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The 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show

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The 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show, once again held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, opens to the public on Saturday, January 19th and runs until January 27th. Independent Philly was on hand today for Media Day to get a sneak peek at the 2013 show before it opens tomorrow. Here is what you can expect this year:

The 2012 show was the biggest one ever held; an additional 30,000 square feet of space has been added for 2013. For you pigskin fanatics, there will be over eleven football fields worth of space housing the 2013 displays.

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Every type of car you can imagine will be on display in the numerous Convention Center halls. There are your industry standards (Toyota, Honda, Volkswagon, Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Nissan, etc), high end cars that top off at over $100,000 (from makers such as Cadillac, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Acura, Infinity, Audi, Porsche, and Jaguar), over-the-top luxury vehicles (from Aston Martin, Lotus, Rolls Royce, Maserati, Lamborghini, Bentley, and for the first time ever, McLaren) that can cost more than many homes, vans, trucks, hybrids, electrics, pre-production 2014 models, and our personal favorite, rare and classic cars.

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Toyata and Jeep will both offer ride-and-drive opportunities inside the Convention Center. There will be additional test drives available outside from Cadillac, GM, Hyundai, Kia, and Suburu.

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DUB Magazine will once again host the DUB Show Tour on the lower level. This area will feature customized rides including those made for several Philadelphia sports stars like Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin, Thaddeus Young, and Trent Cole.

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Local Mustang and Camaro clubs will be competing in the first ever Philadelphia Auto Show “Face Off” in 2013. These clubs will showcase their best cars at separate displays and after visiting both areas, attendees will be able to vote for one or the other. The winner will have $2500 donated in their name to a child related charity as well as $1000 to divide up between the participating clubs.

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There will be pop-up shops selling all sort of automotive related goods, food, demonstrations, autograph signings, and all the Vroom you can handle.

Show Hours:

Saturdays: 9AM — 10PM
Sundays: 9AM — 8PM
Weekdays: 12Noon — 10PM

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Show Location:

The Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107
(Click here for directions)

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Ticket Prices

Adults (age 13+): $12.00
Seniors (age 62+): $6.00 (weekdays only – must purchase at box office)
Children (age 7-12): $6.00
Children 6 & under: FREE with paid adult

Tickets can be purchased online through the Tickets page or at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on any show day. For each auto show ticket sold, $2 will be donated to the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.

Discounted tickets are available through Septa.

You also have one day left to enter our contest to win one of two pairs of tickets, good for any day you choose.

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You can view an expanded photo gallery of the 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show below (click thumbnails for full-sized slide show):

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New Year’s Festivities Recap

New Year’s Day is always a big deal in Philadelphia and 2012 was no different.

Mayor Michael Nutter

Fans flocked to Lincoln Financial Field to watch the Philadelphia Eagles close out a disappointing season. After signing many big-time free agents over the summer, the Eagles were expected to make a deep run into the playoffs.

QB Michael Vick led the team to a win over the Washington Redskins. Despite missing the playoffs, the team finished on a winning streak to close out the year with an 8-8 record.

Coach Andy Reid will return next season but it has yet to be seen if he will make changes to his coaching staff. Also up in the air is the future of star WR DeSean Jackson who made much news during the season (and pre-season) for seeking a big contract from the club.

Across the street at Citizen’s Bank Park, final preparations were being made for the Winter Classic game between the Flyers and New York Rangers.

When the game ended, many fans headed to Broad Street to catch the Mummer’s Parade that was already in full swing. As it is every year, Broad Street was mobbed by Philadelphians and visitors from far and wide who turned out to witness the unique spectacle.

From the fancy brigades, to the wenches, comics to the string-bands, there is no shortage of sights and sounds to take in. In addition to the Mummer’s performances, the parade turns into a party with great people watching and much imbibing.

When the sun begins to set, the party moves to 2 street (2nd street south of Washington) where many of the Mummer’s have their club-houses. The party on 2-street rages well into the wee morning hours.

