Four Seasons Total Landscaping hosting Laura Jane Grace and Brendan Kelly concert
Decorative blocks of lawn and gravel won’t be the only rocks occupying the Four Seasons Total Landscaping grounds soon.
Northeast Philadelphia’s industrial, chain-fenced property on State Road – which hosted former President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and a now infamous press conference in November – will transform itself again in August, this time into a concert hall for punk artists Laura Jane Grace and Brendan Kelly from The Lawrence Arms.
But, much like Giuliani’s legal license, ticket sales are out of order. In fact, it took a full 17 minutes for the 200 tickets for the August 21 concert to sell out on Thursday, said Sean Middleton, sales director for Four Seasons Total Landscaping.
“It would probably have sold out faster, but the site kept crashing,” he said.
The company had had the idea of hosting a concert for several months, said Michael Siravo, Director of Operations.
“And when everything slowly opened up, we thought about when this would be better,” he said.
Middleton said the concert, which will be an “intimate acoustic setup” for soloists Grace and Kelly, was orchestrated by Dave Kiss Presents, a Philadelphia-based promoter who works with venues like Kung Fu Necktie and the former Trocadero.
In remembrance of the Giuliani press conference, Siravo said the concert will take place in front of the now immortalized green and white garage door by Four Seasons Total Landscaping (repainted with a new coat of paint in November). A Four Seasons Total Landscaping Truck will be on site for selfies, food and toilets, merchandise from the local T-shirt company Philly Drinkers for sale, as well as a few surprises – including a possible look of a Giuliani cardboard cutout sent by a fan to the landscaping company cleverly.
Four Seasons would also love to partner with its neighbors from the adult bookstore, Fantasy Island, on merchandise, Middleton said.
“It’s a musical experience, but I also think that people who – I can’t believe I’m saying this – are fans of Four Seasons Total Landscaping will see the specifics of it,” said Siravo.
Grace, who has called the Four Seasons concert her “most prestigious gig of 2021,” said in a statement Thursday that “Brendan and I will play in front of a landscaping business for the first and last time,” promising a better performance than that November press conference.
On Twitter, she credited Kelly with the idea of playing the iconic new industrial setting.
“It’s going to be the greatest story ever told, folks,” tweeted Kelly. “This time with twice as much landscaping.”
The punk artists’ concert will serve as a test for future shows, Siravo said. The company also plans to host a Surf and Turf Gala fundraiser for several ALS patient-centric nonprofits in September, as well as a premiere of a Four Seasons Total Landscaping documentary detailing the events of the fateful November day that Trump’s Trump team hosted Press conference at the landscaper – and not at the popular hotel chain of the same name. Since accidentally becoming famous, Four Seasons Total Landscaping has sold more than $ 1 million in incisive merchandise that advertises with phrases such as “Lawn and Order” and “In Sod We Trust” has served as a tourist destination and has been in a super See Bowl Commercial.
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Siravo said he would love to see Philly natives like Kevin Hart or QuestLove play one day.
But the business doesn’t want to get into Four Seasons Total Concerts anytime soon, Middleton said, adding that the show is on a Saturday so landscapers can get back to work on Monday without a break.
“We have to keep an eye on the core business,” he said.
However, the concert is a “nice change” for the small company that was in the limelight of the heated elections in 2020, said Middleton.
“I think this is a little less controversial,” he said. “And the great thing about this event is that we know exactly what we’re getting into in advance.”