News release from Elaine Lancaster:
An Evening of Music & Laughter with Elaine Lancaster & Joey Arias
Songstress Joey Arias joins diva Elaine Lancaster for a one-night only special night of music and laughter at Bongo’s Cuban Café.
Miami, FL May 4, 2010 Two incredible divas, Elaine Lancaster and Joey Arias, with make their joint debut at BONGO’S Cuban Café for an unforgettable evening of music, humor and a little bit of scandal - just what audiences have come to expect from an Lancaster & Arias' performance. Arias, who channels the voice of Billie Holiday, will serve up a selection of jazz standards as well as new renditions of tunes made famous by singers like Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Cream, and Billie Holiday.
Joey Arias is a New York City based performance artist, cabaret singer, and drag artist. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was six when he moved with his family to Los Angeles. After singing with the rock band Purlie on Capitol Records and a stint with famed improvisational group the Groundlings, he moved to New York City in the mid-70s and eventually got a job at the Fiorucci designer clothing store. He became friends with alternative icon Klaus Nomi, singing backup and designing sets and costumes. Arias, who is openly gay, gradually became involved in the burgeoning 1980s New York performance art scene, appearing regularly at Club 57 and other downtown venues. During these years he also began crafting a successful career in cabaret, based on his talent for channeling the vocal style and mannerisms of the legendary Billie Holiday. He has since recorded several albums and pursued an international nightclub career. Arias is also notable for his portrayal of Joan Crawford in New York productions of Christmas with the Crawfords, an original holiday spoof of Christina Crawford's book Mommie Dearest. The San Francisco based production premiered Off-Broadway at the Grove Street Playhouse in 2000 starring Arias as Joan. Arias also starred in a 2001 revival of the play at the Chelsea Playhouse. Film credits include Big Top Pee-wee, Mondo New York, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Flawless, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar andWigstock: The Movie. His most recent work was performing in Arias with a Twist, a collaboration with puppeteer Basil Twist, at HERE Arts Center in New York and before that as the Mistress of Seduction in the Las Vegas show Zumanity, an adult-themed Cirque du Soleil show running at the New York-New York Hotel Casino. Last month Joey performed to a sold out crowd at New York City's, Town Hall with rave reviews.
Elaine Lancaster, a Miami based celebrity and entertainer, is as glamorous and beautiful as the characters of Hollywood Wives. Elaine Lancaster was actually named after two characters from that very novel, Elaine Conti and Karen Lancaster. As befitting a Jackie Collins novel, Elaine’s life has been filled with glamour, travel, celebrities and a few twisted scenarios. One being that the gorgeous Elaine Lancaster is actually a man. Born in the lap of luxury in Beverly Hills, California, Elaine has traveled and lived all over the world. Driven by the need to live life in the spotlight, fame had to be hers so the world became her stage. Elaine is in demand as a hostess working all over the world in clubs, for charities, for special events as a hostess, DJ and emcee. As a DJ, Elaine travels the globe spinning tunes for private parties, fashion events with clients ranging from nightclubs and celebrities to Fortune 500 companies. Stars mingle with stars and Elaine Lancaster has rubbed shoulders, and even photographed, with Dennis Rodman, Elton John, Pamela Anderson, Katy Perry, Sylvester Stallone, Madonna, Sharon Stone, Jeremy Piven, Bono, and Mick Jagger – to name a few. Elaine’s charity work is as impressive as any socialite and her list includes: Executive host committee member for the Consequences Program Charity; Hostess for the crown jewel of AIDS fund raisers, White Party Week; , Hostess for DJ for Saks Fifth Avenue’s Annual breast cancer fundraiser, The Key to the Cure; and The Blacks Annual Gala. On television Elaine as appeared in After Dark: South Beach and A&E presentation, Wild on South Beach for E! Entertainment Television. Elaine also appeared in the 2008 documentary The Fundraiser that debuted in Cannes. Elaine has hosted parties all over the world with a range of clients including Vanity Fair, The Collection, Ralph Lauren, Aspen Gay Ski Week, Louis Vuttion Global, Polo Ralph Lauren, Visionaire Magazine, and Bulgari. Besides being a performer and hostess, Elaine has written columns for Miamigo, WET Magazine, and currently writes for Miami Monthly Magazine, Miami Herald and Miami.com. Currently Elaine is working on Diva Destinations, a television show in development starring herself, where she would tour the most glamorous destinations in the world.
Who: Elaine Lancaster & Joey Arias
What: An Evening of Music & Laughter staring Elaine Lancaster & Joey Arias
When: Monday, May 9, 2011
Bongos Cuban Café at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5733 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314
954.791.3040 or www.bongoscubancafe.com
Time: Reservations are being accepted now.