Blue Velvet Burlesque Revue’s “Mondo Exotica” in photos.
There’s been something unusual happening in the subterranean depths of Highway 99 Blues Club since last summer. Fuchsia FoXXX, The Shanghai Pearl, and Inga Ingénue have been appearing at the southern-style juke joint as The Blue Velvet Burlesque Revue paired with a live band. With these shows, the burlesque stars and co-producers Ed Maloney and Jen Cinquemani strive for the improvisational chemistry that’s naturally occurring when burlesque meets live music. The venue, dating back to 1909, has a long history with blues and rockabilly; so far the response to an infusion of burlesque has been extremely positive.
Blue Velvet shows have been selectively scheduled so far- the first was in July, the second followed in October (the dancers also appeared at October’s SAM Remix), and the third official show, Mondo Exotica, took place last weekend. Although it was bitterly cold outside, the ladies warmed things up with an exotic island feel. Inga was attacked by an amorous tropical-sized insect, the impossibly flexible Fuchsia made “Kokomo” sexy, and Shanghai executed a masterful hands-free garter belt removal… by simply leaning a delicate hip on her trusty chaise lounge.
Paul O’Connell of POC Photo captured these shots:
For more information on Blue Velvet’s upcoming shows, please visit www.bluevelvetburlesque.com.