2007-13 Concert Schedule.

Posted in Personal on March 12th, 2013 by byronkho

Just thought I should keep a running tally of all the shows I’ve seen and will see. The 2012-3 list is most complete but still definitely missing a couple shows. Going back further, there are a LOT of missing shows as I failed to notate what I had seen back then. And I never did the “save all your concert ticket” thing that so many other people do.


Jan 22, 2007: Pussycat Dolls at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas.
Nov 6, 2007: Spamalot in NYC, DJ Rob Base and Turbo at Pacha.
Jan 16, 2008: Blue Man Group at the Venetian, Las Vegas.
May 18, 2008: Les Miserables at Walnut Street Theater (Maliha).
Aug 9-10, 2008: Cat Power, KT Tunstall, Duffy, The Swell Season, Lupe Fiasco, Bloc Party, The Offspring, Chuck Berry, Wilco, Ferry Corsten, Foo Fighters, Soulwax, Hollywood Undead, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Paramore, She & Him, Deadmau5, Lil Wayne, The Black Keys, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails and Kanye West at Virgin Mobile Festival in Pimlico.
Aug 15, 2008: Paramore, Jack’s Mannequin, Phantom Planet and Paper Route at Festival Pier.
Oct 11, 2008: The Philadelphayinz at Medusa (Alexis, Brenna, Caitlin).
Aug 21, 2009: Amy Regan and Ryan Tennis at Fergie’s Pub.
Sep 6, 2009: Armin Van Buuren, ATB, Benny Benassi, David Guetta, Ferry Corsten, Kaskade, Lindstrom, Robbie Rivera, Roger Sanchez, Deadmaus, Paco Osuna, Tiga and Yuksek at Electric Zoo (Brian K).
Jan 15, 2010: In the Heights in NYC.
Apr 24, 2010: The Beauty Queen of Lennane at Penn.
Mar 3, 2010: Black Eyed Peas, LMFAO and Ludacris at the Wachovia Center (Brian).
Mar 5, 2010: Max Raabe and the Palastorchestre at the Merriam Theater.
May 26, 2010: Janelle Monae, Bilal and Erykah Badu at the Tower Theater.
May 27, 2010: Imogen Heap at the Tower Theater.
Jun 11, 2010: Sally Seltmann at World Cafe Live.
Jun 16, 2010: Imelda May and April Mae and the Junebugs at Johnny Brenda’s.
Jun 21, 2010: The New Pornographers at the Trocadero.
Jun 23, 2010: Samantha Crain and Frontier Ruckus at World Cafe Live.
Jun 25, 2010: Amy Regan and Jer Coons at Tin Angel.
Jul 4, 2010: The Roots, Goo Goo Dolls and Chrissette Michele at the PMA.
Jul 9, 2010: Memphis in NYC.
Aug 1, 2010: Katie Herzig, Larkin Poe and Paul Dempsey at World Cafe Live.
Aug 2, 2010: Arcade Fire and Spoon at the Mann (Jess).
Aug 4, 2010: Paramore, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory and Kadawatha at Festival Pier.
Aug 7, 2010: Keane, Bess Rogers, Fran Healy and Ingrid Michaelson at the Mann.
Aug 15, 2010: Nick Catchdubs and the Philadelphayinz at Medusa (Alexis).
Sep 4, 2010: A-Trak, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Axwell, Benny Benassi, Boys Noize, Diplo, Dirty South, Fedde Le Grand, Joachim Garraud, Kaskade, Major Lazer, Pete Tong, Pretty Lights, Rusko, Richie Hawtin, Steve Aoki, Wolfgang Gartner and Errol Alkan at Electric Zoo (Brian K).
Sep 21, 2010: Next to Normal in NYC.
Sep 23, 2010: Andrew Belle, Paula Valstein, Joey Ryan, Amber Rubarth and Jay Nash at World Cafe Live (Jess).
Sep 25, 2010: Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love by Center City Opera Theatre at DiBruno Bros in the Italian Market (Jess); Gabriela Martinez and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at the Mann.
Sep 30, 2010: Stars at the Trocadero.
Oct 8, 2010: K’naan at the TLA.
