3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
“A flashy, bass-heavy retro-futuristic take on the holidays.” The New Yorker
“A holiday funk-tacular.” Time Out New York
This is holiday spirit like you’ve never seen it before. Holidelic blends the influences of P-Funk, Sly Stone and other 1970’s and ’80’s funk and soul bands into clever, humorous original songs that explore the holidays, modern culture and mild family dysfunction while celebrating diversity and individuality in a playful, loving, humorous performance for all races, creeds and lifestyles.
“Original songs that celebrate diversity.” OUT.com
Holidelic’s fresh, wide-eyed look at the holiday season has rejuvenated thousands of bah-humbug spirits through its focus on the spirit of love, joy and giving. As the standard, Norman Rockwell-ish version of the holiday season has passed from one generation to the next like a stale fruitcake, it has lost a lot of relevance for many… and as the ubiquitous, canned music oozes from nearly every storefront from late November’s Black Friday celebration of commercialism ’til Christmas day, it is harder and harder to get people enthusiastic for yet another round of Jingle Bells, White Christmas and The Little Drummer Boy. People want to celebrate! People want holiday cheer! People want to shake their booties! Holidelic is the guaranteed antidote to the sameness of traditional holiday programming, and an opportunity for parents and kids of all ages to cut loose to an infectious groove, sing and laugh together in celebration.
“Bradley’s tunes will liven up anyone’s familiar mix of music with pulsating rhythms that bring to mind the work of funk and soul greats like Sly Stone and P-Funk and clever conceits that put a fresh spin on familiar sentiments…” TheaterMania
Written, produced and directed by singer/songwriter, producer, actor and dancer Everett Bradley, Holidelic debuted at New York’s prestigious Joe’s Pub in 2002. Following a few seasons of sold out, multi-night runs, Holidelic moved its annual NYC performance to The Highline Ballroom, freeing up dates in the short holiday season to bring the magic, the mirth, the mayhem and the memories on the road. Since its inception in 2002, performances have featured a range of artists Bradley has worked with or befriended over the years, ranging from Living Colour’s Vernon Reid, The B-52’s Fred Schneider, SNL’s Shawn Pelton and hip hop artist John Forte to pop chanteuse Lucy Woodward, dancing trombonist Jonathan Arons and the legendary Celeste Holm.
“Not since James Brown’s Christmas Album has there been a Yuletide-themed collection as funky as this latest release from Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/actor Everett Bradley. Featuring mostly original songs as well as very loose adaptations of Tchaikovsky, “Frosty the Snowman,” “Little Drummer Boy” and the like, Holidelic is a relentlessly fun and joyful disc that recalls the glory days of George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic.” Frank Scheck (New York Post / Hollywood Reporter)
Everett Bradley—aka Papadelic—knows how to put on a show. The first American to perform with and direct the British percussive sensation “STOMP,” he was also the co-writer, co-arranger, Theatre World Award winner and star of the hit musical, “SWING,” which won a Tony Award and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Broadway Cast Recording. Everett has toured and recorded with giants like Bobby McFerrin, Jon Bon Jovi, Hall and Oates and David Bowie. He is currently a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Bon Jovi and Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul. He is also the musical director of Our Time Theatre Company— an artistic home for young people that stutter— where he teaches singing, drumming, and songwriting techniques. Everett was formerly Carly Simon‘s music director and a member of the cast of Wynton Marsalis‘ Broadway tribute to Duke Ellington, “After Midnight”, starting from its opening night, but he left to become the music director for the NBC daytime show “The Meredith Vieira Show”, which debuted September, 2014 and ran through May, 2016. This resume is not close to conclusive, but it certainly underscores Everett Bradley’s creativity and respect amongst his peers, all of which has both informed the artistic aspects of Holidelic and fueled the growth of the project.
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