Joey Arias: Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity Star Sings Billie Holiday in Strange Fruit
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The last date listed for Joey Arias and Eliot Douglass in Strange Fruit was Tuesday October 12, 2010 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 5:30pm).
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Together now for more than a decade, bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King -- otherwise known as the Bad Plus -- are famed for their fearless mix of improvisational jazz with an indie-rock ethos. They're also known for their adventurous reworkings of pop, classical and even country tunes ranging from Ornette Coleman to Black Sabbath to Nirvana. Their most recent album, Never Stop, consists of entirely new originals and covers a range of musical styles from swing to '80s techno. Learn More
There is a parking garage literally RIGHT next to the venue. I don't recall the cost sadly (average for the area I think), but I will say it was very well guarded and if you do us it, remember to take your ticket with you as it is your key for elevator use! Also Parking technically begins on the 3rd level.Dirty Bourbon River Show travel • Aug 19 2014 star this tip starred
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Featured review from Julie
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Wow! Joey was on f-ing FIRE! He looked fabulous, he sounded amazing and the interaction with the crowd was hilarious!
I haven't seen him perform live before- just on shows and such- but it seems that his time with Zumanity polished this already well crafted diamond of a performer into a full blown superstar.
Bravo, Joey! BRAVO!
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Wonderful show. Joey seems uncertain about whether he's doing Billie or burlesque, soft porn or elegant jazz, but it doesn't matter. It all works, Douglass is sublime on the piano, and Arias has a terrific time up there, obviously. The Triple...continued
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“To say [Arias] left victorious would be something of an understatement… the only thing strange about this particular fruit is just how darn brilliant he really is.” —Seattle Gay News
Arias’s show is a two-time Los Angeles Times “Critic’s Choice” and “Pick of the Week.”
A dear friend’s 80 year old mother sums it up best… “I never thought I would live to see Billie Holiday perform live!”
Legendary underground entertainer turned international cabaret sensation Joey Arias returns to Seattle’s historic Triple Door theatre for an evening of signature song and banter, accompanied by his longtime pianist and creative co-conspirator, Eliot Douglass.
Fresh from a five-year run as emcee/”Mistress of Seduction” for Zumanity: the Sultry Side of Cirque de Soleil, a role created expressly for him, Arias is the 2009 recipient of GLAAD’s “Off Off Broadway” Award for Arias With a Twist, an intimate “cabinet of curiosities” melding Arias’ legendary voice with puppeteer Basil Twist’s lavish, ecstatic visual creations.
Outrageous and avant-garde, Joey’s one-of-kind voice and thoroughly modern take on the music of Ms. Holiday continues to bend minds, winning over music and theatre lovers all across the planet. He has been featured at such diverse spaces as NYC’s hallowed Carnegie Hall and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has collaborated with countless influential artists, including David Bowie and the late Klaus Nomi.