Oct 23, 2010: Phoenix at the Tower Theater.
Oct 29, 2010: Shad, Astronautalis and K-Os at North Star Bar.
Nov 9, 2010: La Roux at the Trocadero.
Nov 11, 2010: Avi Wisnia and Curtis Peoples at the Tin Angel (Alyssa, Julie, Cory).
Nov 16, 2010: Curtis students at Curtis.
Dec 4, 2010: Rockettes Xmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall (Christine, Sylvia).
Dec 9, 2010: West Philly Orchestra at Tritone.
Dec 10, 2010: Sour Mash at the Institute.
Dec 12, 2010: Nellie McKay at World Cafe Live.
Dec 16, 2010: Liz Phair at the TLA (Jess).
Jan 8, 2011: Jessi Teich at North Star Bar.
Feb 4, 2011: Jessi Teich, Don McCloskey and Mike Pinto at World Cafe Live.
Feb 5, 2011: June Divided at Kung Fu Necktie.
Feb 6, 2011: Jolie Holland at North Star Bar (Jess).
Feb 14, 2011: Hilary Hahn and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at the Kimmel.
Feb 15, 2011: Jessi Teich, Rooney and Eisley at TLA.
Apr 10, 2011: KT Tunstall at the TLA.
May 4, 2011: Lucy Woodward at World Cafe Live.
Jun 12, 2011: Next to Normal at the Academy of Music.
Jun 18, 2011: Black Dub at the TLA.
Jun 22, 2011: Questlove, Gary Bartz, Christian McBride, Booker T and Eric Krasno at the Blue Note, NYC.
Jul 13, 2011: Katie Costello, Nick Howard and Rachel Platten at Burlap and Bean, Newtown Square.
Jul 22, 2011: Alison Krauss and Union Station at the Academy of Music.
Jul 23, 2011: Carmina Burana and Italian Symphony by Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann.
Jul 28, 2011: Cirque de la Symphonie with the Russian National Orchestra at the Mann (Brian).
Jul 29, 2011: The Decemberists at the Borgata (Jess).
Aug 20, 2011: Verdi’s Requiem by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, Chicago (Norvia, Tans, Nancy, Ta, Chak).
Aug 22, 2011: Doug E. Fresh (Elissa, Crystal), Catch Me If You Can in NYC.
Sep 21, 2011: The Big Bang at Innovation Theater (Lorna).
Sep 30, 2011: Carmen by OCP at Independence Mall (Jess, Corinn).
Oct 9, 2011: Apollo e Dafne and Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot with Alize Rozsnyai and Anna Davidson.
Oct 11, 2011: Curtis students at Curtis.
Oct 23, 2011: Curtis students at Curtis.
Nov 16, 2011: Katie Herzig and Butterfly Boucher at Johnny Brenda’s.
Nov 18, 2011: Marc Silver and the Stonethrowers at JJ Tiziou’s house party.
Nov 20, 2011: Faust by the Curtis Opera Theater at Curtis.
Dec 11, 2011: Jaime Laredo at Curtis.
Dec 19, 2011: Messiah singthru with Tim Ribchester and Andrea Clearfield (Jess).
Jan 8, 2012: Nelly at Rio, Las Vegas; LMFAO at the Cosmpolitan, Las Vegas (Dora, Ori).
Jan 25, 2012: Curtis students at Curtis with Jose Garces.
Feb 12, 2012: Andrea Clearfield’s Salon (Jess).
Feb 18, 2012: Glee Club 150th Anniversary Gala.
Feb 23, 2012: Marit Larsen and Teitur at Johnny Brenda’s (Nicole).
Mar 2, 2012: Max Raabe and the Palastorchestre at the Merriam Theater (Jess).
Mar 9, 2012: Drew Nugent at Farmer’s Cabinet (Steve, Sean, Meade, John, Greg, Julia).
Mar 11, 2012: Jeffrey Barg’s Salon.
Mar 19, 2012: Eisley, Tallhart and Say Chance at Union Transfer.
Mar 29, 2012: The Joy Formidable, A Place to Bury Strangers and Exitmusic at Union Transfer.
Apr 2, 2012: Simon Page at Fergie’s (Melissa).
Apr 6, 2012: A Silent Film, Empires and Find Vienna at Union Transfer.
Apr 12, 2012: The Hill and Wood at West Philly house party (Diana, Judith).
Apr 13, 2012: Reptar at Kung Fu Necktie (Diana, Kate).
