2018 Festival Kickoff Party feat. Johnny Showcase
Friday, September 7
It’s the 22nd Philadelphia Fringe Festival and we’re ready to celebrate!
Following a performance of Songs of Wars I Have Seen by Heiner Goebbels, the party moves into the Haas Biergarten for our annual rager to kick off three weeks of incredible contemporary art around the city!
This year, we’re bringing in Johnny Showcase for a “joyful sexy psychedelic dance funk experience, complete with heavy jazz fusion elements.”
JOHNNY SHOWCASE & THE MYSTIC TICKET
Johnny Showcase is an electrifying experience. An 10- piece absurdist soul outfit based in Philadelphia, it is an innovative, joyful tour-de-force that blissfully toes the line between performance art and a psychedelic soul revival. Carrying the torch of funk-rock pioneers like Funkadelic and Frank Zappa, they have gained a massive following and propelled Johnny to something that of a funky Philly folk hero legend.
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, two vacuous vocalists collectively called The Truth, and the knife sharp backing band the Mystic Ticket.
In 2009, they staged a sold-out run of a fantastical, unauthorized Prince inspired odyssey- Purr, Pull, Reign-as part of the 2009 Philadelphia 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.
Their 2015 follow-up album THE OCTOPUS! was hailed by Philadelphia Magazine as a “thick, sweaty psychedelic masterpiece”.
Johnny is now working with legendary producer Joe ”The Butcher” Nicolo (Ruffhouse Records) on a new EP due out Fall 2018.