One surefire way to establish some serious cred in this humble burg is to casually drop into conversation that you used to kick it with Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams and the Goats back in the day. No matter the setting, it’s bound to gain you instantaneous respect. And that’s because the Zelig-like leader of that erstwhile hip hop act — and presently the emcee extraordinaire fronting Black Landlord — has endeared himself to the city as a performer, spokesmodel for Kenzinger, one its greatest bartenders and a generous supporter of charitable causes. After illness and a lengthy hospital stay, Maxx’s medical bills are higher than a roomful of Goats diehards and an endless supply of blunts circa 1993. To help him get back on his feet, Standard Tap and Philadelphia Brewing Company are stepping up to host Kenzinger to Maxx’s Rescue! on Monday, December 19.
From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Maxx himself will be tending bar (tip him generously) and the Standard Tap will have the iconic “Philly Sports Team” t-shirts, like the one he wears in the Kenzinger commercial, for sale. Proceeds from t-shirts sold will be turned over to help offset his mediacal expenses. And, there will also be an auction for “The Philadelphia Golden Ticket,” which entitles the purchaser and a guest entry to any show at any of the participating venues, any time between January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. Venues include Electric Factory, Mann Center, The Trocadero, All R5 events, Theatre of Living Arts, Festival Pier at Penns Landing, Union Transfer, Milkboy, Kung Fu Necktie, Johnny Brendas and more.
And while it’s the season to give, the Khyber Pass Pub is hosting Fast Eddie’s Ballers Ball on Sunday, December 18. The fundraiser’s goal is to help defray medical expenses for Farmers’ Cabinet barback Jim Edwards, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Like Maxx, and most others in the arts and hospitality trades, Edwards doesn’t have health insurance. From 7 p.m. until they run out of booze (or 11 p.m., whichever comes first) proceeds from drinks sold will be donated to Edwards. In addition to booze donated by sponsors the United States Bartenders’ Guild, Philadelphia Chapter, Don Q Rum, Philadelphia Distilling, Cooper Spirits, and the Farmers’ Cabinet, there will be drink specials, snacks, and good times for everyone.