Apr 14, 2012: The Really Cooks and Fantastic Planet at the Grape Room (Judith, Diana).
Apr 17, 2012: University of the Arts jazz band on Broad St.
Apr 18, 2012: Mayer Hawthorne & The County and The Stepkids at Union Transfer.
Apr 20, 2012: First student concert recreation at Curtis (Anne Marie, Amy).
May 8, 2012: Santigold and Theophilus London at the Troc (Cliff, Diana).
Jun 9, 2012: Rachel Platten and Madi Diaz at the Fire.
Jun 11, 2012: Grouplove at the TLA (Diana).
Jun 15, 2012: Michael Kiwanuka at World Cafe Live (Judith, Lucia, Diana).
Jun 17, 2012: Marvelous Wonderettes by 11th Hour Theatre (Madeline).
Jul 9, 2012: Neon Trees and Penguin Prison at the TLA (J.C.).
Jul 12, 2012: K. Flay and Hank & Cupcakes at North Star Bar.
Jul 20-22, 2012: The Killers, The Black Keys, Jack White, Death Cab for Cutie, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Lupe Fiasco, Cake, Silversun Pickups, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tinie Tempah, AWOLNation, Grouplove, Chiddy Bang, Mayer Hawthorne & the County, Ra Ra Riot, Walk the Moon, Polica, Allen Stone, J Roddy Walston and the Business, the Knocks, Reptar, Imagine Dragons, Kids These Days, Penguin Prison and Charles Bradley & the Extraordinaires at Firefly Festival in Dover, DE (Chelsea, Ed, Dana, Diana).
Aug 2, 2012: Tim Stop and Austin Charles at Orpheus.
Aug 3, 2012: Private performance from Our Lady Peace at 104.5.
Sep 1, 2012: Axwell, Benny Benassi, Wolfgang Gartner, Martin Solveig, Sander van Doorn, Bingo Players, Morgan Page, Rusko, Nervo, Claude VonStroke, Felix Cartal, Datsik and Sleepy & Boo at Electric Zoo on Randall’s Island, NYC (Cliff).
Sep 2, 2012: Pearl Jam, Drake, Jill Scott, RunDMC, Afrojack, Alesso, The Hives, DJ Shadow, Betatraxx, Santigold, Rita Ora, The Knocks and Gary Clark Jr. at Made in America Fest in Philadelphia, PA.
Sep 10, 2012: Sondre Lerche at World Cafe Live.
Sep 13, 2012: Dragonette and the Knocks at Union Transfer.
Sep 14, 2012: Samantha Crain at Underground Arts.
Sep 24, 2012: Allen Stone, Tingsek and Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at World Cafe Live (Mippy, Faye).
Oct 4, 2012: West Philly Orchestra at Underground Arts (Diana, Ed, Rachel, Sarah).
Oct 11, 2012: Mayer Hawthorne and Cheers Elephant at Penn (Diana, Kate).
Oct 14, 2012: Jerry Springer the Opera by OperaDelaware (Jess, Liz), Shakey Lyman and Perseverance Jazz Band at Fiume (Steve).
Oct 16, 2012: Tim Stop at WCL (Mitchell), Silversun Pickups at Tower Theater (Dana, Chris).
Oct 17, 2012: Nneka at WCL.
Nov 2, 2012: Freelance Whales and Geographer at Union Transfer (Kelly).
Nov 4, 2012: Jessica Lennick solo concert in Ardmore, Leslie Stevens and the Milk Carton Kids at the Tin Angel (Marie).
Nov 9, 2012: Clara C and David Choi at World Cafe Live (Steve).
Nov 10, 2012: Jessica Lennick, Madeline Adams, Amy Miller and Francesco Cafiso performing at my salon.
Nov 16, 2012: Yeasayer and Sinkane at Union Transfer (Kelly).
Nov 29, 2012: Passion Pit and Ra Ra Riot at Electric Factory (Diana, Ed).
Dec 1, 2012: Kingsley Flood at JJ Tiziou’s house party.
Dec 4, 2012: Marina and the Diamonds and Icona Pop at Union Transfer.
Jan 1, 2013: Kelly DiMattio and Monique Chabot in the Mummers’ Parade; Jessica Lennick, Elizabeth Zell, Billy Handy, Steven Ujifusa and Jeffrey Barg perform at my salon.
Jan 14, 2013: Joachim Garraud at Marquee, Las Vegas (Jaimmie, Dora, Ori).
