P.M.-Dawn: Karaoke at Bossy Grrls Pin Up Joint

Erica Thompson

I am always up for a fun night of karaoke, so I thought I'd see what Bossy Grrls Pin Up Joint had to offer on the Friday before the Fourth of July. The characters in the burlesque bar turned out to be more interesting than the song selections.

When I arrived promptly at 6 p.m., there were only three people present in the front of the cozy establishment. I took in the campy atmosphere, which included checkered floors, a wall of pinups and random stickers and - my favorite - chandeliers bearing bunches of brassieres.

I sat down at the bar and ordered a Liquid Courage, which contained vodka and lime. Everything about the friendly bartender was quirky, from his nickname - "Quill," for the utensil he frequently used to create art a CCAD - to his appearance. He had one of the biggest ear gauges I've seen, and the black vest he wore over his tattooed chest featured a "Hatin' for Satan" patch.

Then there was Tony, the karaoke host, who wore jean shorts and a newsboy cap. He was especially happy about getting a new job. He described some of the wild and moving burlesque performances he'd seen at the joint, including someone who incorporated dairy products into the routine and a woman who covered herself in rainbow paint after last month's mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Florida. Tony showed me a beautiful picture of the latter. (He is also an in-house photographer for the venue.)

I also chatted with a girl named Charlotte who wore a flower dress and refused to sing or be photographed. However, she later revealed that she's in a performance group herself.

The trio informed me that Bossy Grrls is a "black hole for misfits." Sure enough, I met some other unique people who trickled in once Tony started taking song requests. There was Bob, the old man in a white T-shirt who gave a passionate performance of "Springtime for Hitler." Sadly, he did not sing his infamous rendition of "P.I.M.P" by 50 Cent. There was also a sweet girl in a Batman tank top who sang barely above a whisper. Her performance of "Tango: Maureen" with Tony, who has a much bolder voice, was amusing.

Before the event was over, I'd performed songs by Miranda Lambert, Fiona Apple, the Script and Evanescence. At other bars, I'm lucky if I can sing twice!

I left at 9 p.m. just as the night's flashy burlesque performers were making their way inside. I've got to come back to see their show. When it comes to the colorful characters at Bossy Grrls, I have a feeling I've only seen the tip of the iceberg.