The Social, the new mega bar complex that is starting to come together on East Olive Way already has a Facebook page (uh, Alex Garcia one of the co-owners/creators of The Social IS a social marketing guru with his company Banyan Branch…) and to stir up some interest in their page and probably help them find entertainers for their new venue they put up one of those fun/annoying Facebook survey thingies. (Yes, those surveys can be fun, but they’re also a huge time drain and sometimes they’re kind of slow and buggy, but I digress.)
Their surveys asks the simple question:
Who do you think is the top Drag Queen performer in Seattle?
There’s a list of the Usual Suspects with such veteran performers as Lily Armani, Mark “Mom” Finley, and Aleksa Manila all generating lots of votes but interestingly the number choice BY FAR is a relative newcomer to Seattle’s drag scene who tends to perform at non-traditional drag venues and events at Re-bar, the Seattle Eagle and other hip establishments. Jinxx Monsoon is kicking butt with 98 votes ahead of beloved veteran performer Lily Armani with 45…apparently Miss Jinxxy has LOTS of devoted fans…is she the new heir apparent to Seattle’s drag throne? If she is, it’s an interesting trend. If you notice, most of the top vote getters on that list are performers who frequently perform LIVE (ie sing, not lip sync) and/or have very strong comedic performing chops. The old school “look pretty and lip sync to Mariah Carey” brand of drag, while popular in certain parts of the country, and on RuPaul’s Drag Race, isn’t that big in Seattle. Seattle queens aren’t afraid to look crazy and belt out a song…and, thank the god or goddess of your choice, for that. (Another clue to Ms Monsoon’s rising popularity might be seen in an upcoming issue of The Stranger…like maybe a profile piece…but, you didn’t hear that from ME…)
In other drag news, apparently beloved Seattle entertainer and hostess Glamazonia Jolie-Pitt is no longer hosting Neighbour’s long running 80’s music night, “Rock Lobster”. I tried to get Miss Jolie-Pitt to comment, beyond the slightly enigmatic and bitter remark she posted on her Facebook page, but haven’t had a reply. Rumors circulate that Neighbours was unhappy with attendance at the event, which has been around for a very long time, (uh, since the Eighties?) and decided they needed a new host to spice things up. Well, that’s their decision to make, but they might also consider that maybe the core audience for an Eighties music night is aging out of the “going out to night clubs on a Thursday night” demographic. Perhaps it is time for “Smells Like Teen Spirit: Music of the 90’s!” to replace the Lobster. Or, maybe do some marketing and rebranding to refresh the event…new posters, logos and advertising (hint, hint) certainly couldn’t hurt. Not sure if dumping a popular entertainer is the ideal solution.