Jan 24, 2013: Guards and Ra Ra Riot at Union Transfer (Josh).
Jan 26, 2013: Matt & Kim, June Divided and Tegan and Sara at Winter Jam in the Piazza (Diana, Chelsea, Ed, Gabe, Kate, Ben).
Jan 27, 2013: Andrea Clearfield’s Salon (Kat, Krista, Steve).
Jan 29, 2013: Curtis students at Curtis.
Feb 12, 2013: The Wild Bohemians for Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday at World Cafe Live (Marie, Jenny).
Feb 13, 2013: Silent Night by Opera Philadelphia (Kat).
Feb 25, 2013: Amy Regan at World Cafe Live.
Mar 1, 2013: Curtis 20/21 and Stephen Stucky at Curtis (Annie, Amy, Anne Marie).
Mar 2, 2013: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Academy of Music; Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society at Mud Island Speakeasy in Fort Mifflin (Kat).
Mar 13, 2013: Owen Wingrave by Curtis Opera Theatre at the Kimmel (Jenny).
Mar 16, 2013: Kreisler’s Apple Blossoms at AVA; Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, PA Ballet, Academy (Alex, Victoria, Allie, Jason, Heather, Abigail, Samantha, Sam)
Mar 19, 2013: Addams Family at the Academy (Amelia).
Mar 21, 2013: alt-J and Hundred Waters at the TLA (Allison, Dave, Doug).
Mar 22, 2013: Anberlin, Paper Route and All Get Out at Trocadero.
Mar 23, 2013: Fedde Le Grand, dBerrie and David Vaux at Lit Ultrabar.
Mar 25, 2013: Sigur Ros at Madison Square Garden (Amy).
Mar 26, 2013: Nicki Bluhm at World Cafe Live.
Mar 27, 2013: Boy and Miko and the Musket at World Cafe Live (Steve, Scott, John).
Mar 29, 2013: Adventure Club at Starlight Ballroom.
Apr 3, 2013: Caitlin Rose and Andrew Combs at Milkboy (Marie).
Apr 4, 2013: The Stone Foxes, John the Conqueror and Black Stars at Milkboy (Marie).
Apr 10, 2013: Ryat, Beam&Deem and Les Professionnels at Silk City (Marie, Umer).
Apr 13, 2013: Jeff Thomas’ All-Volunteer Army Horn Extravaganza and Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather 5 at Milkboy (June).
Apr 14, 2013: Jamie Lidell and Empress Of at Union Transfer.
Apr 17, 2013: Matt Costa and Vandaveer at Johnny Brenda’s and Curtis at World Cafe Live (Amy, Bobby, Marija, Trish, Diane).
Apr 18, 2013: Perseverance Jazz Band at Farmer’s Cabinet (Marie).
Apr 19, 2013: John Legend and Train at Penn Park, Sander van Doorn at Soundgarden Hall (Chelsea, Diana, Alex, Samuel, Mike T, Jess, Doug, Julie, Marissa, Tom).
Apr 20, 2013: The Drowsy Chaperone at Holy Ghost Prep, and Olly Murs at the Trocadero (Jess).
Apr 21, 2013: Kathryn Guthrie and Rufus Wainwright at the Kimmel (Jess).
Apr 25, 2013: Bess Rogers, Kristen Ford, Hannah Winkler, Matthew Santos and Leila Broussard at Tin Angel (Marie).
May 2, 2013: West Philly Orchestra and Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Lounge at Underground Arts (Marie, Umer).
May 4, 2013: Deap Vally and Free Energy at North Star Bar (Marie, Katie, Susie, Doug, Jess).
May 8, 2013: NeedToBreathe and Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors at Electric Factory.
May 12, 2013: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Phoenix, Paramore, Passion Pit, Silversun Pickups, the Airborne Toxic Event and Twenty One Pilots at Susquehanna Bank Center.
Jun 4, 2013: Merrily We Roll Along at Harold Pinter Theatre (London).
Jun 5, 2013: The Minister’s Cat at Henry’s Cellar Bar (Edinburgh).
Jun 6, 2013: Noises Off! at King’s Theatre (Edinburgh).
Jun 13, 2013: Mates of State and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! at Underground Arts.


