Burque Burlesque is giving audiences the tease, inviting burlesque performers from up and down the continental divide to perform their wicked acts at Albuquerque’s Cell Theatre this weekend. Siren St. Sin and Fanny Incognito will be there from El Paso’s breakout troupe Lotus Blossoms Burlesque. Colorado Springs’ Brotherhood of Burlesque (Mr. Valdez, Mustang Monroe and Damien Wonderluv) will add a touch of testosterone to the proceedings. And, of course, plenty of Albuquerque/Santa Fe favorites—including Nyree Nix, Mischa Mischief, Doutelle and Mary Jane Monroe—will be bumping-and-griding it up for the folks. You’ve got two opportunities to catch the Ecdysiast’s Exclusive show: Friday, Nov. 8, at 8pm and Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8pm. Tickets are $13 and are available through Hold My Ticket. Seating is limited to an intimate 80 audience members per night, so grab your tickets quickly if you want to get up-close and personal. The Cell Theatre is located at 700 1st Street NW.
Alibi Group Hug Presents Rockabilly Blow-Out, Hot Rod Hop
Alibi is in a group hugging mood again. That means it’s time for a major party. This Saturday, July 7, head on downtown for some fine, post-Independence Day fun. Starting at 2 p.m., hot rod owners are invited to park their jalopies on Central in front of the KiMo Theatre. Parking spaces are limited, so it’s first-come, first-served. If you don’t own a classic car, just come ogle the awesome rides maintained by several of Albuquerque’s finest car clubs. At 6 p.m., KiMo Theatre will screen the hard-rockin’, clutch-poppin’ 1958 drive-in movie Hot Rod Gang. Tickets are $7 adults and $5 kids/seniors. At 9 p.m., everything moves down the street to the Launchpad for the Rockabilly Blow-Out. Local favorites The Hi-Lo Tones will be rockin’ out alongside El Paso legends Raw Deal. D.J. Lucky will spin tunes between sets and Burque Burlesque will be bringing some of New Mexico’s finest bump-and-grind practitioners to do their thing on stage. Tickets to the concert are $10. Cars, bands, drinks and scantily clad ladies? How can you go wrong?
Music to Your Ears
It’s the child of country and Western and rhythm and blues, the hell-raising brother of rock and roll. Rockabilly roared into its own in the mid-’50s. Its rise was propelled by Sun Records owner Sam Phillips and his work with Elvis, which essentially repackaged a black sound for a white audience. Sixty years later, outfits here in Albuquerque keep that music alive—the acoustic slap bass, the electric guitar twang and the big, jumping beat.
Hot Rod Hop
Route 66 has always been synonymous with the culture of cars, and today, the Mother Road gets its vintage groove back with a hefty helping of Rat Fink, rockabilly and pinups during the Hot Rod Hop. Hit up a free classic car show on Central between Fourth and Fifth Streets from 3 to 6 p.m. Afterward, head to the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) for a screening of Robert Mitchum's 1958 carsploitation classic Thunder Road. After the 7 p.m. film, watch retro-style performances by Burque Burlesque featuring special guest Miss Orchid Mei from Colorado. Tickets are $10 for the film and performance. If you have anything left in the tank, the Alibi will host a Rockabilly Blowout at the Launchpad (618 Central SW) beginning at 8:30 p.m. featuring the music of The Hi Lo Tones, Cowboys and Indian, the .357's, Jakob Insane, and DJ Lucky. Tickets are $5 at holdmyticket.com.