MJEML at MidEast Up 8/9!

Event info: August 9, 2013 &ndash 8:00 pm to 11:59 pm.

I’m playing this Friday with The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library (recently named one of Boston’s Best Local Rock Bands by CBS!) at The Middle East Upstairs.

Hayley Jane and the Primates
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library

The Gathering Floozies

Friday August 9, 2103
Middle East Up
472 Mass Ave, Cambridge
$10 Advance / $12 Day of Show
8pm doors

Tickets here

Facebook event here

TraniWreck: Old + N0w

Event info: July 26, 2013 &ndash 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

TraniWreck GOLD II

Remember this vintage photo?

It has been 2 years (almost to the day) since Heywood’s famous stroke that happened onstage and left him working through aphasia and asymmetrical muscle weakness.  But you can’t keep a good drag king down, so despite Heywood’s sometimes tenuous grasp on language and good taste, we’re going ahead with our second iteration of TraniWreck this year, and we will be pulling out all the stops… if we had any in to begin with…

Did I mention that we only do TraniWreck TWICE A YEAR these days?! This show is not to be missed - I can’t stress this enough - and promises all the glory, guts, and glitter that we have been delivering for the past 9 years.  I’ve been with the cast for 6 of those years, and I’m cocky - I mean, ahem, proud - that I have been the longest-continuously-running member of the cast. I’ve only missed ONE show in 6 years…

So! Get your ass into a seat! Or getting an SRO ticket and dance dance dance! Either way, bring your dollars, get ready for the trash, the raunch, the glam, and the weird!

TraniWreck: Old + Now
Friday July 26, 2013
doors: 7 pm
show: 8 pm
Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge, MA

Tickets: http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/traniwreck-old-now

Tickets as cheap as $10 if you use my discount code: johnnyblazes

TraniWreck features performances by:
Host and MC Heywood Wakefield
Madge of Honor
Johnny Blazes
Katya Zamolodchikova
Aquanette Jones

Special Guest:
Rainbow Frite

- Cotton Candy
- Boston Sass Attack
- Aerialists Kate Law Hoflich + Stephanie Jones
- Awkward at Best’s Leah Abel + Kate Mills
- Dancing until 1am with DJ Brian Halligan
- Heywood’s Special Sale!


The Prom You Wish You Had

Event info: June 14, 2013 &ndash 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

How weaksauce was your high school prom? Dishing out hundreds of bucks for a limo to puke in at the end of the night, the bad DJ playing every obscure Venga Boys song, no one wanting to be the first one on the dance floor, your dream date turning you down and then showing up with some tool, the general awkward sensation of being a teenager…

Don’t you wish you could have another go, except with live music that you love, and real cocktails instead of fruit punch and SoCo?

Now’s your chance!  Tomorrow night, Friday June 14, ORG: Prom gives you the chance to make peace with your inner high schooler and turn this bizarre American tradition into the party you also wished it had been.

Org goes formal in this one-night event, produced by Singer Mali (of Jaggery). Local performers revisit the proms of their past and transform this teenage rite-of-passage via music, dance, storytelling, and film. Witness Oberon transformed into a high school gymnasium, complete with prom photobooth, Prom Queen & King ballot casting and voting, and plenty of other opportunities for awkwardness and excess. Formal ~ and creative ~ attire highly encouraged, as are dates (we dare you to ask out that special someone this time around). Audience participation is a given, so bring your dancing shoes.

Performers include:

Nuda Veritas
Sara June
Katie Liesener
Ben Cunningham

live artist Kristilyn Stevenson

Johnny Blazes & the Pretty Boys!

doors 7:30pm, prom gets started at 8pm
2 Arrow St, Cambridge MA
Tickets here

2nd Annual North Shore Pride!

Event info: June 29, 2013 &ndash 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

After last year’s fabulous premiere, North Shore Pride is back for its sophomore year, and they’ve asked me to emcee again.  And The Pretty Boys will be joining me for a set!

Saturday June 29, 2013
Parade, then live music on the
Salem Town Common
1-5 pm
FREE and all ages!

Stay tuned for details on what time we play!

MJEML opens for ICARUS

Event info: May 17, 2013 &ndash 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Friday May 17, 2013
8 pm
Liars and Believers present ICARUS
Cambridge YMCA Theater

MJEML will be opening (along with my best buds Rogue Burlesque!) for ICARUS, and original play presented by Boston theater company Liars and Believers. Come see us, and stay for some thea-tah!