Jun 15, 2013: Rebirth Brass Band, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, New Sound Brass Band at the Blockley.
Jun 17, 2013: The Postal Service and Ra Ra Riot at the Mann.
Jun 18, 2013: Selah Sue and Bushwalla at World Cafe Live.
Jun 21-23, 2013: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Calvin Harris, MGMT, Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Azealia Banks, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Matt & Kim, Public Enemy, The Joy Formidable, Japandroids, Toro y Moi, Django Django, Dragonette, Action Bronson, The White Panda, ZZ Ward, St. Lucia, A Silent Film, Twenty One Pilots, The Neighbourhood, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and The Spinto Band at Firefly Festival in Dover, DE.
Jun 27, 2013: Macy Gray and David Murray Infinity Quartet at Vogue Theatre or Courtney Pine at Performance Works, Granville Island.
Jun 28, 2013: UBC Opera presents Rossini Italian Girl in Algiers, 6344 Memorial Rd at UBC.
Jun 29, 2013: Nikki Yanofski at Vogue Theater. RAC at Fortune Nightclub.
Jun 30, 2013: Herbie Hancock at the Queen E. Eric Prydz at the Commodore.
Jul 9, 2013: She & Him and Camera Obscura at the Mann.
Jul 10, 2013: Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo at the Mann.
Jul 19, 2013: FUN. and Tegan and Sara at the Mann.
Jul 23, 2013: Fantasia at the Mann.
Jul 24, 2013: The Script at Susquehanna Bank Center.
Jul 25, 2013: OAR at Festival Pier or Sandi Thom at World Cafe Live or Zelda at the Mann.
Jul 26, 2013: Red Baraat, Kat Edmonson, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Aaron & The Spell, The Districts, Alo Brasil and Michael Kiwanuka at XPoNential Music Festival.
Jul 27, 2013: Matt Pond, Wake Owl, Polica, Fleeting Ends, Dr. John, Brett Dennen, The Stray Birds, The Last Bison, Lord Huron, Trampled by Turtles, John Butler Trio, The Lumineers, Dr. Dog at XPoNential Music Festival.
Jul 28, 2013: Jose James, Phosphorescent, DRGN KING, Kopecky Family Band, Justin Townes Earle, Lianne La Havas, Dawes at XPoNential Music Festival.
Jul 31, 2013: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Morgan’s Pier.
Aug 1, 2013: Van Cliburn Tribute at the Mann.
Aug 2, 2013: Rodrigo y Gabriela at Electric Factory.
Aug 5, 2013: Beth Orton at World Cafe Live.
Aug 11, 2013: The Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Mann.
Aug 21, 2013: The Dropkick Murphys at the Mann.
Aug 30 – 31, 2013: Avicii, Above & Beyond, Alesso, Knife Party, Martin Solveig, Benny Benassi, Tiesto, David Guetta, Bassnectar, Madeon, Bingo Players, Sander van Doorn, Hardwell and Madeon at Electric Zoo, Randall’s Island.
Sep 1, 2013: Queens of the Stone Age, Calvin Harris, Deadmaus, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Public Enemy, Solange, ASAP Rocky, Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Emeli Sande, Haim, Alunageorge, Rudimental, Jesse Rose and Mord Fustang at Made in America Fest.
Sep 13, 2013: Dustin Lynch, Keith Urban, Little Big Town at Susquehanna Bank Center.
Sep 17, 2013: Nabucco by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy.
Sep 18, 2013: City and Colour at Electric Factory.
Sep 21, 2013: Steely Dan at the Mann.
Sep 22, 2013: Sirah, Icona Pop and K. Flay at TLA.
Oct 9, 2013: Emeli Sande at TLA.
Oct 31, 2013: Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at World Cafe Live.
Feb 7, 2014: Fountain of Tears by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy.
Mar 5, 2014: Dialogue of the Carmelites by Curtis Opera at the Kimmel.

