Austria and The Legend of Kava Kava

Johnny Stange and Constantin Luger try Kava Kava

Johnny Strange has just come back from Austria, where he spent time hanging out with some fantastic people in Linz and visiting the Clock Tower with his friend Sara in Graz. He was also invited to take part in a traditional Samoan ‘Ava Ceremony, thanks to his friends over at Le Segaula Tatau who were also visiting Austria. They invited Johnny and performer Constantin Luger over to join in.

The ‘Ava Ceremony is usually reserved for honoured guests and includes the consumption of Kava Kava, the juice from the roots of a pepper tree – It is thought that Kava Kava is one of the reasons why the people of the South Pacific Islands are known as some of the happiest and friendliest people in the world. So there it is, drink some Kava Kava.

johnny strange in austria
But obviously we couldn’t talk about Austria without mentioning the Graz Tattoo Convention, which Johnny performed at while there, along with Constantin Luger and featured special guest Mario Barth, whilst being covered by Music News Independent Magazine.

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France gets a thumbs up


Life on the road can be fun but tough, Johnny has just visited France for the second time in as many months. Whilst there he spent a handful of days performing small intimate cabaretshows before headlining at Dermochrome Festival, soaking up the sun and swallowing down the swords.


He also got to meet a fascinating man by the name of Pascal Tourain, a true walking art piece and fellow performer who performs a one man show titled “L’homme Tatoué” (The Tattooed Man), His body is tattooed from the neck down with old Sideshow banners depicting sword swallowers, armless knife throwers and human pincushions as well as portraits of Joseph Merrick The Elephant Man, Mac Norton The Human Aquarium and the entire cast of Tod Browning’s “Freaks”.

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As usual France gets a big thumbs up from Johnny (and Pascal Tourain) but for now the tour continues. Johnny is continuing his travels East, his next stop – Austria.

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