NYC: Burnt Sugar & Brown Girls Burlesque vs. Sun Ra — August 2

Burlesque and punk-jazz eclecticism collide to honor that space age innovator Sun Ra

@burntsugarband @bgburlesque

This should be a way cool event. Read on.

Funk To The Future: A Sun Ra Tribute

The legacy of Sun Ra has inspired countless artists and influence music art and culture with his other worldly innovations in jazz and electronic music, performance and film. Born in Birmingham, Al in 1914 he migrated to Chicago where he left his mark on burlesque history playing in burlesque shows throughout the Midwest circuit.

He was one of the first jazz masters to introduce electronics to the form using the bass and keyboards to introduce the world to a new galaxy of music. In 1986 he teamed up with another futuristic genius John Cage to play a legendary produced by Coney Island’s Sideshows by the Seashore.

Twenty-six years later Coney Island USA presents an annual summer showcase of the New York’s leading burlesque troupes. Brown Girls Burlesque (BGB) is proud to share in this tradition for a third straight year. BGB has been an innovative force in the neo-burlesque scene for the past 5 years, creating sold-out shows that entertain, educate, titillate and liberate!

Brown Girls Burlesque is a company of women of color dedicated to creating their own reflection in the art form of burlesque using whimsy and theatrical depth. BGB stands out in the crowded space of the neo-burlesque movement by circumventing the classical and new school interpretations of burlesque by blending cultural traditions, experiences, and a distinctive artistic aesthetic.

The Burnt Sugar Arkestra is “ a multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’ On The Corner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’ moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland.”- David Fricke, Rolling Stone.

Hosted by Ashley Brockington and Monstah Black of Cabaret Cataplexy.


Time: Thursday August 2nd, 9PM
Location: Burlesque @ the Beach, 1208 Surf Ave. Coney Island
Tickets: $15 on sale at
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