10th Annual Cabaret Macabre Tickets on Sale Friday at 10am!

photoIn 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.

Musical Performance by:
The Bad Things
Baby Gramps
Nu Klezmer Army
and EuroDancePartyU$A! (featuring members of Nu Klezmer Army and Orkestar Zirkonium)

Dance Performance by:
Sweet Violets (Miss J9 Fierce & Diva Le Deviant)
Danse Carousel
Leslie Rosen
and Maysun

Burlesque Performance by:
Iva Handfull

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.

Big Al’s This Saturday Then No Bad Things Until Fall.

cornicello_badthings-119So, The Bad Things summer break is rapidly approaching. In fact, after our show this Saturday at Big Al’s Brewing in White Center, we won’t be gracing a Seattle stage until November when we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Cabaret Macabre.

But, we will be making an appearance in Portland, Oregon after an almost three year absence with our pals Orchestre L’Pow. Details are still being worked out but we do know that burlesque superstars Jeez Loueez and 2012’s King of Burlesque Russell Bruner will be performing. Should be a good time. We’re currently looking into playing another show in the Rose City around that time as well so stay tuned. Continue reading

Hard to believe it’s been 11 years…..

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Well, the time is upon us. The big anniversary show is tomorrow and we’re anxiously preparing for what is sure to be a night of old friends, new friends, singalongs, tears, beers and more beers.

For the past couple weeks, I have been digging through old boxes of photos, scanning some of my favorite shots of the band and sharing them on our Facebook page. It’s been a great way for me to actually start tracking the dates of gigs that I was too drunk to remember. Took some research, some Google searching of old Stranger calendars, trying to read faded dates on the backs of old drugstore-developed photographs.  Continue reading

Punk As Folk TONIGHT!

Punk As Folk 2013Hard to believe that it was a year ago that we played at The Funhouse with Professor Gall, Red Stitch Circus Phenomenon and God’s Favorite Beefcake, on what would be their last show. But, here we are again. Punk As Folk 2013!

The Funhouse is gone, our boys our gone but the music lives on. This year, I compressed the lineup to the cream of the crop from last year’s four day extravaganza. The legendary Blackbird Raum, our home town buddies The Mongrel Jews, San Francisco’s amazing Sour Mash Hug Band, our co-conspirator and folk punk legend Danbert Nobacon (who will also be acting as MC for the evening) and, closing out the night, your Bad Things. Also, a young lady named Porch Cat will be busking out front…who knows, we might even join her. Continue reading

The Bad Things 11th Anniversary Show! June 27, 2013 at The Crocodile!

TheBadThings_FNL-WEBYeah, that’s right! 11 years! Hard to believe, isn’t it? Well, here we are and we’re going to celebrate godammit!

We missed our 10th year anniversary last year as things just got too crazy after our practice space fire and the Cafe Racer shootings. I, honestly, didn’t even think about it until it had come and gone. So, why not an 11th year anniversary party? We always were a little “different” anyway.

The show is going to feature a whole slew of old friends and guest performers. Already slated to perform are opening bands Miss Mamie Lavona and her White Boy Band and Bakelite 78, both bands feature Bad Things members, are old friends and we can’t think of better openers. Armitage Shanks, our old compatriot from way back in the Midnite Choir days, will be hosting the show. The gals from Sinner/ Saint Burlesque will be performing throughout the night and guest performers include: former Bad Things MC/concertinist Danny Dead (!!), Danbert Nobacon, Melissa Cerise-Bullock (Bat Country), members of Orkestar Zirkonium and more.

And, in homage to the horrible tragedies of last year, we will be donating $1 of advanced ticket sales to the Victims of Cafe Racer Shootings Memorial Fund. Nancy, the organizer, told me that for the year anniversary of the shootings she hopes to transform the fund into a more general fund for all victims of violent crime and their families. Hopefully, we can help her get that started.

The shindig goes down on Thursday, June 27th at The Crocodile. You can get those advanced tickets here and I advise you do as this is sure to be a packed house.

Tomorrow! A Benefit for a Fan and Friend.

277020_277508662377977_506556105_nOne of the coolest thing about being in a band is meeting folks that are profoundly moved by your music. As a die-hard music fan, I know how the music that you love becomes the soundtrack to your life. So many of my memories are directly associated with songs. Whenever I hear those songs, it takes me right back to the emotional landscape of that moment more than any picture or video can.

Music can be life changing. Punk rock was the catalyst for me to reject the mainstream culture of my small town high school back in the mid-80s, despite knowing that doing so would pretty much guarantee that I would lose most of my friends, face retribution from metal heads and rednecks, bring my sexual orientation into question and instill distrust from authority figures who previously saw me as a “good” kid. But, I didn’t care! I knew that this was the greatest thing I’d ever discovered and I related to the anger and alienation that it represented. It was a way to say “I’m not like you” in a very public way and it shaped who I would be for the rest of my life.

When you realize that the music that you write and perform has become someone’s life soundtrack or affected their life in a profound way, it’s beyond an honor. Over the last ten years, we’ve had folks tell us that they got married to our music or met their current partner at one of our shows, that a certain song always takes them back to certain period of their life, that a song will always remind them of a lost friend, that their kid loves our music, that we inspired them to start a band or that their life was changed at one of our shows – sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. It’s for these people that we keep The Bad Things alive despite lives that get increasingly busy with the addition of kids, jobs, homes, marriages, etc. If we know our music is making an impact in at least one person’s life, then we’re obviously doing something right. Continue reading

It’s Been A Hell of a Year….

9th Annual Cabaret Macabre. Photo by Justin Hills.

9th Annual Cabaret Macabre. Photo by Justin Hills.

So, here we are. 2012 is over. It’s been a strange year for The Bad Things, to say the least.

We opened the year with a great show at The Comet, played on TV, visited our buddy Danbert Nobacon in Twisp for his 50th birthday, lost our practice space and thousands of dollars worth of equipment in a fire, had a busy and inspiring Folklife weekend and Punk As Folk showcase featuring, amongst other incredible acts, the last live performance of God’s Favorite Beefcake.

The week that followed was one of the worst weeks ever experienced within our Seattle artistic community, but, somehow, in the middle of it all, Mad Wilcox had an amazing marriage ceremony, lifting our spirits for a night. That beautiful night was followed by a month of fundraising shows, playing through multiple tears and multiple beers, and remembering our lost friends. Continue reading