Black Cherry 21st May ,2011

On Saturday the 21st of May Black Cherry Club took over the Factory Theatre for Sydney’s favourite Rock ‘n’ Roll Party.Advertised as 7 hours of pure dynamite, offering three rooms of non stop action including bands, burlesque and dj’s, the diverse line up of top shelf talent means there is something for everyone. The ever charming Mikelangelo ( of the Black Sea Gentlemen ) MC’d the night’s activities with panache and flair , gifting the audience with a few shared tunes with his beloved patron Saint of Go-Go Boho the captivating Saint Clare.

Mikelangelo and Clare Saint Clare , photos Andrew Pittman.


Mark Winmill and Lillian Starr in the Boiler Room. Photos Kellie Lafranchi


In the boiler room a knockout Burlesque contest keep the crowds suitably teased and The Burlesque Royalty of Lillian Starr, Samantha Diamond and Boylesque sensation Mark Winmill were icing on the cake for a thrilled and excited crowd. They each did multiple routines making their way onto the main stage later in the night.

Lillian Starr is without a doubt one of my very favourite Australian performers, she never fails to take me on a journey with her clever costumes, brilliant narrative and intoxicating smile. Sometimes I get so carried away in the theatre of the show that I don’t even realise she has removed her clothes. The audience was shocked and amazed with her signature routines that are perfectly choreographed , peppered with innuendo and more than a hint of tease and Lillian Certainly was the evenings Cherry Pie.

Lillian Starr Photos by Grace Johns, Andrew Pittman and Schatzi Sunshine

Mark Winmill never fails to satisfy his adoring fans. I heard much anticipated chatter through out the night, the crowd who had seen him perform before enthusiastically singing his praises. When he took to the main stage for the first time I thought the roof was going to fly , His energetic athletic routines had the crowd hooting and hollering as he showcased his inspired brand of ‘Oh My God!’

Mark Winmill , Photos Andrew Pittman and Grace Johns

The Satellites , photos Andrew Pittman

The music offerings kept the dance floor well covered. The Satellites from Adelaide delighted long time fans and collected new ones with their lush harmonies and unique roots and rhythm sound. Lucky ole’ me got to share the stage for two charged sets with Rockin Guitar God Pat Capocci who is not only a very talented fellow but one of the loveliest people you will ever meet ( Sorry Pat, I hope that doesn’t ruin your Rockstar reputation ) though i’m sure everyone who knows you would declare the same truth.

Sharing the Stage with Pat Capocci, Photos by Andrew Pittman and Grace Johns

It was another Sold Out Night and the club was filled to the brim with a diverse crowd of creative souls ready to enjoy the eclectic music and mayhem of the hippest subculture nights in town. The next one is on Saturday the 23rd July so make sure you get your tickets early and your cherry pickin’ glad rags ready because you don’t want the party to start without you.¬†


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