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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