The Four Seasons Total Landscaping concert was a big hit! Huge! Probably the best concert ever!
When Brian Sowden approached the gates of Four Seasons Total Landscaping on Saturday afternoon, past the crematorium across the street and the sex shop next door, he was speechless.
“When I went to this place I thought, ‘First, I can’t believe there was a press conference here, and second, there is a punk show now!'” Said Sowden, 41, from North Wales.
Nine months after Rudy Giuliani “Don’t be ridiculous!” During a now infamous press conference at Northeast Philly’s landscaping store, it was ridiculous what Philly got on Saturday when a life-size cardboard clipping of Giuliani surfed the audience over punk rock fans during a performance by musician Laura Jane Grace at the same unlikely venue.
“I played at Giants Stadium. I played Wembley. Sang on stage with Cyndi Lauper. Written songs with Weezer. Was on stage with Joan Jett. None of that compares to it, ”said Grace on stage. “I’m 40 years old and I can attract a bigger audience than Rudy, and I have more Twitter followers than [Donald Trump]what is not [so bad] for a transgender high school dropout. “
About 200 people, some even from North Carolina and Florida, attended the concert in the Four Seasons gravel parking lot, where staff set up a small stage surrounded by bushes near the company’s now infamous garage door. Landscaping equipment, sacks of rock salt, fuel tanks, wheelbarrows and a very tall Sunoco gas station sign added to the mood, while Four Seasons trucks provided fans with plenty of photo opportunities.
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Tickets to the show sold out in 17 minutes last month, and many of those interviewed at the concert said they were long-time fans of Grace (who also played the band Against Me! The Falcon). The unusual venue, fans said, was just an added bonus.
“The fact that these special people play in this special place makes it special,” said Janet Snyder, 36, of Gloucester City, NJ
Snyder, who wore a face mask with a disturbing image of Giuliani’s face, was one of two people who landed tickets to the show for having a Four Seasons Total Landscaping tattoo. After the 2016 election, she got a tattoo with the words NASTY WOMAN on her heart shoulder. In February, she said, to celebrate the 2020 elections, she got a bottle of champagne under her nasty woman’s tattoo and the twig of leaves of the Four Seasons logo above it.
“I was prepared for this six months ago,” she said.
Ethan Savage got his Four Seasons ink on his calf this week after seeing concert promoter Dave Kiss tweet that he was giving away tickets to the first two people to get Four Seasons tattoos.
Savage, 23, of Deptford, is a huge Grace fan and said he was happy to get a tattoo from a women’s company to see one of his favorite artists perform. It was Grace, said Savage, who inspired him to come out as a tranny. After the concert, Savage got Grace to sign his leg just below his Four Seasons tattoo, and he plans to have her signature permanently tattooed on him as well.
“It doesn’t get much better than that,” said Savage. “It was fantastic.”
On the gravel square, fans in Four Seasons shirts, gritty shirts and gritty driving on a Four Seasons lawnmower shirt drank the new Lawn Jawn beer from Four Seasons by Funk Brewing, nibbled on the soft pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory and bought Branded one from Philly Drinkers. Neither the crematorium across the street nor the Fantasy Island sex shop next door had tables at the event.
At one point during the show, a man in the alley behind Four Seasons tried to hang a Trump flag on the store’s fence, “because I thought it was fun!” he shouted before running away with the flag as soon as the Four Seasons staff came up to him. Elsewhere, curious Northeast Philly residents watched the concert through the fence as they ate hoagies straight from the wawa wrapper.
Grace, who will also be playing shows with Kelly in Kung Fu Neck Tie this weekend, held the crowd with songs like “True Trans Soul Rebel,” “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong,” and “Osama bin Laden as Christ Crucified.” “Am Rocken”, a song that she “always dedicated to the death of the fascists”. In between songs, Grace spoke to the audience about how the show was a surreal experience “in a way, Salvador Dalí”.
“It was both fun imagining how this will all play out and imagining Four Seasons as a company, thinking about the controversy and drama that needs to go on internally,” she said. “There’s probably one side of the company or the company’s friends who say, ‘You are all lost, man! You used to be about mowing grass. ‘”
Michael Siravo, Director of Operations at Four Seasons and Sean Middleton, Director of Sales, said Four Seasons is still all about that weed. Despite a “phenomenal show” and requests from other musicians to play in their shop, the concert on Saturday – like the company’s push to hold press conferences – was “unique” at the time.
But between the two events, said Siravo, the show on Saturday was definitely “much more organized”.
“There’s a lot more planning and effort going into this concert,” said Middleton. “And we knew in advance what we were getting into.”