It’s confirmed: My 500th wizard rock show will take place on the same stage as the first* Whomping Willows show! The Yule Ball in Cambridge MA is probably the show I look forward to most every year, for a variety of reasons: 1) Harry and the Potters always bring their best to this event, and their best is THE BEST SHOW IN WIZARD ROCK. 2) The Yule Ball at the Middle East has an atmosphere that is unmatched by any other wizard rock show. This is partly because the bands and their friends spend hours decorating just about every inch of the club with holiday cheer, and partly because the Middle East downstairs is one of the coolest rooms in the country to play a show. But there’s also a certain tradition that has developed over the years — Draco and the Malfoys providing the ultimate evil foil to the Potters’ unbridled enthusiasm and positivity, Jason Anderson rocking the wizards with his fantastic live band, and — of course — those oddball bands Paul always manages to track down (like the LeeVees, a Hanukkah-themed band that joined us in 2008). In short, I am very lucky to have been a part of every Yule Ball since the first one, and there is no place I’d rather play my 500th show than the 6th Annual Yule Ball in Cambridge on Sunday, December 19!
But wait! There’s more!
There are THREE Yule Balls this year, and I’ll be playing at two of them! My 499th show will be on Sunday December 12 at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia! I’m personally thrilled about the fact that this show will include MC Kreacher, not to mention my BFF, JFF.
I’m not playing at the Yule Ball in NYC, but who cares — the lineup is stellar! Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, MC Kreacher, Uncle Monsterface…. need I say more? You should be there if you live anywhere near the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY! The show is happening on December 18 at 5pm! Do it!
This year, $3 from every Yule Ball ticket sold will be donated to the Harry Potter Alliance!
Here are more details for all three Yule Balls:
First Unitarian Church
$15 | ALL AGES | 5pm door
2125 Chestnut, Philadelphia, PA
with Harry and the Potters, The Whomping Willows, Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, MC Kreacher, and Rich Aucoin!
the Bell House
$18 | ALL AGES | 5pm door
149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY
with Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, Uncle Monsterface, the Macaroons, MC Kreacher, and more!
the Middle East Downstairs
$15 | ALL AGES | 5pm door
480 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
with Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, the Whomping Willows, Math the Band, Jason Anderson, and the Potter Puppet Pals!
So, yeah. I’m pretty psyched to be playing my 500th show with Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys, in the same location as my first* wizard rock show, on the 5 year anniversary of that first* wizard rock show! Speaking of which…
*Paul DeGeorge and Nate Beane have called me out on what they view as an inaccurate claim. They both contend that The Whomping Willows’ first show took place in April 2005, at the infamous house party where I performed as the Whomping Willow (singular), delivering a scathing critique of Harry and the Potters and performing an interpretive dance to Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas. While I do admit that this was in fact a show, and that I was performing as the same character I (often) portray with my wizard rock band, the fact of the matter is that this performance was a completely different presentation of the Whomping Willow. I used a voice that I have not used since (the only exception being a recent show in Ohio where I recreated the original Whomping Willow performance piece), and the persona I presented was completely different from the persona I’ve developed over the course of The Whomping Willows. The band did not officially form until October 2005, when I submitted a song to the Magical Christmas of Magic compilation as The Whomping Willows (plural). I hope this clears up any confusion. 🙂