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First impressions of Fishtown’s new Fillmore Philly

Fillmore Philly | Photo by John Vettese
Fillmore Philly | Photo by John Vettese

A crowd stood on the outside of an iron fence and stared up at an old brick industrial site where, up until now, nobody goes in and nobody comes out.

There were definite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory vibes in the air yesterday morning – or maybe that was the table of Federal Donuts talking – for Live Nation’s press conference announcing Fillmore Philly. The new live music venue slated for a fall opening sits at the end of Frankford Avenue, at the bustling cultural / entertainment nexus of Fishtown, Northern Liberties and Delaware Ave.

Plans for the Fillmore seem like it will combine elements of all those neighborhoods: a rough-hewn artful exterior and a selection of craft beer and food inside, plush and loungey atmospheric elements with a chandelier-ed “Circle Bar”, a bit of loud nightlife bombast (if the pre-press conference playlist, featuring The Neighbourhood, Walk the Moon and Kongos is any indication of their bookings). Like Roald Dahl’s fantastical factory, there’s a bit of everything-at-once-ness to the plans, and a definite air of mystery – or questions worth pondering at any rate. But first, let’s stick to the facts. Continue reading →

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The first 2015 inductee to the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is…

Billie Holiday will be inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame
Billie Holiday | Photo via Philadelphia Music Alliance

100 years ago today, the one and only Billie Holiday (then, Eleanora Fagan) was born in Philadelphia General Hospital on Curie Boulevard in West Philadelphia.

To honor the centennial of the late “Lady Day,” the Philadelphia Music Alliance has named her the first 2015 inductee on their Walk of Fame. Continue reading →