Performs At The Factory Nightclub
"Girl Bar's 15th Anniversary Extravaganza"
11 November 2005
Report by Taipo
Okay, all you folks! It's 2:12 a.m., I'm exhausted,
cold, and ready for bed, but I promised…and it was all more than worth
it! Let's start at the beginning and tease a bit, 'cause that's what
they did to us.
First, several of us (including rithebard, Angela (who
was nice enough to bring her mom), xenite1974, Jackie, Tammy, and Cindy
T, and me) met at the Flavor of India for dinner. It's a beautiful
restaurant with great food, decent prices, and a terrific wait staff.
If you're in town, go there. After dinner, we made our way over to the
club. We ended up waiting for the doors to open at 9:30 p.m. We went
in to find that the last comedian, ~~~~~ McKnight, was still working the
room, and doing it very well indeed. We only caught the last part of
her act, but she had us in stitches.
Then they switched the room over and the dancing began
around 10:00, just in time for us to take turns going out and getting
our t-shirts from the folks Sharon sent over. I personally didn't see
Sharon, but someone claims to have seen her at the end of the night.
Well, we missed you, Sharon, but the tees are great! The logo isn't
overly large, though you might think so from the picture Lucy was
drawing in that photograph. And for those of you who are wanting the
Lucy connection, right under the last "a" in Mama are the small letters
LLFC. They're small, but they're there.
The tees not only look great, they feel really good to
wear- not like some of those
stiff cotton things you get these days. Kudos, Lucy and the T-Shirt
It didn't take long for those t-shirts to pop up everywhere, and nearly
everyone had chosen black, which helped us find each other. Fortunately,
Jackie had given us dinner folks notepads with a Xena theme, so I used
mine to take the names of folks I met, for this report. (Yep, Angela,
I've still got your pen. Heh heh heh.) We met powerofxena, who was
there dancing up a storm; AmazonWarrior_64; Sissy B and Mother Goose,
Donna, Dianne, Janiselayne, bullsgrrl, and several other people whose
names I didn't get because of the loud music. In fact, at one point, I
was writing messages to people and realized that here I was, about to
hear Lucy sing, and I was still "posting" messages!!
The music was great, and most of us were shakin' our booties with wild
abandon. Angela really worked it, and I think she's thinking of taking
up dancing as an aerobic workout.
As time went on, the crowd kept pushing toward the stage
in anticipation. Those of us from the dinner group had worked out our
strategy, and we stuck to it. We got right up front and just stayed
put. Consequently, we had the best spot in the house. It was nearly
12:20 a.m. when they introduced Lucy. There had been some
conflicting information about whether or not the management would let us
videotape, but in the end, many people got great
photos and video footage.
They've promised to post it somewhere, somehow, and I'm sure they'll let
you know when they do. Finally, finally, there was Lucy. She bounced
onto the stage with her long blonde hair straight and loose; gold
glitter around her eyes; a sleeveless, black, spangly top; tight,
low-rise blue jeans, held by a belt with a huge butterfly-shaped buckle,
and wearing knee-high lace-up leather platform boots.
She was amazingly sexy, and generous about sharing that with us. She
sang "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" from Lyre, Lyre. She changed
the lyrics at one point, letting us know that "our next president is
gonna be a woman!" When it was over, and we'd finished cheering, she
gave us a little Paris Hilton imitation:
"That was so hot," complete with a little pose.
Her second song was one she wrote herself. She didn't announce the
title, but she did tell us the inspiration. She said it was a "nasty
rock ballad about the casting couch, and all the pricks who tell you
they're gonna make you a star…" I can't remember all the lyrics, and
you'll hear it when you see the video clips. I can tell
you the refrain was "down on my knees," and Lucy really sang her heart
out. She ended up, literally, down on her knees at the front of the
stage, belting it out. It's a good song, not just because Lucy wrote
it, but because the lyrics are fresh, and original.
They're not just one or two catchy phrases repeated over and over. And
you knew, when you heard her sing, that it was something she knew about,
and wanted to make a comment on with this song. I guess that's what the
night was about for me. This is the first time, really, that Lucy got
to decide, artistically, what she would say for us to hear.
The writer of the evening was Lucy, and she really put
herself out there. There was no script, no moderator to ask the
questions, no camera or director between her and the crowd.
She did this because she wanted to, not for fame, glory,
money, as far as I can see. She wanted to grow as an artist, and she
had her fans be a part of that, because she wants to give something back
to us. She doesn't have to, she just does. There's a mutual respect
there, between Lucy and us, that has nothing to do with her celebrity
and everything to do with the way she puts herself, all of herself, out
there for us when she performs.
She's not magic, she's not a god, she's just another
person with real talent who shares that to the utmost whenever she can.
Okay, enough philosophy. After that song, Lucy left the stage, and
balloons and confetti rained down on us. We got the word later that she
had left in a limo right away, which was okay. It was very late, and
she'd given us a great performance.
There were probably a lot of little moments that I missed, but these are
the highlights. The rest you'll get from other people and from photos
From me you'll only get "Good night!"