PREVIEW: Andrew to Bring Positive Partying to Lancaster, PA

Andrew W.K. to Bring The Party To Lancaster | Lancaster Online | Jenelle Janci

Andrew W.K. is the living, breathing embodiment of a party.

The feel-good guru known for his party-anthem rock songs, advice columns and television appearances is taking his positive vibes on the road for the eighth holiday season in a row. The solo show will make a stop in Lancaster city at the Chameleon Club on Dec. 13.

The performer, born Andrew Wilkes-Krier, spent much of his childhood in Michigan. He says he deeply enjoyed the holidays growing up and continues to appreciate their magic as an adult.

“Santa Claus has always been my No. 1 idol,” Wilkes-Krier says. “I wanted to try to embody his spirit. I’m not a toymaker, though. I make parties.”

Rather than being backed by a lively and loud band, these shows will feature just Wilkes-Krier, his keyboard and his “left-hand man” Crenshaw, who dances onstage next to Wilkes-Krier.

He’ll perform songs from all of his albums, which he finds fitting for the holiday season.

“I do feel like all of my songs, no matter what time of the year it is, are holiday songs in a way,” Wilkes-Krier says. “They are celebration songs.”

He’s got that right — “Party Hard,” “It’s Time To Party” and “Party Til You Puke” are just some of his songs’ titles.

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In addition to his larger-than-life music, Wilkes-Krier spreads his positivity on social media. After the San Bernardino shooting in California, he tweeted, “Be loving, hug people, stay strong. Life is precious. #PartyHeart #PMA.”

While he says he’ll never be able to make sense out of such tragic violence, Wilkes-Krier says he feels compelled to remind people of the good in the world, too.

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