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Night of 1000 “Stevies?”

…when doing impersonations of celebrities, you either have to commit, or do your own thing.

Story by Shay Neary - imshaybutta@gmail.com Photos by Mariano Garcia
Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Stevie Nicks, was and is, a celebrated musical artist. Her voice has a light twang and a subtle bellow that just makes you want to watch the leaves blow by. Her flowing outfits and Victorian twists to attire are enchanting, and her rhythmic channel of music and style of dress has dominated the generations. So to this, in NYC once a year, there is a show in her honor where impersonators, bands, artists and acts do what they do best with a twist of Stevie Nicks. Night of 1000 Stevie’s 23 (23? Really?) happened at the Highline Ballroom this year. The theme was “Crystal”. The website specified to try to go with water based themes when dressing like Pirate attire, sea folk, Lady of the Lake and mermaid notes. You also could dress as any version of Stevie from anytime, do you own thing or be yourself.

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

I arrived to do a piece on the “Dos and Don’ts of NOTS”. There were a lot of fascinating “individuals.” I myself went as Stevie Nicks Thorazine induced and shipwrecked in the 80’s. I made a sickeningly massive wig that most definitely bruised my skull the next day. There were a lot of 70’s inspired outfits. Girls with floral headbands, peasant skirts, all wearing crosses and carrying doves or crows, shaking their tambourines at anything that walked by. There was this one girl who made a headpiece like a Geode that was neat. There were lots of creations that I found fabulous and that I wish I were thin enough to wear. Nothing is worse that wanting a skinny girl’s outfit when you weigh over two-hundred pounds! Bitches…  There were, of course, a lot of people dressed as Stevie Nicks.  Some great, and some that looked like your shoes and socks after you walked through a flood. Every night at any event has some failures; this had the normal share of the walking awful.

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

There were some gorgeous knock-outs. The opening groups dance act had Mermaid-esc outfits that were to DIE FOR!! They were fishy, fresh and all together fabulous. Miss Chi Chi Valentini was dressed in an evening gown that reminded me of a piss clam, but a wonderful piss clam in royal purple/blue with fabulous sparking jewels and platinum blonde hair. She looked like a Disney princess from a drag fairytale.

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

There was Jazmen Flowers, who was rocking Stevie realness, and her outfit was like a fly on shit, to die for. There was also a drag queen named Divine Grace. I can’t say she had grace, but god she was divine. Her outfit was a steam-punk rocker outfit and it was disgustingly bedazzled. It just caught my eye like a bug to a flame. It was grand.

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Actually I think some of the people who tried to dress like Stevie were some of the worse. Doing drag for almost ten years has made me a hard critique. There are all forms of drag; I’m for all of them and the creativity is insane. But when doing impersonations of celebrities, you either have to commit, or do your own thing. There was this queen who will go unnamed here, let me tell you the reasons she, or anyone else for that matter, shouldn’t try to impersonate a celebrity with no experience.

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Photo © Mariano Garcia

This is why:
1. If you say you’re supposed to be someone, people know what that person looks like. They know the features, attire and sound. You can’t just half ass it and call yourself that person on stage. You blabbering twit in female attire, YOU FAIL!

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Photo © Mariano Garcia

2. If you’re doing a twist on a celebrity, people are more likely to take it as your drag character making a mock, laugh and still enjoy your performance. But, when you kind of look like the celebrity you’re impersonating, sound like George Clooney and walk like a paraplegic on stilts. YOU FAIL!

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Photo © Mariano Garcia

3. If you’re going to sing, and you don’t sound like the singer you’re singing… No one wants to listen. Bitch, you are not Beyoncé, Cher, Adele or Stevie Nicks! YOU FAIL!

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Photo © Mariano Garcia

4. If you are going to make a costume that is supposed to be a replica of something that celeb has worn, put in the money and do it, but DO NOT, DO NOT… Buy curtains from the dollar store and try to replicate that same thing on your sewing machine. Bitch! You are not some miracle working Asian with nimble fingers and an eye sight line of a God. Go pay someone to make you an outfit. YOU FAIL!

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Photo © Mariano Garcia

5. If you’re not a good performer… please, for the love of everyone… stick to doing your drag inside the containment of your bathroom walls. The mirror loves you, sweetie! YOU FAIL!

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Photo © Mariano Garcia

After all the hub-bub I couldn’t last, a girl needs her beauty rest, but I had seen and smelled enough Stevie’s for a lifetime. The smell of Patchouli and B/O really never rubs off, just like the 70’s. But get out there next year, and see the grand façade of Night of 1000 Stevie’s. Make yourself up, and become a part of a generation, sweeties. BUT DON’T FUCK IT UP BITCHES!!
Kisses!

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Visit the Night of 1000 Stevies’ website for more information on their annual event.

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