Bernie Worrell TONIGHT AT THE BLOCKLEY (38th & Chestnut, Philly, PA 9 PM). Tickets – $15 at the door. Woo Wizard Himself Bernie Worrell, one of the first funk masters, a truly innovative genius to which we owe so much of the development of electronic and funk music due to his wizardry and mastery of the Moog Taurus (bass) keyboard, who singlehandedly and fundamentally altered the progression of modern music and thereby culture at large, best exemplified by transformative basslines and key strokes in songs such as FLASHLIGHT and the MOTERHSHIP, IS PLAYING TONIGHT ONLY BY SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT AT THE BLOCKLEY POUR HOUSE!!! OH MY BOD, PRAY FOR ME, THE FUNK SAVES!!!Even today, over 30 years after Worrell first pioneered his legendary sound, his style is still futuristic and exciting. This is the funk baby. It’s what we live for.

Why lack of grand jury might be a good thing for Trayvon

If you have been reading the news, which the PartyBlog always does, you have been watching tv, or just generally don’t live under a rock, the lost city of Atlantis and/or at Walden Pond, you likely have heard about the tragedy that is the Trayvon Martin case.  Yes, it is a tragedy, regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of the issue.  It is an undeniable tragedy.  An unarmed teenager walking home (or more accurately to the house in which he had been invited to by his father’s girlfriend and therefore legally had the right be at the Retreat at Twin Lakes development in Sanford, FL) is (by what PartyBlog has surmised in the media) shot without having provoked an encounter with a neighborhood watch block captain George Zimmerman, who had been informed by 911 not to follow and not to initiate contact with Martin.

Such an event occurs, with no arrest, and there will inevitably be calls for the Zimmerman’s head.  Two factions have predictably emerged.  While the more conservative wing has come out in support of Zimmerman’s right to defend himself, the overall tragic nature of this event has seemingly been missed by those who are quick to defend Zimmerman and vilify the ultimate victim here, the teenage Martin.  The other wing may also be guilty of portraying Zimmerman as a gun nut, a vigilante, taking the opportunity not to mourn this tragedy, yet making a politicized episode calling for changes to the Stand Your Ground law and Florida’s gun-happy policies in general.

Sadly, these two sides seem to miss the point.  Here are the facts — there is no dispute that a youngster, walking around in an area where he was permitted, unarmed, was shot and killed.  This itself is a tragedy of grand magnitude, and as anyone would acknowledge, if Martin were your relative, brother, boyfriend, son, or friend, you would be calling for Zimmerman’s arrest as well.

The PartyBlog was confused by the decision announced by special prosecutor Angela Corey on Monday, April 9, 2012, not to charge Zimmerman before a grand jury.  However, after reviewing numerous articles about the issue, it seems that by avoiding the grand jury, it also prevents the prosecutors from “passing the buck” of a politicized case to a non-public, non-accountable grand jury to answer the question, and possibly to condone not only Zimmerman but the Stand Your Ground policy in general that has gripped the entire country, regardless of which side you lend your support.  By the nature of this case, the decision of whether to prosecute has taken on so much more meaning, especially in the shadow of an upcoming presidential election, after the president himself has given public support to Martin’s cause, the same president who has been effectively branded as an anti-gun advocate despite having failed to pass a single piece of legislation that would point to such a conclusion.  Yet, the ultimate message that seems to have been lost is the simple tragic nature of this case.  We have a killing, potentially done in cold blood against a young man, who was unarmed, therefore the decision to prosecute should be an easy one, so that the family of this fallen victim may have their day in court.

