The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra

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The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra
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Background Information

Origin

Detroit

Genre

Jazz, Burlesque

Years Active

2015 - Present

Label

Hold Fast Vinyl

Music Director

Joshua James

Members

M.C. Nightshade Frontman, Vocals
Joshua James
Justin Jozwiak
Jim Holden
Mark Kieme
saxes, clarinets, flute, toy piano
John Paxton
Chris Smith
T.J. Wolfgram
trombone, sousaphone, bass, harmonica
Michael Zaporski - piano
Shannon Wade - bass
Rod McDonald - guitar/banjo
Van Hunsberger - percussion (everything AND the kitchen sink)

Website

theatrebizarreorchestra.com

About

The genesis for this project occurred when David J of Bauhaus & Love and Rockets was in attendance at the 2014 Theatre Bizarre Gala event, performing a spontaneous rendition of his band, Bauhaus' classic, 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' with the award winning nine piece jazz ensemble, Planet D Nonet. In their unique take on the song, Bela Lugosi meets up with Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher for a delirious sojourn down in Chinatown where they inevitably end up 'kicking the gong around'.

That chance encounter lead to the formation of the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra, the house band for the "greatest masquerade on Earth" known as the Theatre Bizarre. Together David J aka M.C. Nightshade & the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra ignite the ghost lights of vaudevilles past, taking the audience into another dimension where a demon clown is your best friend, your worst nightmare, and your only guide.

Additional Reading

WDET
MetroTimes
Talkhouse.com
Diabolique Magazine


Discography

CD's/Digital downloads:


Videos

External Links

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