I just heard the very sad news that the Trocadero in Philadelphia is closing soon. I haven’t been there since some time in the 90s, but it’s vivid in my memory and has a special place in my heart. One (actually 2, we did it twice) of my very favorite Y’all gigs was taking part in the Big Mess Cabaret, a sort of neo-vaudeville burlesque evening of music, variety acts/performance art, and strippers. We had never felt so understood by an audience.
The Troc is the archetypal decaying turn of the 20th century burlesque/minstrel/vaudeville theater turned movie house turned rock club. The Troc has always been my model for the ideal venue for LIZZIE.