Jeezy’s Juke Joint straight out of Chicago has fast become known for the vibrancy of their shows and a celebration of the history and future of black performance with burlesque, music and dance.
This past weekend the show returned to Indianapolis at the White Rabbit Cabaret in Fountain Square for the second time in two years and once again the venue was packed to the brim.
The show’s reputation is well-deserved and was especially eye-opening not only for first-timers of Jeezy’s show but for burlesque shows in general. The night was filled with burlesque’s regular mix of bawdy humor, musical allure and a celebration of movement and the beauty of the human body.
The White Rabbit is also the home venue for Indy’s local Rocket Doll Revue group of burlesque performers, many of whom were there to support their fellow performers. It was one of the signs that the biggest takeaway of the night was just how welcoming the atmosphere was, particularly for newbies.
The energy of the show alone was relentless, the flow of the billing was seamless and each act totally engaging and unique. Stand out moments came from P NoNoire’s soulful and electrifying channeling of 60’s R&B, and from Po’Chop’s number filled with natural, smooth and fierce choreography. The sheer joy and unbridled good-time atmosphere was flowing from the stage during Aasia Bullock’s performance.
Jeez Loueez, the troupe’s namesake leader and hostess of the show, are aware of her well-renowned performances having performed at Indy’s own “Titty 500” burlesque flagship show that attracts talent from around the country.
Unfortunately, she was not able to perform this evening due to injury, but this was countered by her exemplary hosting abilities. From the sidelines of the stage, her genuine affection for each performer was apparent. In turn, the audience’s feedback to the performers matched the obvious love the performers had for their audience and for their art.
It’s a fair assumption that those unsure about the risque nature of burlesque no doubt looked past whatever initial self-consciousness they may have felt to see the night for what it was. It’s proof that Jeezy’s Juke Joint not only includes outstanding black performers but fosters a sense of community and inclusiveness with a joy that’s infectious.
Burlesque shows happen frequently at The White Rabbit Cabaret, details and tickets are available on their website.