Gin Blossoms to ACTUALLY Perform in the Riverwards
Nineties rock sensations the Gin Blossoms will be performing at SugarHouse Casino. The Arizona-based band will be bringing the nineties back to the Riverwards on Friday, August 12 at 9 PM.
But this is not the first time the Grammy Award winners have been linked to the community.
John Paul Titlow, Fishtown resident and freelance journalist, garnered attention with his Facebook event entitled “Gin Blossoms LIVE at Applebee’s of Port Richmond,” detailing a show on Sunday, June 5 from 9 PM to 4 AM. The event description included the use of “youse,” half priced appetizers, the “passionate hits” of the opening act Ed & Dean from Collective Soul and some of the Gin Blossom’s hits, including the “grotesquely underrated ‘Follow Me Down.’”
Spirit News reached out to Titlow for comment. He says that the Applebee’s in Port Richmond was the obvious choice for his event because of its local reputation.
“There’s just something funny about the Port Richmond Applebee’s. It’s a quick stop. We love it, but we also make fun of it for being a local trope,” said Titlow.
He only invited a few friends originally, but never expected the response to the event that he received. “I was quite surprised to see several hundred people taking interest in the event,” he admits.
Though the intention of the event was to be a joke, a few people took it seriously, writing on the event’s wall or even messaging Titlow on Facebook, including an Applebee’s worker saying, “Hey man I work at the Applebee’s at Port Richmond and I think that event you created is great. Me and the other servers could sure use a night of better clientele. Hope people actually come.”
Titlow does not think he influenced the Gin Blossoms show at SugarHouse by any means, but believes it is “an amazing coincidence,” that the group booked a Riverwards show following his parody event. Even though he did not make the difference for SugarHouse’s scheduling, he will “totally go” jam to the Gin Blossoms.
“The Gin Blossoms are going to amp up the Event Center and put on a show the audience won’t forget,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino.
Even so, it definitely won’t be the same as a hometown Applebee’s show.