A good burlesque dancer entices audiences with small reveals, just as a lonely mob boss keeps FBI agents at his house with a steady litany of minor confessions. Tantalize the fun way with this GrouponLive deal to Boylesk! featuring the Stage Door Johnnies at House of Blues New Orleans. For $16, you get one general-admission ticket on Saturday, March 17, at 10:30 p.m. (up to a $31 value, including ticketing fees). Doors open at 10 p.m.
Conceived by eccentric mastermind Rick Delaup—the man behind the celebrated Bustout Burlesque show—Boylesk! gives a crew of comely lads the chance to strip down in lighthearted nights of music and hijinks. Voted World's Best Burlesque Group 2011 by the Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame, The Stage Door Johnnies dancers Ray Gunn and Jett Adore pay homage to their female forerunners with masculine sex appeal and goofy gags. They will perform on the 17th with Bazuka Joe in place of their usual third member, Hot Toddy, who will be in the shop getting his abs re-chiseled. The Evil Hate Monkey brings his trademarked brand of supervillain anarchy and comic mean-spiritedness to the stage while local ensemble The New Orleans Firefighters remove their suspenders and red helmets to promote their latest calendar and raise money for local firehouses. Burlesque impresario Cora Vette emcees the night with raunchy witticisms, clad in her customary, handmade vinyl outfits that highlight her curves and cause diner booths to break out in cold sweats.
House of Blues New Orleans
At home in the French Quarter, the House of Blues New Orleans keeps its heritage ever near with a metal box of mud from the Mississippi Delta hidden beneath its stage. Around this, more than 290 pieces of folk art—one of the largest collections in the country—decorate the walls. Also bringing its Southern charm and homestyle feel are hardwood floors, no fewer than three bars, and two levels for concert viewing.