choose to be a part of. Every Tuesday & Sunday nights, “Nick’s Roast Beef” holds a cool local neighborhood celebrity bartending event, where you can bring your posse as you are da celebrity bartender.
“Nick’s Roast Beef” has sum really awesome & thrifty weekly specials, like this thing they call “Happy Hour Nick’s Time”, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (4pm – 6pm Yuengling & Coors Light pints $1.50, well drinks $2, Blue Moon pints $3, Twisted Tea bottles $3 & appetizers 2 for $20), not to mention these wild daily specials, Monday’s (8pm – 10pm Yuengling pints $1.50, domestic bottles $2, Yuengling pitcher & 10 wings $10 & 5pm – 9pm all you can eat mussels $9.99), Tuesday’s (domestic pints all day for just $2 & 8pm – 12am ½ price appetizers), Wednesday’s (9pm – 11pm Bud/Bud Lights pints $2, Bud/Bud Light bottles $2.50 & 6pm – 10pm wings are just 35 cents each), Thursday’s (8pm – 10pm Miller Lite pints $2, roast beef & french fries $6 & 15% off with college ID), Friday’s (all day long Captain Morgan drinks $3), Saturday (all day long Miller Lite pints $2, Miller Light bottles $2.50) Sunday’s (all day long Bud/Bud Light pints $2, Bud/Bud Light bottles $2.50 & Bud/Bud Light buckets $10). It doesn’t end there my little mind freaks, read on for some entertaining weekly events.
This spectacular facility (“Nick’s Roast Beef”) is now one of NE Philly’s premiere venues for local entertainment with things like this, Tuesday’s (Free Poker Tournaments with cash prizes & 10pm – 12am Kinky Quizzo), Wednesday’s (Karaoke Dance Party), Thursday’s (College Night DJ Dance Party), Friday’s (Local Bands Live On Stage), Saturday’s (Local Bands Live On Stage) & Sunday’s (Free Poker Tournaments with cash prizes). You will definitely catch my crazy azz hangin out @ “Nick’s Roast Beef” many, many times in the near future.
To be totally honest with you, I have been to “Nick’s Roast Beef” on many occasions in the past few years. But now, this place looks so much better & I actually luv all they have done with the new recent changes. My boy “Jeronimo Vasquez” (general manager) is running “Nick’s Roast Beef” like a professional football team going to da Super Bowl. He credits “Gary Gola” (assistant manager) for contributing to da success of this stadium of flavor.
I was so impressed with the entire staff, from the hostesses, to the servers, bartenders, bar backs, cooks & head chefs. Shyt, they have people working here for over 20 years, with lots of them 3 years & higher. The rotation in personnel is very low, due to the loyalty & commitment from the staff to this establishment. If you ever wanna just chill with a few cocktails or settle in for a fine meal, I highly recommend “Nick’s Roast Beef” on Cottman Avenue, you will not be disappointed. When you go, make sure you tell them your boy “Roundhouse Ron” sent you ;-}
Get your calendar out right now & mark down February 9th, 2013 (Saturday), it is “Nick’s Roast Beef’s” “Grand Re-Opening Party” with a live band (“The Insiders”) performing on stage, DJ dance party all night long, drinks specials, food specials & free give-a-ways. Come out, bring all of your friends & celebrate da grand re-opening.
Please stop by “Nick’s Roast Beef”, 2210 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149, 215.745.1292, www.NicksNortheast.com, they can also be found on social media @ facebook & twitter, just go to: “Nick’s Roast Beef”. “Philly’s Favorite Roast Beef & So Much More”

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6780_111799119009_8077082_nWe made contact with JOHNNY O over the phone about his up coming reunion show that will be taking place at the end of January at Michaels Cafe in Bensalem…here’s some info on things…

OOT Question: How did it all begin for you and when?

JOHNNY O – “1985 is when we started, but didn’t get on a roll until 1986. It was the time of big hair bands, Tommy Conwell.and the like. Not too much soul or funk going on.  So, being the “brain” I was, and broke as all hell, came up with name first(which everyone hated)…then put the members together. had some help from Bobby Micheals, who had me front his band “V-8″ for a year or so before the dogs. Bobby was ‘blues”, but I wanted funky stuff , so on October 31st, SWEENEY’S TAVERN was the first to see THE CLASSIC DOGS OF LOVE!  This was a  combo of Motown,blues, funk and soul,with medleys to die for! no “stop and start” for us…which I think was one of the keys to our success. People loved it.Thanx to “saturday night live.” the horns were most important. Now we could do “Chicago”,Lighthouse, Sly, Blood  Sweat and  Tears and the like….which the clubs wanted badly but couldn’t afford. With a 5 dollar cover and adds from ‘OUT ON THE TOWN”….lol, we became the”TALK OF THE TOWN’….
OOT Question: So how was the money back then?
“We made a few bucks playing the music we loved” …yes we all made some good bucks back then”

OOT Question: What can we expect to see at this upcoming Reunion Show?

Johnny O -“What you will see on Jan. 27th are most of the ORIGINAL PLAYERS from that first band! Gary, Tony,Cassius, Ray,Wally, Billy….are all originals. Ted, my favorite sax player of all time, won’t be there because of health issues.Bobby Micheals will do sax and is more than qualified, and was there in the beginning also! This show will be special because it’s in the northeast, where it all started! I remember having one of biggest shows ever at the”BARN”…so many people there, the upstairs floor would move up and down from the dancing! Tommassos,where we got our”miller genuine draft” sponsor was another one….just crazy… the ski trips..wow. Anyway, i hope you all will have a ball, just like the good old days, when the crowd told us what to play…AND WE PLAYED IT!!! Hope to see everyone there! remember…no Justin Bieber here…no rap…,just good old rock and soul!There have been a lot of versions of the dogs since the beginning, but this version was always my favorite”

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