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Posted in Personal on August 8th, 2012 by byronkho

The history of phrases can be kind of cool.

I ran into the phrase “off the chain” in a Josephine Tey novel, “Miss Pym Disposes.” That book, while definitely “of the time”, is one of my favorites. It’s set at a girls Physical Training school and is narrated by a friend of the headmistress who happens to have written a popular psychology text. She’s attentive to the psychology of both the students and the staff, and minutely aware of the stresses of both, especially when dealing with examinations, the final gymnastics routines and the contemplation of future plum posts. Apparently, these institutions existed in the 1940s, along with dancing lessons and voluble manners and vaguely Italian gigolo-types with twee moustaches. This happens to be a crime novel, but no crime happens for a great deal of the book. In any case, the crime may be interesting, but it’s the analysis of the mundane and everyday and how it can affect an entire life that makes the book infinitely more interesting. A surprising twist right on the last page always helps, and with it a definite sadness. After the fall, one realizes that the title is sparse, effectual and right on the money.

That’s not the point, however. I was trying to discuss the phrase “off the chain.” Let’s look it up.

“off the chain” – free from work or direct supervision. in reference to slave labor, where workers are chained, or to the figurative chain of workers of an assembly line.

First written use: 1912, The Windsor Magazine, an Illustrated Monthly for Men and Women. ‘

“Here,” said Wigmore, “no bickering tonight, and no politics either. I’m off the chain, and we’re going to take you out to dinner at Oddy’s, and a theatre.”’

Previous to this, my impression was that the phrase was a development off of the late 90’s “off the hook.” Apparently, there’s nothing new under the sun. So much so that Urban Dictionary and even many other sources believe it’s a modern phrase. The phrase may be (like) SO 90s (foshizzle), but that centenarian got the drop on you (son) for this one. (off the heezy! word.) For the nitpickers – yes, the usage is very slightly different these days. It used to mean “fun because we were not watched” and now it’s just more of a generic “super fun,” but the intent is markedly similar. Personally, I’m gonna go with “they’re the same, so just live with it.” Nice to know that old things can get reborn, like a phoenix from the ashes. Off the chain, yo!

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The Trip, Part 2.

Posted in Personal on June 5th, 2012 by byronkho

There are TONS of pictures. Anyhow, let’s keep going.

We got to town on the one day it was sunny in Cannes. Also the middle of the Cannes Film Festival, on the day that Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson and 3 of the biggest Bollywood stars (not that I knew who those were, but some Indian couple was VERY excited) were in town to open their films.

The Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, on the top of the hill in Montjuic Parc. Next door was the pretty Poble Espanyol, as well as several other gardens and art exhibits, and some of the stadiums from the Barcelona Olympics.

Random street graffiti on an alley by the Barcelona Cathedral. Right after an amazing tapas dinner at Bilbao Berria – 1.65 euro a dish, and tons of stuff you could get. Honor system too for payment…

View of the city from the Hotel Miramar, on the western end of Montjuic.

Clams from La Paradeta! That seafood place was da bomb.

Some massive prawns from La Paradeta. Drool.

All us ballers posing with some naked chick.

Last night – at the W Barcelona. Amazing beach, amazing fancy people and a good night chillin at Eclipse and whatnot.

Oh yeah, biker chicks.

Some more graffiti.

La Sagrada Familia, built by Gaudi, a really famous Barcelona architect.

Stained glass from La Sagrada Familia.

Another view.

Casa Battlo – another building from Gaudi.

Pigeons hangin at the Leaning Tower.

Just starting that dinner at Bilbao Berria.

At the icebar on NCL Epic.

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The Trip, Part 1.

Posted in Personal on June 4th, 2012 by byronkho

Beautiful Naples countryside.

The ruins at Pompeii.

Where we at?

This is very important.

It’s happened before.

The San Carlo opera house in Naples.

The square outside the San Carlo opera house.

Some big mansion looking building.

Jumping in the air like we just don’t care.

A really ugly Colosseum stray.

The view from one of the Capitoline Hill ruins above the Colosseum.

Vatican art.

Seeing Rome via metro-car.

All peaceful like.

I make shirts, yo.

The Spanish Steps.

A dome at Pisa Cathedral.


The front of that big ol’ church.

It looks just like the Schuylkill.

Impressive building, that Duomo.

Looks good looking up.

Looks good looking down. OMG.

Firenze looks great from here.

I skipped the long tourist lines, met Emilia the Swede and climbed half of the 414 steps to see people in here looking like ants. POWER.

Ehh, I could do better.

Rollin the streets of Cannes in a Maybach.

A shot of the water, mid-day. Cannes was superb.

Cannes is super-nice at dusk.

Visiting French churches at 8 AM.

Another one. Pretty.

Before the area got flooded with 20,000 tourists.

That morning, the dog dragged his owner to meet so many other French dogs and their interested owners. Real great wingman, if I may say so.

A lot of that going around this trip.

From the church on the hill.

That has a nice steeple.

That has some nice WWII bomb scars.

That has some nice painting.

And some blocks of stone sitting around.

Our little creperie had some motivating design work on their menus.

Jenny from the block, between winning blackjack bouts. $350 up in one night – fairly good for someone that never bets much beyond a $100 bankroll any given time.

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The last couple weeks.

Posted in Personal on April 24th, 2012 by byronkho

February 12: Valentines at Fish and the Salon (run by Andrea Clearfield). Great food, tanked a whole bottle of wine REALLY quickly, some amazing music. And Jess C didn’t fall asleep during all the classical bits.

February 18: Glee Club 150th Anniversary gala. Fun show, good singing plus I get to play a new piece with the Glee Club. Hotness! And they raise a lot of money really, really quickly, thanks to the last-minute appeals and the Pottrucks being ridiculously generous.