Unfortunately for the Martin family, this tragedy occurred at a time when Florida, by way of the “Stand Your Ground” law, promoted by lobbyists when it was passed, likely against the perceived threat against gun ownership in this country, has essentially turned traditional self-defense law on its head.  Under the common law, self defense was only available as an affirmative defense, meaning that if you undoubtedly killed someone, it was your duty to prove that you acted in self-defense.  Without engaging in an in-depth legal analysis of the “Stand Your Ground” law, it appears that the Florida law provides that if a suspect claims self defense, and makes a minimal showing in support thereof (for example, by saying “I was in fear of my life”), it becomes the duty of the prosecutors to prove it was not the case (this is a simplification, but this is how the law seems to operate based upon reporting on the issue), a challenge once the victim is dead.  Certainly, many experts of the Florida law have even stated publicly that the Zimmerman prosecution will be a difficult case to win, especially due to the contradicting stories, which, if true (that Zimmerman’s head was in fact “slammed” into the pavement by Martin, or that Martin punched him while Zimmerman was on the ground) would indicate that Zimmerman may have acted in accordance with self defense per the Florida Law (even though, having been around and involved in many street fights, PartyBoy Geezy never feared for its life in such a situation, even when getting slammed into the ground, obviously, because a PartyBoy doesn’t need to carry a gun to make noise, and it would follow logically, that only an individual intending to use a gun in a fight would feel threatened with one’s life once the fight turns against him, because the cheapy-fighter who resorts to gun battle in hand to hand combat would probably assume the other party would use the same type of dirty tactics).

Again, however, the PartyBlog wants to highlight problems with Florida’s self-defense law, for it does not seem to discourage aggression.  The main issue the PartyBlog has with the Stand Your Ground is that it does not discourage an individual from acting aggressively in an explosive situation.  So in any type of situation, including fights in da club, once fists break out, guns can quickly break out too, and the shooter can walk free.  The entire purpose of the self-defense in the common law is to discourage fighting and the use of deadly force – to invoke the defense, traditionally, one could not be the aggressor, or initiate the contact.   Like abortion, it should be rare and necessary.  Once Zimmerman allegedly gives chase to Martin, it would seem that common law self defense would not be available to Zimmerman, because Zimmerman seems like the aggressor and Martin seems like the one defending himself.  Under traditional self-defense, you cannot be the aggressor and the individual privileged to act with deadly force.  Are these not questions that should be decided in a court-room, as opposed to a public debate which has devolved into arguments about the victim’s facebook account, thuggery, and vigilantism?

Ultimately, this case is rife with questions:  Why would Martin run away, only to return by swooping around Zimmerman’s car to attack his would-be pursuer? Who is telling the truth when Zimmerman claims that Martin was on top of Zimmerman punching him and slamming his head into the pavement when witnesses have told the press otherwise?  What about the calls for help heard on 911 that witnesses claimed belonged to Martin but Zimmerman claims to be his own?  If Zimmerman was defending himself in accordance with the Stand Your Ground law – this case has raised to the surface the a law that the PartyBlog would deem a sheer and utter failure in preventing violence (the ultimate purpose of these laws) by permitting an individual to start a fight or chase somebody then claim self defense after the shooting occurs.

It is the opinion of the PartyBlog that due to all of the bad reporting, questionable circumstances and contradictory stories surrounding this story that the most appropriate venue to determine the propriety and reasonableness of Zimmerman’s actions is a court of law.  For that reason, the decision to avoid a grand jury was a good one, eliminating the the risk that a grand jury would make the political decision to throw out this case.   Under normal circumstances, a grand jury proceeding is like a rubber stamp for the prosecution.  Do not be fooled, however, this is not a normal case.  Everybody has an opinion, and it’s getting ugly.  One side seeking to demonize an average teenager who may have made mistakes in his life yet certainly was no thug, the other side seeking to demonize Zimmerman who is innocent until proven guilty, the Florida Law of self defense, and possibly the Sanford police that let Zimmerman walk. Ultimately, even a grand jury might let their prejudices (based upon which camp you are in) dictate the decision.  Best to wait until a public trial to let a jury decide the matter.

