By Mike Vagnoni

Chickie’s & Pete’s on the Blvd in NE Phila has been
having bands every thursday night at 8pm since
February…and it’s the local music series that offers
Free live music  on the outside patio deck area
under the large tent.  Coming up on May 23rd there
will be something very special as the New York and
Nothern NJ based band called 2U will make at trip
over to Chickie’s & Pete’s.
2U is the only tribute show that’s been complimented
by BONO from stage, endorsed by U2’s mgmt to rep-
resent U2 and chosen to perform annually at Disney’s
Epcot Center for the past six years running. The band
is an awe inspiring facsimile of the real thing.
The sounds captured by this band is so close to
U2  it is kind of amazing to witness.
For a special kind of night on May 23rd head over
to Chickie’s & Pete’s on the Blvd ..get there by 8pm
you will see a very special show.  2U doing U2.

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funny-dog-dancing-poleHoul’s Duck

A duck walks into 3 Monkeys and orders a pint of beer and a ham sandwich. Houl the barman looks at him and says, “Hang on – You’re a duck!”
“I see your eyes are working,” replies the duck.
“And you can talk!” Exclaims the barman.
“I see your ears are working, too,” says the duck.
“Now if you don’t mind, can I have my beer and my sandwich please?”
“Certainly, sorry about that” says Houl as he pulls the duck’s pint. “It’s just we don’t get many ducks in here. What are you doing round this way?”
“I’m working for Lynn at Holy Family up the road,” explains the duck “I’m a plasterer.”
The flabbergasted barman cannot believe the duck and wants to learn more, but he takes the hint when the duck pulls out a newspaper and proceeds to read it.
So the duck reads his paper, drinks his beer, eats his sandwich, bids Houl good day and leaves.The same thing happens for two weeks. Then one day the circus comes to town. The ringmaster comes into the bar for a pint and Houl says to him “You’re with the circus, aren’t you? Well, I know this duck that would be awesome in your circus! He talks, drinks beer, eats sandwiches, reads the newspaper … everything!”
“Sounds marvelous,” says the ringmaster, handing over his business card. “Have him to give me a call.”

So the next day when the duck comes into 3 Monkeys, Houl says to him, “Hey Mr. Duck, I think I can line you up with a top job paying really good money.”
“I’m always looking for the next job,” Says the duck. “Where is it?”
“At the circus,” Says the barman.
“The circus?” Repeats the duck.
“That’s right,” Replies Houl.

“The circus,with the big tent, with all the animals who live in cages, and performers who live in caravans?” asks the duck.
“Of course,” Houl replies.
“And the tent has canvas sides and a big canvas roof with a hole in the middle?” persists the duck.
“That’s right!” says the barman.
The duck shakes his head in amazement, and says “What the f*%k would they want with a plasterer?!?”

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Schemeley’s Childhood Story


Our teacher asked what my favorite animal was, and I said, “Fried chicken.”
She said I wasn’t funny, but she couldn’t have been right, because everyone else laughed.
My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal.
I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA.
He said they love animals very much.
I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office.
I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was.  I told her it was chicken.
She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.
She sent me back to the principal’s office. He laughed, and told me not to do it again.

I don’t understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am.
Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what famous person I admired most.  I told her, “Colonel Sanders.”
Guess where I wound up …

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Submitted From Glenn …

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”

Oh, I don’t know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?” as he smiled smugly.

“OK,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”

The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.”

To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death, when you don’t know shit?”

And then she went back to reading her book.

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Finally ….

Lots going on in the Mayfair area gang!
Let me break it down for ya … on Wednesday May 15th, our Pennypack concerts are underway with the Lincoln H.S. band followed by a Jimmy Buffet tribute. On Saturday May 18th at 8am, it’s the Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run around Lincoln H.S. honoring officer Chuck Cassidy followed by our Mayfair May-Fair up at Cottman and Frankford from noon until 5:00. All kinds of fun stuff for the entire family happening on the ave including a moon-bounce, a dunk tank, as well as several local musicians playing on stage including the AJ Slick band, Mike McCullough, Mike LeCompt, REV, and many more. The following day – Sunday May 19th in the same spot, it’s the Mayfair Farmers Market from 9a-noon, and on Wednesday May 29th, it’s back to Pennypack again for a ZZ Top and Pat Benetar tribute! On Saturday June 2nd, it’s the Summer Slam Jam in Pennypack featuring  Freewill, Old School, Blackwater, REV, Dino and the Missiles, and Chowder! Nowhere else in Philly is it this action packed! I know I threw a lot at cha and if you need more info on any of the above or to register for the Run, shoot me an email and I’ll gladly hook you up.

