Motown the Musical “Hits” Philadelphia

-Brenda Hillegas (photo courtesy of Joan Marcus for the Kimmel Center) Last night, I found myself falling down a Wikipedia rabbit hole. Berry Gordy, Hitsville U.S.A., Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson. I clicked and clicked some more. Around midnight I think I went too far (did you know Ashlee Simpson is married to one of Diana’s sons? Or that Berry Gordy’s son and grandson … Continue reading Motown the Musical “Hits” Philadelphia

Making Unity Fly One American Flag at a Time

by Joei DeCarlo South Philadelphia local Jim Jenkins is making it his mission to change the Philadelphia skyline by our country’s 250th anniversary in 2026. Jenkins has a personal goal of hanging at least 20 American flags on high rises throughout our city. With over 200 American flags already hung in various locations, he has been making progress towards his eight-year-long project. Currently, 150 flags … Continue reading Making Unity Fly One American Flag at a Time

NonCOMM Day 3

-Matt Kelchner Acts old and new graced both stages at World Cafe Live Friday night for the final night of this year’s NON-COMMvention. Hosted by local radio stalwart WXPN, the music industry focused event celebrated it’s 17th year with performances from some of the latest newcomers as well as seasoned veterans. The temperatures may have been scorching, but that didn’t stop us from being blown … Continue reading NonCOMM Day 3

NonCOMM Day 2 and 3: Free at Noon

-Brenda Hillegas For Day 2 and Day 3 of NonCOMM, I was only able to attend the Free at Noon shows. I sent our writer Matt to attend Day 3 though, and you can check out his recap here. If you aren’t familiar with Free at Noon, it’s a wonderful music program from WXPN and recorded at World Cafe Live in front of an audience. … Continue reading NonCOMM Day 2 and 3: Free at Noon

NonCOMM Day 1

-Brenda Hillegas What’s NonCOMM? Why have #NonCOMM posts been popping up on Philadelphia RowHome Magazine‘s Twitter and Instagram? All very valid questions. As the editor of a local music blog, I was invited to attend 2013’s 13th annual NonCOMMvention at World Cafe Live as a member of the press. I haven’t left since. NonCOMM is produced by WXPN-FM and was founded by WXPN’s Music Director Dan Reed. The quick … Continue reading NonCOMM Day 1

The Mayor’s Centenarian Celebration

by Moriah Kelley Today, I had the privilege of attending The 17th annual Mayor’s Centenarian Celebration at the SugarHouse Casino. The event was produced by the City of Philadelphia and Social Security Administration, with the theme being “Fortune Smiles on Centenarians.” Mayor Kenney presented remarks during a ceremonial program officially declaring today as “Centenarians Celebration Day in Philadelphia”. May is also national observance of Older … Continue reading The Mayor’s Centenarian Celebration

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage at the Merriam Theatre

-Brenda Hillegas Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage is at the Merriam Theatre until May 21st. If you have some free time and need something to push you into summer, you should check out this show while it’s in our city. The movie is coming up on it’s 30th anniversary, so why not celebrate a few months early? This isn’t a musical in the way that Legally Blonde or … Continue reading Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage at the Merriam Theatre

Trust the Process?

by Stephen Pagano As the current 2017 NBA Draft lottery is upon us, the Philadelphia 76ers have secured yet another losing season, so the question must be asked, can we “trust the process?” For years now, the 76ers fans have trusted the process, a term dubbed by former 76ers GM, Sam Hinkie, in which the team would rebuild with a collection of high draft picks, … Continue reading Trust the Process?

Let’s Taco-Bout Philadelphia’s First Taco Festival

by Joei DeCarlo Despite the lack of sunshine on this miserable Saturday, the first ever taco festival at SugarHouse Casino packed in a large crowd. The outdoor event was complete with food and drink vendors, free giveaways, a tequila bar, and lots of sombreros. Festivalgoers had the opportunity to purchase food and drink vouchers to sample over 30 different types of tacos, drinks, and other … Continue reading Let’s Taco-Bout Philadelphia’s First Taco Festival

Our 2017 Blue Sapphire and WishRock Winners Are…

The Phillie Phanatic (Harry Kalas Memorial Sports Award) Ed McBride (President / EOM Athletic Association, Service to Community Award) Dei Lynam (Comcast SportsNet, Media Award) Chubby Checker (Lifetime Music Achievement Award) Dee Dee Sharp (Lifetime Music Achievement Award) Anthony Messina & Frank Sangiuliano of Pastificio (Local Business Success Story Award) Our 2017 WishRock Award Winners: Nicholas Cirillo / Drummer / String Theory Kristina Leuzzi / … Continue reading Our 2017 Blue Sapphire and WishRock Winners Are…