West Philadelphia Orchestra + Johnny Showcase

West Philadelphia Orchestra + Johnny Showcase

Jan 31 2019 · Thu

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show / $25 Seated

This event is 21 and over

West Philadelphia Orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra plays music that is mostly rooted in Eastern European folk music traditions, but we do it with our own voices, Philadelphia voices nourished by our jazz heritage, tinged with punk rock, soul, and cheesesteaks, and blended with the voices of our community. As a village band, we aim to uplift, inspire, and unify the Philadelphia community by playing music that renders boundaries obsolete and represents excellence.

We play concerts on big stages, concerts in tiny corners; we play house parties and block parties; benefits and protest rallies; weddings and any occasion for celebration; and everywhere we play, feet stomp, hands clap, hips sway, people grab hold of one another, lift their glasses, and celebrate life, absurdity, and what is best in us.
Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase is an electrifying experience that blissfully toes the line between performance art and a psychedelic soul revival. Their blistering live show has gained them a massive following and propelled Johnny to something that of a funky Philly folk hero legend, restoring a sense of showmanship and playfulness that has been cast aside by modern "indie" music. In short, Johnny Showcase is one of best party bands you've ever seen.

The brain-child of theater artist/ musician David Sweeny, Johnny Showcase is a sweaty, charismatic showman from Rhode Island who is equal parts Andy Kaufman and Prince. Surrounding him is a rag tag group of performers, including a spiritual adviser named Rumi Kitchen (Michael Baker of The Spinning Leaves), two vacuous vocalists collectively named The Truth, and knife sharp backing band the Mystic Ticket.

Johnny Showcase has shared the stage with everyone from New York glam dynamos Mother Feather to Martha Graham Cracker, the hairiest drag queen you've ever seen. In 2009, they staged a sold out run of a fantastical, unauthorized Prince inspired odyssey Purr, Pull, Reign as part of the 2009 Philadelphia Live Arts/ Fringe Festival. 2011 saw the release of their debut album Love is the Message, co-produced with Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger), followed up in 2012 with the self-produced EP Mystic Ticket I: The Pump Fake.
This summer they go back to the studio to record their second full length LP, tentatively titled The Octopus!!
“Johnny Showcase is a soul train back to the '70s…" -Lindsay Lazarski, News Works.org
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
http://www.ardmoremusic.com