Cabaret Macabre Next Week!

PrintTen 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!

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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.

10 Days to Halloween and the 9th Annual Cabaret Macabre!

Halloween is almost upon us people and tickets are flying out the door, so I highly recommend picking up yours right away over at Brown Paper Tickets. We got a hell of a lineup, sure to be one of the best lineups yet. Baby Gramps! The Peculiar Pretzelmen! Bakelite 78! Bella Jovan International Belly Dancer! La Petite Mort! And, of course, our incomparable MC Diva le Déviant. Hesitate at your own peril!

Thanks for 8 Years of Cabaret Macabre!

Thanks to everyone that came out to Cabaret Macabre’s 8th year. We had a blast. As usual, the lineup was amazing: from the sultry, distinguished sounds of Eliza Rickman; to the briliant junkyard cacophony that is the Pretzelmen; to the sheer Grampy-ness of Baby Gramps and his co-horts; to the beauty and grace provided by all the dancers; to the sassy tongue of MC Diva Le Deviant; and finally to the sloppy drunken mess that is The Bad Things, a good time was had by all. Check us out in our cartoon-inspired costumes. We got old “Speed Racer” Panto there on the left, of course “Beeker” Hogan, “Popeye” the Pickpocket, “Mario” the Gypsy, “Mad Wilcox” as, well, Mad Wilcox and Steve “George Jetson” Kamke bringing up the right hand side. Sheer genius! Or, at least, better than last year. Thanks Columbia City Theater for having us and our crazy friends. Continue reading