Club Kai Kai Pride with Aja
Shitney, Diva Dott, Fine China, Babie More, Rubber Child, House of Ada, Chanti Darling (live!), DJ Chelsea Starr, Hosts: Ann Pyne & Buckmaster, Visuals by Rakeem
Sun Jun 17
$23.00 - $40.00
Tickets at the Door
This event is 21 and over
AJA IS FINALLY COMING TO PORTLAND! A-yo sis!!! Aja was the star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9. But now Aja is the superstar from RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3! Aja’s performances combine intense movement/choreo, wicked (hot) couture, and the filthiest prettiest mouth you ever did see. Her drag will make you GAG! Get ready for the dips, bitch!
Club Kai Kai is honored to invite the sickest performers we know to join Miss Aja! From a vogue house to Shitney’s haunted house of horrors - we got all your drag needs at our new venue/house Holocene! Plus our DJs are going to spin you right round baby, right round like a record baby right round round round! There is no other place to be except at this party!
Show one is at 11pm. Show two is at 12:30am.
Meet and greet is at 10pm. Photos by Gula Delgatto. M&G photos will be uploaded to our #ClubKaiKai facebook page.
It’s father’s day… so we got mother. That’s right because you already read the event name and saw the poster - AJA IS FINALLY COMING TO PORTLAND! A-yo sis!!! Aja was the star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9. But now Aja is the superstar from RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3! Aja’s performances combine intense movement/choreo, wicked (hot) couture, and the filthiest prettiest mouth you ever did see. Her drag will make you GAG! Get ready for the dips, bitch!
Club Kai Kai is honored to invite the sickest performers we know to join Miss Aja! From a vogue house to Shitney’s haunted house of horrors - we got all your drag needs at our new venue/house Holocene! Plus our DJs are going to spin you right round baby, right round like a record baby right round round round! There is no other place to be except at this party (and our party on Friday)! You will regret not getting a ticket the moment they went on sale … just as much as you regret that time you thought it was a good idea to drink an entire bottle of whiskey and calling your ex. Your ex is the past, Club Kai Kai is the future.
Happy Pride: stay safe, stay smart, and stay true to you! And remember Portland - “YOU are perfect! YOU are beautiful! YOU look like Linda Evangelista! YOU look like a model! Everything about YOU is perfect!”
electro-soul adepts Chanti Darling, Trü drinks deeply from the sacred founts of Disco, Boogie Funk, and the
dizzying universe of house music. Teasing out the essential filaments, Trü weaves a sound that nods to the
past as it blasts into the future; urgent, irresistible, and absolutely of the moment.
Raised on a steady diet of jazz, soul, and his mom’s Boogie Funk collection (he started leading vocal groups at
age ten), multi-instrumentalist Trü studied opera, musical theater, and composition. Naturally drawn to the
primal energy of the club scene, Trü first made a name for himself as a performer, promoter, and DJ. “I was
always drawn to the power of music to make people dance” says Trü . “There’s some innate, ritualistic
pre-human thing within us, engrained on our DNA. The metaphysical combination of melodies, rhythms, lyrics
and ideas; it’s what our very consciousness is made of. It is creation itself.”
To aid him on his pilgrimage, spreading the gospel of RNB, Trü turned to fellow sonic wizards Natasha Kmeto
and Damon Boucher. “Natasha and I have lots of conversations about unsung heroes of popular music”
explains Trü “RNB musicians that don’t get the shine that they deserve because they are women, or black, or
queer. Then a blonde haired blue-eyed dude from someplace trendy literally “borrows” from this genre and all
the sudden RNB is cool. No. It’s never not been cool.”
Written over three years and recorded in Portland, Oregon at Zip Zap and Eyrst studios, the record features
numerous collaborations with producer Boucher and Kmeto. While some of the songs were written in the
studio, much of the music was refined during the bands already legendary live shows. No doubt dazzling
choreographers and dancers The Step Touches – the only constant in the Chanti Darling lineup apart from Trü
– have helped build the legend with their epic performances.
Early in the project, Trü put together a band that included Hannah Blilie of The Gossip and Rebecca Cole of
Wild Flag. “It’s amazing to be able to develop ideas in a live setting,” Trü tells us. “A lot of these songs started
from live instrumentation and were then translated through digital production.” In fact, the bulk of the music –
apart from the drum programming – was tracked live.
Aesthetically, Chanti Darling melds 80’s retro-futurist iconography with a late-night summertime vibe; THE RNB
is a place of neon lights and palm fronds, washed in the pastels of dusk and dawn. Together, Chanti Darling is
undeniable and immersive. This has not gone unnoticed in the Pacific Northwest – and beyond. Voted
Portland’s “Best New Band” in a poll held by Willamette Week , the band has already performed at the
Pickathon , Treefort , and What The Festival events, played a host of shows with Hercules & Love Affair, been
featured in Vice and Dope , and shared the stage with NAO as part of Red Bull Sound Select.
“This record is built upon a sort of string theory of RNB sounds” says Trü . “THE RNB is a type of place that
exists in another plane. It’s another dimension. A place beyond dreaming that is the totality of your highest
vibration. All the rest though… is just mundane.”
One of the timeless, primary allures of music has been the ability to lose oneself within it, and with RNB Vol.1
Chanti Darling has crafted a sonic totem, imbued with the power to transport the listener to a place of
hip-shaking, sweaty freedom. “I wanted to create a record that people could be absorbed by. Something to hold
them and envelop them. The world… the world itself has gotten so dark. That darkness bleeds over into
everything that we create. Which can be amazing. But, I felt my call was different. I wanted to create a shift to
positivity and light.” Blessed through a life steeped in rhythm with the mystic ability to tap into and channel the
primal genomic funk, Chanticleer Trü has crafted a shimmering antidote to that darkness. RNB Vol.1 is a
rapturous, profoundly engaging (and much needed) mega dose of humanities first antidepressant.
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