Event Cancelled: The show is postponed and a new date is TBA

Johnny Brenda's Presents


Johnny Popcorn, Iron

Tue, March 11, 2014

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



This event is 21 and over

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

Ladi6 - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Highly decorated at home and abroad, Ladi6’s career is embossed with industry awards, considered critical acclaim, and countless international shows alongside a who’s who of respected music icons. Ladi6’s third studio album, Automatic, was recorded between Studio A in Detroit, Michigan and Revolver Studios in Waiuku. Ladi6 and Parks traveled to America to work with Waajeed AKA Jeedo to record their new album at the renowned Studio A recording studio in Detroit, Michigan with grammy winning engineer Todd Fairall. Jeedo needs little introduction to music fans, as his work over the years has spawned absolute classics starting with his first Platinum Pied Pipers album, Triple P. The first single 'Ikarus' produced by Parks has been described as a beautiful amalgamation of soul and futuristic hip-hop complemented by Ladi6's hypnotic vocals. Ladi6’s sophomore album ‘The Liberation Of…’, was a game changer. Recorded over two months in Berlin with production duties shared between her producer Parks and German beat auteur Sepalot. The album was certified Gold in New Zealand and spawned the Platinum-selling, Top 10 single ‘Like Water’ which gained an honorable mention in America’s Unsigned Only competition and was voted by MTV Iggy as the Best Love song of 2012. In 2011 Ladi6 picked up two New Zealand Music awards (Best Urban album and Best Female Artist), two Pacific Music Awards (Best Pacific Urban album and Best Female Artist) and ‘The Liberation Of…’ won the prestigious Taite Music Prize. Ladi6 relocated to the artistic mecca of Berlin for the summers of 2010 and 2011. During this time she performed over 150 solo shows, performed at festivals such as The Big Chill and Glastonbury and supported her musical heroes including Gil Scott Heron and Erykah Badu. These shows received rave reviews and the European media said she was “one to watch” and “stratospherically that good”. Ladi6 has been a vital part of the NZ hip hop scene since its inception. She began her musical career in all female hip hop crew Sheelahroc and developed her lyrically introspective smoky soul sound over years of consistent touring and features alongside an Antipodean elite including the likes of 50HZ, Shapeshifter, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Scribe. Ten years on from her first gig she released her debut award winning album Time Is Not Much in 2008 with production by Parks and Mu (Fat Freddy’s Drop).
Johnny Popcorn - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Johnny Popcorn
In 2001, Johnny Popcorn was at its early stages, and for the members it was a place to be creative. Considered as a project outside of the regular music careers, Johnny Popcorn would be the outlet when things got too stressful. Fittingly enough, recording Johnny Popcorn jams seemed to hit the spot.

Fast forward to 2011 when Johnny Popcorn offered a unique musical formula—a concoction of highly fueled croons layered with its own views on topics ranging from teenage growing pains, self-gratification, weed, humdrum suburbia, and family values.

Initially consisting of two members, Hezekiah and Tone Whitfield, the duo's inspiration and experience is the masterpiece that cements Johnny Popcorn.

Vocalist and songwriter, Hezekiah, is no stranger to the music industry with 3 full-length solo albums as a
hip-hop artist. Feeling like he was neglecting his Southern Funk/Rock upbringing passed down from his parents from Kentucky and North Carolina, he felt inspired for something new and exciting to develop—ultimately settling in on a new found passion.

Bass guitarist and all-around producer, Tone Whitfield a.k.a. Grumpy Smurf, has produced numerous songs for Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Zap Mama, and others. Contrast to Hezekiah’s hip-hop background, Grumpy Smurf has always been a rock purist with an open mind.

Today, JOHNNY POPCORN is a crow on a mission. An alter ego that was inspired by Hez and Tone, who would jokingly put down fake names on open mic lists. When the host called out JOHNNY POPCORN, the crowd would chuckle in amusement. “I think we have a name for a band,” says Tone Whitfield.

If it’s riff-heavy, rolls off the tongue and is more filling, then it’s Johnny Popcorn.
Iron - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
This dynamic tribe of musicians includes members from some of Phillys favorite outfits such as Jojolo, the legendary local afro-beat band formed and led by Nigerian percussionist Yomi Awodesu, alongside the backbone and heavy hits of, the original Dub Rocker himself, James “Mr. X” Robertson on kit. The stage is set for a massive throwdown. Philadelphia royalty would not be an exaggeration when used to introduce the brothers Mungun, formerly of 80's punky reggae trio Scram and later of soul group Shoulders of Giants, this pair brings a wealth of experience and synergy to the Iron sound. Greg, on bass, brings his style of rootsy-soul to the floor while multifaceted-brother Matt moves fluidly from guitar to keys and vocals. Together, with organ and moog-specialist Phil B. Welcome (a Philadelphia gem) they create a wonderful rhythmic, ethereal sound over the heavy-riddim foundation. Frontman, Rascul, brings an understated pied piper appeal to all proceedings and manages to diversify ideas as a vocalist by blending his foundation of UK sound system style DJ-mcing with the sweet but gritty soulfulness of an RnB or Roots reggae singer. Add all this to the band's uncanny knack of crafting pungent killers for the floor and the head, and you've got a serious situation.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125