Afterglow Festival

Johnny Blazes & Brian King

August 4th, 2016  |  Published in Artists

BRIAN KING is a singer, songwriter, and performance artist acclaimed for his gender-defying voice, which Whoopi Goldberg once said was the last sound she wanted to hear before bed to ensure beautifule dreams. With his original songs, evocative lyrics, and hilariously honest stories, Brian carries audiences through raw meditations on love, sexuality, and identity. His song “Cold Rain” was recorded by New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas, on her Grammy-nominated CD “Simply Grand,” earning the track high praise in Rolling Stone, USA Today & The Village Voice. Whether solo or with his neo-cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, Brian has performed to packed houses like Oberon and Club Passim in Cambridge MA, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub and The Duplex in NYC, and venues throughout the US.   For more info visit



“Catch him as his star rises” 

– Adam Feldman, Time Out New York (Critic’s Pick)


“a triumph of mood and style, an unforgettable musical, theatrical and emotional experience.” 



“can simmer in blues, tremble with high drama, and faint into a yawning croon”

– Michael Brodeur, Boston Phoenix


Johnny Blazes is a performer, educator, and author who is notorious for their exuberant and glittery approach to the stage and classroom. As a vaudevillian, Johnny has toured the US extensively with their solo theater piece, wo(n)man show, as well as presenting lecture/demos and workshops at colleges, universities, community centers, and kink conferences throughout the country. Johnny is a self-described ‘double triple threat’, having been trained classically as a singer, actor, and dancer in an academic setting, and subsequently having developed their voice in the folk arts of drag, burlesque, and circus through immersion in queer nightlife. Johnny is on the Editorial Board of Salacious Magazineand their collaborative work with artist and IMsL title-holder KD Diamond can be found in Gender Outlaws 2: The Next Generation. Johnny also fronts a horn-heavy, queerly-lyrical funk/soul band called Johnny Blazes and The Pretty Boys. Their debut album, Soul Vernacular, is available for download at


Press quotes:


“[Soul Vernacular]  demands — and earns — attention and emotional involvement from the listener.”


“Accompanied by scorching horns, Blazes infuses the song with vibrancy and a gravelly undertow, all of which seems buoyed by a sense of laughter that seems both omnipresent and which never quite breaks to the surface.”


– Worcester Telegram




“Johnny Blazes is the sample case par excellence, capable of giving a lap dance, then a pithy address on how sex performs on and distorts the precarious institution of the chosen family, without missing a beat or smudging lipstick.”


– HowlRound