Cabaret Through Time at McElrath Cabaret–A Review of Our Year 2012


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Today is another, and likely the final, roundup for 2012, and it’s a review of our year in entertainment.   This pre-empts our regular Cabaret Through Time post, always on Fridays, which are short but hopefully informative posts on all types of cabaret singers, entertainers, venues, writers, and musicians who were or are involved in cabaret entertainment.  Don’t worry–we’ll be back with Cabaret Through Time next Friday!


So our year in 2012 started out with emergency, and serious, eye surgery for KJ, followed by several weeks of recovery.  (He sat at the piano the day after surgery, and proceeded to play the piano :)  We had some gigs booked, but happily they got re-scheduled, and he was up and doing shows by February.


We continued to work with the Puddin’ River Jazz Band from Portland, Oregon, and had a couple of fun gigs with them playing traditional jazz music around Oregon.  We were happy to return to the Portland Dixieland Jazz Society to provide entertainment for their annual Mardi Gras Party, which is a big dance and a lot of fun.  We also did a gig last summer at Tryon Creek State Park, another annual event for this band, and a first-time event at the same park for a new group founded by the leader of Puddin’ River, the Puddin’ River Boogie Band, for which KJ plays piano.


We also entertained audiences for several private events last year.  These included presentations of our new 2012 cabaret show From Broadway To Hollywood:  A Celebration Of Song for fraternal organizations and senior living residences, not to mention we held a couple of piano bars for our friends at our home around the winter holidays, and all were great fun!


We did a little more outdoor entertaining in early autumn.  This one was a return engagement of our Cabaret With A Conscience show for the Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair.


KJ was very happy to score a film trailer for local writer, actor, producer and director Steve Coker, for an upcoming film entitled, “Dex Dixon:  Paranormal Dick.”  It’s a noir-musical-vampire-werewolf comedy, and such a fun project.  KJ’s songs were professionally recorded by local musicians, and the music went into the trailer, which you can see on Vimeo.


In addition to writing music, KJ was also asked to be a guest panelist at a couple of fun conventions also related to this movie trailer.  They included the first-ever Rose City ComicCon, due to the amazing artwork of each character that has gone into the making of the trailer, as well as HowlCon, which is a werewolf convention!


Late in the year, we made some new musical friends when we stopped by an open mic held at a local fraternal organization this fall, and got a chance to play and sing on several occasions to an appreciative and gracious audience.


One of the big projects to which we’ve devoted a great deal of time is our cabaret blog.  Many hours were spent in 2012 researching and writing posts in our cabaret series.  For many months, this included the Cabaret Soiree and Featured Cabaret Entertainers, Venues and other cool Cabaret things that we liked, but as our schedules got busier, we decided to streamline our weekly postings to 3 a week, focusing on our audience favorites.  These are the Cabaret Tip Tuesday, Ask A Cabaret Question Wednesdays, and Cabaret Through Time Fridays.  These will continue on in 2013.  We did a lot to our original website, including making the move to a self-hosted site, and monetizing it.  We hope to continue to provide interesting cabaret content for you, and we are looking at some different ways to connect more with our local audience online.  In 2012 we also established an online presence for McElrath Cabaret on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus.  The cabaret email list was also utilized several times to let our fans know about our upcoming events.  We also purchased a video camera, so now we can tape our shows, as well as a new portable sound system–yay!


It’s fun to take a look back and see what we were able to accomplish over the course of a year.  It’s always an uphill struggle when you live outside of the hotbed of cabaret in New York City.  When I stop to think about it, it’s amazing that we were able to share cabaret with any audience members at all, considering the odds!  There is a lot of education involved for those people that we meet that show an interest in what we do so they can understand what exactly it is that we do, and a lot of trying to open up new venues to the idea of cabaret entertainment.  There’s never a dull moment, that’s for sure :)


We keep working at it, and have a goal of working more private events this year and growing our local audience!  We are so thankful for our audience members, as well as all the new cabaret friends that we’ve met online throughout the country, and we would like to give you all a huge shout-out and praise you for your kind support throughout the year with our various artistic pursuits!  We hope to bring you more fabulous cabaret entertainment in 2013!


So how about you?  Did you catch any of our shows this year?  Do you know of any local venues or organizations that might be interested in hosting cabaret shows?  Let us know in the comments!


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We appreciate your support!

Till next time, 


Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:

Tuesdays:  Cabaret Tip Tuesday

Wednesdays:  Ask A Cabaret Question

Fridays:  Cabaret Through Time

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About Athena at McElrath Cabaret

Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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4 Responses to Cabaret Through Time at McElrath Cabaret–A Review of Our Year 2012

  1. Karen says:

    Hey Athena! I’m just catching up on my blog reading and so happy I found this post! You are such a doll and great energy! So much fun! I hope you guys are well and have lots of gigs coming up! ;-)

  2. Oh, my gosh! That song with “I’m never the bridesmaid, always the bride…” My Mom is laughing her head off!!! I have been married “a few times” which my family relentlessly teases me about. My Mom says that song was made just for me! It was cute the way you performed it in that chair, too! I’m glad to hear that KJ got through his eye surgery without incident. Hopefully there will be nothing like that in 2013!!! What a trooper to want to get right back at the keys so fast!!! He’s a very gifted piano player! You guys perform well together, and you play well off of one another. It’s so wonderful that you have this shared interest!!! Great finish!

    • Thank you so much for visiting, Alycia, and your kind words. That song is by Rogers and Hart, and it’s from the Broadway musical A Connecticut Yankee, and it’s called “To Keep My Love Alive”, and it’s a blast to perform!