Thats it gang – As always, keep your jokes, pics, whathaveu and whatnot coming to DonnysJokes@yahoo.com

Have FUN!!!

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7C Lounge Is Now Open
DininG ArounD TowN with Roundhouse Ron
7C_Photo_1I am sure that when “John McNesby” (FOP Lodge #5 President), envisioned moving the entire lodge including the catering & tavern to Caroline Road in far Northeast Philadelphia, he knew exactly how phenomenal the new facility would turn out. On January 31, 2013, the all new FOP Lodge #5 opened for business with a new full service elegant catering hall (“Heroes Ballroom”), a private VIP style banquet room (“Michael G. Lutz Room”) & the ultra modern tavern area (“7C Lounge”).
Then what does “John” do, he recruits an outstanding restaurant management person like my man “Jim Harvey” (“Harv”) to run this operation. He has been in the restaurant business since 1978 when he started out @ the original “Chickie’s & Pete’s”, in fact Pete Sr. is the one who gave him the nick name of “Harv”. Worked for “Chickie’s & Pete’s” @ both the original & Roosevelt boulevard locations until 2011, where he moved onto “The Wharf” in Wildwood. Since receiving the call from “John McNesby”, he now found his home @ the all new “7C Lounge” on Caroline Road, just behind the huge old IRS building.
As you enter this fine luxurious establishment, it is very hard not to notice the floor to almost ceiling back bar wall that is complete with rolling ladders to reach product on the top shelves. Honestly I am totally in lust with the 14 state of the art flat screen televisions throughout the wide open space. The “7C Lounge” is furnished with numerous details like the ultra stylish lighting & brass hooks under the bar for gurlz to hang their pocketbooks or jackets. Make sure you look up in the air towards the ceiling, no it’s not a bird or a plane, it’s a highway patrol drill team motorcycle full with flashing lights & siren. How do you top shyt like that, well, stay turned cause I hear so many more new & exciting things will be coming to this fascinating lounge.
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On this perfectly sunny Friday afternoon, I traveled to the “7C Lounge” with a few good friendz of mine that included “Lisa”, “Rita” & “Kristen”. All I hadda say to these astonishing young women was that the “7C” serves up the best “Chocolate Martinis” on earth & “BAM”, they were there like clockwork. We all sat at the bar for cocktails, our mixologists (“Claire”, “Chuck”, “Martina”, “Mike” & “Jim”) began to perform their magic & were right on point with such professionalism.
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As I begun to soak up the relaxing sleek vibe of the “7C Lounge”, my first course (a salad) arrived in a timely fashion. How could I resist, the name was catching me, so I just had to order the “Jailhouse Steak Salad”, it came with several large pieces of marinated filet mignon, over a bed of chopped romaine lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, slices red onions, roasted red peppers, all topped with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The cuts of beef were seriously so tender, as it melted in my mouth along with the combo of blue cheese & roasted red peppers.
Since I noticed the “7C Lounge” has an interesting selection of Dietz & Watson all beef franks, my pick was gonna be the “Texas Tommy”. This creation rolled out of the kitchen smelling like a piece of the old west, it was a perfectly cook 100% beef hot dog, rolled in several slices of bacon, partnered up with cheddar jack cheese & accompanied by some homemade “7C” BBQ sauce, all on a fresh bun, served with fresh cut french fries & pickles.
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If you have been keeping up with my foodie reviews, then you already know that “Roundhouse Ron” freakin luvs wings of all flavors either as an appetizer or as an entree. And on this day, I went with the “Cajun Wings”, how can you go wrong with a stack of freshly cooked buffalo wings, seasoned to perfection & fried spot on with a nice crispy coating. They were served with fresh celery & homemade “7C” blue cheese dressing for dipping. The “7C Lounge” has a delectable selection of buffalo wings, that include “Cajun Wings”, “Hot Wings”, “Mild Wings”, “JD BBQ Wings” & “Thai Sweet Chili Wings”.
