Charmin Ulltra, JC Cassis and Krystal Something-Something at Street Smart at Sugarland, 9.26.10 Photo: Eddie Pardovani

This past Sunday marked my triumphant return to Sugarland’s monthly show, Street Smart, after being away in August for Burning Man. Unfortunately, the organization of the show sort of unraveled at the last minute, but BacKspace and I pulled it together and kept the crowd entertained. I made some great new fans and had a great time performing as always. Shout out to the lovely Paul Irvine, who manages Sugarland and is the best tech person a performer could have.

I also FINALLY picked up a zebra print corset and silver sequin boots, so get ready for some fierce stage looks in the future!

JC Cassis with Molly Equality Dykeman at Muffins in the Window 9.16.10

After two hour-long shows on Tuesday and Wednesday, it was time to do my final set of the week at Muffins in the Window, a variety show I’d heard about from my friends in BacKspace. They said it was the most fun show they’d played in recent memory, so I decided to get in on the action. I showed up, and the venue was a children’s theater in the Children’s Aid Society, and I ended up warming up in a church preschool classroom. In my usual stage outfit. Wow. So that was funny.

I have to be honest that given the setting and the small audience, at first I wasn’t too excited about doing this show, but once again I learned that you have to just put those feelings aside and do the best show you can, because a weird setting and a small audience can really surprise you with how great they can be. It turned out that the other performers were all excellent, and when I did my set, it was super fun and people really loved it. After the show, I got a lot of new people on the email list and actually sold a lot of cds, which was great. Then the host of the show and some of the audience members and I went to a bar called the Stoned Crow, which had amazing atmosphere and incredible burgers and fries. It was a great time.

So last Monday I did my Make Music New York mini-tour of Brooklyn, hitting the insufferably hot Vox Pop at 1pm and the somehow less hot outdoor setup at Bread Stuy at 4pm. It was such a hot day that I decided to forgo wearing my usual wig, thinking that it would only make me pour sweat even more, to the point where it would be dangerous to be using electrical equipment. Somehow, though, I feel like I sweated more without a wig while performing at Vox Pop than I ever could have in Hell with a wig on. It was gross. Funny and ridiculous, but really gross, too. Also, I learned that a sleepy coffee shop at 1pm is not the most suitable place for me to perform my music. I just wanted to be part of Make Music New York, and I did get some new fans out of it, which is always the most important thing, but I think next year, if I can’t get a nighttime slot in an appropriate venue, I’m just gonna skip it.

The show at Bread Stuy was hilarious because it was at a simple DJ setup outside, so I was literally standing behind a table with a PA set up on it, just standing and singing my songs. People on the street generally seemed to enjoy it, except for this one old lady who came by and seemed to be unpleasantly surprised that there was loud music playing right next to her apartment. She was like “What’s going on here? When are you stopping?” Then she watched me disapprovingly for my next two songs. SO awkward. But again, I did make some new fans and sold a CD, so it was worth it.

I’m excited for my show tonight at Sugarland at 10:30pm, (221 North 9th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn), because that show always goes great and has a great audience that loves what I do. Also, bacKspace and Comandante Zero will be playing the show with me, so it’s gonna be a really solid lineup. After that I don’t really have any solid shows booked, although there are some things floating around in the ether for July and August, and I may well be performing at Burning Man in Nevada, which would be awesome. But without a lot of shows, I’m going to focus on online promotion and networking with industry contacts to write and sing with/for more people and try to get my songs licensed. I need to start making some real money and stronger contacts with this and really get things moving towards where I want them to be. Wish me luck and send me ideas!

Um, let me explain something to you. My show at Sugarland on Sunday night was Un. Be. Lievable. UNBELIEVABLE. SO GREAT! I did four songs and my delicious backup dancers, Krystal Something-Something and Charmin Ulltra were there to dance with me on Dance Dance Dance and Friday Night Forever again. When we did the first dance, to Dance Dance Dance, people were cheering so long and loud at the end that we just had to wait a long time until it got a little ridiculous before they would finally allow us to move on to Friday Night Forever. SO FUN.

I also happened to find a disco ball corset that I wore at the show which is amazing. Everyone at Sugarland was saying it’s the best look they’ve ever seen me put together, which I loved. Krystal Something-Something vehemently approved, and if that’s the case, I know I’ve done something right.

I love that what I do is starting to take root at Sugarland. That is such an amazing place for young, bold performers who really know who they are and what they’re doing. I’m so glad that I’m becoming a regular performer there. That’s a dream come true! And it’s such a great place to get hooked into the Brooklyn arts scene. There are so many people passing through there who are kind, friendly, really talented and so much fun.

My dear friend Elijah was in from out of town and caught the show along with his fabulous cousin Adam, and after the show the three of us got pizza, hung out on stoops and the sidewalk till 4am talking, and then, just when we were about to go home, we realized that instead, we should go watch the sun rise on the banks of the East River, so that’s what we did. Then we drove really fast over the bridge back to Manhattan while blasting awesome house music, and before I knew it, I had been out until 7am without even expecting to. That’s one of many reasons why I love Elijah.

It was a good, good night.