The Cabaret Explosion
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The Cabaret Explosion: A Zen tone review
Its Saturday June 28th, 2003.
"Lee " I says to my friend, " Lee, do you have any problem wearing a Fez?"
His response to the irresistible invitation is "I am torn. I think the Oriental Order
of Humility and Perfection is quite appropriate."
This should establish the Tone we experienced for the evening.
I come down from Running Springs and pick up Lee the at the Redlands train
station. Ive been jamming out to polka, Polvo, and a Jenny Toomey lounge
attack the whole ride. One must always prepare when wanting to be entertained.
Ive been waiting to see this show since November of last year, ever since Annie
Knight and Tina Bold came up with the idea of a benefit.
We roll up about 7:20pm at the Coffee Depot. Some of the first folks on the
scene are showing up. Lee and I check in with the ticket issue and a cup of Joe.
We get marked on our wristbands as #1 and #2. Guess that Fez may have paid
off, but ultimately these people know how to treat you right. I take two steps
for the coffee, turn, and there is Buzzsaw, sitting there reading the Barber of
Seville and The Augustan Histories. It would be impossible to follow the
story from here, so Ill get to the specifics
9:30-45pm This gig was packed. Making it to the bathroom was an effort.
It would be extremely difficult to cram in anything more than a circus midget
with a pack of smokes. The vibe was building, and even the words chimed
through the air of the customers, " this is going be a hip show "
And lo, it was
Here are some highlights:
Intro: An introduction by Lisa Parker (LP) for step -up recovery explaining
where your money goes and why. This was critical. I don't like to be jerked
around. This was a DAMN GOOD CAUSE and I found the people to be
Alison Summer ' Mistress of Ceremonies ' and Pepper La Rue:
Lets face it folks, these ladies could make an old man sweat,
and a weaker man weaker. I thought these two ladies were naturals
and comfortable with themselves. They set the pace for the show,
sexy and in control. Their enthusiasm on stage for the BBQ Kings
was note worthy. I look forward to seeing Ms. Sumners Art.
Renae Bryant I havent seen Renae since the Barn and Harry Cs
scene. It was great to hear her espousing the importance of African
-American influence in Music. The two songs performed were
At Last by Etta James and Hound dog by Big Mama Thorton.
Although the set of these songs were a little rough on the bass
players part, I thought it took balls to just get up there and do it.
Not only punk rock for as rough as it was, I really want to hear
Renae sing some Charlene Arthur. Shes still got it.
The Bellrays These guys are already at the top. Been around as
long as I can remember the scene. Do you have to make tons of
cash to be taken seriously? The answer for the Bellrays is No.
As long as you have respect for your craft, everyone will know
youre not fooling with them. Bob and Lisa were one of the
highlights of the show. I hope they do more acoustic work.
More soul than you might squeeze out of a James Brown
Instrumental album. They have laid claim as one of the IEs best.
Jackie Joyce I dont get a chance to catch much spoken word
sets these days but I liked this one. Jackie has a sense of humor
and a wit to go with it. My favorite passage was Post Nuclear
Carnival All I can say is did you grow up in the Reagan
Years? I remember Nuclear drills in the 80s. Well done
Buzzsaw If you ever run into this guy, it is possible to cover
Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Setoneous The
Twelve Caesars, Tacitus, and a variety of other relevant greats all in
the time span of about 10 minutes. From the Fleur de Lis to Munchies,
you still need a head on your shoulders to get this guy. Brain candy
comedy for those in the higher planes of existence. Good to see a
Shrimper artist alive and kicking, especially on this stage.
Annie Knight A spoken word tribute to Gypsy Rose
Well Gypsy Rose was a hottie, lets face facts here. I want to start a
Annie Knight Appreciation Society after that show. Not only one of
the organizers, but a person who is willing to do what she may ask of
others. Thats important for a promoter if you want something done
right and with some class. A person willing to bare it all
UCR Swing Club - Swing is American History. It is relevant.
This was such a small stage for performers, but they did their best.
And when the CD skipped and they lost their rhythm what did they
do? Wiped the sweat from their brows and kept trucking.
BBQ Kings Never have seen these guys till now. Just two words:
KICK ASS. Obviously seasoned and experienced rockers. If Hasil
Adkins had a Revival, these guys motto would be No more hot dogs
for you baby, gonna put your head up on my wall
Erinn Washburn - an act where Nina Simone was evoked, and a tight ass
lounge version of The good ship lollipop. Erinn had a solid presence.
I very much enjoyed this angle and must say it was one of my favorite
parts of the show. She knows how to work an audience with the slightest
Jamey Anderson & the Cheerleaders were sweet. Also Ketyna Dees
With her models fashion show was a hoot as well.
All those involved made the show something above and beyond.
For a first time run with this show, one would have to be blind not to see
its potential. The acts were wonderful, sexy, and educational.
This show had vaudevillian history, spoken word, solid music, song and
dance, humor, and something quite special. Gravity.
Tina Bold and Annie Knight have an intense gravity that pulls
the right people towards them for the right reasons. When
enough people are drawn towards you for a respectable cause,
chances are the talents those people posses will fuse into
something greater than the sum of their parts. Being able
to recognize that a local artistic scene can come together
and develop a framework by which good things can come
about, well, that is about as good as it gets.
The Institute for Silent Activity
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