August 11, 2015 |
Philadelphia expatriate DJ/producer/performer Wes Pentz - musical name, Diplo - brought his touring Mad Decent Block Party home to Festival Pier on Thursday and Friday, and showed how much his soiree - and he - have grown since the bash's humble beginnings. The Mad Decent party, thrown by the eponymous label, began at a mausoleum showroom (now PhilaMOCA) in 2008. It was so humble that the show-runner helped sweep up. This time, Diplo and friends brought a bigger show. On Thursday, Diplo played as Jack Ü with Skrillex, with Flosstradamus and ILoveMakonnen bringing up the rear.
August 8, 2015 |
The stretch of Lancaster Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets transformed Thursday night, as thousands of city residents came out to taste hard apple cider and corn on the cob at a semiannual block party that made the street bustle. A crowd of people made their way down the block, some dressed in business attire, sipping a beer at the end of the workday. Others grabbed a meal in T-shirts, their dogs and children in tow. The party was called Night Market, a project run by the nonprofit Food Trust and in its fifth season.
August 5, 2015 |
This season, Philly's modern rock station, Radio 104.5, has hosted weekend shows both fun (fun. singer Nate Russ) and furious (its birthday show with Of Monsters and Men). But none of its events had hit on novelty pop - one of the most fun aspects of summer music - until Sunday, when Matt and Kim headlined the station's afternoon Festival Pier block party. The Brooklyn indie-dance duo of drummer Kim Schifino and keyboardist/singer Matt Johnson were clinquant without being utterly tacky.
June 24, 2015 |
The neighbors around East Hilton Street heard the blast from a shotgun Monday afternoon and knew what to do. Up and down the narrow Kensington blocks, they opened their doors for the children on the streets, who were already running for cover. On East Madison Street, Stephanie Johnson hustled her grandchildren - and anyone else nearby - inside. A block away, Tina Jacobs checked to make sure her granddaughter was behind her, inside the house. "The kids on the block - they know how to move when they hear bullets," she said.
June 10, 2015 |
Radio 104.5 FM threw a summer block party three weeks before the official start of the season on Sunday at Festival Pier. It had all the makings of a good street fair. It was free (station fans had to register for tickets). There were cold brews, grilled food, party games like beer pong, and teens lying around in shorts. And there were cool kid-indie bands as the long afternoon's sound track. The Oxford, England, alt-rock unit A Silent Film was the headliner - a good, not entirely contagious act. Entering to the sound of swarming bees, military drum riffs, and the splintered synths of "Tomorrow," A Silent Film was reminiscent of Psychedelic Furs toward the end of the '80s - a spooky but overly slick brand of sinister new wave.
October 2, 2014 |
WHEN 200 re-enactors fight the 1777 Battle of Germantown on Saturday, Alex DiCesare, 20, will be firing his musket on the front lines while pondering the mystique of enemy British troops. "The British usually get all the hot women as camp followers," DiCesare confided to the Daily News . "Their girls are eating salt pork and split-pea soup, yet they look like supermodels. I've never seen girls wear chemises like that. "I can't wrap my head around it," DiCesare said drily.
September 16, 2014 |
There were several things to be gleaned from Saturday's Radio 104.5 Block Party on Festival Pier. While most have to do with the evolution of its headliner (Grouplove), the might of an up-and-comer (Vance Joy), and the unified synth sound of its other acts (Brick + Mortar, Wolf Gang, Sir Sly), you couldn't ignore the rain. The tween-plus crowd didn't mind getting soaked, especially since the storm broke by late afternoon. As for the newly refurbished, beach-y Festival Pier, the sand-on-asphalt showcase - when rained upon - created a gooey muck that kids loved and adults in suit pants and pricey loafers didn't.
August 26, 2014 |
Homicide detectives were searching Sunday for a motive in the killings of two women found shot to death in a house in Holmesburg Saturday. The women, identified by neighbors and relatives as Dollie Evans, 67, and Ruby Thomas, 59, were shot in the head inside Evans' home on the 4700 block of Vista Street. Thomas, who had been living with Evans for about two months, according to neighbors, was found with a gunshot wound to the head on a living room couch, police said. Evans, they said, was found on the floor of a second-floor bedroom, shot in the back of the head.
August 9, 2014 |
As summer progresses, Philadelphia neighborhoods, from Southeast to Northeast, will be rocking their block in a city abuzz with cordoned-off streets, smoky barbecue grills, tinny speakers blaring loud music, and opened fire hydrants. "That's what makes a classic Philly block party," says Wes Pentz, known these days as Diplo, the internationally renowned DJ/producer who made his bones living in this city's Loft District and started his world-famous touring Mad Decent Block Party modestly enough on North 12th Street in 2008.
June 18, 2014 |
Two alleged gunmen remained hospitalized Monday after a weekend confrontation with police during a North Philadelphia block party, police said. According to police, two officers heard gunshots near the 3200 block of Randolph Street about 3:15 p.m. Sunday. One officer ran south through an alley to investigate. There, he saw two men firing guns, police said. The officer ordered the men to drop their firearms. When they refused, the officer fired at them, striking both, police said.