In September, I got the chance to see Brown Girls Burlesque at Joe's Pub in SoHo and the show was amazing.
Brown Girls Burlesque is a troupe of fabulous performers of color. Their purpose--giving shine to black and brown women--is important and their show was really wonderful. And it's always such a joy to see burlesque with good, live music. Ricky Gordon and his band played great blues and rhythm and blues.
Co-founder/goddess Chicava Honeychild started off the show in a purple outfit I loved. It was a good, raunchy bump and grind that was really classic.
She was followed by the author co-founder MissAuroraBoobrealis. I kinda got the feeling her performance referenced the 60s more than the 30s or 40s, with all the hair and less stylized dancing, which I loved. It's been my experience that the pasties and G-string portion of a burlesque act is significantly shorter than the tease part. But Miss Aurora really reveled in the nakedest part and spent a lot of time just kinda feeling the music while in her little drawers.
Miss Alotta Boutté (I Googled it and Boutte is actually a family name. She was meant for burlesque, obvs) is more than a stripper. Her first act blew away the entire audience with her rendition of "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)". And then in the second act, she came back and did a helluva strip.
Dirty Honey Shake also incorporate some incredible tap by Calvin Booker and a little comedy/emceeing from Mike Brown.
I can't wait for BGB's next show. But if you're in the Washington, D.C. area, you don't have to wait at all! The ladies will be performing there this weekend and have upcoming shows in Philadelphia as well. Check out their events on their website.
See more fabulous photos of these ladies (click to enlarge).