Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Monday, June 8th, 2015

FYI: Made in America Will be Staying Exclusively in Philly This Summer.

By: Jarek Cotto

The “Made in America” festival will be staying in its city of origin this year. The show scheduled for LA was cancelled, but there are rumors of a second free concert in New York.

Pop up beer gardens are rising all across the city. Should they be required by law to get community input first?

Cop stops robbery in Rising Sun pizzeria from a suspect who was literally firing blanks! More here.

University of Pennsylvania has been added to the “most stressful” list College Magazine has created. See more below.

Since Indego has launched, there has been over 65,000 Philly bike share trips. Read more.

PA state police warn of a mass exodus of its older troopers, but why?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

FYI: Would Philly’s Millennials Be Happier If Bars Were Open Later?

By: Jarek Cotto

What would happen if Philly’s bars closed at 4 a.m. instead of 2 a.m.? Would this make the city’s Millennials happier? Democratic Rep. Jordan Harris thinks so, and is introducing a bill that would allow bars to do just that. More below.


UberX has hit 1 million rides in the region, but it’s still illegal in Philly. Why?


Two men in PA were arrested and admitted to making and selling IEDs. More here.


A man breaks into Ishkabibble’s II on April 1st and only makes out with $80 dollars. This genius was caught on video tape. Watch the full video below.


Bill Cosby won’t be speaking at Temples graduation this year. This should not be surprising given the recent sex abuse allegations he is facing. Find out more here.


This new Philly PSA tells pedestrians to get off of their phones while walking. Full video below.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

FYI: Don’t Worry Philly, Beans is Fine.

By: Jarek Cotto


A group of 9 people initiated a dine and dash at Dim Sum Garden on Friday. This was no ordinary dine and dash either. They set off fire crackers shortly before jetting out of the door. Police are still investigating.


Septa Police and the PPD are testing out new body cameras. After the recent incidences of police brutality, a staggering number of people are in favor of police wearing body cameras at all times. Will this have any positive effect? Only time will tell.


Charges against Philly Jesus were dropped after being arrested for failure to disperse. His lawyer, Charles Gibbs, said in a tweet, “People said #freePhillyJesus and we at @thegreenfirmllc said “o.k.” Now, he’s free from persecution….” Now, how long will he stay out of trouble?


Jason Werth sentenced to jail for speeding.


Philly rapper, Beanie Sigel was shot in Pleasantville after a dispute. Don’t worry, he’s fine!


Monday, October 13th, 2014

FYI: Philly Doesn’t Have An Ugly Accent. Do We?


By: Jarek Cotto

Woman steals mans prostetic leg at Eagles game. Did he ever get it back? Find out below

SEPTA is making its late-night service run indefinitely. Even though the cost has tripled from the old “Night Owl” service they used to offer, it has been getting many more riders. On an average weekend about 15000 people use this service.

Man robs TD Bank with a Halloween mask. The man robbed the teller at gunpoint, then fled in an old buick with a stolen license plate. Read more.

A passenger was kicked off a flight at the airport for making a joke about the pilots sobriety. This joke turned into a whole fiasco when the pilot was given a sobriety test. After that was all over, everyone was let back on the plane except the one who supposedly made the joke. More details below.

Pathmark customers continue shopping while man was stabbed in the face and neck. Some of those creepy customers were even stepping on blood! One customer even asked a police officer to reach over and pass him cheese! See what happened after that.

Does Philly really have an ugly accent? According to Gawkers “America’s Ugliest Accents Tournament”, we do and we beat out Memphis, Atlanta and New Orleans already. We’re in the semi-finals against Pittsburgh now. Read about it below.


Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Just Some Block Party.



Philadelphia area native, Drexel graduate and party host Gina Piccari let me in on the creation of the event “Just Some Block Party”.


