$13 tickets were in $100 demand Friday when the most talked about act in Halloween-loving hipster circles came to the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia.  But The Inflatable Ferret got its hands on a couple VIP passes (for some reason, they looked just like regular tickets).  The undead-obsessed duo, comprised of actors Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields, was on night four of its 15-show tour across the U.S., ending in L.A. with consecutive shows on October 30th and 31st.

They recruited local children’s choirs to back them up and replaced the typical opening bands with a talent show, creating an atmosphere of something between a cult gathering and a middle school play.  A ghost-cowboy MC introduced a less than stellar lineup of amateur performers, including bizarre interpretiveDSCN2268 dancers and a guy who made random Laffy Taffy-quality Halloween jokes while playing the Star Wars theme on a keyboard.  The highlight of the spectacle was an adorable 3-minute dance by Shields’ 6-year old cousins.  But you’ve got to give it to the guys – it sounded like a good idea.  And maybe we just caught these Philadelphians on an off night.

As soon as the the band took the stage, though, things started to heat up, and they dazzled the audience with a set list of fan familiars like “Pa Pa Power” and “Lose Your Soul.”  Adding to the adolescent feel, Gosling and Shields created cheesy ghosts effects as they covered a female singer with a bed sheet to depict her soul.  She followed it with a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang.” The band traded guitar, keyboard, and percussion duties throughout the show, and the children threw candy into the crowd just before the encore.  Their performance of “Name in Stone” and a brand new song gives female teenagers around the globe hope for a second release (or at least a tour).

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