MUSIC

The DO. team headed to Philly on February 15th for a DO. Field Trip to catch LP playing The Fillmore Philadephia, which has become my favorite venue in the city of brotherly love. For anyone who has grown weary of standing for hours in a packed club, I highly recommend The Fillmore’s premium seating upgrade that gets you box seats (very comfortable seats!) in the balcony and includes a dedicated concierge, table service, and VIP premium parking.

I’m admittedly new to LP. We discovered the singer-songwriter last year after coming across a live video version of her megahit “Lost On You”, that was released a few years earlier. That opened the door to her wider catalog that showcases a truly remarkable and powerful voice along with upbeat pop songs and super-catchy hooks. At The Fillmore, LP came onstage with a confidence and a swagger that conjured thoughts of the one time I had the privilege of seeing Prince live back in 1997. Like Prince’s performances, LP owned the stage, the sound, and the audience, that either maxed out or came close to maxing out the 2,500 capacity venue.

And the audience was there for one reason, to celebrate the music of LP that they cherish, clearly demonstrated by the constant high energy in the room and further amplified by tastefully crafted sing-along moments where the crowd sometimes sang even louder than the sound system. LP spent the 90-minute set prancing the full width of the stage, engaging the audience the whole time. She pointed out folks and sang to them, waved to fans in the balcony who danced and sang along and pulled everybody into the energy of the show through the music and her actions, not unnecessary banter. It was the most entertaining show I’ve seen in a long time and one that converted me from simply knowing a few of her songs to becoming a true fan.

Check out LP at her website and all of the usual Internet-based musical outlets.

FOOD

Along with LP at The Fillmore, this DO. Field Trip featured two meals worth a mention. Before the show, we dined at the Urban Farmer Philadelphia located on the historic Logan Square in the first floor of The Logan hotel. It’s self-described as bringing “rural chic” to an urban environment. The farm to table nature of the menu pushes the price point into “special occasion” territory, but based on our experience, it should be at the top of the list. The food was exceptional (we enjoyed the salmon and filet mignon), the environment was casual yet modern and super cool, and the service and staff were excellent: knowledgeable, attentive, and very welcoming.

After late night drinks with friends (we bumped into an old college friend of mine from over twenty-five years ago at the LP show!) on the rooftop of The Logan Hotel, and not as much sleep as my body would have preferred, I was ready for a good old fashioned hot breakfast. A quick Google search pointed us to Sabrina’s Cafe on Callowhill. We arrived around 9 a.m. for a ten-minute wait outside of a packed room; always a great sign. Breakfast was a perfect classic: eggs, homefries, toast, sausage, and great coffee! The hostess and wait staff were all friendly and attentive, and the energy in the place was the perfect way to launch into a brand new day. Thank you, Philly!

We love Central PA, but sometimes we need to take a break and get away for a few days. DO. Field Trips showcase all of the fantastic things to do in the areas that surround our region.