Halloween Is Tomorrow! Cabaret Macabre is Tomorrow!

CabaretMacabre2015_Poster_v01bAhhhh. The rain has returned. The leaves are dying all around. The clouds loom overhead. Must be our favorite time of year again. That’s right kiddies, Halloween is tomorrow and you know what that means! It’s time once again for our annual Halloween hoedown Cabaret Macabre.

Seems like every year the excitement is upped a bit and this year is no exception. Tickets sales are surpassing all year’s past, we’re getting mentions in the Seattle PI and The Sunbreak. Halloweeners from the south end and beyond are strengthening their livers and compiling gruesome costumery as we speak.

It’s a great lineup this year with many newcomers performing for the first time. Breaking their macabre cherry as it were. Super excited to have the Balkan powerhouse that is Bucharest Drinking Team, who will take the stage at 10pm. Sinner Saint Burlesque will tantalize audiences with their sultry shenanigans between bands and we’re excited for the ragtime sounds of the Jug Banditos, who will be opening the night at 8:30pm. Not only that, our dear friends The Mongrel Jews will be performing a set on the sidewalk and in the Bourbon Bar before doors even open. That’s right! Get there around 7:30pm and catch them. They’ll also be joining The Bad Things on stage as part of The Bad Things’

Bad Things circa 2007 at the 4th Annual Cabaret Macabre at Jules Maes Saloon in Georgetown.

Bad Things circa 2007 at the 4th Annual Cabaret Macabre at Jules Maes Saloon in Georgetown.

Cut-throat Cabaret Choir, which will also include members of Bakelite 78, The Debaucherauntes and Bat Country (RIP).

Baby Gramps will be back for his twelfth year and is bringing accordionist Stevhen Koji Baianu with him. Bad Things fans may know him for his work with his project The Dolomites, as well as stints with Gogol Bordello and Balkan Beat Box, to name a few. Sounds like Gramps is bringing a whole crew of freaks up from Portland, so be sure to catch his set at 9:15pm.

And then, at 11pm, The Bad Things will hit the stage for a long set of our more macabre numbers. We’ll be sadly missing Stanislav the Gypsy this year but I imagine you’ll be able to spot him around the neighborhood. Special guests will appear throughout the night, as well as our Choir, which I mentioned earlier.

Also, let’s not forget the “bitch in charge,” your host for the last several Cabaret Macabre instalments. She always gets the drunken audience all riled up for us and it wouldn’t be the same with out her. Buy her a drink when you see her. Ladies and gentlemen, Diva Le Deviant!

We’ll also be selling a limited-edition commemorative t-shirt at the show and over half have been claimed already, so get to the merch table and pick up one before your size is gone. They’re $20 or $23 for a t-shirt/poster combo (while supplies last). Cash only please.

As I said earlier, excitement has been a little more intense this year and ticket sales are already surpassing the last couple years. I think there will be tickets at the door but can’t guarantee it, so pick yours up here before they’re all gone. Today is traditionally our biggest day of ticket sales.

Get A Limited Edition Cabaret Macabre T-Shirt With Your Ticket Purchase!

WtfC1TNOE-z-Y6pstuswm2-00xSgCkdS4Xu2wQSybhQAFe5tIOQT-P7pnqA0VHiWsJPb798MdkvphBmYSC6H5-SzoVNPMY6_hkMKo-n51Xlw1iHJBg-4Ny0yVUawrUJg6uLJPXqZXEtyM1NtdORS3_qqxEMs6ZPrQZG0WTl9nPFZ3Aw2vMEpjBwNzhsSjmcvxg2OZjld-UPo4mf4zoPrHmop3z6DXfM2MThat’s right friends. We’re offering this amazing, limited edition t-shirt designed by Robert ‘Nix’ Nixon and a show poster with your purchase of a Cabaret Macabre ticket. For just $40, you get into the best show of the year, get an extremely limited edition t-shirt (less than 30 will be made) and the amazing poster to remember this night by. What more can you ask for.

Just specify your shirt size when prompted during the ticket purchase process and we’ll have it waiting for you at our merch table the night of the show. Better get them quick ’cause they won’t last long.

You can get tickets here: http://cabmac2015.bpt.me

Lineup Announced for the 12th Annual Cabaret Macabre!

