"Twin Peeks" - A Benefit for the beloved Brown Twins featuring Kim Nalley

"Twin Peeks" - A Benefit for the beloved Brown Twins featuring Kim Nalley

Thu, August 30, 2012

8:00 pm

Red Devil Lounge

$10.00 - $100.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

The Red Devil Lounge is honored to present a night of cabaret hosted by Kitten on the Keys featuring jazz legend, Kim Nalley, the stars of San Francisco burlesque and a few other surprise San Francisco icons when we come together as a city to pay tribute and raise money to care for Marian and Vivian Brown, the world-famous San Francisco Twins. Last week, Mayor Willie Brown, asked the city to join him in helping the Brown Twins by donating to Jewish Family and Children's Services. JFCS is one of the oldest and largest family service institutions in the United States, founded in 1850 by immigrant pioneers who arrived in California during the Gold Rush and created an extended family to care for each other. Thursday night, San Francisco's extended family will do that. Suggested donations of $10, $25, $50 or $100.

Kim Nalley
Kim Nalley
"GOD, CAN THIS WOMAN SING! It's as if a vocalist from the great post-war blues and jazz combos had been transported to the end of the century." Blues Access Magazine

"Nalley is the best singer, any style, I have heard in years. Phil Elwood- San Francisco Examiner

"Kim Nalley has pipes to burn and works the stage like she means it." San Francisco Chronicle

"Sultry voiced Kim Nalley brings an irresistibly sexy sense of swing, rhythmic dexterity and beautiful sound to the classic, with her crisp diction and playful delivery of earthy lines." Down Beat

Awarded "Most Influential African American in the Bay Area," vocalist Kim Nalley, is already being called "legendary" and "San Francisco institution." No trip to San Francisco is complete without seeing Kim Nalley perform. With an international reputation as one of world's best jazz & blues vocalists, she is has graced concert halls from Moscow to Lincoln Center. A true Renaissance woman, Kim Nalley has also been a featured blog writer for JazzWest and SF Chronicle's City Brights, shortlisted for a Grammy, a produced playwright, a former jazz club owner, an accomplished stage actress, a history academic, and an avid lindy hop & blues dancer. Her many philanthropic endeavors include founding the Kim Nalley Black Youth Jazz Scholarship.

In looks, Kim Nalley exudes the aura of a diva from a by-gone era. Vocally, she has pipes to burn packing a 3 1/2 octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone, and the ability to scat blistering solos without ever losing the crowd's interest or the intense swing. She has been compared to all the greats, but in the end, it's Kim Nalley and no one else - an unforced instrument with clarity and jazzy musicality, effortlessly delivered, and a sense of humor to boot.
Kitten on the Keys, Suzanne Ramsey
Kitten on the Keys, Suzanne Ramsey
Kitten on the Keys…aka Suzanne Ramsey is an award-winning musical and burlesque artist. As seen on HBO, E! , IFC, Queer TV, MTV, Bravo, and other media outlets, she embodies the spirit and style of those days of decadence gone by. As a pianist and chanteuse, expect a racy ragtime romp when this little kitty sharpens her claws on a meow mix medley of mad cap gems of yesteryear with a naughty whimsical edge.
Jazz Legend, Frank Jackson
Jazz Legend, Frank Jackson
Legendary jazz pianist and vocalist, standup singer, recording artist, Frank Jackson, has lived in San Francisco, California since 1942. He is a jazz pioneer of the San Francisco Fillmore Jazz District and has played with and for Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Charlie 'Bird' Parker, Ben Webster, Gerald Wilson, Dexter Gordon, Lester Young, Helen Humes, 'T-Bone' Walker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Brook Benton, Ruth Brown, James Williams, Ron Carter, to name a few.
Honey Lawless
Honey Lawless
Honey Lawless is best known as the burlesque darling of her hometown of Oakland. The Queen of the C’s brings her own brand of crass comedy made complete by her killer C’s. Channeling her idols and inspirations from the golden age of Burlesque, Honey was instrumental in bringing back the tease to Oakland’s vibrant performance community. Honey Lawless never ceases to surprise her audience with her sense of satire and sass while charming her audience with her naughty grace.

Honey gained notoriety for bringing memorable characters to the stage such as Cookie Monster, the Easter Bunny and even Pinocchio with no treasured childhood memory left unscathed. A regular performer for Hubba Hubba Revue, she has transformed their monthly show with her over-the-top opening production numbers featuring an all star cast accompanied by live music and dance.

The Oakland Tribune describes her as “something of a cabaret version of Marvel Comics character “Elektra” with a striptease described as “elaborate, graceful and enticing.”
Red-Velvet
Red-Velvet
Red Velvet has performed extensively in musical theatre, performed throughout California, has studied and performed dance in New York, and has toured internationally. She has taught dance to adults and children, including training and teaching children to perform in professional musical theatre events. Ms. Velvet currently performs Isadora Duncan dance, and performs with the Hot Pink Feathers, Bombshell Betty’s Burlesqueteers, and Alegria Samba Dance Company. Red Velvet is also a prolific choreographer and can frequently be seen performing solo work at the Elbo Room in San Francisco or the Hubba Hubba Review at the Uptown in Oakland. Red Velvet also co-produces, with the fabulous If-N-Whendy, DIVA or Die Burlesque, a monthly show at The Exit Theatre in San Francisco.
Elyse Elaine (The Bay Area's Betty Boop)
Elyse Elaine (The Bay Area's Betty Boop)
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Elyse Elaine has jumped into the burlesque scene with both feet. She enjoys being able to express herself in this art form and portray an alter ego that she feels has been trapped inside her. Elyse has been dancing since childhood and has dabbled into all the forms. She eventually found her home in 2007 with SideShowCrew (a hiphop/pop dance team based in Vallejo, C
a.). SideShowCrew performed all over San Francisco with an emphasis in the Castro doing "Whatcha Doin' Wednesdays", Castro Street Fair, and Folsom Street Fair. Elyse also had an opportunity to perform with John Bisceglie's "Forever Broadway" at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Wanting to explore her own body and sexuality Elyse started showing an interest in burlesque and began searching for a group where she could flourish. By chance she met and became friends with Sgt. Die Wies and Dorian Faust of Livid Cult Burlesque Theatre and it has been history ever since. Elyse has performed in many shows such as: Meow Mix, Trannyshack, Hubba Hubba Revue, Red Hots Burlesque, Seduction Feroce', Follies and Dollies, Debauchery, First Friday Follies, and Burlesque Moulin just to name a few! Elyse hopes that her performances speak for themselves and that every audience member walks away smiling.
Rose Harden, Tribal Fusion Belly Dancer
Rose Harden, Tribal Fusion Belly Dancer
Rose Harden, artist and Tribal Fusion belly dancer, has been a passionate member of the vibrant San Francisco belly dance and performance community since 1999. She has shared the studio and stage with many of the world's most respected and sought after contemporary belly dancers.
Rose loves the creative process and approaches performance as an extension of her visual arts training at the Rhode Island School of Design, crafting with intention, a unique experience for the audience. She has contributed her artistry to the innovative concepting, costuming, and choreography of influential dance companies Ultra Gypsy and the Barbary Coast Shakedown. Rose is over the moon to be working with Beats Antique under the direction of Zoe Jakes. Current projects also include the Dangerous Beauties with Princess Farhana & Surreyya Hada.
Venue Information:
Red Devil Lounge
1695 Polk St
San Francisco, CA, 94109
http://www.reddevillounge.com/