We took a vow after that unfortunate Hannah Montana restraining order situation that we would no longer attend concerts or social functions associated with our favorite TV shows. But just like our vow of chastity, we’re breaking the rules once again. Bebe Zahara Benet is coming to town, and we need a lock of that wig to add to the celebrity merkin we’re weaving.
Since we didn’t want to scare Bebe away, we opted to get the skinny on the tour from cutie DJ Mark Picchiotti (pronounced “Pick-ee-ah-tee”), the official DJ of this tour de sass.
And while he was busy typing, we were busy sharpening those hair-trimming scissors. Who you callin’ a beauty school dropout now?
Q: You got your start in Dallas at the infamous Stark Club. There are two documentaries coming out about the “Studio 54 of North Texas.” Having been there…done that, what’s one scene that you think has to make it in the movie?
A: I think it should start with the sale of an ecstasy tablet. In those days that drug was a “grey market” drug and not necessarily illegal. The dealer in the club actually took charge cards for payment; he carried a charge card swiper with him. Shortly following the clubber's consumption of the drug should be a shot of the entire club with its patrons dressed impeccably in the latest fashions (rolling on the new designer drug) and dancing anywhere there was floor space available. Because that's how it was. Of course, the dance floor was full and the staircase leading down to it was full so people danced everywhere and anywhere they could.
They should also include the grand red carpeted staircase that lead clubbers into club, shots of the unisex bathrooms, the all-white sofas and the sub-level dance floor with its speaker system hidden behind the three walls that encapsulated it.
I could go on and on. The Stark club and its music are the most compelling reasons that I am in the music business today!
Q: As the official DJ for the RuPaul’s Drag Race Winners Tour/ ABSOLUT Real Fruit Tour, you’ve seen many a drag queen “lip sync for her life.” What’s the most tragic, cliché song a queen can perform to? And the best?
A: WORST: Anything recorded by Barbra Streisand or Judy Garland.
BEST: Any song with attitude that isn't from one of the above artists.
Q: Picking a drag name can be nerve wracking. But using the secret formula of taking your first pet’s name as your first name and the street you grew up on as your last name, what would your drag queen name be?
A: Buttons Potomac, but if I could choose it I’d be Tsunami Debris.
Q: Having been around divas ranging from Bebe Zahara Benet to Kylie Minogue, what’s the best trick of the trade you’ve learned from these ladies?
A: Well, I've been around a LONG time, so the best “trick” I see in them and I already use is professionalism. In order to succeed, I believe one should be courteous, respectful, grateful and humble, yet have a shit load of confidence and swagger. People are drawn to those attributes and as an artist, drawing people in is the desired effect.
Q: Perched up in the DJ booth, you are privy to everyone’s fashions and faux pas. What’s the latest fashion trend that you think needs to be retired?
A: Skinny Jeans. I was around in the 80’s when they were popular. They were ugly then and they’re ugly now. And I'm talking about men's skinny jeans. Unless you've got Greek statuesque legs, you run the risk of looking like Olive Oil or your legs look like a pair of sausages stuffed into a potato sack (depending on body type). And for me there's nothing sexy about that. I don't care if it's fashionable. Pet rocks were fashionable too…
Q: Lastly, what can we expect when the tour rolls into Woody’s tonight?
A: From me, you'll get an energetic set of music. I like to play vocal records that pump. Depending on the length of my set I will make sure that you go on a journey, not keeping you stuck in one style or another. From Bebe you will get one of the most compelling performances you've ever seen. Drag queen or not, she is a star and her show will prove as much.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Winners Tour/ABSOLUT Real Fruit Tour
Tonight, 11:00 p.m.
Woody’s Sports & Video Bar
4011 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas