Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket

Funk / Rock

Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket

Joshua Park

Fri · Jul 13 2018

8:00 pm

$7.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket
Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket
Johnny Showcase is an electrifying experience. A 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 (Michael Baker of The Spinning Leaves), two vacuous vocalists collectively named The Truth (Adrienne Mackey and Liz Filios), and 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 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.

The Lefty Lucy Cabaret has performed at World Cafe Live, Connie's Ric Rac, The Trocadero,The Latvian Society, The Tin Angel, The Academy of Vocal Arts, Johnny Brenda’s, The Painted Bride, Fergie’s Pub, LaMama Experimental Theatre Collective, Upright Citizens Brigade, Fontana's Bar and Rockwood Music Hall and Joe's Pub at the Public in NYC.
Joshua Park
Joshua Park
In the Spring of 2018, Joshua Park, with the support of Woodfarm Records, releases his third EP, “The Flood”. The songs represent the past five years of his life as he re-emerges into Philadelphia’s musical landscape. “The Flood” weaves tales of desire, delusion, loss, security, death, love, and hope with vibrant, powerful vocals and superbly-layered instrumentation. Joshua is joined on the record by regional talents Daniel Bower (The Manatawny Creek Ramblers, Frog Holler), Brad Hinton (Brad Hinton Band, Tin Bird Choir), Philip D’Agostino (Get the Led Out), Raphael Cutrufello (Hezekiah Jones), John Kilgore (La Overtoner, Frog Holler), and Cory Heller (Neo Trio, Frog Holler).
Relying on the insight and inspiration of musicians near and far, as well as his own songwriting abilities, music has always helped Joshua to create a balance in his life. "The right song can be a kind of sneak attack on your own psyche. Songwriting has helped me to release my emotions, answer hidden questions, and look ahead at what comes next."
In the fall of 2005 Joshua quickly became a regular at World Cafe Live's open mic night, "Philly Rising", and he released the 2006 EP, “City Living” on the heels of his success there. With the release of his 2008 EP "One Wish”, Joshua expanded his repertoire from playing as a solo act to sharing the stage with a full band and anything in between. Through 2012, he regularly played shows in and around Philadelphia at venues like Johnny Brenda’s, Tin Angel, Fergie’s Pub, Burlap & Bean, The Other Farm, Studio 34, and The Fire.
With the birth of his son nearly six years ago, Joshua spent most of his time playing in the living room. But, a couple of years ago, his wife built a path for him to get back into the studio (Daniel Bower’s Whelping House Studios and Jim Salamone’s Cambridge Sound Studios), making the release of “The Flood” a reality. With raw talent and heartfelt verses, Joshua Park still captivates his audiences one song at a time as he lives in every word. As a solo artist, duo, trio, or supported by a full band Joshua has a raw passion that is evident with every note.
Venue Information:
118 North Wayne Ave
Wayne, PA, 19087