Puddles Pity Party Will Perform the Opening Night Concert at Spa-Con V in Hot Springs Sept. 18 | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

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Puddles Pity Party Will Perform the Opening Night Concert at Spa-Con V in Hot Springs Sept. 18


HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Puddles Pity Party, described as “The Clown With a Golden Voice” and “Pagliacci by way of Pee-Wee Herman and David Lynch,” will perform Friday, September 18, as the opening night concert at Spa-Con V in the Hot Springs Convention Center.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. in Horner Hall. Seating will be general admission and tickets are $30. Admission to the concert is not included in the special weekend pass, day pass or VIP pass price. Concert tickets are available at https://hotsprings.swoogo.com/spacon2020.

Spa-Con V, a multi-genre pop culture convention, will run from September 18 through September 20. Advance tickets are available at https://hotsprings.swoogo.com/spacon2020

The show by the “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” is not all sadness and longing. The show is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.

Described by The Atlanta Journal Constitution as a veritable “Pagliacci by way of Pee-Wee Herman and David Lynch,” Puddles Pity Party has more than 620,000 YouTube subscribers and more than 200 million views for indelible interpretations of classics by the likes of ABBA, David Bowie, Cheap Trick and Queen and his unforgettable mash-up of “Pinball Wizard/Folsom Prison Blues.”

You may recognize Puddles from his appearances on Season 12 of America’s Got Talent and Season 2 of America’s Got Talent Champions as well as viral video collaborations with Postmodern Jukebox. Puddles has toured extensively in the United States at legendary venues like the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Troubadour in Los Angeles. He has also performed many times in the United Kingdom at Soho Theatre London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other worldwide festival appearances include the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Perth Fringe World, Melbourne International Comedy Fest, Just for Laughs Montreal, Belgium’s Gent Festival, Festival Supreme (Los Angeles), Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle), Moontower Comedy Festival (Austin, Texas), and Bethlehem’s MusikFest.

The New York Times said, “His special effect is a textured voice laced with melancholy . . . what makes him transcend the trope is his vulnerability.”

LA Weekly said, “Clever and often hysterically funny . . . [Puddles] is ideally suited to songs popularized by belters old and new like Tom Jones, Sia and Celine Dion, all of which he performs with tear jerking bravura.

Previously announced as a celebrity guest at Spa-Con V was Lori Petty, known to comics fans for her portrayal of Tank Girl in the movie of the same name and for her starring role more recently in the hit TV show, “Orange Is The New Black.”

The Spa-Con Pop Culture and Comics convention is scheduled for September 18-20, 2020 and will be held at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

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