Fact of the matter is, if Florida declines not to prosecute, Zimmerman can be and likely will be prosecuted by the Federal government.  So it is better to allow Corey to make the decision herself, without turning a grand jury into a referendum for the country-at-large.  Ultimately, if Corey is the reliable and tough prosecutor she’ll see what the PartyBlog sees, that this case — with the contradictory accounts and the questions surrounding this tragedy, which left a young man, who was unarmed, dead within moments of being shot in the chest on the front yard in a quiet subdivision — should be handled in the good old fashioned American way, in a court of law and not in the court of public opinion.  Also, party people, be aware that what happened to Trayvon can happen to anyone caught off guard, in the club, honking at the car in front of you while frustrated at traffic.   It reminds us partiers to keep our cool, and be prepared to try to defuse a situation if someone else is the aggressor.  Because if you fight back, you don’t know who knows [insert racial group here] “judo” (as the inappropriate and racist joke goes)…judo know I gotta knife, judo know I gotta gun…the joke seems funny until it’s not a joke anymore, and you realize it’s both really offensive and really scary because judo know whose got one – white black yellow Peurto Rican or Hatian.  And above all else, partypeople, recognize this whole politicized debate as what it really is, an American tragedy.


PARTY UPDATE — as of April 11, 6 PM, special prosecutor Angela Corey has charged Zimmerman with 2d degree murder.  This means that the prosecution believes it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman acted with the intent to harm without regard to human life, and that Zimmerman did not act in accordance with Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, but the murder was not pre-meditated.  Often prosecutors will seek the harshest punishment possible, and then juries may downgrade the crime to a lesser degree, such as manslaughter, in order to split the baby.   Second degree murder is the harshest penalty Florida prosecutors may seek in this instance, without convening a grand jury.  Feel free to comment or ask the PartyBlog and its legal experts (by way of comment) any questions you may have about the ongoing developments of this case. 

Camp Bisco Line Up Released

Last week, the line up for Camp Bisco 2012 was released.  Here is the response I received from Corbisco Rodisco:

holyshitholyshitholyshit, the lineup is better than I could have possibly imagined.  Amon Tobin!  Bassnectar!  Skrillex!  Big Boi!  Portugal the Man!  It’s settled, I’m going.  Pretty sure my friend Steve is going too.  Who’s in??

Well, Corbisco, I’m fairly certain that about 30 thousand other people are in, as are the results Party People.  From the looks of things, this is going to be the best Camp Bisco yet, and if you haven’t bought your tix yet, maybe time to start saving and do it before the prices go up.  Considering that Shpongle is going to be there too, and if you have seen their tour this year or listened to their new album, “The God Particle,” the reasons not to miss Camp Bisco keep growing…Let’s just say Shpongle just played the e-factory this past weekend, and they certainly did not disappoint!  Yes, PartyBlog thinks it is time to bear witness to Camp Bisco, despite the fact that it is also guaranteed to be a total hippie crack fest.  Remember kids – do music, not hippie crack…


PGroove Plays St Paddy’s Day Show In Philly

Hey Paddy People –

Make sure not to drink too much beer today so that you can’t make it out tonight…Party Blog’s favorite modern rock band – bringing you sweet synthetic sounds to make you more organically inclined and environmentally connected – Perpetual Groove – is bringing their special sound to Philadelphia for a one night engagement on the day St. Paddy fixed the snake problem in Ireland.  PGroove, as affectionately called by its fan base, features live rock, looping, ambient trance, and heavily percussive bass and drums.  It’s similar to watching a DJ, hip-hop, old fashioned hoe down, jazz, and classic rock show all rolled into one.  Come out for the drink specials, stay for the band.

Also featuring Baltimore favorites – Segway – and four other East Coast acts, tonight’s party is guaranteed to be a St. Paddy’s Day for the ages.  The show is tonight at the Blockley, music starts at 5 PM, cover is $15.

PGroove’s former keyboardist, Matt McDonald, returned this year after a nearly 4 year hiatus from the band.  PartyBlog is extremely excited to hear the band’s second reiteration with Matt on keys, because it was with Matt that PGroove really found its chops and proved itself to be truly one of the greatest live acts today, and therefore, in the history of mankind.  Come ring in the Spring with Brock and the Boys at what will prove to be the last great party of the Winter Than Never Was.

In case you are not convinced, consider the following.  The greatest PGroove show we at the PartyBlog ever experienced was in 2007 at their annual festival concert – Amberland – an annual event taking place every Memorial Day Weekend.  2007 was the first year the event was held at Cherokee Farms, and it proved such an epic success that every year since the band has returned to keep the party going, and to ring in the summer in appropriate fashion.  If you are not convinced, then by all means, keep reading.

