To get excited about our upcoming Music Issue — hitting streets on Aug. 14! — we’ll be counting down the next two weeks by asking some of our favorite locals to say a few words about where they love to perform. First off, here’s Toy Soldiers’ Ron Gallo, telling tales about his favorite Philly venue: Johnny Brenda’s.
“Johnny Brenda’s holds a special place in my heart. Let’s see … over the years I’ve been whacked in the face with a guitar while dancing in the crowd and bled profusely while singing straight through to the end of our show there. I’ve been a Dean Martin impersonator on that stage. Toy Soldiers has released a couple EPs there, and on September 13th, we will be releasing our new album, The Maybe Boys, in that room. It’s full of class, good vibes, heartwarming memories and has a great balcony, which is rare for a place that size. JB’s always gets pretty rowdy, and you can get right up against the crowd which is huge. From a business standpoint, Johnny Brenda’s is also right in our bands’ wheelhouse at this point [with us] confidently being able to sell out the room and not stress myself to death come show day. Not to mention, there’s damn good food, beer and great people running the place. Amen.”