“The 14th Annual Edwardian Ball in San Francisco was like walking out of a time machine into Moulin Rouge in 2020!”
A first hand account from backstage at The Edwardian Ball by Shakti Bliss, a featured artist at the SOLD OUT event at the historic Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.
Half my closet was on the floor of my bedroom before I finally decided on the perfect, simple costume that would represent my character for the weekend, inspired by the artwork and stories of Edward Gorey….
Our taxi, a luxury black sedan who’s driver was begging for a ticket to the SOLD OUT show once I explained what it was all about it, dropped us off in front of a line wrapping around the Recency Ballroom. The buzz of anticipation was tangible, dapper queens and kings in every direction looking absolutely FABULOUS…
As I climb that ancient staircase I could only wonder what other timeless vaudeville performers and musicians once played a big show in this same theater. Ghosts whisper memories in my ears and I take the last narrow metal walkway up to my private waiting room shared with my fellow DJ’s extraordinaire and bohemian brother’s from another time and space, Delachaux and The Klown….
Waiting in the DJ booth for my cue, I was able to have the best seat in the house for the headlining performance of “The Curious Sofa” by Vau de Vire Society, a must see at this event! The stage manager prompted me to play a few filler tracks while the production staff was looking for a lost clown backstage, then Fou Fou Ha came on and bedazzled us with their antics, concluding with a pie in the face for Mama Fou’s Birthday. I was still in the middle of laughing at the chaos on stage when I heard the announcer say my name: “SHAKTI BLISS!!!!”
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