Independent Philly would like to wish all of our fans, readers, and visitors, a happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous 2012. We have many exciting things in store for the new year and hope you’ll join us for what promises to be an exciting ride!

[photo credit: Michael Green & Jacob Miller]

2011-12 Philadelphia Eagles Complete Training Camp at Lehigh

The Philadelphia Eagles have arguably made the most noise in the league since the NFL lock-out ended a few weeks ago. The team traded back-up QB Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for pro-bowl CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round draft pick in 2012. That move got the ball rolling, and it has yet to stop.

The team signed former pro-bowl QB Vince Young to replace Kolb as Michael Vick’s back up. Looking to bolster the defensive line, the Eagles signed DT Cullen Jenkins and DE Jason Babin. Jenkins had seven sacks last season and Babin recorded a career high 12.5 sacks on his way to the pro bowl.

Already the proud owners of two of the league’s best DB’s, the Eagles shocked the NFL when they signed the prize of this year’s free agent class, DB Nnamdi Asomugha. Very similar to the Phillies signing of Cliff Lee before the 2011 baseball season, Asomugha was expected to either sign with Dallas or New York (Jets). Instead, at the last minute, Philadelphia stepped in and rubbed more salt in the wounds of Texas Rangers and New York Yankees fans that still haven’t fully recovered from the Phillies signing Lee.

With a legitimate back up QB, potentially the best secondary in league history, and a stout defensive line already secured, the Eagles next added a few more weapons for Vick. The team signed former Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown to spell Shady McCoy and signed former New York Giants WR Steve Smith (in a move that shocked the Giants front office).

On paper the Eagles are the odds on favorite to win the Super Bowl, but for a city and an organization longing for their first ever Super Bowl victory, a paper championship is meaningless. The Eagles players have to go out there on the field and do it.

With only a few short weeks for the team to integrate all of their new players and evaluate their draft picks and undrafted free agent signings, the team has been conducting their annual training camp at Lehigh University over the past few weeks. Several faces from last year have moved on to other teams, most notably LB Stewart Bradley who joined Kolb in Arizona and PK David Akers who spent twelve years with the Eagles (and is the team’s all time leading scorer) who signed with San Francisco after Philadelphia drafted his replacement, Alex Henery, in the fourth round of the NFL draft.

The team played their first pre-season game last Thursday when they hosted the Baltimore Ravens at Lincoln Financial Field. While the starters played only briefly, they looked sharp, and the Eagles won.

Today, the team held their final practice at Lehigh (opting to end camp a day early) before they head to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers on Thursday evening. Head coach Andy Reid has stated that the starters will play for the entire first half.

Lehigh was a total mess today. After heavy rain over the weekend, the already muddy fields turned far worse with the light drizzle and heavy downpours that occurred during the morning walk-through. To say the mud was thick and slick would be a complete understatement. The conditions made it unsafe to practice at anything close to full speed. For the hundreds of fans that showed up today to brave the mud and rain in the hopes of seeing their favorite players (and possibly securing an autograph or photo) it was anything but easy going.

The morning session started just after 8am and continued until around 945am when the team assembled in the center of the field to chants of “E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!”. When the team huddle broke, Coach Reid led the players to the barriers that surrounded the playing field so that fans and players could shake hands and exchange high-fives.

When the players were done with the gauntlet of high-fives, many of them stopped just outside the locker room area to sign autographs and conduct media interviews.

From there, the players changed and headed out, looking forward to getting home to spend the night in their own bed (or at least away from Lehigh).

The players that we talked to said that this year’s training camp had a different feel to it due mostly to the long lockout and the discontinuation of two-a-day workouts. With so many new faces in camp, there was a lot of hard work to be done and both the players and coaching staff thought that the team bonded over their time spent at Lehigh.

