The burlesque events held at The Musician and run by Talulah Blue, were some of the first local burlesque shows that I went along to. With two shows held in the year, one around Valentines day and then one towards the end of the year to celebrate the New Year, they were always well attended and really fun to go along to.
This event would be the tenth anniversary of these shows, and while it would be a celebration for 10 years of burlesque shows, it would also be a farewell to Talulah Blue, who was stepping down from hosting duties after this one. She will hopefully still help out and have some role in keeping burlesque shows at The Musician, but after 10 years of hosting the shows, she’s taking a step back from it.
The format of these shows has been pretty similar as long as I have been going along to them, with either two or three performers and a live band. The burlesque / cabaret split into two acts, and the band on stage, before, in between acts, and then again to finish off the night. For this David Bowie themed show, the performers were Pearl Grey and Talulah Blue, with music coming from The Serious Moonlights.
I didn’t know if I was going to be able to make it to this event as it was on a day that I was working and then back at work the next day. But with this being Talulah Blues last show here, I had to make the effort and go along, even if that would mean me being really tired at work the following day. With me working on the day, I couldn’t get to the venue early so had to see if there was anywhere to sit when I arrived later on. I managed to get somewhere to sit down at the side of the stage, and then moved to pretty much sitting on the floor to take photos of the performers on stage.
Compere for the evening, Alex De Sade took to the stage, introduced the band, and this evening’s entertainment was underway. With the event having a Davie Bowie theme, if I remember correctly, all of the songs by the band were Bowie songs, but with a few of them being lesser known tracks, I could be mistaken. Kicking off the show with some great music which was appreciated by the sold out crowd, the band made their way off stage, to return later, but now it was time for the first performer of the night.
Talulah Blue took to the stage with David Bowie themed makeup and did a hoop routine, starting off with one hoop before ending up with with maybe 7, I lost count. There was then a routine with a couple of light up hoops. I’m not going to go too much into the actual routines, you should be able to see from the photos what they were like and I’d advise anyone reading this to go along to a burlesque show and see the routines for themselves. There’s only so much words and photos can do, you really need to go out and see them with your own eyes.
Up next we had Pearl Grey. I hadn’t seen her perform before so I was excited to see what type of acts she would be bringing to this event, and her first act of the night was a Queen Elizabeth inspired act.
The band came back on to entertain the crowd, and before we continued on with the burlesque, there were a few people involved with these event who either had birthdays recently or were just coming up, so they were brought up onto the stage and presented with a cake while everyone sang happy birthday to them.
The second part of the show went in the same way as the first, only with the acts order swapped round, so Pearl Grey was up first, with Talulah Blue finishing the evenings burlesque with a wonderful LED wings performance, which while quite difficult to photograph, was a real joy to watch.
Back on stage, the band played a few more songs to finish off the event.
I have really enjoyed each and every one of these shows that I’ve been to, I hope they can continue in some form or another, even if Talulah Blue is stepping away from it. With 10 years of shows, she deserves a break from it and I wish her all the best in her other ventures away from this, I’m sure I’ll be seeing her perform again before too long.