JC Cassis performing at Sugarland, 6.27.10 Photo Credit: Kamila Latala
JC Cassis performing at Sugarland with Krystal Something-Something and Charmin Ulltra, 6.27.10 Photo Credit: Kamila Latala
JC Cassis performing at Sugarland with Krystal Something-Something and Charmin Ulltra, 6.27.10 Photo Credit: Kamila Latala
JC Cassis performing at Sugarland with Krystal Something-Something and Charmin Ulltra, 6.27.10 Photo Credit: Kamila Latala
JC Cassis performing at Sugarland with Krystal Something-Something and Charmin Ulltra, 6.27.10 Photo Credit: Kamila Latala

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!

I had no idea this was being filmed, though I guess I should have known. On June 12, my best bud Elijah and I went to see one of the most exciting acts we could ever see live, Crystal Waters, at Sugarland. because she is the singer behind some of our ALL TIME favorite club tunes, one of which is “Gypsy Woman”!!!!!! WHICH SHE PERFORMED LIVE 1 FOOT FROM OUR FACES!!!!!!! So I had to post these videos. You’ll see me front and center with Elijah right next to me as we dance and sing along. BEST NIGHT EVER!!!!! Listen to how loud and in love the crowd is! I’d never seen anything like it!!! People really do remember their favorite songs and the artists who sang them forever and ever. That’s why I gotta get my stuff out there even more!!!

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.

JC Cassis at Sugarland 5/8/10 Photo Credit: Donavon Lowe
JC Cassis at Sugarland 5/8/10 Photo Credit: Donavon Lowe

The show at Sugarland’s SHOPAHOLIC event on 5/8/10 was quite fun and interesting. First of all, it was at 6pm so it was in broad daylight, since Sugarland has a skylight right over the stage. I am not used to performing in an indoor, sunlit setting. That was funny. The other thing that was funny was that there were like 10 people there, but they were all really attentive and into my show. The best thing about it was that bacKspace was there, and Krystal Something-Something and Charmin Ulltra danced impromptu backup for me. I loooooooooooooooooooooove those boys!! And even though everything’s a total blur in terms of what has happened in May thus far, I think that’s what caused me to ask them to dance backup for me for the Dance Parade show, which they did, and which was incredible. So. Everything happens for a reason and you gots to get out there and do them shows no matter what time they’re at and how much light is shining on you!