Over Memorial Day,2007, PartyBlog first attended a three-day party called Amberland (available for free download here on; information for this year’s Amberland available here – currently only $75 for the entire three days of camping, music, yoga, and fun that will change your life).  During the annual event, located at Cherokee Farm in Lafayette, Georgia, modern society transitorily morphed into a new dawn of peace, love, and acceptance, thanks to Perpetual Groove, who, every Memorial Day, becomes the biggest band in America.  It represented a moment in time of sheer fantasy and joy, having desired to achieve such a state of mind during my entire existence on Earth, yet unable to do so thus far.  However, at this event, everyone was truly on the same page, accepting our joy for life, our hatred of fascism, and unifying in a desire to save the Earth and create a more harmonious, free planet, where love binds us and not fear.  In 2007, the music was so good and so loud that neighbors complained and the cops threatened to shut it down on the final night.  The decision all fans there had to make was – do we insist on partying all night and risking jail because the moment is more important – or do we leave out of fear of the industrial-military complex? Those who stayed, witnessed the earth shake as angels and aliens watched from the heavens above, made possible by a collapsing universe, a singularity generated by the sheer power of the music on stage, where for a moment, not only were all partiers connected, but the entire universe connected as well.  Keep Playing!  The fans urged.  You’ll be the biggest band in America!

The logic was that if the band accepted their fate as noise violators, and played until arrest, surely the world at large would take notice, in local news and then the word would get out.

Man, you hear that P-Groove was so outta control the whole party got arrested? 

The whole party was ready for a would-be showdown between the new-aged, sun-glass wearing at night, burnt-out hippy fan base and local gun weilding police.  Everybody had run through their stash, fireworks had already been discharged, there’s was nothing left to do except engage in an old fashioned riot. The rage of years of unjust wars, a lying president, a country having lost its way, suspicious surveilance programs, and a government encroaching on individual liberties had been pent up too long, and the skinny college and graduate school-aged hippie liberals in pajama pants were ready to run, stick their feet out, trip the cops, thumb their nose at the establishment, all of which would have likely resulted in hundreds of arrests among a loyal fan base and landed the entire party in a small county jail.  What a scene it would have been with glow stick hula hoops, oversized sunglasses, sequined shirts in the local county jail overrun with so many hipsters and new agers that there wouldn’t have been any room for the DUI or drunk crowd.

The Walker County jail could have never handled the party – even though everyone was ready to sacrifice their lives in a mass showing of Civil disobedience[1]. An appropriate Washington Generals v. Harlem Globetrotter-esque full out showdown between nouveau liberals running like Bugs Bunnies away from the Elmer Fudds and Yosemite Sams of the world in an appropriately comedic fashion, with the little skinny kids sprinting back and forth along the farm’s fields away from their would-be captors, not tiring due to the sheer adrenaline pumping through their veins after 3 days of heart pounding and mind-expanding music, overcoming physical limitations of the mind and body.  Such a scene, done appropriately, could have thrust P-Groove into local then national folk lore.

Did you hear about that band PGroove and their festival Amberland?  I heard they played so dangerously good, made the heavens ring so loud that everyone had to go to jail!!

But the band wouldn’t do it.  They wouldn’t put their own interests above their fans.   Risking massive arrests of their own fans was not the manner the band wanted to make it.  Even if humanity needed it so that the whole world could find out…The band could not, however, sell out its people…So they sacrificed their own fame for the interests of those who love them.

“They couldn’t do that – they couldn’t sell out the fans,” explained Big J.  “People
would hear that everyone got arrested at Amberland.  No one in the scene would want to deal with them after that.”

“No way man,” replied Partyboygeezy. “We were all ready to get arrested.  We were ready…”

“Yeah, I know.”

