The coming weekend seemed to be a battle of the divas. But there is a way to enjoy them both.
The battle is between legendary diva of all time Martha Wash – the powerful vocal friend to Sylvester and dance club queen with her own sound vs. Jason Brock, a local and upcoming big voiced crooner who made the Top 12 on this year’s “X Factor.”
Fortunately, Brock’s return engagement to San Francisco on Dec. 1 at Martuni’s has sold out – so they added a second show for Sunday, Dec. 2 – making it easy to see both Wash and Brock.
You do need a bit of money to see Wash as it’s a fund raiser for the AIDS Emergency Fund on Saturday is part of World AIDS Day and Wash will be on hand to support the gay community and likely pay tribute to Sylvester, one of AIDS first victims.
If you don’t know Wash or Sylvester…..really? REALLY?
But for those who have stumbled on to this, Sylvester was a dance icon in the late 1970s and he wasn’t a drag performer as he lived life pretty much as the Queen of Disco, including his most popular dance anthem “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real.”
Wash emerged from the shadows after his departure and is the big dance club vocalist behind “Everybody Dance Now,” “Strike It Up,” “Carry On” and “Give It To You.” Oh yeah, let’s not forget her signature tune, “It’s Raining Men.”
Her performance ma be minimal but she is definitely worth seeing and if you have $300-$2500 for a good cause. She’s also the perfect addition to an evening devoted to disco.
This 30th gala, entitled Under the Big Top, will be at Golden Gate Park and it starts at 7pm. The $300 tickets include cocktails, dinner and disco under the stars. You can get a pair for $500 or become a silver patron for $1000 (and 2 tickets) and a gold patron for $2500 (and 4 tickets).
Get full details at www.aef-sf.org.
For a more intimate and reasonably-priced event, Brock will be at Martuni’s both Saturday (sold out) and Sunday, from 7-8:15pm.
Brock surprised America with his big chops and sweet personality when he tried out and went on to the live shows of “The X Factor,” making it to the top 12.
I happen to have been one of the lucky ones to have seen him in short films and as one of the Hedwig’s in the Boxcar Theatre’s “Hegwig and the Angry Inch.” His amazing voice blew me away and I became a fan at that very performance. “Hedwig” is coming back next week – maybe we’ll see Brock again there as well.
He’s a soulful crooner/diva that celebrities his big voice in phraseology and embraces the fact that he’s an out and proud gay man. Jason – we’re all so proud of you too!
This is really a big chance for all of us to see a superstar right before they take off. We don’t know when it will happen, but something big and fabulous will be happening to Brock – don’t you want to be there to say “I saw him at the small and intimate Martuni’s before he was known the world over.”
Sunday night tickets are $20 and can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/299974.