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Vera Valentinaa performs at the fifth annual Shimmy Showdown last month in St. Louis.
ALTON — Horror and romance are not known as common bedfellows, but that is just the case in the upcoming Tassels & Tunes show.
The show, presented by Cobra Kai Entertainment, will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at 300 State in downtown Alton.
Tassels & Tunes, a live show featuring fabulous burlesque with a rock music chaser, is back in action following a long hiatus and, in the theme of Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day, will be treating showgoers to the sultry art of striptease with a horror punk twist. The show’s structure alternates between performances by some of the best burlesque performers in the Midwest (the tassels portion) and the rocking sounds of horror punk (the tunes portion).
The entertainment for the evening will begin with Alton’s own horror punk band, Six Gun Salvation.
“They will be engaging the crowd with their high energy and painted face personas while shredding some serious tunes,” Ryan Long of Cobra Kai Entertainment said.
Performances by Mimi Le Yu, Greta Garter and Vera Valentinaa follow. Headlining the show will be Michale Graves, a horror punk musician whose career has spanned nearly two decades.
Graves entered the music scene in 1995 in a big way as lead singer for legendary rock band The Misfits. After the Misfits, he formed several bands and performed solo throughout the U.S.
“Graves has an instantly recognizable voice and is known for his high-energy live shows and deeply moving acoustical interpretations,” Long said.
The three burlesque performers, who each perform twice during the show, all bring their own style and various talents to the stage.
Mimi Le Yu is the producer of the Randy Dandies, St. Louis’ premiere sketch comedy burlesque troupe. In 2011, she was named Best Burlesque Act by the Riverfront Times, and adorns the pages of that publication regularly as one of the Midwest’s most popular burlesque performers.
Greta Garter, who was just crowned queen at the fifth annual Shimmy Showdown, is a regular performer at The Beggar’s Carnivale in St. Louis, with the Randy Dandies, and is an instructor at Van Ella Studios.
Vera Valentinaa is a newcomer to the Alton scene, but is now a regular performer in St. Louis after making her debut with the Hoochie Coochie Girls a few years ago. She also performs with the Randy Dandies, and she studied drama and dance at Spelman College.
A $12 cover is collected at the door, but bring your Valentine’s Day date — couples get in for $20. The doors to the stage area will open around 9 p.m., but 300 State opens at 5 p.m.
“Come early for dinner and try their pizza,” Long said.
For more information, visit Cobra Kai Entertainment at www.facebook.com/cobrakaialton.