So instead the band stopped at the height of the party…“Sorry folks, the law says we have to stop…”  Chants broke out on the farm late Sunday night — an impromptu NWA dance party…Folk the Police!  Folk Folk Folk the Police! This is why you can trust PGroove when they are in charge.  Cooler heads prevail.  The people on stage knew damn well that you never know with cops.  Often they do not understand nor necessarily accept their role as catalysts to revolution, and are liable to start shooting…

Stemming from such experiences, PartyBlog always felt on the cusp of something special.  So for these reasons, we keep partying, and going to PGroove shows, and at some point more people will make it be known whose the baddest party band around…

Becoming an enemy of the state, when there is no longer a protective shield between you and the evil forces of power that strive to control the status quo in defiance of a natural world that demands growth and evolution.  Appriopriate Civil Disobedience is the greatest, most revered, achievement of all revolutionaries.


Check out everybody’s favorididdy Pakistani, Zeb Malik, and his family’s brain child – PO PO’s – release party. The album dropped earlier this week. Party is on Mon. March 5. 10 PM. M ROOM. 15 W. Girard Ave.

PartyBlog used to party with PO PO’s brain child way back in the day, when people first got licenses to drive and whatnot, starting fights at high school dances, peacocking, dance competitive-type stuff and Zeb would always win.  Malik the elder has always been the weirdest cat around.  We’re talking Zappa-like type visions that only the big man can create in his wild, whirling, dervish cacophonous musicianship.  Come check out my man’s drop party and buy some t-shirts. YO DUUUUUDE I SAY!


Big Zeb played a few tracks from his new album, closed with a classic, and did not disappoint.  PartyBlog’s favorite track from the evening was the second song, featured below.  The central piece of the song was a repitition of the chant – “What we do…” which begs the question.  The open ended nature of the statement implies meaning of itself in its own existential context.  What is it that we do as humans?  What is the meaning of our time on Earth?  Do we even care about our long term impacts, do we care about society as a whole, or simply do we care about ourselves.  These existential questions that pushes the observer into a trance-like state while watching and traveling with Big Zeb are what make Po Po’s music interesting and compelling.  What is it that we do – most I would surmise to say – don’t even know or necessarily think about it.  And in the words of So-CRATES, PartyBlog’s favorite philosopher, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”



Party This Weekend In West Philly @ The Blockley

Inspectah Deck at the Blockley Friday Night then Otis Day and the Knights…again while the interior of the Blockley is not amazing the PartyBlog continues to be impressed by the acts it attracts — most likely for the exact reasons why we don’t love the venue we actually love it…the shows go till 2 AM (making it difficult to attend on weekdays), the interior is sparse (allowing for a wide variety of musical acts and crowds), & the tickets are affordable (likely due to the sparse interior).  Kudos to the Blockley for repping West Philly by focusing on the music and not gratuitous flash!


Otis Day and the Knights — Feb. 18, 2012 @ The Blockley 38th & Chestnut, Phila, PA (courtesy of

Well since the Party Blog can’t afford the price prohibitive flights to Mardi Gras for Mardi Gras Weekend 2012 (current posted rates to Louis Armstrong airport are upwards of $1,400 U.S.) the next best approach according to the Party Blog is to bring Mardi Gras to one’s city, as the party is always flowing in most western cultures where drinking is legal and martial law not implemented for those of majority age.  Here, in Philadelphia (Party Blog’s current full time residence) one of our favorite venues is throwing a toga party featuring none other that Otis Day and the Knights — the crooners featured in the greatest party movie of all time — the legendary “Animal House.”

Otis Day, played by real life actor DeWayne Jesse, became such a popular pop-culture figure in light of the unparalleled success of Animal House, the highest grossing comedy film of all time, that the band made that rare transition from aether to reality and began to tour throughout the 80s, 90s, and into the next millennium, continuing to discover the impact and meaning of their music upon multiple generations of toga-oriented partiers.

Indeed, the moral of Animal House continues to strike a chord amongst partiers today who fight the establishment with the power of the party, allowing Otis and the Knights to transcend time and space and bring their spirit off of the big screen and to real life.  DeWayne Jesse’s journey embodies the principle championed here at the party blog that you yourself can bring your own party persona, created out of your own imagination and will, into the real world as a real being, even if only for fleeting momentary lapses of reason or temporary releases from the pressures of high-pressured society.  We at the party blog do not consider this is splitting one’s personality, but merely diversifying the self in a farcical expression of individualism.

