Like most holidays this year, New Year’s Eve is going to be a little different: no crowded clubs or parties permissible; no public gatherings or ball droppings. But people don’t have to sit home in their jammies watching “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Jadein Black and Boylesque are bringing the party to you this year and hosting a New Year’s (Virtual) Drag Spectacular.
The event starts Thursday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. on Zoom. There will be trivia hosted by Austin Moan as well as drag bingo and a show starring Black, Moan, Maxi Chanel, Hershae Chocolatae, Ani Breated and Sapphira Siren. The evening will conclude with a countdown at midnight. And what’s even better, attendees will be partying for a cause.
“I have been brainstorming since August what we could do to give back to our small businesses and frontline workers,” Black said. “Tickets are only $10 and 100 percent of ticket sales and tips will be going to buy local business gift cards for our UofM and St. Joe’s Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor COVID staff. In addition, we have received a private donation that will take care of the queens as if we were working in person.”
Attendees can purchase tickets in advance of the event that will contain a Zoom link. The email will also include all the information needed for the games to be played that evening with the additional option of buying additional bingo cards. Small businesses benefitting from the show include The Rocket Gifts, Toys and Candy, Unicorn Feed and Supply, Stone and Spoon, Beezys, Wurst Bar and This, That & the ODDer things. Boylesque has been producing virtual benefit drag shows since the start of the pandemic. So far, it has raised over $10,000.
“We are the only drag group in the country doing three to five shows each week,” Black said. “We keep producing them because we want to keep on making a difference and raising money for these causes. We also want to let our audiences know we are not going anywhere. New Year’s Eve will mark our 175th virtual show this year for local area non-profits and causes.”
When the world is not in the middle of a pandemic, Black and the Boylesque crew usually perform at the Tap Room in Ypsilanti. For now, and until it’s safe, Boylesque will continue to perform virtually.
“Our ultimate goal is to keep making a difference and brightening up the world with drag,” Black said.