Dirty Blues and Burlesque (circa 2008)
This was the brainchild of me, Tim Williams and singer/dancer/artist/bartender Dawn Desmarais. We thought it would be fun to do a show of dirty or double entendre blues songs, interspersed with burlesque dancing. Joining us was Allstair Elliott on trumpet, Jonathan Lewis on violin, Jeremy Coates on bass, Kelly Kruse on drums and Laura Jackson on vocals. Dawn found some burlesque dancers, made posters and fed grapes to all the patrons at the beginning of the show. Laura and I did “I Want a Hot Dog For My Roll” by Butterbeans and Sue, Tim did “The Candy Man”(by Mississippi John Hurt, not Sammy Davis Jr.), Dawn did an especially raunchy reading of “Shave ‘Em Dry”. What I learned was that if you give a disclaimer at the beginning of the show, you can say and do almost anything. I wrote a dirty Calypso song called “The Rat and the Pussy Cat” and a blues called “Whet My Appetite”.I absolutely forbid my parents from attending this show!