Music and burlesque are natural bedfellows. I mean, it’s pretty hard to shimmy without some sort of a backbeat right? The neo-burlesque scene has made a concerted effort to take burlesque sounds away from the bump & grind/jazz/r&b/rockabilly soundtrack we tend to associate with classic burlesque, incorporating almost every genre of music imaginable. Now you can see a burlesque show that incorporates hip hop, classic rock, electronica, hell, I’ve even seen burlesque dancers perform to classical music! The sky’s the limit when it comes to a performers chosen soundtrack.
While music is omnipresent at burlesque shows, it’s not always the focus. So, this week, I’ve decided to feature burlesque events where the music is the star. It could be a tribute to a well-known artist or a show built around an original soundtrack, we got it all and these events span many musical genres: classic burlesque striptease tunes, the music of Meat Loaf, the cartoon music of the Animaniacs, hip hop and Celtic punk among others.
Doesn’t matter if you’re on the West Coast, East Coast, the sultry South or the UK, the burly beat goes on. Enjoy!
Thursday, August 15
Hot Patooties: A Burlesque Tribute to Meat Loaf! – Brooklyn, New York Whatever happened to Saturday night? In 1975, with these immortal words, Meat Loaf (née Marvin Lee Aday) made like a bat out of Hell, bursting out of Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s freezer and into the American consciousness. In the almost 4 decades since he has not only sold more than 80 million albums worldwide – he has also collaborated with Cher, been called Robert Paulson, had Michael Bay direct 3 of his music videos, and, in the ultimate sign of a life of sex, drugs and rock & roll, been the subject of both a Behind the Music AND a VH1 biopic. In honor of this, some of New York’s finest burlesque and variety performers have come together to celebrate the man whose voice is synonymous with both losing your virginity and losing the person you lost your virginity to. Victoria Privates and Creamed Stu are thrilled to present Hot Patooties: A Burlesque Tribute to Meat Loaf! Starring Jo Boobs, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Evelyn Vinyl, Apathy Angel, Victoria Privates, Creamed Stu, Scary Ben, Loose Wayne, and Dick Jones. MC’d by the golden throat of burlesque, Broadway Brassy! Stage kitten and go-go by Gemini Blitz.
Saturday, August 17
Morbid Curiositease: From the Gospel to the Grave – Seattle, Washington Morbid Curiositease presents another immersion theater piece. Two shows, one night only. Lead by Diva le Deviant, the evening begins in a quaint musically charged church and as the plot twists and turns it takes you to the underbelly of the after life. In Act One Pastor le Deviant preaches the gospel with l’Orchestre d’Incroyable playing live, original music as the cast of characters develop. In Act Two see what happens in the after life. As for the Epilogue, you have to stay to find out. Featuring:
Diva le Deviant, The’Luminous Pariah, Jesse Belle-Jones, Angela Rose Sink and La Petite Mort. Live original soundtrack by l’Orchestre d’Incroyable.
Rhinestone Gorilla Burlesque presents GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA – Cambridge, Massachusetts Come join the Warner brothers (and the Warner sister, Dot) in an original burlesque musical that will ruin all your childhood memories – and maybe fulfill some of your weird grown up fantasies. Good Idea/Bad Idea premiered in a sold-out three-week run in NYC in 2012, culminating in a guest performance by legendary voice actor Rob Paulsen, who created the Animaniacs characters of Yakko, Pinky, and Dr. Scratch’n’Sniff. Regarding the experience, he said “Oh my god, I can’t believe I’m doing this.” Performers include: Darlinda Just Darlinda, Angelique A’LaMode, Avian Rush, Charlotte Pines, Cherry Delight, Debra Delorean, Fancy Feast, Joe Raik, Kinky Demure, Gemma Stone, Lucida Sans, Phil in Foley, Scary Ben and Üla Überbusen. Stage kitten Herringbone Tweed and all live music by The Leisurely Wieners.
Slow Burn Burlesque – New Orleans, Louisiana Slow Burn Burlesque is the most thrilling show in New Orleans! Combining classic style and glamour with punk rock attitude, and rock and roll fury, Slow Burn sets stages on fire with outrageous antics, glamorous routines, and hilarious behavior. Each show is bursting with over the top entertainment provided by our seductive core cast of performers and special guests from around the world, all to the quakin’ sounds of our live band, This Stunted Sextette. The summer is hot, but Slow Burn in even hotter, and this Saturday, they’re going to take the stage of the Howlin’ Wolf with steamy striptease, amazing variety, wicked comedy, and rockin’ music. Plus, they have two exciting and innovative guests joining the regular cast to increase the debauchery, Charlotte Treuce and Little Luna!
Tuesday, August 20
Tuesday Tease! – Seattle, Washington Tuesday Tease is Seattle’s only monthly burlesque revue with live musical accompaniment! The show brings together the musical stylings of the Lurid Spectacles and a rotating cast of Seattle burlesque artists to create an evening of eye-popping and toe-tapping entertainment. Tuesday Tease takes place at LUCID in the U District on the 3rd Tuesday of every month and on the 4th Tuesday of every month at The Can Can! The summer run features Mitzy Sixx, Cherry Killer Tomatoes, and Jovie DeVoe to heat up your Tuesday nights. Hosted, as always, by Ace Carter & Sailor St. Claire.
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Saturday, August 24
The New Century Follies – “Ballyhoo Hulabaloo!” – Kansas City, Missouri The New Century Follies returns to the historic Folly Theater featuring this stellar lineup: MC Jessica Dressler as Dirty Dorothy as Lola Beedo and winner of the 2012 ‘Miss Viva Las Vegas’ award Jeez Loueez (St. Louis). There will also be bellydance by Marie DeMars, burlesque and comedy by Annie Cherry, Damian Blake, Sweet Louise and Opal Malone, and aerial feats and burlesque by Violet Vendetta and Moxie Dynamite. The pickup artiste for the evening will be Ruby von Blush. All of this will be backed by the live sounds of Peter Lawless and the Flawless Few.
Wednesday, August 28
Hustle Hard Burlesque – New York, New York Parkside Lounge is the place to be if you want to jam to some funky fresh beats and watch some fine honeyz shaking their thangs. It’s time to say goodbye to summer, and Lolita Von Cake and crew are going to do it with burlesque and hip hop. Come out to Hustle Hard Burlesque NYC’s premier monthly ALL HIP HOP burlesque show! Starring:
Lolita Von Cake, Coco Te Amo, Bonita Boogie, Apathy Angel and Sake Fevah. Hosted by Mister Von Cake.
Saturday, August 31
Sarcassy Sneek’s Sirens & Salty Sea-Men – Glasgow, United Kingdom Jump aboard the good ship Sarcassy as she sets sail in The Shed in Shawlands. Becoming a firm favourite on the Southside of Glasgow, Sarcassy has a habit of diving into the darker waters of the entertainment world to bring you top deck burlesque and alt-cabaret. Acts joining her for this evening of sea shanty’s and shipwreck inducing sirens include the Southside’s vendor of voodoo Stuart Thomson, vibrant vixen Vendetta Vain, Glasgow’s own homage to Jean Paul Gaultier the smokey Tom Harlow, sultry sea faring sensuality from Leyla Rose. Scurvy scaring laughter from Bratchy and the sails for the eve will be waxed by the lyrical, jiggin’ round the riggin’, foot thumping Trongate Rum Riots.