Everyone! (And by everyone, I mean the three people that follow my blog and the occasional person that stumbled upon here. Hey, at least I gained a follower last month! :P) I did something fun last week: I went to a Drag King show!
I’ve been interested in going to a DK show for a while, but not only did I not know where to go for one, but when I finally find out where they’d be hosting one, it ended up being the day before the event, and I didn’t plan my schedule accordingly. Not this year! When I saw the SF Drag King contest on Oasis SF’s calendar a couple months ago, I just had to go!
Not only was it a first for me in seeing a DK show live, but it was also a first going to Oasis SF. The former sex club is now a hot spot for drag performances and fans of both queens and kings. Picture time!
Posters of various events by the entrance.
The view of the bar area from the second-floor bathrooms.
Floor of the main stage.
View of the main stage, from the “general admission” area. By the way, Oasis loses some points for putting up a seating chart for both VIP and GA ticket holders, and I assumed us GA tix people would get a seat. Wrong! It was standing-room for us who didn’t want to fork over extra dollars for VIP seating. Well, except for me–I stood next to a curtained-off area where they had extra folded chairs. You bet your ass I took one for mahself! Like I was going to stand during the entire three-hour show!
The kings were pretty spot on in their looks.
The hosts of the show, Fudgie Frottage (left) and Sister Roma (right). Look at Fudgie’s crotch!! Eat your heart out, Jon Hamm. And who says drag kings and queens don’t mix? I liked how Roma said she was getting turned on by some of the kings, even though she knew what was underneath their drag.
The Rebel Kings of Oakland. Yes, those “guys” are real women! That’s how on-point their drag was.
Madd Dogg 20/20, as Jacko. He’s missing his dangling baby and nose, though.
Last year’s contest winner, Max Manchester. What I noticed among many of the kings was that their clothes (on most of them) were quite campy. Rhinestones, glitter, hologram pants…and you thought that was just a drag queen thing.
Special guest judge, Landon Cider! I honestly thought he’d be taller in person. And I wonder how in the hell did he get banned from “Drag Race”?
This king went by the name Mud Flap. Hell yeah. Unlike queens and their many wigs, some kings apparently don’t need wigs. 😛
This is one of the two winners of the contest, El SeVan, who probably gave my favorite performance of the night, which was a mash-up of Marvin Gaye and MJ songs (these kings lip-sync and dance as well, just like in drag queen shows) while a politically-charged video played in the background. Plus, look at him! What’s the word for a girl who, when doing drag, looks like a real man? Queens got the term “fishy”, but what about for kings?
The other winner of the contest, Emjay Mercury. He was the top pick from the amateur lip-sync earlier in the contest, and he made it all the way to the top!
And you can see two reasons why!
The runner-up of the contest, Lord Satan (lol). See those girls in the back? They were like the Pit Crew on “Drag Race”, except I saw more of that girl crew that night than I did the Pit Crew during all of Season 9 of “Drag Race”.
If you want to see what’s underneath a man’s drag, look no further than the performance of Calvin deKline (that’s a name, by the way!).
George Michael is back!
Duct tape–not just for queens!
The cold air must’ve gotten to him, obviously.
What I wish I knew of the show before going: that you can actually bring some food with you. The show lasted a lot longer than I thought it would, and the bar doesn’t serve chow. Had I not smuggled in a protein bar with me (and there were no bag-checkers around, by the way), I would have been STARVING by the time I left, which was, what, close to 2AM? (The contest started at 11PM, IIRC.)
Before they announced the winner(s), they had a few more acts to show, such as this 90s-themed rap group where one of its rappers had their goddamn phone in their hands the whole damn time!
I’d gladly tip this slag to get off the stage if they were going to be on their phone while performing. BOOOO.
On the other hand, now I know what Tim Lincecum is doing these days!!
Real talk: I’d gladly make out with this dude. (“DUH”–you)
Our new reigning kings: El SeVan and Emjay Mercury!! (Side note: is it proper to say “yaaaasss” at a drag king show? :P)
One last shot of the winners and contestants before I left…only to find a parking ticket on my car because I happened to park on a street that was doing their street cleaning. The biggest irony is that all the other surrounding streets had street cleaning at later hours and on different days, so of course I would park in a place where I can get a ticket if I leave my car out too long. How the eff should I know the show was going to end at 2AM and the street cleaning shit??
I still had a great time at the show, though. Next time, I’ll know where to park!