It’s no secret: Thanksgiving is a multi-day run of sheer gluttony. We don’t just stuff ourselves on the big day; we also manage to morph into capitalist zombies on Black Friday—plus we drink like maniacs before and after. The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is notorious for being one of the biggest bar nights of the year, as home-for-the-holidays friends reunite at their old stomping grounds and get lit like candles before waking up and grazing like cows all day. Well, we thought we’d highlight some solid bets for things to do on the Friday night after Turkey (or Tofurkey) Day, both with your kinfolk or as far away from them as possible, that aren’t just about the neighborhood watering hole or shopping ‘til you’re damn near dead.
20th anniversary tribute to Nirvana’s In Utero and the Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dreams at Milkboy
Hey, grunge heads: Are you pumped or what? Performed live, cover to cover, are two of the era’s most iconic and revered LPs. Doesn’t really matter who’s performing ‘em, does it? It could be your little brother’s stoner basement band—as long as they storm through track after track with frenzied angst, we’re sold.
8:30pm. $10. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. milkboyphilly.com
The Machine’s tribute to the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at the Keswick
When I was in eighth grade, and my brother was a freshman at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, he took me to see this show, and I will never, ever forget it. No, there’ll be zero original Floyd members, but it really doesn’t matter. Especially when you get a woman who can blow out that “Great Gig in the Sky” solo. And you just know they’ll have one.
8pm. $27.50-$32.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. keswicktheatre.com.
MiMOSA at the TLA and Slayer at the Susquehanna Bank Center
Here, you’ve got a couple options for your raver cousin and your creepy goth uncle. The TLA show’ll be packed with teens, 20-somethings and sad old tweakers reliving their glorious past, but it’ll all be very pleasant and not-too-EDMy house and jungle trance-type stuff. Bet you know what that Slayer show will be like: incredibly loud, sinister and slightly disturbing death metal. Hey, we all have our thing.
MIMOSA: 9pm. $15. With Architekt, Thriftworks, Bogl + Yonas. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. tlaphilly.com
Slayer: 7:30pm. $19.25-$59.50. With Gojira + 4arm. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. livenation.com
Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Macy’s
This is simply an institution, period. And while our beloved Macy’s will certainly be full of basics trying to buy piles of discounted fleece, tune them out, and look up. The Grand Court Organ, purchased in 1909 at the St. Louis World’s Fair, is the largest playable instrument in the world. Their cheerful holiday celebration goes off every two hours, starting at 10am; the last show’s at 8pm.
Bi-hourly. Free. Macy’s, 1300 Market St. visitmacysphiladelphia.com
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center
Perfect for a grandma and grandpa excursion or for young sophisticates who appreciate classical music. This suite from Vivaldi is easily his most famous and celebrated, depicting seasonality with extraordinary musicality. Get away from the slobs, and go upscale with this excellent short-run bet.
Through Sun., Dec. 1, various times. $51-$137. Kimmel Center, 1 S. Broad St. philorch.org
Museum of Love at the Dolphin
A new project from LCD Soundsystem’s Pat Mahoney and The Juan Maclean’s Dennis McNany (aka Jee Day), and we can’t wait to hear (and see) what it sounds like. The pair have a single called “Down South” and an debut album on the way, but regardless, the Dolphin’s one of the best places to drink and dance in South Philadelphia until you hurt the next day.
10pm. $5. The Dolphin, 1539 S. Broad St. dolphinphilly.com
Stephen Kellogg and Countdown to Ecstasy at World Cafe Live
Upstairs, you’ve got some folk from the former, one of Americana’s finest modern troubadours, and downstairs, you’ve got the chill times you’re lookin’ for in the cheese-rock prog jazz sounds of PA’s premiere Steely Dan tribute act. Drop off the staid in-laws with Kellogg, and take your uber-cool folks down the steps.
8pm and 9pm, respectively. $25 and $15-$18 respectively. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
Circular Ruins at Johnny Brenda’s
This is the ideal free dance party for denizens of Northern Liberties and Fishtown, with DJ Robertson Pennsborn Freeman spinning R&B, garage and soul, all on vinyl. Craft drafts are in order to fuel your retro-rocked pool-shooting and hip-shimmying.
10pm. Free. With DJ Robertson Pennsborn Freeman. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com.
Body Rock at Kung Fu Necktie
If you’re looking to get sweaty, this is the spot. Every DJ in the mighty Illvibe Collective’s a polished professional well-versed in whipping up a funky, ecstatic dance-floor fervor. It’ll be packed, most likely, so get there early. Guaranteed you’ll be bumpin’ and grinding with your neighbors within minutes.
9pm. $5-$7. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. kungfunecktie.com
PW's Music Issue 2014