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Now, everyone enjoys a good chicken parm from time to time, so my entrée was a given with an obvious choice. The “Chicken Parmigiana” was a prime selected piece of fresh chicken breast, seasoned, breaded with a special coating, fried to a golden brown, topped with homemade “7C” marinara sauce, coated with fresh mozzarella cheese then baked. It all comes served over a very satisfying serving of linguine pasta & homemade “7C” marinara sauce. All I needed was a few sprinkles of hot peppers, garlic powder & grated cheese, OMFG, I just died & went to Italian heaven, this was better than any chicken dish I ever tasted.
After my spectacular dinner, a meal fit for a king, my crazy freakin azz just had to meet the master chef of these exdronary entrees. After traveling to the kitchen area, I could not believe my eyez, cause standing in front of me was a good friend from my foodie past, “Bob DeLange” is the head chef of the “7C Lounge” & a great culinary genus. Let me fill you in with a few thingz about my boy Bob, he started cooking at the young age of 14 years old in a local pizza shop named “Gina’s”. Then went onto restaurant cooking school, and got a job with a French bistro named the “The Blue Angel”, from there he moved over to the “Philadelphia Fish & Company” also on Chestnut Street in center city. Bob’s resume is highlighted with other places under his belt like the “Pine Valley Golf Club Resort”, “The Wharf” In Wildwood & “Pasiano’s” Philly Style. This is one phenomenal chef & I personally have enjoyed his cooking on many occasions.
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I gotta give a big shout out to the very knowledgeable servers & waitress staff, which includes “Colleen”, “Bridget”, “Judy”, “Brittany” & “Danielle”. All of you gurlz seriously rocked out your job & the part of an energetic, pleasant & very informational about the menu items, which is a huge plus. There is no way I can write about the “7C Lounge” & not talk about my gurl “Samantha Vivarina” (administrator), this gurl has a stunning personality & was my personal paparazzi the night I was there, then I found my mug shot on the “Phila FOP5 7C Lounge” facebook page, I am still cracking up.
Right now, the “7C Lounge” is open 7 days a week for dining & adult beverages from 7am to 3am. Thursday evenings are “Ladies Night” with $2 Twisted Tea bottles & $4 Martinis from 8pm to 10pm, along with live entertainment music. On Friday & Saturday nights, the “7C” is jumping with a DJ dance music party from 9pm to 3am. Future events include “Bike Night Mondays” for all my motorcycle friendz & “Hard Shell Crab Night” is coming very soon, so keep your eyez open.
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On May 18, 2013 (Saturday afternoon) from 3pm to 7pm, you must attend the Philadelphia FOP Lodge #5 Police Survivors Fund Benefit, this is the 17th year for this outstanding event. All of the proceeds go to this fund that supports the families of the fine police officers (heroes) that were killed in the line of duty. I personally attend this event every year & this is the first time it will be in far northeast Philly @ The FOP Lodge #5, with events both inside & outside venues. Just $30 includes draft beer, food buffet, $2 well drinks, silent auction, 50/50’s, Chinese raffle, DJ music & 6 live bands. Please get your azz to this event, support this cause & let do a few shotz in memory of these fine men & women who gave their lives.
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I don’t really need to rate the “7C Lounge” on my “Roundhouse Ron” scale of local eateries, cause this place is freakin awesome & to be honest I have attended a few events & parties already here, with each time being a very delightful & refreshing pleasure, that was so very needed in the northeast area of Philadelphia. Not if, but when you go to the “7C”, please make sure you tell them your boy “Roundhouse Ron” sent you ;-}
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You seriously gotta stop by the “7C Lounge”, 11630 Caroline Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154, 215.676.HERO (4376), they can also be found on social media @ facebook, just go to: “Phila FOP5 7C Lounge & Heroes Ballroom”. Or check out their website link: www.fop5.org/hall/catering. “Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Drinks, The “7C Lounge” & Heroes Ballroom Have All The Bases Covered”
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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.
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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!