Greek mythology meets burlesque, puppetry, and a modern Americana score in the latest original piece from acclaimed ensemble Liars & Believers, creators of last year’s gritty hit, 28 Seeds. Minnie’s Menagerie, a peculiar Depression-era sideshow, is raking it in with the help of Daedalus’s whimsical technology. But when Daedalus’s son falls in love with Minnie’s daughter, the star attraction, their passion and plans to escape threaten to bring it all crashing down.

Tickets: $30/$20/$17
Follow Liars & Believers on Facebook and Twitter (@LiarsBelieve) for a discount code!
Facebook event here

MCC Transgender Day of Celebration

Event info: May 19, 2013 &ndash 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

I’ll be joining my good friend Rev. Jamez Terry at this interfaith celebration of trans*folks! Come for the service or just the show, stick around to say hi! I’ll be playing with my dear, dearheart Bethel Steele and with me, as always, is Darth! (That’s a Wayne’s World and Star Wars joke all rolled into one, in case you had even the slightest doubt at to what sort of dork I am…)

Sunday May 19, 2013
Metropolitan Community Church of Boston
Old West Church
131 Cambridge St, Boston, MA
Free, all ages!

6 pm: Interfaith service at MCC, led by a diverse group of trans faith leaders and open to people of all spiritual or religious backgrounds.

7:30 pm: Performance! featuring trans talent from near and far, including Rahne Alexander, Evan Greer, Mykal Slack, Johnny Blazes, and more!

Facebook event here

Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library at The Interrobang CD Release

Event info: May 25, 2013 &ndash 8:00 pm to 11:59 pm.

MJEML has been invited to play at the official Boston debut of The Interrobang which also kicks off their long-term residency at Radio. My involvement with these guys is still really new, so I don’t even know how many songs I’ll be singing on — but no matter what it’ll be great fun!

Saturday May 25, 2013
8 pm

When Particles Collide
The Susan Constant
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library
The Interrobang

Facebook event: here

Johnny Blazes and The Pretty Boys back at Johnny D’s!

Event info: May 31, 2013 &ndash 8:00 pm to 11:59 pm.

I’m thrilled that our first show back, after more than a month of rest, will be at Johnny D’s - ’cause what could be more perfect than Johnny B at Johnny D’s?… I’ve put together a wonderful lineup of people I love, and I know you will as well!

Friday May 31, 2013
Johnny D’s
17 Holland St, Davis Sq, Somerville, MA
$12 at the door

8:30 pm Molly Zenobia
9:30pm The Groove’s Moons
10:30 pm George Woods Band
11:30 pm Pretty Boys!

Brendan Boogie’s Roadhouse

Event info: April 4, 2013 &ndash 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm.
Join us for another great night of rock and soul with:

8:30 pm Rotary Prophets
9:30 pm Brendan Boogie & The Broken Gates
10:30 pm Us! — Johnny Blazes & The Pretty Boys

And some very special news — we’re premiering two new tunes: a new cover, and a BRAND NEW ORIGINAL TUNE!  That’s right folks, we’re breaking new ground here… our first original (of many to come!)

379 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/367071260072046/

Sparkletown Productions presents Pretty Young Things

Event info: March 24, 2013 March 28, 2013 &ndash 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

PRETTY YOUNG THINGS: A Burlesque Tribute to Michael, Janet, and the Jackson 5

TWO NIGHTS! 886260_547924588575560_2336441_o
Sunday March 24
Thursday March 28
8pm @ OBERON

CAN YOU FEEL IT? Boston’s brightest burlesque stars are about to get NASTY with a tribute to pop music’s most talented family: The Jacksons. Excited? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Sparkletown’s favorite performers are pulling out out the stops for this THRILLER — ALL FOR YOU. IF you find you can’t CONTROL yourself, just BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE.

Babes in Boinkland
Claude Kitten
Femme Brulée
Glitter Bombs
Isiah “Zay” Beasley of Phunk Phenomenon
Jane Doe
Kid Vicious
Lolli Hoops
Slaughterhouse Sweethearts
Johnny Blazes

March 24: Pamela Passion
March 28: Paco Fish and UnAmerika’s Sweetheart Karin Webb

with music by
Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys

and host
Mehran Khaghani

Facebook event here
Tickets available here