February 23: Posted about this before, but did I mention just how awesome it is to have one hand around a mug of nitro’d stout and the other around Marit Larsen? Yes. Plus, from an extremely cute Hanson groupie (they exist? and are of legal age?), I learn that the balding Hanson is the hot one and that Hanson will be alone with 1000 screaming girls, including her, on a cruise this summer. I am still flabbergasted.

February 25: American Sardine Bar with Becca Berkowitz and Brian. Good times.

February 29: On a day that comes but once every four years… I’m singing in front of a large crowd. (Not implying the Orpheus concert is only once every four years, though.) Well lubricated with drinks from Liberte, then off to First Baptist Church. Concert goes off well, especially after the champagne intermission. Afterparty at Orpheus Club, where Jess L wows some of the crowd with the ooh-la-la. Look at us crashing the party!

March 2: Friday night with Jess C at Meme and then in for the win with Max Raabe and the Palastorchestre at the Merriam Theater.

March 3: Hotpot with the crew at Norm’s place. Chippy really knows how to throw down. Frankford Hall, later, for Mitchell Dean’s birthday. Meet Allison Fox from Pepperjam… didn’t really expect to meet anyone in affiliate marketing around Philly anywhere. Late night dancing with Ashlee Vosters and Tracey at Fado.

March 9: Spooge-ifusa’s birthday at Liberte, then Farmer’s Cabinet. Hanging out with Sean Mullen, Meade Morrison & John Haslett (who is now a superstar dance host on Dancin On Air, PHL17 on Saturdays at 10 AM), Greg Nickerson, Julia Wirts, a bunch of other Orpheus and Racquet Club guys and gals. Lots of too-sweet Sazeracs.

March 10: Lisa Smith is in town! Back at Farmer’s Cabinet with Lisa, Missy and her beau. Nobody uses the word beau any more, why is that?

March 11: Singalong at Jeff Barg’s, then something or other in South Philly. Can’t remember what, but it was fun.

March 12: I am a hit at Dockenwamp. Boo-yah! Solo on Ain’t Misbehavin, with Alex for Billy Joel’s Lullabye, Steve on Lullaby of Birdland and Alfred on… er… forget which number. But we sweep the prizes. Problem: what to do next Dockenwamp…

March 16 – 18: 3 days of gorging on Harvey’s (PICKLES on the side! What a simple thing to do, yet none of the US chains do it.), duck soup, yamcha, ketchup and all-dressed chips plus Rolling Pot in Toronto. A hell of a lot of driving. Happy birthday, grandpa.

March 19: My annual dose of Eisley! Fun show, great fans, and I know quality when I hear it. Though… their sound designer is a little lacking. Everything was blaring and I had to strain to hear certain parts amidst the noise, including most of the vocal lines. Tallheart, who played just before Eisley did, had a much cleaner sound and I could hear the lyrics crisply above the wailing guitars. I wonder what Eisley would sound like at Union Transfer instead of TLA too – it’s a bigger room so maybe the sound spread would be much more even in my usual spot (upstairs balcony baby!).

March 23: With Becca at Ten Stone, Sawatdee, a quick game at Tops, and finally Pistola’s. A good barhopping night.

March 24: Chips turns … er… some non-public number. Han Dynasty for dinner, then Buffalo Billiards for birthday cake shots and hours of shuffleboard and pool.

April 2: After Orpheus and quartet rehearsal… off to Fergie’s with the Pages! So much fun. Got my groove on to some Southern country-rock stuff. Whew.

April 6: Prohibition Taproom with the infamous two. Really like the Prohibition+Yards brew. Get to get my nerd on, talkin about video games and all that jazz. Then, A Silent Film at Union Transfer!

April 8: Easter brunch at Melissa Page’s. Awesome place, good food (lamb!), fun people. Dinner with Steve at Rex 1516. Hello there, Christine!

Best wall art in the city.

April 11: Curtis Crescendo Club happy hour at Brick, with R.C. Atlee, Bobby Towcimak, Suzie Pierce, Marija Ugrinich and Melisa Page, among others.

April 12: The Hill and Wood house party night, see previous post. Small world.

April 13: Friday the 13th! Ants Pants for brunch with Rachel Dlugash! I met the owner at the Orpheus afterparty. Later… Ramen Boy for dinner with CGC EM. Then Kung Fu Necktie for some Reptar – see other post.