CONTACT:

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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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With Roundhouse Ron
Since writing my foodie reviews for “Out On The Town” Entertainment Guide & www.OOTOnline.com, my facebook page has been blowing up with requests for me to hit “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” over on Frankford Avenue, smack dab in the middle of Mayfair. So, I loaded up my truck with a few close friendz & we had a super Sunday Funday feast of culinary treats. Riding shotgun with me was “Lisa”, “Sharon” & “Anna Banana”, these 3 gurlz were so determined to show me a good time.

“Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” has been a true NE Philadelphia landmark, as they have been serving us since 1992. My boy “Gary”, along with his sister-in-law “Dee”, have made “Reale’s” a Philly family owned institution with very affordable drink specials & delectable food entrees, along with a fascinating list of local entertainment artists performing nightly. Almost every person I know has been to “Reale’s” at sum point in their life & always the common factor has been outstanding comments. So, this only left me one option & that was to get my crazy freakin azz over to “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” to see what all da hype was about.
First of all, I seriously luved the huge parking lot area just south of “Reale’s”, it gave hassle free parking a new meaning & it was so damn convenient. Entering this establishment rich in local history, I found myself very comfortable with a wide open floor plan design, tons of bar area seating along with very spacious dining table seating spread throughout 2 rooms. I must not forget to mention the huge dance floor & DJ booth that I know gets a workout on the weekends. I fell in lust with this place almost instantly, as my new local watering hole.
I was first greeted by a very friendly & energetic gurl by the name of “Sharlene” (she was my bartender for da evening). I could tell, just by the look in her eye that “Sharlene” knew every adult beverage I could throw at her to make me. So, I decided to go easy on my new bartender friend & just order my usual “Jack Daniels & Diet Coke”. My party possie for this delightful experience decided to treat me to a “Frozen Long Island Iced Tea” (a “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” secret family brew of various liquors). All I can say is “OMFG, this cocktail is so yummy, refreshing & tasty, I just can’t wait to go back & have a few more”. If you ever had a “Tully Nut” @ The #1 Tavern in North Wildwood, then you gotta try the “Frozen Long Island Iced Tea” @ “Reale’s”.
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Taking over my attention was “Danielle” (my waitress for da evening). Don’t get shyt twisted people, she had my attention cause “Danielle” had da menus & I was kinda hungry. Not only was “Danielle” so freakin on point with her service, but she also was very helpful & knowledgeable with the menu items. I started off with a crock of “French Onion Soup” & as it arrived I could smell the freshly sliced onions sautéed in a tasteful bowl of seasoned onion broth, with a slice of saturated homemade bread all topped with a huge melted variety of cheeses oozing down the sides & baked onto the bowl. What a perfect start to my “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” foodie review.
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Knowing that this full throttle foodie spot has a very special homemade “Cajun Cucumber Ranch Dressing” made by my gurl “Irene” (kitchen manager), I just had to get a house salad for this very reason. I am telling you, if you enjoy salads, please go to “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grill”, order any salad you like, but you have to get the “Cajun Cucumber Ranch Dressing”, so thick & creamy with a Cajun kick that will keep you wanting more. I will be back just for this amazing salad dressing. Good night “Irene”, you did it again ;-}
Since I had a craving for seafood, you know I just had to try the “Reale’s Hot N Spicy Shrimp” appetizer. What a perfect selection of large fresh butter flied shrimp sautéed in garlic & white wine topped off with their famous hot & spicy marinara sauce, I added a squirt of lemon along with the sliced Italian bread & I had a one way ticket to flavor town. I enjoyed this so much & well worth the very reasonable price point. Next thing I knew my “King Crab Legs” rolled out & just took my breath away with their size & freshness. You just have to order these crab legs with the fresh homemade “Garlic Knot Bread”, cause as you dip the knot bread into the special crab leg garlic vinegar butter sauce, you realize that this is a very special treat & the taste is phenomenal.
If quesadillas are your thing, “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” have a wide variety. The “Southwestern Quesadilla” was calling my name, so I just had to indulge in this combination of sliced grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, onions, green peppers, black olives all packed in a light & crispy wrap. The sides of salsa & sour cream just completed this magnificent dish. Another awesome choice is the “Reale’s Roast Beef Sandwich”, cause it is numerous thin slices of tender top round beef topped with provolone cheese on a super fresh Kaiser roll. Can I tell you, this sandwich was so freakin moist & cook to perfection, after dipping it into the side of au jus gravy, I could not believe the impact it made on my taste buds. All sandwiches come with a side of pickles & french fries.
“Reale’s” is also a great place to have a full course dinner meal, with a huge selection top quality of entrees. When the “Chicken Parmesan” approached me, it smelled & looked like a masterpiece worthy of a king. I am talking about several large pieces of fresh chicken breast, seasoned, coated & cooked, then baked with a blanket of mozzarella & parmesan cheeses. All of this was served with a good size portion of pasta linguine topped with basil & tomato sauce. This was the first time I ever seen a fresh lemon carved into a basket just to hold the grated parmesan cheese. What a very creative idea from the master chef.
I saved the best for last, yes, I am talking about “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” world famous fully nuclear wings. If you ever tasted these fresh tender pieces of chicken heaven, you know that having just one flavor is very difficult. Your selection of mild, medium, hot, suicide, honey hot, cajun, bbq, lemon, butter & garlic, oriental or garlic parmigiana, all taste freakin amazing. Make sure you check with your server, because “Reale’s” is always having specials on the wings. Every order comes with sliced celery, carrots & blue cheese.
As me & my entourage were finishing up our fantastic meal, I just had to sneak into the kitchen and see who was the creator of these outstanding & very tasteful dishes. When I hit the culinary workshop, it was a pleasant surprise to see my boy “Chef George” behind all of these extraordinary entrees. “Chef George” has been around the cuisine & restaurant market for many years & his vast experience shows with every taste of his fresh & homemade food items. When you go to “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” for dinner or bar munchies, please say “HI” to my boy “Chef George” in the kitchen.
If you enjoy a good game of cards, especially “Pinochle”, then you have to join “Reale’s Pinochle League”. Every Tuesday night from 7:30pm until whenever, my gurlz “Cindy” & “Dee” host this very fun card game event with a loser bracket, playoff rounds & prizes are always awarded.
The first Friday of every month, one of my favorite local musical groups (Stems & Seeds Band) play here for 3 sets of classic & modern rock with a Motown, funk, reggae & blues vibe. Here is a plan, get to “Reale’s” early, have a few cocktails, order a very appetizing dinner & enjoy this live show from a few of my close buds.
“Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” has a perfectly sized banquet room available for all your private party needs. Let “Reale’s” cater your next party or event cause their buffet package prices are focking amazing, in fact, I think I may be having my next birthday party here in July. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. If you wanna reserve their banquet room, please hit up my gurl “Dee” @ 215.332.6374 or call her cell @ 609.320.9519
This place is off da charts with cold beer, stiff cocktails, awesome food, great entertainment, very efficient staff & many good times. To rate “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grill” would be ridiculous, because me & my party possie had a focking fabulous evening & we will all be back many more times. When you go, please make sure you tell them your boy “Roundhouse Ron” sent you!!
Bring all of your friends & swing by “Reales Sports Bar & Grille”, 7233 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19135, 215.332.6374, they can also be found on social media @ facebook, just go to: “Reales Sports Bar & Grille”. “If You Want Awesome Wingz, Cold Beer & Live Local Entertainment, Then Get Your Azz Over To Reales”

