What Exactly is a Cabaret?

Cabaret is a style of variety entertainment, typically including music, dance, comedy, and short theatrical pieces. It was an immensely popular form of entertainment throughout the 19th century, sometimes featuring circus acts along with the more common musical and dance numbers.

You have to understand the way I am, Mein Herr.
A tiger is a tiger – not a lamb, Mein Herr.
You’ll never turn the vinegar to jam, Mein Herr.
So I do, what I do…
When I’m through, then I’m through…
And I’m through. Toodle-loo!
Bye-Bye, Mein Lieber Herr.

The style is named after the venue, which is similar to a nightclub, in which this performance would take place. Cabaret began in France around the turn of the 19th century, later flourishing in Germany and the United States. Some famous cabarets in France included the Chat Noir, the Moulin Rouge, and the Folies-Bergère. Elaborate costumes and stunning showgirls became staples of the genre, and performers such as Maurice Chevalier and Josephine Baker made their names in the cabaret business.

Liza Minnelli’s performance in the Oscar-winning musical “Cabaret” is a great example of the cabaret style of entertainment: humorous, sexy, and fun.

Bass Cabaret is a new concept which blends the old-world charm of a traditional cabaret with a modern taste in music. We maintain many of the elements of a true cabaret (nightclub setting, elaborately costumed performers, highly-visual variety acts) while appealing to an entirely different, hip audience.

Prepare for the show! Bass Cabaret opens the curtain in San Francisco, CA.

"Party Girl" Pearl has arrived in the SF Bay Area, harvested from a virgin oyster where she had been cultured since the early 1910's. She began throwing elaborate costume parties in the 1920's on land, and by the early 2000's had become a part of the emerging electronic dance music scene. Today, Pearl blends these worlds with burlesque and the circus arts and creates immersive experiences for party-goers while supporting causes like women’s empowerment and water conservation.

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