Cabaret Macabre LogoThat’s right kiddies. The Bad Things return to the Columbia City Theater for their annual Halloween bacchanal, Cabaret Macabre, celebrating its 12th anniversary.

This year’s lineup is set to be a humdinger, with Baby Gramps returning for his annual appearance, Balkan misfits Bucharest Drinking Team bringing their bombastic take on Eastern European party music, the gin-soaked rag-blues of The Jug Banditos and interspersed throughout the evening, burlesque and dance performance from Sinner Saint Burlesque and Miss J9 Fierce, co-producer of Cabaret Macabre. Diva Le Deviant returns as our host and closing out the night, will be your own Bad Things.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, September 1st at 10am at Brown Paper Tickets, unless of course you were lucky enough to attend in the past or are on The Bad Things mailing list. If that’s you, check your inbox for a special fan club pre-sale. The rest of you hang tight and get them tickets quick before they’re gone on September 1st!

Still need some convincing? Here’s us performing with J9 Fierce last year:

We’re Baaaacckkk!

Big-Al-BrewingYep, that’s right. 4/6ths of The Bad Things will be making an appearance in Seattle on Saturday, July 11th for our annual summer show at Big Al Brewing in the White Center neighborhood. This show has always been an opportunity for us to play to family and friends. The shows always have a great laid-back feel to them and we bump our favorite early reggae/ska cuts between sets, so it really gets the outdoor dancehall feeling going.

The show is all ages and free and there’s plenty to drink for those that need to imbibe. Also tons of great food in White Center. Why not wander around and grab some great local grub, a great local beer and enjoy your favorite local band, The Bad Things?

Valentine’s Day Massacre At The Narwahl

In a joint effort, Tacoma-based literary site Creative Colloquy and the Nearsighted
Narwhal, a store whose sole focus is the myriad forms of DIY culture, will be releasing a compilation album featuring the one and only Bad Things. Entitled Valentine’s Day Massacre at the Narwhal, it’s a collection of short crime noir stories (mostly locally written) and music put together in homage to the radio shows of the 1930’s.

The album will feature the works of writers: L. Lisa Lawrence (South Sound Magazine), Jack Cameron (Tacoma Stories), Christian Carvajal (The Weekly Volcano), Jenni Prange Boran (Blue Bunny), Gregory Knight Miskin, William Turbyfill (Literally Tacoma), and Michelle Biddix-Simmons.

Featured musical tracks are provided by: The Happy Sinners, Dennis Ellis and, you guessed it, The Bad Things.

The album will be released in both CD form and in digital format. CD’s will be available at the Nearsighted Narwhal in Tacoma and at their monthly Creative Colloquy readings at the B Sharp coffee house.

Digital albums will be available via Bandcamp or by clicking the link above.

Happiest of New Year’s from The Bad Things

What a year 2014 was!

We  played with some great bands like El Radio Fantastique, The Dolomites, Chervona, Rattletrap Ruckus, Lone Madrone, The Mongrel Jews, Gigantor, The Gloria Darlings, Baby Gramps, Bakelite 78, Danbert Nobacon and too many more to mention. We lost our dear friend Daniel Adam Driskill (RIP), we released our 4th full-length CD to rave reviews, finally got back to Portland and played Tacoma and Seabrook for the first time, had our biggest and baddest Cabaret Macabre yet and went on indefinite hiatus for the first time in 12 years.

In fact, here’s a little video from this year’s Cabaret Macabre. This is us performing “Drunken Doughboy” with our longtime dancer friend and co-conspirator Miss J9 Fierce.

We hope to be back in action at some point in 2015 but to all our dear friends and fans, thanks for all the support and love. It’s been a hell of a year and here’s to many more.


The Bad Things

P.S. Seattlites, if you still want to see some Bad Things in action, be sure to check out our member’s other projects: Bakelite 78, Low Hums, L’Orchestre D’Incroyable and Miss Mamie Lavona the Exotic Mulatta and her White Boy Band. All well worth your time.

Holiday Bad Things Deals!

Gruss_vom_KrampusIn honor of the holiday season we are offering, for one day only, $5 downloads of our most recent release “After the Inferno”! This deal ends tonight at midnight so pick yourself up a download on our Bandcamp page.

Also, from today until December 3rd, CD Baby is offering one cent shipping on all physical CD orders. This includes international shipping! Perfect time to pick up a copy of your favorite Bad Things album for that special someone. Just head over here.