Start the long weekend off with Rock’n’Roll Burlesque this Friday

Coco Cinders performs with Blue Morris & band Photo Credit: Greg McKinnon

Coco Cinders performs with Blue Morris & band Photo Credit: Greg McKinnon

For a evening full of tassles, teases and Rolling Stones head to North Main Street’s Electric Owl this Friday. Local guitar hero and burlesque aficionado Blue Morris teams up with a quintette of burlesque birds for a night of live music, sparkle and shake.

On the second Friday of every month Vancouver-based guitar player and teacher Blue Morris takes the stage alongside a fine set of felines known for shaking what their momma gave them to present Rock’n’Roll Burlesque at the Electric Owl.

No stranger to organizing burlesque-bonanzas Morris is stoked about the prospect of creating a sweet orchestra of rock’n’roll moves and music under one roof.

“We were overwhelmed with the response to our previous shows: Motown, Beatles, and Dirty Dancing Burlesque,” said Morris. “Now I can’t wait to play Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and The White Stripes.”

This Friday’s show features the talents of performers of April O’Peel, Lola Frost, Coco Cinders, Connie Cahoots and Dolly Dynamite. The gals are stoked to be dancing alongside humans playing instruments instead of an iPod, according to troupe leader Cahoots.

“As a burlesque performer, having a live band brings a great energy to burlesque,” says Cahoots. “This band knows how to rock. It’s unfortunate that it’s now somewhat rare to have live music with burlesque.”

Morris is leading a bit of a renaissance when it comes to pairing burlesque dancers with live music. When the art form crossed over from Europe in the 1860s it was quite common for a burlesque show to accompany other live elements such as vaudeville, political satire, orchestras and other variety acts. More than 150 years later, Morris is promoting this natural pairing of live music and female assets across North America, once again.

A key player in Vancouver’s burlesque scene, Morris sits on the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival’s board and has played burlesque shows everywhere from Las Vegas to Chicago to Maple Ridge.

Doors open for Rock’n’Roll Burlesque at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

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  1. Check out Cabaret Torlage every Saturday night at the Penthouse Nightclub. New York meets Vegas in Vancouver. 7PM doors/7:30 show. Purchase your tickets online for a discounted rate

    Cabaret Torlage is a visual experience that combines theatre, dance, song & burlesque. Imagine your all time favourite songs from classic standards to classic rock, brought to life. Created by New York dancer/choreographer and former owner of Vancouver’s only Cabaret Restaurant & Lounge: Maxine’s Hideaway.

    Along with our regularly changing Saturday night show, we just wrapped up a hugely successful run of our newest, most risque show “THIS is Halloween” which played at the Penthouse, Roxy and Fanclub. Cabaret Torlage performers are Vancouver’s hottest singers and dancers are hand picked by director Leigh Torlage. You can catch these triple threat performers in various film & TV shows, live stage shows (recently Hedwig & the Angry Inch) and of course onstage with Cabaret Torlage.

    Up next, our holiday themed show starting in December: “The Perfect Christmas Night”.