Christmas came early for the Mad Marchioness and myself when we got to see Brown Girls Burlesque and a bill of singers headlined by Nucomme do the “Dirty Honey Christmas Shake” at Joe’s Pub the other night.
I’d seen Brown Girl’s Chicava Honeychild a few weeks back at the Coney Island USA fall gala (she did simultaneous burlesque tribute to Bettie Page and Champion Jack Dupree) and have followed both her and Brown Girls Burlesque for a long time on social media (I am especially a fan of their neo-vintage postcard art). Like their card for this show!
The live show knocked my socks off, not just because of the singers and dancers but because of the top-notch jazz-soul-blues band that backed and anchored the whole experience; the combination of all these pleasing elements was over the top happiness, like candy on top of frosting on top of a cupcake. The night was a pleasurable, colorful blur and there was no printed program so apologies if I report only fragments: there was the inevitable but highly welcome version of Clarence Carter’s “Back Door Santa”… there was Mrs. Santa number…there was a cover of Binky Griptite’s “Stone Soul Christmas” (itself an adaptation of Laura Nyro’s “Stone Soul Picnic”, made popular by the Fifth Dimension)…one of the girls had mistletoe hanging over her butt-crack… another girl was decked out like a beautiful Christmas tree…and one (I think Genie Adagio) dropped down into a full on split from a standing position, the kind of stunt audiences pay good money to see! The burlesque artists were Chicava HoneyChild, Genie Adagio, Tutu Toussaint, CeCeBrownSugah Burlesque; the singers were Nucomme, Onome Om, and Elijah ROCQ; and the band included pianist Kwame Brandt-Pierce; drummer Ramsey Jones (a flashy showman indeed); and a bass and horn section whose names I didn’t get.
The show is returning to Joe’s Pub for Valentine’s Day and I can’t think of a better way to spend it. I’d get your tickets now — the house was absolutely sold out the night we went.