BEN Around Philly airs every Saturday morning at 7am on 95.7 BEN-FM and is sponsored by The Fillmore Philadelphia.
On this week's episode, Philly Current Magazine's Eddie Keels, Chester Gregory- star of Motown the Musical, Philly Beer Week's Brian O'Reilly and William Reed, and Sharon Pinkenson of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.
Philly Current Magazine’s owner and publisher, Eddie Keels returns to BEN Around Philly with a brand new Rise Issue featuring Dario Sarek of the Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kinney, Philly food expert Roberta Pepito, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Lutron Communications’ Melissa Andresko and lots more. Find the issue in bars and newsstands all over the city, or subscribe HERE to Philly Current and have all six annual issues at arrive your doorstep.
Motown the Musical opened at the Academy of Music on Tuesday evening. The show runs now through Sunday, June 11th and it’s got OVER 50 SONGS in it. All of your favorite Motown songs are featured and in such a fun way. With Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five (with a killer young Michael Jackson) and more, the show tells the story of Berry Gordy Jr.s life and the start of Motown Records with all of the amazing artists on the legendary label. It’s a blast and the talent is incredible, especially the Berry Gordy character, played by Chester Gregory. The show is filled with stars, but somehow he still stands out. Listen as Kristen (gushes) speaks with Gregory about the show and his fantastic performance, then go see the show. You’ll love it. Buy tickets HERE.
Then, Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s William Reed and Brian O’Reilly of Sly Fox Brewing Company stopped by the morning show with Matt and Kristen to kick off the 10th Annual Philly Beer Week on Thursday. Philly Beer Week is actually a little over a week and runs from June 1st through the 11th with great beer tastings, lectures, pairings and other events all day, every day, all over the city. Find info and events at PhillyLovesBeer.org.
Then, Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office joins Matt and Kristen on the morning show to promote a rally happening Saturday morning for the Philadelphia film industry. The rally will be held Saturday, June 3rd at the bottom of the ‘Rocky steps’ at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, from 10-11am. Sharon discusses the importance of the film industry in Philadelphia, the economic impact and importance of offering tax credits to films shooting in Philadelphia, and the many elected officials and celebrity guests who will be in attendance on Saturday - including director M. Night Shyamalan, who will be speaking. The rally will be held rain or shine. Find more information HERE.