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But I digress, Blue has been responsible for bringing the element of live music to vibrant burlesque shows as well as his own monthly productions of Dirty Dancing Burlesque, Motown Burlesque, Beatles Burlesque and Rock & Roll Burlesque.
I’ve enjoyed one hour versions of the Motown Burlesque and the Beatles Burlesque at the past two Vancouver International Burlesque Festivals. This really gave me an appreciation for what a difference having live music for performances makes. It also shows off the versatility and talent of the singing Vancouver burlesque community.
When I met Raven Virginia of Calgary’s Garter School Girls at the last May at the VIBF, we talked about performing in musical theatre. So when she met up with Blue, she knew that she definitely had to be part of his upcoming musical burlesque shows.
And that time is now..
Here’s the press blurb:
Calgary’s burlesque stars to shimmy and shake Vancouver
Two of Calgary’s best burlesque stars, Raven Virginia and Miyuki Divine will be rocking the burlesque stage at the Electric Owl Friday July 12th at Blue Morris’ Rock and Roll Burlesque show.
“It’s especially exciting to have the opportunity to perform with Blue’s live band” says Raven Virginia, who runs the Garter Girls School of Burlesque in Calgary. Having met Blue Morris at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival a couple years back, they have been talking for some time about joining forces for a show in Vancouver.
Miyuki Divine has been an avid burlesque performer since 2006 and is a permanent member of Calgary’s Garter Girls Burly-Q Revue. Both Raven Virginia and Miyuki Divine recently performed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, perhaps the most prestigious burlesque event in the world.
For their Vancouver show, they will be performing to some classic rock songs, including songs by James Brown, The Jackson 5, The Police, and Heart – all performed live by Blue Morris’ band.
“A lot of burlesque today is very pretty and gentle,” says Morris. “We’re creating a show that channels the bad-ass attitude of rock from Chuck Berry to Jack White with burlesque by some of Vancouver’s biggest names. We’re bringing a ‘Whole Lotta Love’ to the burlesque stage.”
Choreography for groups acts in the shows is created by Connie Cahoots, a burlesque performer with ten-years’ experience on the stage. “One of the things I love about Blue’s shows is the sense of nostalgia it gives people,” says Cahoots. “Every song Blue selects is something you love, or forgot you loved. You feel like you are transported to a different place. A place of excitement and beauty.”
The show takes place at the Electric Owl (928 Main Street) on Friday July 12th. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8:30pm.
Contact: Blue Morris, 604-730-1066, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: July 12th, show at 8.30
Venue: Electric Owl (926 Main St.)
Press photo: http://www.bluemorris.com/images/rockbq-raven-virginia.jpg
More info: http://www.bluemorris.com
About Blue Morris
Blue Morris is a guitar player and burlesque producer. He is the President of the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Blue has been a major force in bringing live music back to burlesque in Vancouver. He has made it his goal to bring back that raw, live element to burlesque today.