Also on Friday, we’ll be selling all our merch, physical CDs and downloads for 50% off. We’re just feeling that Black Friday spirit this year or something. Give your friend some Bad Things that don’t involve antibiotics.
Ten years ago, we had the bright idea to throw a weird-ass Halloween party. At the first Cabaret Macabre, we rolled into Georgetown after a crazy night in Portland, playing at Porky’s in Northeast with Reverend Glasseye. Our old banjo player showed up to the gig drunk and ended up attempting some acrobatics off of a table at Porky’s, which ended with him landing squarely in Glasseye’s drum kit! We always knew how to make a good impression on a national act.
So, it was with crippling hangovers that we started this now decade-old celebration in a raw, warehouse space featuring a fine collection of all our weirdo friends. The first one was ramshackle, but somehow, perfect. It was so good that there are folks that have attended every year and since then, it’s been held at Jules Mae’s in Georgetown, the Rendezvous, ACT Theater and, for the last three years, Columbia City Theater.
Here’s Iva Handfull in 2010 at the Columbia City Theater. She’ll be joining us again this year!
The Bad Things will be taking part in Q Nightclub’s “All Bands On Decks” guest DJ series tomorrow Wednesday, October 16 from 10pm to 12am, spinning the music that made us the strange and eclectic band that we are. There’s no cover and drink specials so come on down and share a drink with us, and maybe a spin on the dancefloor.
And then, this Saturday, October 19th we’ll be hitting Bellingham, Washington for a return of the killer lineup of The Bad Things, Danbert Nobacon and local burlesque beauties Dirty Bird Cabaret at The Green Frog Acoustic Tavern. This lineup killed it last spring so we thought a return engagement was in order.
We’ll see you at one of these fine events this week. Oh, and if you haven’t gotten your tickets for the 10th Annual Cabaret Macabre on Friday, November 1st, we highly suggest picking up a pair before they’re all gone! Look for a #CabMac post in the next week or so with full details on the show.
In 2004, The Bad Things hosted the first Cabaret Macabre in a warehouse space called Jem Studios in Georgetown, now home to The Mix and other businesses. Held on Halloween, it was a night of strange costumery, drunken debauchery, sideshow splendor and junkyard sounds. The lineup included performances by Seattle Semi-Pro Wrestling, some stomach-churning suspension piercing by PURE, music from Reverend Glasseye, Dark Carny, Baby Gramps and, of course, The Bad Things, who were pulling double duty as bartenders, door staff, stage techs and security!
Here we are ten years later and most of those organizations are now defunct. Georgetown is quickly turning into a hipster mecca and the local cabaret scene has grown into a nationally recognized phenomenon. Luckily, two veterans from that faraway night are still with us, the legendary Baby Gramps and, of course, The Bad Things.
Over the past decade, The Bad Things have since hosted Cabaret Macabre in a variety of venues and neighborhoods and have featured acts from around the world. This year, in an effort to re-capture the underground party vibe of the first Cabaret Macabre, the Bad Things are taking over Capitol Hill’s FRED Wildlife Refuge for one night of dance, aerial performance, burlesque and music.
We’re also super excited to welcome back to Seattle: Miss Michele Frances! Michele has performed aerial at countless Bad Things events over the past decade. She moved to Austin about a year ago but is back for one night only to perform with us. We couldn’t be happier.
Dia De Los Muertos-themed pageantry is highly encouraged! We’ll be announcing more details on the party as they emerge but we can guarantee an immersive evening surrounded by Seattle’s favorite macabre miscreants that you won’t soon forget.
Burlesque Performance by:
Aerial Performance by:
Michele Frances (Austin, Texas)
Friday, November 1, 2013
The 10th Annual Cabaret Macabre
featuring The Bad Things, Baby Gramps,
Nu Klezmer Army and more!
FRED Wildife Refuge – 127 Boylston Avenue East
$18 advanced/$20 day of show
Advanced tickets available at 10am on Friday, August 30, 2013 via Brown Paper Tickets! We are offering a special “Early Bird” price of $15 for a limited time. Tickets will only be available at this price until Friday, September 6. After that, advanced tickets will go up to $18 advanced.
We are also making the Artist Tickets available for purchase for this event. By donating $0.25 extra on your ticket price, you will get a special limited edition ticket adorned with original artwork by Jim Woodring or Ellen Forney. All proceeds will go towards the Cafe Racer Love fund. Please choose this option when purchasing your tickets.
The Bad Things accordion logo has become somewhat iconic here in Seattle and you see many of the more stylish Seattlites sporting theirs around town. Also, popular have been The Bad Things panties, which have graced the nether regions of distinguished ladies of the Northwest for years now.
Up until today, you have only been able to acquire our merchandise directly from us at our merch table but we have entered the modern age of e-commerce and are now offering our merchandise to Bad Things fans all over the world via our Bandcamp page. Continue reading