As we noted in this week’s Can’t-Miss Shows post, Jakopa’s Punch Bowl sounds like a jolly good time at The Ice House on Saturday night. Jakopa’s Punch, The Bastard Sons of Burt Sugarman, and The Charts Funk Band are throwing a fundraiser — complete with king cake, a cup of jambalaya, a cold beer, and an evening of eclectic music — in support of Touchstone Theatre’s upcoming street theatre spectacle – The Jakopa’s Punch Processional.
We wanted to learn more, so we reached out to Lisa and JP Jordan at Touchstone Theatre, who filled us in.
Tell us about the concept of Jakopa’s Punch Bowl.
Lisa: Simply put, it’s a way for us to raise money for the upcoming Jakopa’s Punch Processional. Through the amazing generosity of food (The Bayou, Southside 313) and alcohol (Short Family, Gallo) donors, as well as local grocery stores (Giant, Wegmans), we are able to keep the cost to us and ticket price to the attendees low. Plus, the bands and the sound tech are donating their time. All ticket proceeds go right toward the cost of producing the outdoor theatre spectacle, The Jakopa’s Punch Processional, this July, which will be free to attend. Our unofficial motto for this event is, “party with us now for free art later!”
Tell us more about the Processional. What are people in for this July?
L: Touchstone Theatre often finds itself performing out on the streets and in the parks, partially getting back to our roots as a street theatre company, and partially because our 75-seat theatre can only hold so much spectacle (and audience members). The Jakopa’s Punch Processional is Touchstone’s next large-scale community offering; it premieres on July 14 and 15, 2017 at 7pm, outdoors on the South Bethlehem Greenway. It will continue on during the South Side Arts District’s First Fridays this fall.
The Processional features original music created and performed by the Jakopa’s Punch band on instruments as varied as a theremin, accordion, bassoon, and more. The one-act musical journey finds audience members traveling alongside the action on the South Bethlehem Greenway as they meet puppets created by Yodi Vaden; an aerialist, Christine Gorigoitia; and a variety of other larger-than-life characters. The show is free and promises to be part three-ring circus, part rock concert, and part puppet spectacular.
JP: Nothing brings a community together quite like the act of gathering in the streets to experience something joyful. By the end of The Jakopa’s Punch Processional, we hope people are singing and dancing in the streets.”
Back to this Saturday: What do people get for the price of admission?
L: Three hours of live music by three local bands – Jakopa’s Punch, The Bastard Sons of Burt Sugarman, and The Charts Funk Band from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. There will be lite fare – Jambalaya donated by The Bayou, a New Orleans twist on 313 Balls donated by Southside 313, and desserts. We have all-you-can-drink beer donated by The Short Family, all-you-can-drink Dark Horse wine donated by Gallo, and a punch bowl full of Jakopa’s Punch. So, in short: live music, all-you-can-drink beer and wine, and New Orleans-inspired Lite Fare
What can people expect from this Saturday’s performances?
L: A pretty eclectic mix of music! Jakopa’s Punch is a band composed of Touchstone company members and guests artists performing “re-imaginings” of classic pop hits. These are the same musicians who will perform in The Jakopa’s Punch Processional.
The opening band, The Bastard Sons of Burt Sugarman, is a local revolving door of singer-songwriters hosted by Mike Roi and Carter Lansing, and the closing act, The Charts Funk Band, is comprised of students from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts playing funk classics.
Anything else we need to know?
L: Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door; and can be purchased in advance online at www.touchstone.org or by calling 610-867-1689. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event runs from 7-10 p.m. It’s at The Ice House, (56 River St., Bethlehem), and dress is casual, though anything Mardi Gras inspired is totally encouraged and welcome!
Watch a preview video for The Jakopa’s Punch Bowl below.