You could probably get arrested in the South for throwing this type of party, but this is the Bay.
San Francisco's saucy, simmering “Trapeze” show — a mix of big bass and burlesque — returns to Rickshaw Stop on Saturday. The 2-year-old act celebrates the release of the burlectro-swing CD “Vintage Voltage: The Sounds of Trapeze Vol. 1” with performances by Dutty Moonshine, The Speakeasy Syndicate, resident DJs Delachaux and Boenobo The Klown, plus a gaggle of super-sexy burlesque dancers: Cleo Viper, Meka La Creme, Ida Focht, Chenoa Fox and Fou Fou Ha. Godfather of San Francisco burlesque MC Kingfish is the master of ceremonies.
“Trapeze” co-founder, full-time music producer and Sunset district resident Delachaux says the event came about because it failed to fit in at either old-timey burlesque shows or contemporary house music nights.
San Francisco has always nurtured a retro burlesque scene, says Delachaux, who also DJs the annual Edwardian Ball. “It ebbs and flows.”
The libidinous, old-timey performance art form touches so many other San Francisco scenes, from period costumers to the tattoo and body mod set to the burners. All are steeped in The City's brand of sex-positive feminism.
Delachaux says his fusion of swing and bass “was a little too hard for burlesque [and] at the same time it wasn't hard enough for the hippy dubstep scene.” Being in what he calls “this nether-region,” he started throwing his own parties.
Partnering with absinthe aficionados and underground absinthe speakeasies led him to The Klown; the duo threw its first “Trapeze” at Monarch in 2012, hosting 30 or 40 people.
Delachaux and The Klown book the dancers and DJs, who mostly are from Europe. Dutty Moonshine is a big U.K. act fusing 1920s and '30s sounds to contemporary beats.
The show, which went on tour last summer and has an July date in Los Angeles, is slowing growing.
Saturday's event is a prelude to a big trip to Las Vegas for the annual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, which draws huge, prestigious burlesque dancers from around the world. “It's a huge party and a lot of fun,” says Delachaux, adding that the mix of beats, costumes, dancers and titillating acts is far more interesting than watching a DJ press buttons.
“That's kind of been our big mantra,” he says. “We have so many visuals — everyone's going nuts on the stage and the dance floor.”
IF YOU GO
<p>Trapeze XII: Full Tilt Freakeasy
with Dutty Moonshine, The Speakeasy Syndicate, Delachaux, Boenobo The Klown
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F. Tickets: $15 to $20
Contact: (415) 861-2011, www.rickshawstop.com