Aimee Mann performs during the 2013 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa on September 10, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
In a week of computer problems and funerals, it’s nice to be in and on the Ice Illo tip again. Thanks for waiting. I should start though by mentioning that Philly music lost a great this week: Philly International Records’ arranger Bobby Martin who did his magic on cuts from Billy Paul (“Me and Mrs. Jones”), the O’Jays (“Love Train”) and MFSB’s “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” — which wound up as the theme for Don Cornelius’ Soul Train — died at age 83. Pour out some Drambuie for this loss, for his was the sound of caramel seduction. Meanwhile, while we’re thinking of MSFB, consider the fact the Philly Music Alliance will induct a handsome set of locals to its Walk Of Fame on Oct. 24, along S. Broad Street. MFSB gets one, as does Philadelphia Folk Festival boss Gene Shay, “At the Hop” songwriters Johnny Madara and Dave While, the late great Upper Darby-based producer Joel Dorn, vibes man and arranger Vince Montana, the guy behind the Salsoul Orchestra and Peter Richard Conte, Wanamaker’s Grand Court organist.
We’re hearing that the Girard Avenue breakfast fave, the Dew Inn, has changed ownership and been sold but will not be lost. Supposedly they will close for but two weeks and reopen as — WAIT FOR IT — the Dew Inn. Do it.
I’m never fond of oddball z’s and numbers being tossed into names and titles, so I’ll look at the dance club re-conceptualization of the Starlight Ballroom as District N9nE with a jaundiced eye. Then again, they’ll start their electro-bookings with DJ Shadow tomorrow night, so how bad can it be?
Barney Weiss, the one-time owner of legendary hot spots from Going Bananas to the Grape Street Pub, and of course the dad to Michael and Billy Weiss (Woody’s, may re-open his original Palmer Social Club (in Fishtown, not what turned into Trilogy Hookah Lounge on Spring Garden Street) as a gallery space by late autumn, early winter. Just a rumor, but a snazzy one.
TRIM is a whole-package image consultant jawn/men’s styling and grooming from the agile minds and nimble fingers of Henry A. Davidson and 2BGroomd’s Jahmal Rhaney. They opened their salon/studio at 17th and Spruce this week and anybody who is everybody with a bow tie showed up and raved.
WHOWHATWHERE: Who doesn’t love being serenaded by Aimee Mann and Ted Leo? That’s what happened to Hilary Clinton when she got the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center earlier this week. Mann and Leo happened to be opening the Boot & Saddle as The Both and got the call. Either that, or Clinton is a big fan of “Voices Carry.” With that, neither Aimee or Ted actually opened Broad Street’s B&S. Wesley Stace, formerly John Wesley Harding, had those honors when his pal Leo called and asked if he was into it. “Good venue, that,” says Stace whose new album Self Titled, comes out next week. “I love all that tin.” Speaking of Clinton, one time Bill and Hil press secretary Dick Morris ate at Davio’s this week. So did one time Phillies player Gary Matthews who had my very favorite Davio’s item — the chicken livers. Chazz Palminteri is in town prepping for the opening of his one-man A Bronx Tale at the Prince Theater, Sept. 19-21, and he’s eating out like crazy. First we know he at Villa di Roma down the block from me, then we know he ate at Modo Mio because I ran into Larry Cohen (from Cuba Libre, who looks great, by the way) at last night’s Feastival bash at Race Street Pier. Cohen, his Libre partner Barry Gutin and Palminteri supped with Jerry Blavat at the Geator’s favorite NoLibs haunt. Ooh, and Feastival — nice running into ex-Governor Rendell. His son Jesse, is working out a strategy as to how to be the best auctioneer for all things Chazz Palminteri. Ed is a pro, this was Jesse’s first time doing the auctioneer bit. Cage The Elephant, Cher Lloyd, Fallout Boy, Fifth Harmony, Panic! At The Disco, 21 Pilots — all made their way to Radio 104.5 this week in Bala. Geno Vento and Buddy Valastro not only designed a specially cheese-y cake to promote Geno’s Steaks 47th anniversary. They hightailed it to the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, cut the steak-y beauty and handed it out to some 600-plus fans and friends.
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