Elysium Cabaret – September 15th, 2017

The following pics were taken by Babypea, but if you want to see really GOOD pics, check out Crap Mariner’s Flicker:

Empire Room - March 24 2017

This week’s review was penned by me, Wiz Nirvana. I was sitting at my computer, so to be honest, no pens were involved. DJ Gunner had the audience literally “dancing in their seats” while waiting for the show to start. This could have been due partly to the fact that free booze was flowing at the bar and that The Empire Room hasn’t had an operational restroom since it was built over 5 years ago. Spinning tunes like Frozen by Celldweller and Madness by Muse also helped.

Set 1: Jo
with Seb
The Chairman’s Waltz

Snapshot_005Among the gently cascading cherry blossom petals and the totally mesmerizing music, “The Chairman’s Waltz” from the “Memoirs of a Geisha” Soundtrack, Jo, our little geisha-in-training evolves before our eyes. Her dance also caught the attention of Seb, as the Chairman, before culminating in a sensual duet. The music, dance and set combined beautifully. Stunning.

Note: The soundtrack was performed by the best of the best (John Williams, pianist; Itzhak Perlman, violinist; and Yo Yo Ma, Cellist.)

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Set 2: Corri
with Ame

Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon

Snapshot_009Corri and Ame strolled onto the dance floor like they were born to get together. While the music played, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, the lights flashed and the speakers pulsed and everyone wanted to stand up and dance with them. I would be typing this a bit faster but they took my arm… I don’t know how it happened. A fantastic dance song and a fantastic dance.

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Set 3: Ariel
God Bless the USA – Home Free

Snapshot_011Sitting on a bench in a peaceful park, Ariel reflects on those lost on 9/11. While Home Free sings their version of “God Bless the USA”, thoughts turn into dance as she celebrates those who survived and those who continue to protect our freedom daily. A touching tribute and a wonderful dance. Thank you, Ariel.

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Set 4: Misha
with Eva, Delaney, Paul, Tristan and Tray
Down with the Sickness – Disturbed

Snapshot_015OH WA AH AH AH! At the end of a dark, bloody and littered alley (Is that a corpse I see?), Misha and friends turn up the tunes and are moved by the rhythmic tribal beats of Disturbed’s “Down with the Sickness”. Not often do we see this much energy and feeling transformed to dance. There was heat and smoke on the stage long before the pyrotechnics began. Wow.

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Set 5: Ame
with Babypea and Kyshra
Partition – Beyonce

Snapshot_030When the curtain opened and the beat dropped, so did our collective jaws. Ame was center stage, seductively gyrating in a strap dress. It wasn’t long before she was … strapless. If you could pull your eyes back into their sockets long enough you might have noticed she was accompanied on stage by Babypea and Kyshra. I’m not sure why, but there was probably a good reason they were in cages. With the dancing and Yoncé, there was so much HOT, I’m sure we violated a few Fire Codes. Now we need some Lemonade.

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Set 6: Babypea
with Web, Gunner, Tif and Fuki
Train Train – Lynda Carter

Snapshot_034Set in a mysterious train station we were hit by the “boogie woogie” vibe of Lynda Carter’s, Train Train. The women were decked out in pseudo-military mini dresses and Gunner didn’t know how to conduct himself. This was a fun and uplifting dance and I’m sure the entire audience was dancing in their seats or at least tapping their toes. Wonderful!

Note: The song is on the original game soundtrack for Fallout 4, available on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Set 7: Jilley
Draconian Dreams – Audiomachine

Snapshot_047
The gloomy Gothic structure loomed above us, fully ablaze, as Jilley calmly walks out, displaying her own fire and heat exceeds that of her surroundings. Dragons fill the sky as the aggressive drums fill our senses. She is not phased as she commands our attention and the obedience of the dragons. Epic!

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Set 8: Lina
with Everyone
Liquor Store – Devil Doll
Rockabilly Rules – the Stray Cats
You Me and the Bottle make Three – Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy

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I believe this was Lina’s first crowd dance, but you couldn’t tell. The Hot Rod themed Diner with a larger-than-life jukebox was fun and nicely put together. The song choices and dances were equally entertaining. I’m sure we’ll see more of her in this arena. The audience, as well as I, wanted more!

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