I never thought I’d see a stripper twirling her tassels to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” but we were primed with booze enough to sing along. We were holed up in The End, a bunker bar with corrugated steel walls hung with crude, surreal zombie art, another of Vegas’ dark, industrial hideaways known to the locals who follow the powernoise/aggrotech/ebm/edm music scene. I ordered another Heineken and followed the bouncing boobs—”This land was made for you and me!”
Welcome to Burlesque Roulette, a revue that takes place on the first Saturday of each month. The first half of this show is a “regular” burlesque revue, with each of six dancers doing a striptease in turn. But for the second half, each dancer spins a wheel and whatever number the pointer lands on determines the song the dancer has to strip to. I don’t know who picks the songs assigned to each number, but somehow Woody Guthrie got shuffled into the mix and Ophelia Pearl, a BBW who’d stripped down to corset and pasties to a James Brown song for her first number, got Woody for her second. She handled Woody like a pro.
The February show was MC’d by Miranda Glamour. Other performers on the bill included Roxy Rouge, Flora Fatale, Penny Piper, Katerina Nicole, and Darby Fox. Darby Fox is a total fox. Here’s a pic from the show (see corrugated steel walls in background) that I lifted from the Burlesque Roulette Facebook page.
Katerina Nicole is more of a singer than a stripper. She sang for both of her numbers, but never got topless. I admit she has a great voice, but she’s a knockout and you’ll definitely want to see her strip. She wore a kimono and took it off at the end to reveal a corset. The performers change every month. The Feb show was a fundraiser for Pinups for Patriots.
With no cover charge and cheap beer–a Heineken cost me $5–this show is an enjoyable way to spend an inexpensive Saturday night in Vegas.