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Jerry Blavat at the Kimmel Center and Miss Philadelphia Alysa Bainbridge Download

30:06 Download January 17th

Kristen speaks with an unbelievable Philadelphia LEGEND this week. The Geator with the Heater, the big boss with the hot sauce himself – MY MAN – Mr. Jerry Blavat. This man is PURE ENERGY. He’s lived such a long incredible life, and somehow doesn’t look a day over 40. He dances, he sings, he dresses impeccably and he tells the most incredible stories. Listen to a few of them, and be sure to join him as he hosts his Disco, Rock N’ Roll and Soul concert extravaganza at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall next Saturday, January 25th at 8pm. Featuring: Gary U.S. Bonds, Peaches & Herb, The Chi-Lites, The Trammps, Bobby Wilson, The Happenings, and A Salute to Johnny Maestro with Tommy Mara and the Crests. As per tradition for his appearances at the Kimmel Center, attendees are invited to the Commonwealth Plaza for dancing before and after the performance. How cool is that?! Buy tickets for the show at www.KimmelCenter.org, and pick up a copy of Jerry’s book “You Only Rock Once: My Life in Music” on Amazon, or wherever books are sold.

Then, we’re not sure that it gets more ‘BEN Around Philly’ than this. Kristen is joined by Alysa Bainbridge, the current MISS PHILADELPHIA! She even brought her crown and sash! Alysa was crowned Miss Philadelphia on March 23rd, 2019. She has since made close to (maybe more than) 100 appearances throughout the city and beyond as a Philadelphia ambassador to schools, events, speaking engagements, and recently as the host of the afternoon Mummers Fancy Brigades ‘Show of Shows’ at the Convention Center on New Year’s Day. The title of Miss Philadelphia awards upwards of $130,000 in prizes, including a full scholarship to Cabrini University! Even more valuable to Alysa is her platform, and advocating for mental health awareness and battling the opioid epidemic. She speaks about the subject with conviction, and especially compassion. Listen to this incredible young woman, and hear all of the details on this year’s Miss Philadelphia Pageant. If interested in competing this year, act now! There are only a few spots left to enter this year’s pageant. Find application details and information about how to attend as an audience member (March 14th at 6:30pm at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Manayunk) at www.MissPhiladelphia.org.

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