Dan Gross: Rappers sued for failing to rap at Blue Horizon gig

Mike Strug (left) and Steve Levy (center) ate at Hymie's, owned by Louis Barson (right).
Mike Strug (left) and Steve Levy (center) ate at Hymie's, owned by Louis Barson (right). (BONNIE SQUIRES)
Posted: September 19, 2012

NORTH PHILADELPHIA's Raheem Jefferson of Black Box Promotions has sued rappers Juelz Santana and Jim Jones and a publicist/booking agent named Lynn Hobson in Common Pleas Court.

The suit alleges that the artists showed up late for an April 2010 concert at the Legendary Blue Horizon, drank Moet champagne backstage . . . and then never performed.

Hobson's firm, HobbieCom, got a $12,500 deposit up front and additional money the day of the show, the complaint states.

Jefferson and attorney Simon Rosen seek more than $50,000 in the breach-of-contract lawsuit.

Hobson, in a reply copied to Santana's manager, Twin, says the artists arrived on time but did not perform because "The event was not promoted at all."

"The contract stated that if there was less than 200 people in the venue, then the artists would not be obligated to perform. The event was a bust on the promoter's behalf," Hobson said.

Perrier to cook at Heirloom

Chef Georges Perrier has agreed to cook dinner using his recipes Nov. 14 at Heirloom (8705 Germantown) in Chestnut Hill.

Perrier got to talking with Heirloom chef Al Paris after dining there recently with his daughter Genevieve and her fiancé. The former Le Bec-Fin owner went for the Hudson Valley foie gras, watermelon gazpacho, pork tenderloin with spoonbread and gingersnap gravy, and some good wine.

Perrier and Paris haven't yet worked out the menu for Perrier's first public cooking since he sold Le Bec-Fin last spring.

Mike Vogel joins 'McCanick'

Abington native Mike Vogel ("The Help," "Blue Valentine," "Cloverfield") has replaced "Superman Returns" star Brandon Routh in "McCanick," the crime drama filming here and starring David Morse and "Glee" actor Cory Monteith, director Josh Waller told us Monday. Vogel plays the police-officer partner of Morse's character, Eugene "Mack" McCanick.

It's the first time Vogel has gotten to work in Philly.

Rachel Nichols, who appeared in the 2009's "Star Trek" and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," plays Vogel's wife in the movie.

Politicos at lawyer wedding

Former Mayor John Street, City Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell were guests at the Saturday nuptials of lawyers Charles Gibbs and Monica Golphin at the Brandywine Manor House in Honey Brook.

Gibbs worked in the Street administration and now works for Michael Bowman's firm. Golphin, a former Defender Association attorney, is now a personal-injury lawyer. The happy couple are honeymooning in Barbados.

Johari Rollins, wife of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, and judges Karen Simmons, Roxanne Covington, George Overton and Vincent Johnson were also among those at the wedding.

Charitably minded

Jazz Bridge, a local nonprofit devoted to assisting local jazz and blues musicians in need, is trying to raise $6,000 through a Kickstarter.com campaign to help fund its 40-event season.

The organization, founded by singers Wendy Simon-Sinkler and Suzanne Cloud, enlists about 200 local musicians during its concert series. For more info, visit jazzbridge.org, or to donate, visit Kickstarter.com and search for "Jazz Bridge."

NBC 10 alumni hang at Hymie's

Former NBC 10 colleagues Mike Strug and Steve Levy caught up over lunch recently at Hymie's (342 Montgomery) in Merion. Levy, who lives mainly on a ranch in Colorado, visited the area and hooked up with Strug for a bite at what had been a longtime haunt of the anchor's.

Local guys in Guinness book

Philadelphia's Christopher Wall made the 2012 Guinness Book of Records.

At 37, Wall is the longest-known survivor of the condition ectopia cordis in which the heart lies outside the body. Many patients don't live longer than 48 hours.

He's joined in the Guinness book by fellow local Brian Dwy- er, co-owner of the new Pizza Brain (2313 Frankford), who got a shout-out in the Guinness Book of Records for having the largest collection of pizza-related items, with 561 as of July 31, 2011.

Dwyer has since received hundreds more, including Your Humble Narrator's pizza costume, which was worn with the Vaudevillains NYB in the 2010 Mummers Parade.


Contact Dan Gross at grossd@ phillynews.com or 215-854-5963. Follow him on Twitter @PhillyGossip or at Facebook. com/ dangrossphillygossip.

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