Bad Girls of Burlesque
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
House of Blues (225 Decatur St.)
General Admission, standing room. Limited reserved balcony seating at an additional cost. No flash photography allowed during show.
|DR. SICK (New Orleans, LA) is a man of many words, hats, talents, and names. Known far and wide as “FiddleKiller,” he is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, playing violin (and all other strings), guitar, piano, drums, harmonica, brass, and homemade instruments, to name a few. All this, and a powerful baritone singer and comic song writer. He honed his theater skills while performing for 3 years in the Asylum Street Spankers (Austin, TX). He then took a new direction towards circus and burlesque, co-founding the Carousel Cabaret (Austin, TX) and traveling as musical director with the 999 EYES Freakshow. You can also see him performing around the U.S. with GoGo McGregor in their Circus/Vaudeville/SideShow/Burlesque duet, The VagaBandits.|
|RAQUEL REED (New York, NY) Raquel Reed has been performing burlesque for only 2 years, but in that short amount of time has already performed in Singapore, Canada, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. She has performed at various casinos, tattoo conventions, and performs weekly in New York City; at renowned places such as Duane Park, The Slipper Room, and The Metropolitan Room. This red-headed disobedient bad girl will get you off your seat, or she’ll cut you!
|MISS DONNA HOOD (Los Angeles, CA) started performing at the ripe age of 4. Training in all styles of dance and performing with artist such as Usher, Neyo, Skrillex, Snoop Dogg, and Kaskade, she is no stranger to the stage. Donna moved from Houston, TX to Los Angeles, CA in the summer of 2010 and immediately started performing. One of her first bookings was a spot performing in the touring burlesque show “Strip Strip Hooray!” with Dita Von Teese. Working alongside one of the biggest names in burlesque history inspired Donna to create her own acts and start performing them as much as possible. Donna now produces the popular burlesque show “TEASE, if you please!” now showcasing in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.|
|DANGRRR DOLL (NY, NY) The Twisted Beauty of Burlesque, Dangrrr Doll is a multi-award winning performance artist known for her stunning costumes and unique interpretation of burlesque. Hailed as “high concept” and “defiantly weird” by Burlesque Beat, Dangrrr brings classic beauty combined with pop culture savvy and a dose of heavy metal to the stage. This NYC-based bombshell is also the co-producer of RAWR! Burlesque and Nerdlesque Festival.|
|EVA STRANGELOVE & JUSTIN F CREDIBLE (Austin, TX/New Zealand) Just two short years ago, these two star-crossed burlesque dancers meet at a show on a cold November night in Austin Tx. Each one a superstar already in their own rights, the very first words ever exchanged between the two were, “you and me, we could do great things together.” The rest is burlesque history.|
|NINA LA VOIX (Brooklyn, NY) formerly known as Cherry La Voix, is Brooklyn based dance-your-face-off bump-n-grind hip-hop pin-up stage strumpet. Her contagious energy and ceaseless drive has led her to become the ultimate Renaissance woman both on and off the stage. Jersey born and Ohio grown, Nina La Voix received a degree in dance from Otterbein University, where she trained in ballet, breakdancing, and everything in between. She has since performed in multiple burlesque festivals nationwide, including the Windy City Burlesque Festival (2012,2014), Fierce! International Queer Burlesque Festival (2013), and The Great Burlesque Exposition (2013, 2014) in Boston, where she recently took home the title for best Soloist. She lends her production talents to curing a show all about #WhatDatBootyDo. Nina is also a co-producer and host of one of the longest weekly burlesque shows in New York City, Shaken and Stirred. When not lending her talents to the burlesque community, you can find her using her certifications in audio engineering and fitness training.|
|ELLE DORADO & ATHENA (New Orleans, LA) are members of the monthly Bad Girls of Burlesque and Bustout Burlesque shows at House of Blues New Orleans. Elle Dorado is a nationally and internationally ranked competitive figure skater. She has been trained in the art and discipline of many forms of dance, and incorporates them into her respective routines. She performed at the 5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival, and last November she headlined the 1st Annual Iowa Burlesque Festival. In April 2014, Elle won 1st Runner Up in the Miss Viva Las Vegas competition at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Athena has performed with Bustout Burlesque since early 2006. She has appeared on the MTV productions My Super Sweet Sixteen, O Music Awards, and MTV’s MADE. She also appeared in in an episode of HBO’s Treme. In 2012 and 2013, Athena performed with Bustout Burlesque at Viva Las Vegas at The Orleans Hotel & Casino.|
|XO SISTERS (Stockholm, SWEDEN) They met years ago as members of Sweden´s awesome troupe Blackbird Burlesque Cabaret. Their love of all that´s fun and crazy in the burlesque scene convinced Pepper and Grandma to go totally nuts and this is a duo that is like nothing you have seen before!!! They combine live singing, humor and sizzling moves. We promise that you will fall out of your seats!
|GOGO MCGREGOR (New Orleans, LA) the “Pain Proof Princess of Burlesque” has been traveling and performing all over the country for the past seven years. She’s known nationally for her gorgeous feather fan dancing, as well as her death defying bed of nails act! She has toured the country with such acts as The 999 Eyes Freakshow & Sideshow (Austin), Beggars Carnivale (St. Louis), The Show Me Burlesque Tour, and her most recent project The VagaBandits (New Orleans). GoGo mixes the class of old Burlesque with the fun and excitement of the Circus & Sideshow. She’s won such awards as “Best Burlesque Performance” St. Louis 2010 River Front Times, was named champion of the national Shimmy Showdown 2010 and voted #32 in “Top 50 Burlesque Performers in the World” 2011 (21st Century Burlesque). Besides Burlesque and Sideshow, GoGo is also a stunning emcee, pin up model, Vaudevillian and seamstress.|
|PEPPER POTEMKIN (Stockholm, SWEDEN) is a hard-working professional burlesque tigress that loves to perform, travel, and meet other performers and producers around the globe. Her repertoire consists of classic burlesque, singing, rock burlesque, modeling, acting, as well as being a show producer. Pepper is a flexible performer and can do any number of variations on themes and shows. She’s just as happy in front of 3,000 people in an arena, as in front of 30 people in a bar. She is the permanent member of the Swedish band, The Catastrophe Orchestra, and the troupe Blackbird Burlesque Cabaret.|
|ARIEL HELVETICA (Vancouver, BC, CANADA) Debuting at Kitty Nights West in 2010, Ariel instantly stamped her unique font on the Vancouver burlesque scene. A born dancer – first as an accomplished ballerina, then Can-Canning in France, then high-kicking professionally on cruise ships around world – Ms. Helvetica’s resume reads longer than her hypnotically long gams. But Ariel’s energy and penchant for spice and sin saw her trade her toe shoes for bigger (and higher) kicks. Finally, after attending Burgundy Brixx’s School of Tease, Ariel Helvetica was born. When this kinky kicker isn’t wowing audiences across the city and beyond, she’s honing the next batch of talent at the Vancouver Burlesque Centre. Ariel loves sharing her passion with her students, except when she’s wielding her bullwhip – then she really loves it.|
|RAVEN VIRGINIA (Calgary, Alberta, CANADA) began her burlesque journey in 2010. She has performed for the wildly popular Mexican wrestling and burlesque mash up show, Lucha VaVoom (’12, ’13), The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival (’12, ’13), Angie Pontani’s Burlesque-A-Pades (’11,’13), and The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend (’13). Raven is also a professional stage actor and has appeared in major theatres across Canada including The Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre, and Vertigo Theatre. She performs monthly with the Garter Girls in Calgary and organizes the Garter Girls School of Burlesque sessions.|