Gina and her partner in crime Maggi have been throwing parties together just over a year. Together they throw a monthly party at Ortlieb’s, Blank Stare and Kitty Kitty//Bang Bang and Maggi throws one at The Dolphin called Sick Sad World in conjunction with the Factory Girls. Together they knew they wanted to throw a party that was huge, outside and would end the summer on a crazy note.

just some block party


During their early 20s they spent most of their time partying all over the city attending various parties, but they wanted to top anything they have ever been to over the years. Gina was throwing around this idea to her friend Adam Burten, better known as “Buttons”, owner and founder of Lost 18, a Philadelphia based party promotion company, and they got the ball rolling on “Just Some Block Party.”




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The first meeting happened and all of the masterminds were on the same page about what they wanted and, just as originally thought, with more forces and minds involved, Just Some Block Party was conceived.  In Gina’s words, “we wanted all our friends, and friends of friends, coming together to celebrate and have fun, listen to awesome music, dance, socialize and promote their art/music/work.” All of the friends and DJs Gina and Maggi reached out to were so supportive and excited to be apart of the event.

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Starting at noon on Sunday August 24th, this all-day block party will feature tons of amazing DJs, beer, and vendors. After the daytime portion of the event is over, the party will continue at The Dolphin until 2am, complete with drink specials and three awesome DJs: Magglezz, Sylo and Strawberry Mansion. Follow the crowds from Cantrell Street (between 5th and 6th) in South Philly, to the doors of The Dolphin at Broad and Tasker where you can get in for $3 with a block party wristband, or just $5 without one.




Gina, Maggi and Adam were not the only minds who put this event together, there were two others who were strongly involved.  These two were Mike Hans and Geo Brooke, also know as DJ OMGeo who is a well known DJ in the city and pulled together a lot of the talent that will be happening at the block party.   Lost 18 was also co-founded by Mike Hans and Lisa Leggieri beside Adam Burton.

If anyone is interested in volunteering or being a vendor please contact Adam at –  him and the rest of the event staff would love the help and hands. 


RSVP to both events here:

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

This Sunday! 2nd Street Festival

Sunday, August 3rd, from noon until 10pm, 2nd Street will be shut down to cars and vehicles for the 6th Annual Northern Liberties  2nd Street Festival.  There will be food trucks, craft vendors, live music and tons of other fun stuff going on.  RE/MAX Access will also have a booth there so come say “hi” to your favorite agents in the city. unnamed

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

FYI – Bummed you missed Firefly? Don’t be.

by Karley

Philly friends, don’t be too upset about missing Firefly this year because Philly rules and a ton of those awesome musicians  are coming through our beautiful city very soon.  Make sure you check them out and support these talented people.  There are so many different flavors of music there is a little bit for everyone!

June 26 – Johnny Brenda’s
June 28th – Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden, NJ)
July 11 – Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden, NJ)
July 18 – World Cafe Life
July 18 – Johnny Brendas
July 18 – Festival Pier
July 22 – River Stage @ Penn’s Landing
July 27 – TLA
July 27 – XPoNential Music Festival @ Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden, NJ)
July 27 – XPoNential Music Festival @ Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden, NJ)
August 1 – Morgans Pier
August 2 – 1045 Summer Block Party
August 9th – Festival Pier
August 14 – North Star Bar
August 16 – Philly Folk Fe
August 30th – Made in American Tour @ Benjamin Franklin Parkway
August 30th – Made in American Tour @ Benjamin Franklin Parkway
August 31 – Made in America Tour @ Benjamin Franklin Parkway
September 19 – 1045 Summer Block Party Concert @ The Piazza
September 20 – Wells Fargo Center
September 28 – Tower Theater
October 18 –  Union Transfer


Friday, June 20th, 2014

24 Hour Johnny People


Johnny Brenda's Exterior

by Jarek Cotto

Johnny Brenda’s is a beloved restaurant, bar, and music venue in Fishtown. Since moving to the Fishtown area in the summer of 2008, I have walked by this place and seen it bustling with young Fishtowners. Eventually, I asked about this place. That’s when I found out that it is one of the most renown music venues in the city. Not only that, but the restaurant/bar aspect of Johnny Brenda’s is also immensely popular.