After returning from Pittsburgh the Eagles will resume practicing at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia. Their final two pre-season games will be played at home on August 25th against the Cleveland Browns and on September 1st against the New York Jets in the Meadowlands.

The regular season (and road to the Super Bowl) kicks off with two road games (at St. Louis and Atlanta) before the Birds play their first home game in week three against the Giants.

For additional game photos, as well as video interview clips with Trent Cole, Vince Young, and Michael Vick…

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Philadelphia Eagles: Originators of the “Next Year” Offense

 

Mike Vick & Clay Mathews Stare Down

The Philadelphia Eagles ended their 2010-11 season yesterday in the exact same way it began, with a loss, at home, to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

It was a crazy roller-coaster season for the Birds. They traded away Donovan McNabb to the Redskins before the season began and opted to go with Kevin Kolb as their new QB. In the season opener (against the Packers), Kolb was knocked out of the game and Mike Vick came in to replace him. What happened next, no one could have imagined. Mike Vick, once a pro-bowl QB before losing everything and going to prison, roared back to life.

 

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Mike Vick Going Deep

At times over the course of the season Vick looked unstoppable. He put up record numbers against the Redskins. He became a pocket QB. There was talk of the Super Bowl and as Vick for MVP.

Down 21 points to the Giants in the final quarter of the game, he helped spark a 28 point comeback in just eight minutes to help the Eagles secure the NFC East title. The Eagles would lose their next game to the Vikings but after sitting out the final game of the season (against the Cowboys) to get healthy for the Packers, expectations were high.

 

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Mike Vick Looking for Jason Avant

Just when Philadelphia (and the rest of the world) began to think that there wasn’t anything Vick couldn’t do, he proved that we were all right. He could do anything, including lose.

Down just five points with the ball in the final minutes, Vick and the Eagles were driving. He hit DeSean Jackson for a big play (that almost went for a TD). Then he hit Riley Cooper for another first down. With just under a minute to go the Eagles (out of time-outs) were on the Packers doorstep, ready for Vick to continue his rise to football redemption.

 

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Mike Vick & LeSean McCoy in the Backfield

Instead of spiking the ball to stop the clock, Vick rushed the team up to the line, snapped the ball, and threw it to the end zone for a… a… an interception. In one second the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field, and Eagles fans around the world, went from the verge of bliss to the depths of sorrow.

 

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In the aftermath of the painful loss, Eagles fans must now rely on the same mantra we’ve always had: “Next Year”.

Maybe what hurts the most is that after all of the Next Year’s with McNabb, it finally felt like this season might be different with a new QB. After all of the season’s without weapons for McNabb we surrounded Vick with Maclin, McCoy, Celek, and Jackson. We had one of the best kickers in football, and then last night David Akers missed, twice.

 

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The Eagles will need to improve in many areas before next year: the offensive line is a mess, they need to improve their secondary and linebackers, and above all else, there is the QB situation. Vick is a free agent and Kevin Kolb has said that he wants to be the starter or be traded. The Eagles could use their franchise tag on Vick (unless a new CB agreement doesn’t include a franchise tag) but he’s sure to be somewhat unhappy without a long term deal. Kolb also cannot be traded for draft picks until a new CB agreement between the owners and players union can be reached.

 

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Then there is head coach Andy Reid. Is it time for him to go? Many fans would say “no”. We’re not so sure. We’d like to see what a different head coach could bring to the table although we are very doubtful that Eagles management will show him the door anytime soon. They seem content to make the playoffs but we haven’t had a playoff win in over two seasons. For a team with so much talent and such loyal fans, that is hard to swallow.

 

Wide Angle View of The Linc

It should be an interesting off-season for the Eagles. This season gave fans a lot to be excited about but it’s hard to look forward to Next Year when the disappointment of losing feels identical to Last Year (and all the years before it).

This seems like the appropriate place to mention two things: The Phillies & Cliff Lee.

