For over twenty years the art of drag has been of the magic that makes Mad Myrna’s a destination for so many. As important to the bar as it’s theatre program and great dance floor, the weekly drag show is one of the most well attended event the bar has. It has become so popular that now the downtown location has started adding specialty and themed shows on Saturdays before customers are invited to stick around for karaoke and spend some time on stage themselves. Sometimes the special Saturday show is even an amateur drag competition called Dumpster Diva’s, where people who have always wanted to give it a try can sign up to strut their stuff in front of an audience.
A very business savvy individual once said, “You’re born naked, all the rest is drag.” In the current culture the world has more than just drag queens. Drag Kings like Landon Cider are developing just as big of fan bases, and now cisgender women are throwing their wigs in the ring performing with live music and lip sync becoming a possibility for everyone that has a desire to be just a little more fabulous than their daytime lives.
With the rise in popularity of the reality competition show RuPaul’s Drag Race, the bar has also been known to bring up some of the favorite performers that have appeared on the show. Pandora Boxx has appeared twice, Alaska 5000 headlined the summer Pride celebration, and another time fan favorite BenDeLaCreme took the stage for her very own hour-long comedy show.
The team at Myrna’s is doing it again this weekend with season 1 contestant, Tammie Brown. This drag legend has been performing for over twenty years, and in addition to the Drag Race, Tammie has also been seen on RuPaul’s Drag U, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and America’s Got Talent, with their first appearance happening on The Surreal Life with Tammy Faye Messner. For Saturdays show, Tammie will be doing a sixty-minute set, and the evening will also feature some local Anchorage favorite drag performers and taking on the role of host will be Clare Apparently, star of Camp Wannakiki Season 2. The show is being produced by Justin Buckles of Oregon.
While Tammie was eliminated on the second episode of the first season, her quirky nature and silly quotes made a lasting impression. Her words easily become catch phrases and she is one of the most recognized performers that have ever been on the show. A quote like “Come on Teletubby! Transport us to Mars!” is not something that someone immediately forgets. The popular phrase about “Walking children in nature” is another Tammie Brown original. You could say that Tammie was the inspiration behind all the catch phrases that Drag race alumni are known for.
In her 20 years of being a drag performer has accomplished a great amount of success working long before the art form ever became mainstream. While she has had many opportunities to strut her stuff on television, she has also spent much of her time racking up an impressive discography and is in a band, the Rollz Royces, with fellow Drag Race alumni Kelly Mantle. When not performing live, Tammie is most likely in the studio producing albums like her three full releases, Popcorn, released in March of 2009, Hot Skunx/Zorillos Calliente released in March of 2014, and most recently Schubert’ which became available as a digital download last month. There is also her extended play, Little Bit of Tammie which came out last year. To get a sense of the performers unique perspective simply watch any of the videos that accompany ten of the tracks from those albums. Tammie is also a regular guest in other drag queens music videos, and even appeared in the music video for the Korn song Twisted Transistor.
Drag queens aren’t only appearing on their own reality shows, such as the Boulet Brothers Dragula, a competition for queens that have a spookier aesthetic. There have also been drag theme episodes of Skin Wars, Project Runway, How Clean is your House, and more. It seems that drag mania has taken the country by storm.
With the changes that Myrna’s has been going through this past year there is little doubt that the drag scene will be going anywhere. As the art form becomes more mainstream and gains in popularity the scene only has more room to grow.
When: Saturday November 30thWhere: Mad Myrna’s
`Time: Show 1: Doors 6pm, Show 7pm (21+)
Show 2: Doors 9pm, Show 10pm (21+)
Cost: General Admission $25, VIP $35
VIP: Reserved Seating, Signed Tammie Merchandise, VIP Meet and Greet
Tickets can be purchased through www.centertix.com