8 great drag shows in the Triad: Sept. 13- Sept. 15
1. From Sept. 13-15, Chemistry Nightclub, 2901 Spring Garden St., is the place to be to see drag performances and speeches by over 30 local performers, including Mrz. Ivy Carter, Bryce Quartz, Flex Jonez, KayKay LaVelle, Omega St. James, Onyx Jade Addams, Pheromosa Addams, Rose Jackson, Aria Russo, and more. There will also be a great deal of star power performances by Dragula‘s season 1 winner Vander Von Odd, and RuPaul Drag Race queens such as Kennedy Davenport, Chi Chi LeVayne, and Stacy Layne Matthews. There will also be living legends and singers such as Tommie Ross, Janice Robinson, Papa Americano, Lawanda Jackson, and much more. On Friday, there is a Pride pre-party with performances with local entertainers starting at 6 p.m. and then from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., it will be Go-Go dancers with porn star Zander Lane and tunes by D.J. Macray Huff. Admission is $8 for standard members and $10 express. Saturday is the kick-off party with entertainment from Kennedy Davenport, Papa Americano, and Chi Chi DeVayne with tunes by D.J. DigiMark. Admission is $20 for standard members and $25 express. Sunday is the Fourth Annual HIV Fundraiser and day-party with Stacy Layne Matthews and over 30 local entertainers. According to the promotional flyer, there will be food, giveaways, speakers and HIV testing. The day-party is all-ages from 4 to 7:30 p.m. with no cover charge and $1 of each beer sale go to the Piedmont Health Services and its Sickle Cell Agency. Wrapping up the night is the headlining performance by Vander Von Odd, singer Janice Robinson, Lawanda Jackson, and Tommie Ross with DJ DigiMark spinning tunes all night. Admission is $15 for standard members and $20 for express. Showtimes are 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is for ages 18 and up. For more information and details, visit Chemistry Nightclub’s Facebook page and website.
2. On Sept. 13 in Winston-Salem, spend a wicked Friday the 13th night with the cowgirls for the Wicked Drag Night at Cowboy Brazillian Steakhouse, 115 S. Main St. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. and the show starts at 11 p.m. and features performances by Barabra Reddy, Onyx Jade Addams, Shofonda Jayde Addams, and Diana Grey Addams. The show is hosted by Bates NoTell and music will be provided by D.J. Yoichi. There is a $5 cover charge and special $5 cocktails will be named after the queens. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
3. On Sept. 14 in Greensboro, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. head to World of Beer, located at 1310 Westover Ter. #112, for its first-ever drag brunch extravaganza! There will be two shows, one seating is from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. and the other seating is at 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. The brunch is hosted by Lacie Marie and includes performances by drag kings and queens including, Andy Drodge, Velma Violet, Betty J, Lethia Dose, Fear Ann Loathing, Lacie Marie and (yours truly) Roy Fahrenheit. There are two ticket options. Tickets for the drag show and brunch of chicken and waffles is $30 and tickets for just the drag show are $10. Tickets can be purchased online and at the door. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
4. On Sept. 14 in Greensboro, head to Boxcar Bar + Arcade for the Greensboro Pride Official Kick-Off Party! There will be activities for everyone all day. From noon until 9 p.m., Boxcar will be family-friendly and open to all ages with fun Greensboro Pride activities in between including D.J. Ash Solo, Drag Queen Story Hour hosted by Fuscia Rage, Kitty Litter and Brenda the Drag Queen. Then at 4 p.m., there will be a drag Disney sing-a-long with the queens. At 5 p.m., there will be a Mario Kart Drag Race N64 console tournament, as well as a drag dress-up station and face painting for kids. (Those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.) From 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., D.J. Cohiba will be spinning pride favorites and a special drag show is planned for the private event space featuring performances by Brenda the Drag Queen, Lawanda Jackson, Omega St. James and Heidi N Closet. There will be a Cliq Media photobooth available and proceeds from that will go back to Greensboro Pride. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
5. On Sept. 15 in Greensboro, after attending the Greensboro Pride Festival, head to the Bearded Goat, 116 E. Lewis St., for the Official Greensboro Pride Afterparty from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. DJ Irewl will begin spinning tunes at 6 p.m. and then there will be two drag shows, one at 7 p.m. and another at 9 p.m. featuring Brenda the Drag Queen, Fuscia Rage, Crystal Frost and Kitty Litter. “Come have a cocktail and celebrate the end of a week full of pride at the Bearded Goat – with drink specials all day,” the event page states. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
6. On Sept. 15 in Greensboro, Boxcar Bar + Arcade will also host a Greensboro Comicon + Greensboro Pride Mashup Dance and Drag Party from 8 p.m. until midnight. The event is hosted by T-Money and will include performances by Velma Violet, Andy Drodge, Amaya Hermosa and D.J. Mizzo & MrImReady. According to the event page, show a Greensboro Comicon wristband at the door and score four free game tokens. The show is for those 21 and up and there is no cover charge. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
7. On Sept. 15 in Greensboro, Lacie Marie will be hosting another drag show at Club Orion, 4618 W. Market St., from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. featuring performances by Lacie Marie, Fear Ann Loathing, Rosette Astone-Addams, Puddin’ Trendz, Vinnie Rosario, Adazia St. James, and Sashame with live music by Caleb Hernandez. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. with a $5 cover charge. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
8. On Sept. 15 in Greensboro, head to Pig Pounder Pavilion, 1111 Grecade St., for a drag show hosted by Betty J. including performances by Heather Cooley, Katarina Eclipse, Shelby Savage, and Lethia Dose. According to the event page, there will be group numbers, lip sync battles, much more “surprises” up Betty J.’s sleeve that even her cast doesn’t know about! The show starts at 8 p.m. and there is no cover charge. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.