Pride weekend spared no time in kicking into gear on Friday night. As I landed my normal parking spot and started my walk down Hennepin Avenue, there was a huge party vibe in the air. The streets were busy with traffic and the sidewalks were definitely more crowded than than usual. With several bars and clubs putting up temporary outdoor stages, a mixture of music could be easily heard from any direction. This was not the normal summer vibe in in downtown Minneapolis, it was a whole host of celebration and utter partying. Pride weekend was clearly here! As I continued down Hennepin, my destination was in sight … The Pourhouse to catch Abisha Uhl and opener Vendetta Vixens Burlesque Troupe for the ‘Gayities Pride Party’.
The buzz inside was a nice carry over from the vibe outside. Lots of socializing and drinks circulating, but when the lights dimmed, attention quickly turned to the stage as it was time for Vendetta Vixens Burlesque Troupe t0 perform. Carmen Love took the spotlight as MC and wasted no time in establishing her elegant sass and smartly timed statements to get the crowd hook in and laughing out loud. One by one the burlesque performers, Ero, Nakita Kat, Honey Dip, and even a command performance by Carmen herself, took to the stage with lovely, smoking hot, and highly artistic dance routines. As a bonuse to the performance, comedian Missy Bondhus even did an impromptu stand-up routine. In all, Vendetta Vixens were all high class, intriguing, and extremely entertaining.
After a short break, Abisha Uhl and her four-piece band took the stage to a highly energetic crowd reception. As I have covered Abisha several times before, her presence on stage always impresses me. Judging from the crowds reaction, I am not alone in this observation. There is a truly special connection between Abisha and her fans. With Kace Ayres taking the lead on guitar, Abisha lit up The Pourhouse song after song. This performance introduced her new bassist and drummer and though the band had not practiced together long, there was clear connection between them all. As in the past, Abisha performance this night completely nailed it and rocked the house.
For the start of The Pride weekend, there probably wasn’t a better place to be Friday night than at The Pourhouse and being able to see these two performances.