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Sarah Foley
From the New Sheffield Tavern
Photo by Mike Vagnoni

DSC01941 coverFor this issue we are featuring  Sarah Foley from the new Sheffield Tavern. Sarah is a resident of Fox Chase and has been tending the bar for about 4 years. Each week she works thursdays & mondays at night and saturdays in the day.
Sarah has blonde hair and blue eyes and stands in about 5′ 2” tall. “I ‘m just a people person she says and I like working as a bartender because I get to meet so many people and get to know them and they come and hang out with me each week. This is the best part of it all…you make some really great friends” she says,  She knows a ton of people and has a great fan base and she is the owner of a great personality too. She likes to have fun when she’s behind the bar. Sarah had this to say about the new Sheffield Tavern. ” I love coming to work and all of us here are like one big happy family. The new Sheffield Tavern is really one great place and it’s because we have the best staff around and everyone cares about one another”.
Hobbies: Likes to take care of her 1 year old baby…and likes arts and Crafts. She loves to paint.
Favorite Radio Station: 102.9 WMGK
ON Sports: Phillies fan all the way.
Birthsign: Gemini
Favorite Drink: I’m a  Coors Light Girl!
Favorite Drink To Serve: Cherry Water Ice

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Our DJ of the Month for April is Matt Seno and he knows the music ..we caught up with him to ask him some questions at Redz Bar & Grille.
DJotMOOT – Where do you DJ?
“Currently, I DJ regularly at Redz Bar in Philly every Wed. night and Alley Gators in Limerick, Pa on Fri. and Sat. nights. I work with Penny Productions so I also DJ intermittently at Champps King of Prussia and Moose Lodge in Phoenixville.”

