Resurrection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

/Resurrection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

august, 2019

24aug7:30 pm10:30 pmResurrection of Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Event Details

PhilaMOCA pays tribute to rock ’n’ roll wild man Screamin’ Jay Hawkins with a bewitching evening of stories and song!
About this Event
First up, author Steve Bergsman will be in attendance to celebrate the release of his brand new biography I Put A Spell On You: The Bizarre Life Of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. He’ll read from his new book and take questions from the audience, books will be available for puchase/signing.

And making their Philadelphia debut, The Resurrection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins will perform two full 45 minute sets of Screamin’ Jay classics! Led by Mike Armando, Hawkins’ original guitarist from the 1970s, The Resurrection strives to faithfully recreate the bizarre joy of Screamin’ Jay’s original performances.


Screamin’ Jay Hawkins released “I Put a Spell On You” in 1956. The song, that never made it to the charts when it was released, would eventually be covered several hundred times by the likes of Nina Simone, Credence Clearwater Revival, and Marilyn Manson; Jeff Beck and Joss Stone’s version even received a Grammy nomination in 2010. It was selected as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and was added to Rolling Stones’ list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Hawkins’ music and outlandish onstage persona inspired generations of musicians after him. And yet, little is known of the man and little can be taken at face value. Hawkins interpreted his past with a poetic license to kill, a magical amalgam of his own making—creating disparate stories alternatively terrible or sympathetic at his will.

I Put A Spell On You brings together hundreds of interviews with Hawkins, his family, bandmates, and contemporaries. For those needing a towpath of truth, footnotes abound to tether you through. Here is Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s story—mean, heartbreaking, and magic.

Quotes about this show:
“Forget about zombies! With the Resurrection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Tribute Band, the man who invented shock-rock is back and he is gonna put a spell on you. Don’t miss the most exciting stage act since Screamin’ Jay Hawkins first emerged from a coffin.” -Steve Bergsman, author ofI Put a Spell on You.

“For old fans of Screamin’Jay Hawkins, this band has captured the off the hook creativity of Jays music . New fans will be treated to a style that could only have flourished in a better time for music.” -Robbie Dupree “Steal Away”

“Mike Armando is a great jazz and blues guitar player. Working with Screamin’ Jay for years has clearly influenced his life and music. – Tommy Castro” -Tommy Castro & The PainKillers“

‘Resurrection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Tribute Band.’ I thoroughly enjoyed it! I compared it to YouTube clips of the original and found your Groups “Resurrection Tribute” to be musically adept and entertaining as well as presenting a historically correct tribute to the man and his music. -Dave Nichols, On Air Producer, Progressive WOWI-FM

“Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ role as a groundbreaking innovator is legendary in the annals of American Musicology. Guitarist Mike Armando was at Hawkins’ side back in the day and his new project The Resurrection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Tribute Band breathes new life into this fun and important music.” -Steve Scarborough – KZFR, 90.1 FM People Powered Radio Chico, CA


(Saturday) 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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