“The blues and the jazz are … original, American music. And that’s what the burlesque entertainers used.” – Dixie Evans (1926 – 2013), “The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque”, founder of the Miss Exotic World pageant, and the godmother of the burlesque revival.
Washington, DC burlesque performer and producer Cherie Sweetbottom is proud to present House of Sweetbottom, featuring two sets of live blues from DC bluesman, singer, and songwriter Jonny Grave and two sets of burlesque performances from Valentine Candy Burlesque producer Candy del Rio, Naked Girls Reading DC producer Cherokee Rose, Chocolate Lounge: A Performers of Color Revue producer GiGi Holliday, and Ms. Sweetbottom herself.
Ms. Sweetbottom pays homage to the roots of burlesque and its undeniable connection to the blues. “Blues and burlesque are a classic combination,” Ms. Sweetbottom says. “You really can’t beat the blues when it comes to finding the right music for a sultry, smoky bump-and-grind burlesque number.” This is the first iteration of what Sweetbottom plans to be a quarterly show.
“The Black Cat backstage is perfect for the mood I want to create—it’s a small, intimate space, where the performers can see the audience and the audience can see the performers seeing them. Outside of that room, anything could be happening. But while people are in the House of Sweetbottom, I want them to feel welcome, relaxed, and most of all, entertained.” Step inside the House of Sweetbottom and leave your troubles at the door. Let yourself be transported by new arrangements of older blues tunes and deeply rooted originals from Jonny Grave and classic burlesque from some of DC’s finest stripteasers Candy del Rio, Cherokee Rose, GiGi Holliday, and Cherie Sweetbottom.
Purchase tickets here for the 8:45 PM on March 7th.
Purchase tickets here for the 11:00 PM show on March 7th.
at The Black Cat – 1811 14th St. NW, in Washington, DC