OOT – How long have you been a DJ?
“I just started doing karaoke and DJ about 2 years ago, although I’ve been a musician all my life”.

OOT – What is your favorite kind of music/favorite radio station?
“Favorite music is alternative and pop rock. My car radio is almost always set to 104.5”

OOT -What kind of music do you like to play?
“Everything from Country to Rap. When I DJ, I believe it’s important to be diverse enough to keep the crowds happy. As long as they’re up and dancing, I’m happy”.

OOT – Are you available for private parties?
“Yes. Penny Productions does private parties as well as weddings. In addition to DJ services, we also offer karaoke and trivia”

OOT – Where are you located?
“I’m located just outside of the King of Prussia area”.

OOT – Give a quote about what you think makes a good DJ.
“I believe the most important aspect to being a good DJ is crowd interaction. Having your head buried in the mixer alienates you from your audience”.

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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 TheBorgata.com.
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 Ticketmaster.com, 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 CirqueDuSoleil.com
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 Ticketmaster.com, 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 Ticketmaster.com, 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 Ticketmaster.com, 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 comcastTIX.com or 1-800-298-4200. Tickets are also available at the Wells Fargo box office. More information at comcast-spectacor.com.
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 SandsEventCenter.com, Ticketmaster.com, 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: ThePeachMusicFestival.com
  • 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 Ticketmaster.com, 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 comcastTIX.com 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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A.K.A
It’s All About The Party
By:  Krista Doran

AKAThere are many cover bands on the scene today playing what they feel people want to hear.  Often times, these bands are wrong and simply fade into the background after a year or two, but not A.K.A.  They originally formed in 1985 and played at many of the local hot spots in NE Philly at the time like Effies, The Philly Cookbook, The Bridgeview and The J. R. Club.  The band has come back to play several times with Lead Vocalist Jimmy McKee and Guitarist Al Stiver at the helm.  In 2012 however, they joined forces with Bassist Mike Laquintano and Drummer John Brasch, and so far this time around has been the most fun for this talented foursome!

I spoke to Lead Singer, Jimmy McKee who explained, “We try to keep in mind that it’s all about the audience and not us.  It’s not about showing off and trying to impress with a ton of leads or intricate arrangements.  It’s about playing music that people relate to, enjoy, sing along with and have fun with.”  With so many bands out there playing the same music, A.K.A keeps it simple and they just want people to be able to enjoy themselves.  As Jimmy told me, “At the end of the night, all we want is for people to come up and say they had a great time, and leave with big smiles on their faces.”

The members of A.K.A have all had a great deal of experience playing in bands through the years.  Mike has played with bands like Horizon, The BBC, PRI and in different versions of AKA. John’s current bands include AKA, Shabby Road, and South Ridge Praise Band. John also fronts his own originals band, Brasch and Bold, and has released a CD of original material.  Al has played guitar and bass most recently with Shabby Road, Tasty Cavemen and Flip N Mickeys.  Jimmy, who’s recently come out of retirement, started as a member of Pink Cadillac, was a regular with The Sister Blue Band, as well as various A.K.A. projects. Jimmy and AL are also very proud to have been featured individually on local music legend George Manney’s 1999 release Last Minute Jam, Vol. 2: Minutes To Millennium.  Their experience and love for playing keeps their shows loose and fun and most of all, enjoyable for all music lovers.

A.K.A plays a great mix of Modern & Classic Rock and Pop, and according to Jimmy, ” Basically any party music that get’s people involved.”  Jimmy also explained, “We’re not above having groups of people on stage with us dancing and singing. We love requests and we love the crowd participating any way they can.  For us its all about the party.”

You can catch A.K.A playing at local venues in both NE Philly and Bucks County, such as Daly’s, Lazy Lanigan’s, Hurricane Jack’s and The Eddington House.  They are always a fun group of guys to see, and they definitely work hard at making sure everyone that comes to see them has a great time.  The music they play is fun and engaging, and you can always count on good times when this band is playing!  To see their full schedule and learn more about the different projects the members are involved with, please visit their website at www.akarocksonline.com.  A.K.A is Jimmy McKee, Lead Vocals; Al Stiver, Guitar & Vocals; Mike Laquintano, Bass & Vocals and John Brasch, Drums & Vocals.

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