I was asked to perform at this Brown Girls Burlesque show a few months ago, and I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to make the drive and take time off work and all that for a Thursday night show. Seemed like too much work, but I decided to go do it for the experience. Also, being in NYC the weekend of NYBF isn’t such a horrible place to be *:) I took a half day off work, loaded up the car and drove over to Coney Island. Ive never been there before, so I was going somewhere new, performing somewhere new, as well as being in NYC the weekend of NYBF. Took exactly 4 hours to get to Coney Island from Baltimore. And I wanted to get there a little early to walk around.
I soon found out that Coney Island is like a smaller version of Ocean City, with the boardwalk and the beach and all that. Most everything was closed, which I didn’t mind because it wasn’t crowded there at all. I walked around for a little bit to check it all out and to kill time before the show started. It was interesting to see that Coney Island is kinda like a smaller Ocean City… which I thought was like a smaller Atlantic City minus casinos. The usual boardwalk fare is there in Coney Island, rides…all that stuff.
Soon enough, I went on over to the venue, whose doors were open and I loaded my stuff on over. Sure I was an hour early, and that was fine by me. I was able to just be there, check it out, and take my time.
At almost exactly 7pm, everyone else arrives and within minutes the little dressing room was packed with the women of Brown Girls Burlesque. And every one of them were really nice, funny, and welcoming towards me. 80s music played as we were getting ready, to get us into the mood since the theme of the show was “Solid Gold”.
The show started, and (I don’t remember their names) the dancers who were representing the “Solid Gold Dancers”… wow they were killing it out there! I was third in the show order, and I first saw the audience when I actually got out on stage to perform. There were not a lot of people, but they sure were a fun bunch, and I kind of got a kick out of seeing a few sitting next to each other, bopping around to my song. Naturally I was really nervous in the beginning, hoping not to trip of get my heel caught in my skirt, but everything went as planned and then it was over.
Then 3 minutes and 50 seconds later, I was all done, after having driven for 4 hours from Baltimore, arriving at Coney Island, putting on my makeup, and waiting around for the show to start…I was done. Naturally I grabbed my drink ticket and went to the bar and got this gigantic cider bottle that ultimately I never finished for it was very large. I watched the rest of the show, and was genuinely glad that I was there. The show was pleasantly low-key, and really just about having fun.
The Brown Girls Burlesque had a cute group finale all choreographed out. I didn’t know it but they all planned a part for us guest performers to jump in and take a bow. We all posed for a group shot, and then the show was over. I had thought that I would be able to jet on over the the NYBF Thursday night show after mine, but it seems that other show ended before the Coney Island show, so no jetting happened that night. I hung out for a little bit after the show, since I had nowhere else to rush to. But of course there was no way I would leave with out getting a genuine Nathan’s Coney Island hot dog.