The Extraordinaires
Johnny Brenda's Presents

The Extraordinaires

The Extraordinaires
Tavo Carbone
Ages 21+
The Extraordinaires with Grandchildren & Tavo Carbone at Johnny Brenda's
  • 8PM - Doors
  • 9PM - Tavo Carbone
  • 10PM - Grandchildren
  • 11PM - The Extraordinaires


With pop-rock meets folk music sensibilities, and purely artistic stage antics to match, the Extraordinaires are known for putting on shows that are both musically captivating and visually entertaining. Sean Moeller of describes The Extraordinaires’ music as “bumping, cheerful arrangements that run the gamut through early Flaming Lips psychedelia, via albums like ‘Clouds Taste Metallic’ and ‘Transmissions From The Satellite Heart,’ to bright and sparkly pieces of pure pop that feel like pizzeria cabarets and exploding rainbow tales.”

Lead singer Jay Purdy, puts an unrivaled contemporary emphasis on creative songwriting and storytelling lyrics, a quality best exemplified in their latest album “Electric and Benevolent,” a concept album based on the life and times of inventor Nikola Tesla. Since 2005, The Extraordinaires have released a number of recordings on Philadelphia-based DIY record label Punk Rock Payroll, including three albums uniquely packaged in hand-crafted, hardcover books, and a 7 inch EP that functions not only as a vinyl record, but a board game (complete with playing cards, die, and instructions!) as well.

The Extraordinaires currently have their music featured in the independent films The Space Jockey Pursuit and Disney Shot Kennedy. As if the band hasn’t been busy enough, in the summer of 2011, The Extraordinaires’ sophomore release “Ribbons of War” will be turned into a full scale musical that will run for eight weeks in Chicago's renowned Piccolo Theater.

In the past 3 years, The Extraordinaires have toured relentlessly throughout the USA and Europe continuously building on their ever-growing worldwide fan base. The Extraordinaires have toured and performed with well-known acts such as Man Man, Dirty Projectors, Blitzen Trapper, Deer Tick, The Felice Brothers, Islands, and most recently Gogol Bordello as tour support.


Grandchildren is an orchestral pop band from Philadelphia. Originating as a recording project that fused folk songs with sampled beats, the band evolved into a small orchestra known for its high energy live performances featuring multi-instrumentalist swapping. Grandchildren released their debut album Everlasting in 2010 and have since toured with Man Man, Seabear, and O'Death.


Tavo Carbone ('07, v/gtr) is an American songwriter from Brooklyn / West Village NYC. In 2019 Tavo purchased an old RV to tour solo thru 41 US states with new album Narcissyphus, featuring alums Adele Mori (Cello) and Benjamin Mayock (Engineering/Mixing/Production). The album also welcomes guest faculty member Allen Shawn (Piano) for a rendition of Like a Sick Eagle by composer Charles Ives. "A nightmarish collection of beautiful orchestration and playful weirdness...a unique brand of lyrical poetry will catch you off guard and is at times laugh-out-loud funny -- striking, often sounding like a downtrodden Disney character from the 1930’s. The depths he’s discovered in these recordings (especially fun in over-ear headphones) are a perfect compliment to the Trump-era hell-scape"- Jay Purdy, The Extraordinaires.

Since the album release, Tavo performs solely under the Narcissyphus moniker in a bald eagle mask with several revolving costumes. Leg 1 of the Tour spanned Jan-Aug and Leg 2 begins late Nov, heading to Europe next summer. In 2019 Carbone also released albums Songs Sung, Volume 1 (May 2019): A solo acoustic album recorded in Ojai CA at the non-profit venue Greater Goods, with 28 songs spanning 01-19 (all proceeds benefit the non-profit) , Ribcageophone at the Golden Octopus (June 2019): 5 tracks recorded in Seattle WA at the Golden Octopus studio on a 12-string acoustic & At Tua Lingua (Aug 2019): A live solo acoustic performance in Charleston SC at Tua Lingua. NEW 6-song release Planet Nonsense out this October, beginning with single Outsmart the Fool (Sept 30).

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125