Union Transfer

1026 SPRING GARDEN STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 Ι 215-232-2100

The Hoots & Hellmouth & Johnny Showcase Soulstice Spectacle

The Hoots & Hellmouth & Johnny Showcase Soulstice Spectacle

Fri, December 15, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$17.50 - $22.50

This event is all ages

Hoots & Hellmouth
Hoots & Hellmouth
IN THE TREES is an album that feels like an expedition. Through dark tangles of thickets and underbrush, a path winds its way through the density of lived life, finally opening up into a sun-drenched field in which to stretch out, breathe deep, and reflect on the journey...weary travelers dressing wounds while wistfully recalling tales of courage and self-doubt, love and longing.

Our fourth album began to take shape over two years ago in a transformed silversmith mill in the little Philadelphia suburb of Clifton Heights, PA. Mt Slippery, as it is currently known, is home-base for our homies Dr Dog. We assembled with engineer Nathan Sabatino (Dr Dog, Floating Action, Birdie Busch, etc) and over the course of a couple weeks proceeded to coax these songs out of the ether using all manner of instrumentation. The now-classic acoustic H&H sound is certainly present, but as with each record previous, IN THE TREES pushes the band beyond the borders of what came before. It’s a natural progression, an obvious evolution. Sparking electric tones set old wood aflame. These songs burn with it.

These songs. While not written around a premeditated theme, each star in this album’s constellation seems to gather about the axis of the sacred and profane. An omnipresent sensitivity to spirit gives way on more than one occasion to full-blown physical freak-out. For every blissfully still moment of somber reflection there exists an equal and opposite reaction of explosive self- indulgence. This record represents feast and famine.
Dig in and join us IN THE TREES.
Johnny Showcase
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. Carrying the torch of our funk-rock pioneers, they have gained a massive following and propelled Johnny to something that of a funky Philly folk hero legend.

Frontman 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 spiritual adviser Rumi Kitchen, two vacuous vocalists collectively named The Truth, and knife sharp backing band the Mystic Ticket.

Listed in 2015 by Philadelphia Magazine as one of "The 8 Philly Bands You Should Be Listening to Right Now", Johnny will release his highly-anticipated second full length album "The Octopus!" this fall.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123