JB’s was once a gritty tavern at the intersection of Frankford Ave. and Girard Ave. The second level, is now a 250 person music venue, was originally a boarding house. Since transforming to Johnny Brenda’s it has become an iconic cornerstone of the neighborhood. The place is constantly packed on the weekends with every hipster in the area. Just walking by this place is chaotic. You see people standing outside or sitting on one of the outdoor tables, and you can’t tell who is there for the restaurant, the bar, or the concert venue. It’s just a ton of people having a good time.


Everything at JB’s is high quality. They boast an eclectic menu using fresh, locally grown ingredients. A full menu is served from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day, with brunch added on the weekends. The menu is written on chalkboards because it is updated a few times a day to reflect what is in season. You won’t find any Corona here. Johnny Brendas serves all-draft microbrews from local breweries like Yards, Sly Fox, Troegs, Victory, Stoudt’s, Flyish Fish, and Dogfish Head. It’s places like Johnny Brenda’s that thrive in neighborhoods like Fishtown. Johnny Brenda’s success parallels the growth in Fishtown and they thrive off each other.


Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Port Richmond: Philly’s New B-Boy Capital

by: Jarek Cotto

Port Richmond is currently home to one of breakdancing’s most talented rising stars. Ben “Box Won” Barnes has been on the breaking scene for years alongside many famous b-boys of today. Box has been gaining notoriety in the breaking world for some time. Even Red Bull is doing a commercial on him. I got to sit down with my good friend Box and ask him a few questions about his start in breaking and how he got to where he is today.

I wanted to know what made Box want to become a b-boy in the first place, and without hesitation he said Micheal Jackson. He stated that he had watched a concert video of Micheal Jackson on VHS tape when he was about seven years old, and this is what inspired him to dance. He said he would mimic Micheal’s moves all the time as a child and eventually it turned into a passion for him. From there his attention turned to music videos and movies, then eventually he started practicing on his own.

I asked him what his first real B-Boy event was and he told me that it was called The Gathering. It is Philly’s longest running B-Boy event at the Rotunda Church. When I asked what his training schedule was like, he replied that it used to be every day, but now it’s whenever he “feels” it. Spoken like a true legend in the works.

Box goes to a ton of events. This past weekend, he went to Red Bull’s regional qualifier. What he started was the biggest 1-on-1 in the world at 2424 E York St.

My final question to Ben was how has Port Richmond played a part in his breakdancing. He said that it has given him inspiration because of all of the different kinds of people he sees and the graffiti, which he added, is one of the five elements of Hip-Hop. Keep a look out for the great Box Won in the future. Go to one of his shows. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.


Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Hot like- The Fire!



by: Jarek Cotto

When walking down West Girard Avenue you notice a lot of things. One you might miss is a small building next to the Philadelphia Fire Department Engine 29 station. This little bar is called The Fire, and it is also a concert venue.


The staff here are pretty friendly, and they serve up local brews till 2 in the morning. When you first walk in, all you see is just a regular bar, but once you walk to the back, you see the doorway leading to the stage area. The concert space is small, dark, and intimate- the recipe for legendary concerts! A lot of famous musicians played at The Fire when they were unkown, and that’s what attracts a lot of the local talent in the city. They even have quite a deal for bands that want to record an album live.


The unique charm of this dive bar brings in a lot of the indie/artsy crowd in the area. This is reflected in the acts that perform there, but are not limited to it. You can find a whole array of different artists performing here from rappers to grunge metal bands. This place mirrors the attitude of Northern Liberties. The “we’re going to do it how we want to do it, and thats why it’s going to be the best around,” mentality runs strong here.


The Fire isn’t most extravagant bar you have ever been in, but that is what adds to its charm. It’s a great place to have a few local beers with friends, or just spend a Saturday night listening to some bands you may or may not have heard. If you are coming here expecting to know what the atmosphere feels like, you’ll be wrong. The Fire has its own one of a kind vibe at 412 West Girard Ave. Come here and see for yourself what the buzz is about.