Interview with Lazerbeak from Doomtree Crew

Aaron Mader (a.k.a. Lazerbeak)

Aaron Mader, a.k.a. Lazerbeak has been stunning music fans and concert goers or more than half of his life. He got his start at the young age of fourteen, starting “The Plastic Constellations” with two friends in Minnesota. Within a year the band was selling out major venues. After well over a decade of TPC making music and touring together, Lazerbeak met up with members of Doomtree Crew, starting producing hip-hop, and the rest is history. To date he has produced over 400 beats.

In September of this year, Lazerbeak dropped a solo album “Legend Recognize Legend” which draws on his full range of musical experience.

Currently Doomtree is touring the country and for the first time has all seven members on tour. As they prepare to swing into the City of Independence on Thanksgiving Eve, Lazerbeak took some time out to talk with Independent Philly about his humble beginnings, musical tastes, and even Brett Favre & Michael Vick. After you check out the interview, make sure to swing over to the contests page (CLICK HERE FOR THE DOOMTREE CONTEST) for a chance to win two tickets to their show on Wednesday night!

Legend Recognize Legend

INDEPENDENT PHILLY: Where did the name Lazerbeak come from?

LAZERBEAK: I was drinking one night with a friend and we were just putting words together to see what could work.  I thought Lazerbeak sounded pretty hilarious and it kind of just stuck after that.  Months later I found out that it’s actually a character from Transformers too.  I swear I did not know that going into it.  Really not trying to offend any of those die hard Decepticon fans.

IP: Your full length album “Legend Recognize Legend” dropped in September, what has the feedback been like over the first two months? What is your favorite track?

LB: So far the feedback has been pretty positive.  I was super nervous about the reaction since it’s so different from the rap stuff I’m usually associated with, but overall people have been really open minded about the change in direction.  It’s been a huge relief, cuz I was totally prepared for it to get ripped apart.  My favorite track at this point is probably “Tempest.”  Really happy with how that one turned out.

IP: What was your most memorable show with The Plastic Constellations in the twelve years that you were together? Okay, you can pick two shows. What do you miss the most about touring with TPC?

LB: We did a co-headlining show with Tapes N Tapes at the legendary First Ave (think Purple Rain) in Minneapolis and sold the place out.  Hands down one of the best nights of my long legged life.  Such a victorious feeling.  While I do miss touring with TPC, I actually probably see all those guys way more than ever now that we’re not really pursuing the band thing.  We drink so many beers together and just kick it. LEGENDZ!

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IP: What is the Hip-Hop scene like in Minnesota?

LB: It’s pretty incredible.  There’s just so many talented people making music together.  We all route for one another.  So many awesome producers come out of the Twin Cities.  It’s great because it creates this intense friendly competition that keeps you on your toes.

IP: What can our readers expect to see and hear at your show in Philly on Wednesday night? What makes a Doomtree show stand out from all the other shows that come through Philadelphia?

LB: This tour has been insane.  It’s the first time all seven members have ever toured together, and the show is basically two and a half hours of everybody up on stage playing nothing but the hits.  Paper Tiger and I start out the night by playing some jams off of our solo albums, and then we just tear into a monster rap set of straight lava bangers.  I really don’t think there is another show like this out there.

IP: Do you have a favorite place to eat in Philly?

LB: Not a super original answer, but I always end up at Pat’s for a cheesesteak every time I come through.  It might be time to finally start expanding my horizons a bit though this time around.

IP: We hear that you’re a Vikings fan… Let’s do some quick word association (first thing that comes to mind):

1. Randy Moss

LB: What the hell happened?  I was so pumped to bring my old throwback Moss jersey back out of retirement and then the day we left for tour they let him go.

2. Brett Favre

LB: Dick pics dude.

3. Brad Childress

LB: The absolute worst ever.  The only saving grace of this brutal season is that there is just no way he will be able to keep his job.

4. Cris Carter

LB: A true legend.  That dude had the hugest hands in the world.  I love how he mentored Moss in the beginning too.