Indeed, the Party Blog also believes that the some of the greatest expressions of the self occur while portraying oneself in a satirical or self-identified manner that may only be possible through costumes or the bending of one’s identity through a party-persona.  The act, after all, is not one of hidden identity, but pure cathartic expression that is arguably not possible without some level of costuming or object attachment in a pop-oriented, status driven society. The ultimate victory, however, of a party persona is not to hide behind the mask and simply Chase the Dragon by following sophomoric sexual or intoxicating desires, but to allow the ultimate party-self to break through into the Boomskull (i.e. the party-god head) without the repressive accouterments of Victorian limitations, including social reputation or expected niceties.

Therefore, we congratulate DeWayne Jesse for reincarnating his party-persona, as Otis Day, which took on a life of its own only because Dewayne put so much of himself into the role.  To revive that role for his fellow revelers is truly a charitable endeavor.  For these reasons, the PartyBlog and PartyBoyGeezy encourages others to bring their party personae to show support for the greatest fictional-to-real party band of all time — Otis Day and the Knights — at their West Philly Toga Party Revival.  In fact, the only sensible solution, is for all other partiers in the Philadelphia area  free for the evening of Saturday, February 18, 2012 A.D. and unable to travel the streets of the French Quarter, LA to attend as well, in Toga, Mardi Gras beads, or both.  Tickets are merely $20 at the door, much cheaper than a flight to New Orleans, and from the looks of this circular, drink specials are available as well…



Check out some low brow humor in Philadelphia



Iron Lung Birthday Show


Friday Jan. 27 at 8:30 PM at the Arts Parlour (1170 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19146).  Iron Lung is one of Philadelphia’s premier long form improv group and they are celebrating their birthday show with some of their friends.  The event is BYOB, so come to the Arts Parlour and enjoy a few hours of humor if you can spare the $10 entrance fee.  18 and up.


Amie Row’s 401 Improv Class Performance

Saturday Jan. 28 at the Shubin Theatre at 4:30 PM (FREE ADMISSION!!! 407 Bainbridge Street Philadelphia, PA 19147-1526).  Amie Roe has been described as one of Philadelphia’s funniest women ( and her improv class is performing a free show on Saturday to show of their stuff, and hopefully some of Amie’s talent has rubbed off on these people.  This show is free admission and features some of Philly’s up and coming improv performers.  Again, it is BYOB, but be forewarned that the other audience members may judge you for drinking in the afternoon.  All ages.

For more information on upcoming comedy and improv in Philly, check PHIT’s website —

Some Things to Do in New Orleans for Mardi Gras

By Michael Barrera (

A few ideas for those of you partying in New Orleans this Mardi Gras Season (more to come):

1). Cafe au Lait & Beignets at Cafe Du Mond (Jackson Square by the river. If you ask anyone in Jackson Square they’ll point you there).

2). Hurricanes at Pat O’Brien’s Courtyard Bar: (The entrance is on St. Peter Street between Bourbon and Royal. You must stop in here for at least one Hurricane. You can take your second one to go.

3). Craps Tables at Harrah’s Casino: The pit bosses are nice and explain the rules to you clearly. Also, the drinks are free at the tables and slots.

4) Live Music and Dancing on Bourbon Street and Frenchmen Street: Walk all the way down Bourbon Street stopping to pop into bars with bands that catch your ear. And don’t forget that you can take your drinks “To Go”, which means that if you are ready for the next band/bar you just pour your drink into a To Go Cup and walk out the bar to the streets with your drink in hand. Try to make it all the way to Frenchmen Street for probably the best music scene in New Orleans. Best bars on Frenchmen are: DBA, Spotted Cat, Blue Nile, Mojitos, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Apple Barrel Bar.

5). Art Galleries: New Orleans has amazing hidden gems throughout the French Quarter and other neighborhoods. Find your favorite, little hidden spot and chat up the artists for more recommendations nearby. The art galleries here are fun places to go in with a beer and chat up the locals.

Also on the things I’d like to try are the Ghost Tours (supposedly they are actually pretty cool). I’ll write with more ideas as they come to me, but I just wanted to start planting a few seeds.