Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Connie’s Ric Rac, The Districts at Fergies, Frog Holler at Union Jack’s and like a billion other things


Wait, what’s that? You thought you were off the hook that easily? Like it’s been so many days of holiday cheer that the plan was just a quiet night at home with board games and DVDs? No no no, my friend – there is fun to be had and live music to be seen. Let’s start with a couple accidental omissions from our New Year’s Eve roundup post from the other week. Johnny Showcase and The Lefty Lucy Cabaret – the funky campy ultra-catchy ensemble of Philly dudes and ladies rallying around one central crooner’s aspirations of Tom Jones (or Midnite Vultures-era Beck) – joins forces with West Philadelphia Orchestra at Connie’s Ric Rac for a New Year’s dancing extravaganza. More information can be found here; below, check out Showcase’s video for the ultra-addictive “Sensual, Parts 1 & 2.”

Lititz faves The Districts are making their way to town for a rousing New Year’s gig at Fergie’s with Toy Soldiers. It’s been a huge year for this brand new band, from their impressive album Telephone to their Beta Hi-Fi win, their Key Studio Session and all the gigs they’ve played since. The 21+ party begins at 9 p.m., more info here. Below, listen to The Districts’ Key Session take on “Long Distance.”

If you find yourself in a northwesterly direction of the city tonight (what’s up, Boyertown?), don’t overlook perennially great roots rock combo Frog Holler , who are ringing in the New Year at Union Jack’s Inn on the Manatawney. Information on the party is available here. Below, download “To Turn Back Now” from Frog Holler’s most recent LP Believe It Or Not.

And like the headline says, there are so many other shows going on tonight. The War on Drugs might be sold out, but you have your options cut out for you. Have fun, be safe, and happy 2013!

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