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!
So the first time I taped my round 1 performance for Break’N Through, the organizers weren’t happy with how the tapes came out for all the pop acts, so they invited each pop act to come back and tape their performance again to open up another genre’s night. I was invited back to perform on the rock night, and it was tons of fun, just like last time. I’m glad I got a second shot at it, because I think I did better this time with the dance moves. Hopefully the tape turned out great, and it will be up soon so I can share it with y’all!
I also did a really funny post-show interview with Charmin Ulltra lying on my lap the whole time, so I can’t wait to see that tape either!
After the show, we got some funny comments. A lot of people said they loved us and they were so happy we did “Show Me Love,” because, 20 years after it came out, it is STILL such a beloved song for so many. As I passed by some dude in the crowd, he was like, “Nice job, BOYS!” Haha. It’s so funny to me that people always think I’m a guy when I’m dressed up. I guess that’s what happens when you surround yourself with drag queens and dress like they do. It’s also funny that people think this would be upsetting for me. It’s just silly and funny. Some other guy was like “Thanks for not sucking like everyone else usually does!” Haha. Can we say “Jaded music industry person?” But I agree.
So back on May 22nd, I performed with Krystal Something-Something and Charmin Ulltra at the Dance Parade in Tompkins Square Park. It was super fun. I put up the video recently, but it was really grainy since I uploaded it directly from iMovie, and I was really upset that I had this super sharp film of the event and didn’t know how to get it to look nice on YouTube. Then my lovely pal, Matt Adams, who is an internet video guru, clued me into some steps I needed to take to get video out of iMovie looking good. You can’t upload directly from iMovie to YouTube and have it look good, as far as I know. You have to export using QuickTime and change the video settings, save the file, and then upload it through YouTube by going there and clicking “upload” and taking the file from your hard drive. I did that and now you can finally see the videos looking almost as good as they do on my computer! Thanks again, Matt Adams!
So over the last many days, Krystal Something-Something, Charmin Ulltra and I worked on making a dance to Robin S.’ 90’s masterwork, “Show Me Love.” We only rehearsed together twice, but I was running through that routine on the subway cars, on the platform, on the street, in my mind, everywhere! This was in preparation for our performance at the first round of Break’N Through, an awesome unsigned artist showcase I recently got into. We taped interviews for the showcase on Sunday, which was super fun, and then, on Wednesday, it was time to do the show. It was one of my longest days ever, but also one of the most fun!
Things began at 12 noon for sound check at Red Bull Space, where I chatted with the other artists in the show until it was time to sound check my set. We ran through “Show Me Love” and “Dance Dance Dance” and the other artists loved it, which was so cool to see. It was another reminder that absolutely every single time you get on stage should be treated like your biggest show ever, because that was the only time the other artists really got to watch my whole set. After run through, the boys and I went out for lunch in SoHo, and we ended up sitting a few tables away from Moby, who I probably see like once every two months in New York. He’s ALWAYS out and about in the city, and I must say I love that about him. No entourage, no sunglasses, no bs. Just Moby, hangin’ out in New York, alllllllllll the time. It was Krystal and Charmin’s first Moby sighting, so they were excited. It was just another awesome part of an awesome day. After lunch, we returned to Red Bull Space to start getting ready, and once the boys were in full makeup and costume, we started taping pre-show footage and interviews, which was super fun. When the audience came in, we went downstairs to mingle, have our picture taken over and over, and walk the red carpet, which was SO much fun. We met lots of awesome people, and before we knew it, it was time to go on.
We got up on stage, and as soon as the first note of “Show Me Love” hit, the crowd was totally on our side. I heard the sounds of recognition and excitement as we started dancing to that infamous synth line, and I was so excited along with everyone else in the room, because that really is the best song ever, and everybody knows it. The crowd also LOVED when we did our little Stephanie Tanner from Full House dance move, which I specifically requested we do, since “Show Me Love” is such a 90’s song, and that’s such a 90’s dance. It was amazing. People literally laughed out loud when we busted that out. It was perfect. Then we did “Dance Dance Dance,” which always goes over well, and before we knew it, it was all over! Then we were whisked away for a post-show interview, more pictures, more schmoozing, and more fun. The people who had come to see me were blown away and kept telling me that everyone kept saying that we were their favorite act. So awesome!
As soon as it’s time for you guys to help me win round 1 by watching the video of my performance as much as possible on YouTube, I’ll let you know!!
Sunday’s show, at Sugarland’s monthly event Street Smart, was so fun! I got to do my dances with my lovely dancers, Krystal Something-Something and Charmin Ulltra, again, and we got some fab pics from Kamila Latala and some vids from Edgardo Parada, which should be on the internet soon!
Street Smart is so awesome, and sometimes it’s hard to get a crowd there late on a Sunday night, which is when it always takes place, so I’m going to make it my business to pack the place out for next time, on July 25th. The show deserves a bigger audience, but we’re going to have to let people know about it and target the people who’d be able to stay up late. Hopefully if we really work our tails off next time we’ll have a full house!