5. Michael Vick

LB: The only game I’ve gotten to watch on the road was that pounding the Eagles put on the Redskins last week.  Vick was unconscious.  I pull for that guy, he did his time.  My wife on the other hand strongly believes he should be murdered by a wild pack of dogs.

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IP: How old were you when you first took a real interest in music? What instrument did you learn to play on?

LB: In 4th grade at my school you could either do band or choir.  I always thought the saxophone looked so cool, so I started playing the alto sax.  Then once I got to junior high I met the dudes in TPC! and decided I wanted to play guitar.  It’s been on ever since.

IP: What has been your biggest challenge so far as a musician?

LB: Figuring out where all the money is at in the game.  It is really hard to find sometimes.

IP: If you could collaborate with any three artists (living or dead) who would they be and why?

LB: Luther Vandross, because he has the greatest voice I’ve ever heard.  Jay-Z, because he is the best to ever do it.  And probably Hall and Oates.  I would love to rock a couple extremely long sax solos over their endless streak of hits.

IP: You’ve been selected for a mission into outer-space for the next ten years and can only bring five albums with you…which ones would you bring?

LB: Luther Vandross – The Essential Collection

Steely Dan – Aja

Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life

Hall and Oates – The Essential Collection

Randy Newman – Sail Away

IP: What songs are currently getting the most play on your IPOD/MP3 player?

LB: Been bumping an amazing amount of R&B music, both past and present.  Lots of Tevin Campbell, Luther, Isley Brothers, The Dream.  Oh and that new Kanye record slays!

IP: What are three things you can’t be without when on tour?

LB: Three things would have to be my ultimate homies, dryer sheets, and a steady stockpile of white tees.

IP: Tell us something about yourself that would surprise or even shock our readers…

LB: Ok, when I was young I used to sleepwalk from time to time and urinate on valuable electronics in the house.  I definitely ruined my Dad’s first computer when I was 6 that way.  How’s that for shocking?

Independent Philly can’t wait to check out Doomtree as they play the First Unitarian Church on Wednesday night and we hope to see you all there rocking along with us.

 

Doomtree "Wings & Teeth" Tour

You can check out Lazerbeak and the rest of the Doomtree crew at www.doomtree.net

2010-2011 Eagles Complete Final Day of Training Camp at Lehigh

 Independent Philly sent our newest contributing writer, Bridgette Bonner, to Eagles training camp yesterday to get a look at the 2010-2011 team

Training Camp Practice 2

 The heat did not stop the crowds from coming to watch the Eagles wrap up their final two-a-day practices of training camp in anticipation for the 2010 – 2011 season. Seventy-nine players took the field yesterday, but that number will drastically change in the upcoming weeks.

Training Camp Practice

As it was my first time at training camp this year, it was strange not to see that red number five; however, it was exciting to see a change after 11 years.

How Will The Eagles Utilize Michael Vick This Season?

Kevin Kolb looked sharp, hitting receivers in stride most of the time. As good as Kolb looked, I wish I could say the same for Mike Vick and Mike Kafka. Even with Asante Samuel and Ellis Hobbs out, the first team defense picked off Kafka and Vick on consecutive plays in the 11 on 11’s.

Eagles QB Kevin Kolb

On the injury side, there was no sign of Todd Herremans in the afternoon practice, so Max Jean Gilles was starting left guard and Mike McGlynn was still starting center. Talking to other reporters, it didn’t sound like Asante Samuel’s hamstring was of any real concern compared to Ellis Hobb’s intake of “bad cereal” which caused him to miss practice.

WR Dream Team: DeSean Jackson & Jeremy Maclin

Overall, the first team offense and defense looked good with depth in certain positions, and we should expect to see a much-improved team this season.

That's a Wrap

The Eagles play their next pre-season game this Friday night against T.O., Chad Ochocinco, and the rest of the Cincinatti Bengals.