In the 2nd floor bathroom of Kung Fu Necktie.

April 14: Rehearsal with Sean Mullen, Timothy Weymouth and Matt Lewis for our quartet (“Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd). This is the view from the roof of St. Marks, overlooking Lenfest Hall and Locust St. No guardrails, and after several splashes of good bourbon:

With Judith at the Grape Room in Manayunk. Played some really great pool upstairs, watched some pretty decent bands play (and met some dude who was at the house party on Thursday… REALLY small world), then left my credit card there. Oh well. With 3 cuties on a dark corner in the Yunk, getting told to “work it” by random dudes driving by. Fun times.

April 15: Lunch with Tess at Marathon Grill! Haven’t seen her in a while, and we did need to catch up. She’s really, really nice.

April 17: The University of the Arts band plays on the street sometimes. They were magnificent, as usual, with some real powerhouse singers along for the ride. Getting funky to Superstition on Broad St. is just so fab.

April 18: Background music gig for RIMS conference dinner (risk management/insurance) in the Academy of Music ballroom (yep, it’s nice). The event was catered by good friend Vicki Pohl (Monty’s niece), catering director for Wolfgang Puck Philadelphia. Right afterwards: Mayer Hawthorne at UT! Then drinks at the Trindle Inn, late night dinner at Jade Harbor and then home.

April 20: A concert recreating the first student concert put on in the space currently known as Field Hall. Orlando Cole was in the first class at the Curtis Institute of Music and was the cellist for the Brahms trio ending this particular program. Afterparty at Quig’s. Had a few with John Papianou and Bob Paul, also with Alyssa and new beau, plus Jamie and Brian Grace-Duff for the random meeting of the night. Met fun people: Anne Marie Frohnmayer, Emily Butler, Jennifer Kallend, Beth and Amy (an oboist, on a third degree of separation: knows Tim Ribchester, who knows Jess L, who knows me). Finished up at Nodding Head.

April 21: Went to Bensalem to see Jess C’s production of Damn Yankees at Holy Ghost. Some decent talent, a better band than last year, a few awkward moments, but all in all, a very good production. Getting back from Bensalem… roommate time.

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The Style Council, the original Muppet Show pitch.

Posted in Personal on April 12th, 2012 by byronkho

Paul Weller of huge UK 80s band Style Council on a collabo with Oasis frontman Gallagher and “Macca”, at Abbey Road Studios. Plus a cameo from Johnny Depp. The mercury in the cool thermometer just exploded.

And even after that amazing pitch, CBS turned it down. To save himself from doing Sesame Street in perpetuity, Jim Henson then pitched to UK network ITV, who agreed to produce and syndicate the Muppet Show around the world. He made a further effort to get into “adult” entertainment via collaborating with Lorne Michaels on the first season of SNL. That stopped when the SNL writers threw a hissy fit about writing for felt characters. US network idiocy in the 70s may have been an obstacle, but that crazy Brit exec made it possible for Henson’s genius to find all-age media outlets. Thus later generations could enjoy Statler and Waldorf, Yoda, Sir Blunderbrain, Junior Sinclair… even Fizzgig.

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More Animals!

Posted in Personal on April 8th, 2012 by byronkho

From TextFromDog

Mongrels is a ridiculous show. Animals being animals, plus dirty jokes in British accents. And songs!

And more, much more from Whittier Frees in the March 1, 1937 edition of Life magazine.

Young elephants in the surf.

A flood in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales caused spiderwebs to engulf an entire town.

Cute, but to some really toxic level.

I wanted to include the video of the 2010 IgNobel award-winning gay duck f***ing his dead mallard brethren (yeah, really), but 75 minutes of it was probably enough for the researcher who came across it to begin with.

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Posted in Personal on April 5th, 2012 by byronkho

Some stuff from the last few years piling up in the memento drawer.

Posted in Personal on March 29th, 2012 by byronkho

Mrs. Langton’s last card to me. I never got to watch the Metropolitan Opera’s Ring trilogy.

Where did she go???

I apparently played on John Peel in February with the Orpheus Club.

Monty’s last Xmas card to me. Well, last one that I still have. Lost the more recent one. Plus, his poetry and puns and whatnot.

Helping out the Glee Club 150×150.

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Mario Villains and Little Light.

Posted in Personal on February 17th, 2012 by byronkho

Awesome Super Mario Bros. villain ad concept art.

Clara C and Sam Ock being so chill, I can hardly stand it.

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