The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret

Johnny Brenda's presents

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret

Johnny Showcase, Hosted by Juliet Hope Wayne

Sat, March 16, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

$15.00

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This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

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The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret
If your idea of a drag show involves lip-synching, this is not that. This is a rollicking, sometimes careening out-of-control, balls-to-the-wall gender warrior cabaret led by Dito van Reigersberg, co-founder and co-artist director of Philadelphia's venerable Pig Iron Theatre Company. Martha Graham Cracker is, arguably, the world's tallest and hairiest drag queen and was deemed the "Drag Queen King of Philadelphia" by the Philadelphia Inquirer and has received the Best of Philly award from Philadelphia magazine. Martha is accompanied by a four-piece band.
Johnny Showcase - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase is an electrifying experience. An 8-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, with infectious original music that is as funky as it is hilarious. Over the last five years, they have honed their craft in the Philly theatre and music scenes, gaining a massive following and propelling Johnny to something that of a funky Philly folk hero legend.

Johnny is the brain-child of theater artist/ musician David Sweeny, who inhabits the character. A sweaty, charismatic showman from Rhode Island who is equal parts Andy Kaufman and Prince, he is surrounded by 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 (Adrienne Mackey and Liz Filios), and backed by knife sharp 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 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.
Hosted by Juliet Hope Wayne - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Hosted by Juliet Hope Wayne
The evening's emcee and comedian Juliet Hope Wayne was named Best Comedian in Philadelphia 2012 by Philadelphia Magazine. She was the first female to win the Moth Grandslam in New York City and has been featured on the Moth Podcast, Moth Radiohour on PRX and toured with the Unchained Storytelling Tour of Georgia in 2010.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/