Why is this weekend different from all other weekends? Because it's the much anticipated Labor Day weekend! Labor Day beckons in the end of summer as a bittersweet day that also includes an extended weekend of nonstop parties. Check out our roundup of Philly's hottest events to enjoy in the last few days of our warm-weather season.
Happy holiday weekend!
Friday, August 30
Smiths Restaurant & Lounge
We all love happy hour for those clutch deals. If only that happy hour kept going all night. Smiths Restaurant & Lounge is giving you just that with its Late Night Happy Hour from 11:30 AM - 2 AM. Specials: $5 boneless wings, $4 Coronas. It's the best late night happy hour in Rittenhouse. Enjoy $3.00 Coors Light Bottles + ridiculous appetizer specials and the DJ goes on at 10:00 PM. Get your friends together and come by for a great time!
Last night, MTV's annual Video Music Awards went down in no other than Brooklyn, New York at the new Barclays Center. With a theme based around the history and culture of the infamous borough, this award show was definitely something to see.
The show kicked off immediately with a performance by Lady Gaga. At this point no one is surprised by here unusual outfits, which she switched seamlessly throughout her performance of "Applause".
Chris Brown has been having a difficult time escaping his troubled past. From his controversial on -and- off -again relationship with pop star Rihanna, to throwing bottles at Drake, to hit and runs, the 24-year-old can’t seem to find the rightful path.
On Tuesday, August 6, Brown took to his Twitter to vent, saying, “Don’t worry mainstream America. After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album. Being famous is amazing when it’s for ur music and talent. I’m tired of being famous for a mistake I made when I was 18. I’m cool & over it!” The R&B star turned himself in earlier that day to the Van Nuys police department around 2PM for his hit-and-run case. He was released less than an hour later due to "overcrowding." Which is something celebrities seem to get away with quite often.
The untimely death of R&B superstar Aaliyah back in 2001 caught the whole world off guard. The loss attracted thousands of devastated loyal fans to the singer’s funeral. And now, despite having been gone for well over a decade, Aaliyah’s presence remains stronger than ever.With hits like “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number”, “One in a Million”, “Try Again”, and “Rock the Boat” it is clear that she never needed help gaining a fan base, however, having some of the biggest artists in the industry continuing to use her music definitely doesn’t hurt;artists such as Drake and Chris Brown have released remixes of her old songs.
Yoann Lemoine is a French musician, songwriter, director, and photographer who is more widely recognized under the alias of Woodkid. In addition to his alternative music career, he also dabbles in directing, where he's been overwhelmingly successful. Woodkid was even nominated for MTV Video Music Awards for his work on videos for Drake, Lana Del Rey, and Rihanna.
His impressive track-record of artists whose songs have had his unique cinematic touch include Yelle- Ce Jeu (2008), Moby- Mistake (2009), Aides- Graffiti Commercial (2010), Katy Perry- Teenage Dream (2010), Mystery Jets- Dreaming of Another World (2010), The Shoes- Wastin’ Time (2011), and Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die (2011) and Blue Jeans (2012).
Apparently Lil’ Wayne despises the birthplace of hip-hop, New York. In a recent interview with MTV News, the hip-hop superstar wasted no time throwing a jab New York’s way, when he said “Flat Out, I Don’t like New York.” Hip- Hop fans may wonder why Weezy F. Baby harbors such ill feelings towards one of the biggest marketplaces of music throughout the world. Well, the answer is pretty obvious.
In 2007, Lil’ Wayne was on the top of the totem pole in the music, selling out concert venues all across the globe, a #1 album that sold over a million copies in its first week (unheard of in a day and age where music is illegally downloaded) and was scouting/signing various new talents (Drake/Nicki Minaj) to become a part of his now powerhouse label YMCMB. That July for the first time ever Lil’ Wayne was set to headline a show for the first time in New York City. Thousands of people packed into the sold-out Beacon Theatre excited to see the New Orleans’ rapper perform both new and old material. The energy inside the building was at an all-time high and only intensified when he showed up wearing a Run DMC T-shirt (paying homage to Queens-born group that would be on the Mount Rushmore of rap if there was one) brought out various special guests (Kanye West, New York’s very own Ja Rule and Juelz Santana) and made numerous references to his love for marijuana (an interest that the crowd seemed to share as well).
Twenty-one year old singer Jojo kick slamed the "h-e-double hockey sticks" of all doubts that she could not make a comeback or shed her bubbly pop image seamlessly, with her new sexually charged single "Demonstrate."
The singer makes musical sex purring - "...Baby there's a lot of freaky sh*t, running through my mind that I can't say. But I know I can demonstrate & I can let my body explain" - against a heavy R&B beat.
Jojo teamed up with producer Noah '40' Shebib to create this comeback masterpiece. Shebib is known most famously for pairing up with musical powerhouses like Drake, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys and most recently Nas.
Chris Brown’s album “Fortune” dropped on July 3rd. Even with rave reviews it seems like the “Turn Up the Music” singer can’t shy away from controversy.
We won’t even bring up the Rihanna 2009 incident.
Well... maybe mention it a bit ONLY because it seemed that after the horrific incident occurred Chris was dedicated to the fixing his public image, proving that looks indeed can be deceiving. In recent weeks Chris has been associated with a violent club fight with “Take Care” rapper, Drake.
You might know rapper Drake a.k.a Drizzy by his rap-love-ballad lyrics or perhaps from his pre-rapper days on teen angst television show Degrassi. Or maybe you just identify with his eyebrows. Either way, the Canadian/Jewish rapper received a smackdown from oil tycoon, T. Boone Pickens, after humble-bragging about his "millions." On Twitter, of course.
The micro-blog site has quickly become the go-to spot for celebs to diss and be dissed. And we're guilty of kinda loving it. We only wish we could get "stunted on" by T. Boone Pickens about our "millions." Sigh.
Here's how it went down. [via Gizmodo]
And if that wasn't enough for you, here is a reenactment from Chris D'Elia of what we suspect happened afterward:
So, it's June here in the great state of New Jersey. You know what that means? Well, nothing in particular
other than summer's here, the shore is kickin' and we have a good list of concerts and shows to go to. From Radiohead to Nicki Minaj, Dave Mathews to Drake, there's something for everyone this month. See you out there!
If we've made a glaring omission, please comment below.
Nicki Minaj @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Weezer @ Borgata Hotel Casino
Eli Escobar @ mur.mur
Sideways @ Martella’s Waters Edge