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SuicideGirls co-founder chats about the success of the Blackheart Burlesque tour that kicks off in S


Photo by Photo by Derek Bremner

SuicideGirls is officially announcing the return of the SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque tour in the U.S.! The most creative, sexy, and all-around fun show will dazzle audiences in sixty cities across the country starting in San Diego, CA on April 13th, 2017 and returning to Los Angeles on June 24th, 2017. This geek fantasy spectacular will amaze as the girls perform the sexiest striptease numbers filled with pop-culture references. “The show is unlike anything you have ever seen. It’s tongue-in-cheek, it’s sexy, it’s fun, it’s silly and highly choreographed. It’s impossible to leave without a smile!”- Missy Suicide, founder of SuicideGirls.

Photo courtesy Jon Burkhart

SuicideGirls, an online community that celebrates alternative beauty and indie culture from around the world, has taken classic burlesque and added a spin to satisfy everyone’s geek side. Star Wars, Stranger Things, A Tribute to Prince and David Bowie, and West World are a few of the pop-culture references unique to this year’s show - We challenge you to find them all!

Photo courtesy Derek Bremner

SuicideGirls has been re-imagining burlesque since 2002. They have been consistently on the road for the past four years, playing sold out shows across the United States, Chile, Australia, Canada, the U.K. and, most recently, Germany. The girls have huge plans ahead, with an expanded and much anticipated 2017 U.S. Spring tour roster.

We had a chance to chat with the co-founder of SuicideGirls, Missy Suicide, about how the website and tour all started.

Photo courtesy Missy Suicide via Facebook

Nardcast: When you launched Suicide Girls, what was the intial mission and thought process of the brand?

Missy: The initial mission was to try and give a place for the girls I thought were beautiful and appreciated for being themselves. There were only two places that women were accepted as beautiful and celebrated as beautiful. The first place was the stick thin supermodel and the second place was the buxom enhanced Pamela Anderson type women and being a five foot girl. I don’t really fall into a category but I found that the girls I knew were the most beautiful girls in the world and I wanted to create a place where they could be themselves and they could see that they were beautiful.

What do you think makes women beautiful?

Individuality and their confidence. There are so many body types and when a women has that confidence to own their body, I think that is so beautiful rather than trying to fit into a category of the straight and narrow category.

So, not being afraid to be yourself?

Exactly!

Did you think it would be such a success?

When I first started, I thought it would be popular in Seattle, but it's obviously a lot more popular now. There was no social network and the world seems so much smaller and connected now, we have the knowledge of the world in our pocket at all times. I didn’t know there would be so many people who thought and think like me, but the message has been transformed and there’s now 3,000 women around the world who think like me. We have girls from all over the world on every continent including Antarctica.

What could we expect at this year’s SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque Tour?

There’s a lot of new numbers, all of our numbers are influenced by popular culture. This year’s new numbers are based on television themes such as' Stranger Things' and 'Westworld.'

Which act are you most excited about?

I am most excited about the Westworld number as Sunny Suicide sings in that number and it is really amazing.

What’s next for SuicideGirls?

Well, I am writing a book and there’s the tour and another photo book. I just want to continue to spread the message.

Is there anything else you want everyone to know?

We are so excited for San Diego and the start of the tour! Come out and see us.

Check out below for a full event calendar or BlackheartBurlesque.com to see where they are headed next!

April 13 | San Diego, CA | The Music Box | Buy Tickets

April 14 | Los Angeles, CA | Teragram Ballroom

April 15 | Phoenix, AZ | The Pressroom

April 16 | Tucson, AZ | Fox Tucson Theatre

April 18 | Albuquerque, NM | Kimo Theatre

April 19 | Colorado Springs, CO | The Black Sheep

April 20 | Denver, CO | Summit Music Hall

April 21 | Lawrence, KS | The Granada

April 22 | Omaha, NE | Sokol Auditorium

April 23 | Wichita, KS | The Cotillion

April 24 | Oklahoma City, OK | Diamond Ballroom

April 26 | Dallas, TX | Gas Monkey Live

April 27 | Austin, TX | Emo’s

April 28 | San Antonio, TX | Alamo City Music Hall

April 29 | Houston, TX | Warehouse Live

April 30 | Pensacola, FL | Vinyl Music Hall

May 02 | Bonita Springs, FL |Sanjan Theatre

May 03 | St. Petersburg, FL | State Theatre

May 04 | Fort Lauderdale, FL | The Culture Room

May 05 | Orlando, FL | The Plaza Live

May 06 | Charleston, SC | Music Farm May 07 | Atlanta, GA | Center Stage

May 08 | Columbia, SC | Music Farm Columbia

May 09 | Charlotte, NC | Neighborhood Theatre

May 11 | Greensboro, NC The Blind Tiger

May 12 | Washington, DC | The Howard Theatre

May 13 | Brooklyn, NY | Music Hall of Williamsburg

May 14 | New York City, NY | Le Poisson Rouge

May 16 | Baltimore, MD | Baltimore Soundstage

May 17 | Philadelphia, PA | Union Transfer

May 18 | New Haven, CT | College Street Music Hall

May 19 | Portland, ME | The State Theatre

May 20 | Boston, MA | Royale

May 22 | South Burlington, VT | Higher Ground

May 23 | Clifton Park, NY | Upstate Concert Hall

May 24 | Cleveland, OH | Beachland Ballroom

May 25 | Detroit, MI | El Club

May 27 | Pittsburgh, PA | The Rex Theatre

May 28 | Louisville, KY | Zanzabar

May 30 | Lexington, KY | Cosmic Charlie’s

May 31 | Nashville, TN | Exit/In

June 01 | Sauget, IL | Pop’s Concert Venue

June 02 | Indianapolis, IN | The Vogue

June 03 | Chicago, IL | Park West

June 05 | La Crosse, WI | Cavalier Theatre

June 06 | Milwaukee, WI | Turner Hall Ballroom

June 07 | Madison, WI | Majestic Madison

June 08 | Minneapolis, MN | Amsterdam Bar and Grill

June 09 | Fargo, ND | Sanctuary Events Center

June 10 | Sioux Falls, SD | Icon Lounge

June 12 | Billings, MT | Pub Station

June 14 | Seattle, WA | Showbox

June 15 | Portland, OR | Revolution Hall

June 16 | Eugene, OR | Wow Hall

June 17 | San Francisco, CA | The Independent

June 18 | Petaluma, CA | Mystic Theatre

June 19 | Sacramento, CA | The Crest

June 20 | Santa Cruz, CA | The Catalyst

June 22 | Fresno, CA | Strummers

June 24 | Los Angeles, CA | Teragram Ballroom

More info, visit blackheartburlesque.com

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