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Kimberly Nicoletti
Summit Daily/Reid WilliamsThe Breckenridge-based band Punk Whitey plays Jonny G's in Frisco tonight.
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FRISCO – Whether you’re most proud of your black, lacy teddy or your penguin-printed flannels, tonight’s you’re chance to show ’em off.

Upstairs at Jonny G’s hosts its first Show Us Your New Pajamas Pajama Party tonight with alternating sets by DJs and Punk Whitey.

“I’m hoping to see all sorts of things,” said John Greco, owner of Jonny G’s. “I’m quite curious because I’ve never been to one. We’re going to set the mood with low lights, relaxing fun and alternating sets with DJs.”

Lead vocalist for Punk Whitey John Welsh expects the party to be a “smashing success.” He tended bar when Endo’s Adrenaline Cafe had a pajama party, and he said everyone shows up for pj events.

“You see the best of everybody and the worst of everybody,” Welsh said. “But everyone’s there to have fun and look out for each other instead of being in competition like other bar events.”

Punk Whitey makes its debut tonight.

The band formed about two months ago when four members from AKA decided to start another band.

Welsh, bassist Isaiah Manahan, DJ George “G 3” Tracy and guitarist Bob Roebuck added drummer Dave Starkweather and guitarist Mike Rando to create a hip-hop-with-an-edge band.

“We wanted to go in a different direction,” Welsh said. “AKA played rock ballads, and we wanted to get into more punk, more funk and more hip-hop.

“The hardest, heaviest stuff of AKA carried over, but it’s not punk rock at all. It’s a new sound.”

People who have heard the band play compare it to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine, but the musicians’ influences include Reverend Horton Heat to Jane’s Addiction.

They base their 15 original songs – and the 10 they’re polishing – on modern and old-school hip-hop and rap.

“When the DJ scratches, the whole song sounds different,” Welsh said. “He samples during the songs and makes them sound unique.”

The drummer adds a raw edge to the band, and Welsh throws in the in-your-face aspect.

“The backbone of the band is Isaiah’s bass lines,” Welsh said. “He’s an insane player. It’s a real bass-driven band.”

Punk Whitey plays for about an hour, in a rotation with various DJs throughout the night.

Parading in your pajamas tonight pays off – the cover charge is $5 with pjs, $7 without.


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