Calling all teens: Do you have what it takes to host and perform at Yo! TeenPhilly at the Fringe Festival?

yoteenphilly-postcard-_2 That’s So Philly and Philadelphia Stories, Junior are collaborating to produce Yo! TeenPhilly, a Fringe Festival event for teens showcasing musical and spoken word talent. This free event will be held on Saturday, September 21, from 7-9pm at the First Unitarian Church at 22nd & Chestnut Streets. Yo! TeenPhilly is looking for musical and nonmusical performers for the show, as well as entertaining MC’s. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 19. If you’re a teenager who wants to get involved or you know a teenager who would be interested, please spread the word. Go here for all the information you need.


Find out about the music events on the fringe of Fringe (feat. Johnny Showcase, T.J. Kong and more)

The 16th annual Live Arts / Fringe Festival is largely known as an interdisciplinary performing arts showcase – and lest we forget, music falls under the umbrella of “performing arts.” To just note a few happenings: Philadelphia electronic duo Gemini Wolf will perform a live accompaniment to the dance-based production WAMB, while versatile local harpist Mary Lattimore scored the documentary Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, which screens on September 19 at The International House. This weekend, The Key will run a review of 27, a surreal performance piece about the infamous “dead rock stars’ club”, and next week we’ll talk to Australian avant-jazz group The Necks about their involvement in the festival showcase performance Food Court.

Speaking of showcases, one Johnny Showcase, and his Lefty Lucy Cabaret (pictured), performs a Fringe Festival Opening Dance Party at South Philadelphia club Connie’s Ric Rac. Get your sensual swerve on beginning at 10 p.m. with DJ Carl Sexton; the cabaret brings the funk at 11:30; it’s free to hang for the 21-and-over.

And throughout the festival, the folks at Underground Arts will be hosting the annual after-hours festival hang, Late Nite Cabaret, for the first time.  They’ve got a stacked schedule for the next two weeks, including raucous folksters T.J. Kong and the Atomic Bomb on Saturday the 8th, noisemakers The Absinthe Drinkers on Sunday the 16th, and a Brat Productions interpretation of The White Stripes’ album Get Behind Me, Satan to close out the festival on Saturday the 22nd. Full schedule is available here – get ready to get weird.