I’m ready to pop my T Spot Lounge cherry at Tuscany Suites & Casino with a free performance of Alice: A Steampunk Fantasy in Wonderland at 10:45 p.m. June 17.
The show stars BBR, comprising vocal duo Anne Martinez (who sings in Pin Up at Stratosphere) and Savannah Smith (from Vegas! The Show at Planet Hollywood). Backed by four dancers and a nine-piece band, Martinez and Smith perform everything from Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” to Duffy’s “Mercy” to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” all of it visually alluding to the Lewis Carroll fantasy novel and thrust down the dark psychedelic rabbit hole of a neo-Victorian post-apocalypse.
Martinez, who designed the show, worked with trumpet player and composer David Perrico (from Pop Evolution at Stratosphere) to imaginatively rearrange classic pop songs. A bit of the novel’s prose is used to help transition between songs. But it’s the lyrics and explosive choreography that really drive the narrative.
“I’ve always loved steampunk,” Martinez says. “I wanted to try out a different kind of sexy style, one not so overused. It lets you know instantly that you’re in another world. Alice is our take on steampunk.”
In other words, this is as underground as it gets. Can’t wait to see what the Red Queen ends up singing.
Other cool (if more punk-centric), under-the-radar shows this week and next:
SoCal skate-punk pillar D.I.—essentially singer Casey Royer with a revolving cast of rock musicians—returns to Las Vegas, playing Dive Bar at 9 p.m. June 13. Infamous for such landmark albums such as Horse Bites, Dog Cries, D.I. is definitely a vintage act worth grooming your old-school Mohawk for.
At 7 p.m. June 14 at Artistic Armory, San Diego ’80s crust-core group Battalion of Saints go marching in with songs such as “Doomed World” and “Fighting Boys.” A true iconic band of the Cold War era, and one that needs to be experienced live, I’m told, to truly understand their influence.
And at 9 p.m. June 15 at Triple B, melodic hardcore heroes A Wilhelm Scream—hailing from New Bedford, Massachusetts—are set to ruin everyone’s hearing. If you like hooks set to pounding drums and lacerating guitar riffs, this will please you for sure.
Founding member and frontman Kyle Toucher brings his pioneering California thrash-punk band Dr. Know to, once again, Dive Bar at 9 p.m. June 20. Taking their name from a James Bond film, the band’s roots extend back to 1981, making them among the very first “nardcore” groups. (Nardcore is hardcore music originating from Oxnard, a sprawling suburb near L.A.)
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