Red Elvises

Red Elvises

Primitive Finks, Hotsy Totsy

Wed, May 30, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Red Elvises
Red Elvises
If Igor and Red Elvises aren't in the middle of a tour, they are getting ready for the next one - this is a group that is constantly in motion and consistently evolving. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and showman extraordinaire Igor Yuzov is perpetually globetrotting and in the process he has found scores of wildly talented, entertaining musicians to bring into the fold of this increasingly international party band.

Red Elvises started as a Russian group, playing what they dubbed "Siberian Surf Rock". Since then the band has included musicians from many other countries including United States, Israel, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria, to name just a few. Everyone who performs with them for any length of time brings something different both energetically and musically. At various times shows have included keyboards, accordions, sax, clarinet, trumpet, flute, banjo, mandolin, tuba and many other instruments. Old and new fans alike can expect to be surprised at shows again and again, however the roots of Red Elvises remain the same: Igor's unique brand of humor combined with guitar based rock'n'roll that makes audiences want to sing, dance, scream and shout.

German born Igor Yuzov grew up in the former Soviet Union, where folk music was the norm and rock'n'roll was illegal. A rebellious streak, however, led him to seek out the forbidden records, which could be secretely traded in some places for those who knew where to look. As soon as it became possible, Igor left Russia for America with his folk band Limpopo. The "Crazy Russian Folk'n'Roll" group were personally greeted by Ronald Reagan and proceeded to win Ed McMahon's Star Search.

Red Elvises began in 1995 after Igor dreamed that Elvis Presley came to him and told him to start playing rock'n'roll. Not one to say no to the King, Igor and his Russian friends started playing on Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade. Their street musician days did not last long, however, as they drew such huge crowds that the City of Santa Monica brought them to court and ordered them off the streets. Since then Red Elvises have been constantly touring, with occasional breaks from the road to record an album or take part in film and television projects. This constant work for the last 15 years has led to them gaining a world-wide following, with successful tours all over North America, Europe and Russia (Red Elvises bootlegs have been found in Siberia).

Igor & Red Elvises have declined several major record deals, prefering to maintain independent status and produce all their own work. This includes 11 studio albums, one live album, a live concert DVD and a Greatest Hits compilation. Added to their long resume is work in film (Six String Samurai, Mail Order Bride, Armageddon, Skippy) and television (Melrose Place, Fastlane, Penn and Teller's Sin City Extravaganza, VH-1 Behind the Music, MTV). They can be found playing everything from large festivals to private parties, small venues to massive stages such as 2005's Live 8 Benefit Concert. Whatever the event, wherever Igor & Red Elvises go, they bring the party with them.
Primitive Finks
Primitive Finks
If you are receiving this message, you are one cool ghoul. It has be said that the Primitive Finks were summoned from their chambers somewhere off eastern shores to take a journey to strange, unearthly places. On various stages the Primitive Finks subject innocent bystanders to blasphemous, unimaginable horrors. Watch in fear as they savagely strum the strings of guitars, and torture the skins of voodoo drums. This combination of nauseating sounds can cause some audience members to shake and gyrate uncontrollably. Some may even perform ancient dances from a decadent era known as the nineteen sixties. When you get the chance to see and hear the Primitive Finks, prepare yourself for thrills and chills. You've been warned....
Hotsy Totsy
Hotsy Totsy
HOTSY TOTSY is a Collingswood, NJ based, indie-pop trio who broke onto the Philadelphia music scene in early 2014. Long time best friends Jenny Pilong, Diana Carino, and Amanda Brizzi decided they wanted to co-create a new and original sound that would, not only highlight their individual talents, but foster unique harmonies and a seamless blend of voices. While their sound is definitely inspired by the girl groups of the 40s, 50s, & 60s, to quote John Vettese (The Key at WXPN), “this band covers much more sonic territory than just that, from showtunes and vaudeville to jazzy expanses of mystery and vibe a la Bat For Lashes.”

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, in the spring of 2016, Hotsy Totsy recorded and released their debut album, Fresh Pineapple, at The Record Lounge in Philadelphia. A year and a half later, the girls re-entered the studio, this time Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, NJ, and came back with their sophomore EP: Skeletons & Ghosts, as well as a holiday single entitled, “Snow Day”. In 2018, Skeletons & Ghosts started garnering airplay on over sixty AAA and college radio stations both nationally and internationally. To quote Mike Penard (ISA Radio, France): "Hotsy Totsy...a sound that obviously reminds us of the girl bands but they found a way to sound original... from melancholy to pop melodies, there is a confidence that shines from these recordings, a confidence in their ability to travel a different sonic road..”

Hotsy Totsy has graced many stages in the expanded tri- state area that include: World Cafe Live, Union Transfer, TLA, & Ortlieb’s in Philadelphia; Smyrna Opera House, World Cafe Live at the Queen, and The LadyBug Festival in Delaware; as well as Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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