Brown Girls Burlesque & The Burnt Sugar Arkestra Present “Funk To The Future”, celebrating Sun Ra at Coney Island’s Burlesque at the Beach.
Hosted by Ashley Brockington & Monstah Black of Cabaret Cataplexy
Time: Thursday August 2nd, 9PM
Location: Burlesque @ the Beach, 1208 Surf Ave. Coney Island
Tickets: $15 on sale here
Funk to the Future
The legacy of Sun Ra has inspired countless artists and influence music art and culture with his other worldly innovations in jazz and electronic music, performance and film. Born in Birmingham, Al in 1914 he migrated to Chicago where he left his mark on burlesque history playing in burlesque shows throughout the Midwest circuit.
He was one of the first jazz masters to introduce electronics to the form using the bass and keyboards to introduce the world to a new galaxy of music. In 1986 he teamed up with another futuristic genius John Cage to play a legendary produced by Coney Island’s Sideshows by the Seashore.
Twenty-six years later, Coney Island USA presents an annual summer showcase of the New York’s leading burlesque troupes. Brown Girls Burlesque (BGB) is proud to share in this tradition for a third straight year. BGB has been an innovative force in the neo-burlesque scene for the past 5 years creating sold-out shows that entertain, educate, titillate and liberate!
Brown Girls Burlesque is a company of women of color dedicated to creating their own reflection in the art form of burlesque using whimsy and the theatrical depth. BGB stands out in the crowded space of the neo-burlesque movement by circumventing the classical and new school interpretations of burlesque by blending cultural traditions, experiences, and a distinctive artistic aesthetic.
The BGB Lovelies:
The Incredible Edible Akynos
Chicava “Here comes the Gold” HoneyChild
Essence Revealed — The Bubblin’ Brown Suga or Burlesque
exHOTic “Made you think about that” Other
jazabel jade — Bringing love, sex, death and luck!
sister selva — A flirtation with awakening
“So you want to go down to Coney Island to see some burlesque but your typical partner in crime tried to act a little too highbrow for a night of naked ladies wearing tassels? We’d highly suggest this evening that doubles as a tribute to the master of futuristic jazz and funk Sun Ra as your best bet. Brought to you by Brown Girls Burlesque & The Burnt Sugar Arkestra, this evening will surely set your friend straight on how fun burlesque on Coney Island can be ”