Finally, I made it to the Baltimore Eagle for their Sunday Brunch. My wife and I bought our tickets and we were on our way. The $28 ticket included the all you can eat buffet and the show; bottomless mimosas were an extra $12 charge. The food was pretty solid. Eggs, bacon, sausage, ham and waffles were the main hot dishes as well as some pastries and fruit. As people came in, our seats were pre assigned which helped with managing big groups. As many times as I have been to the Eagle it was cool to see it set up restaurant style. This was a great opportunity for me to really shoot with my new gear. For the camera buffs I shot this event with a Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-70mm f/2.8L and a Canon 60D with a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8.
We sat next to a group of 3 ladies who were out celebrating their friend's birthday. They were so much fun to hang out with. We felt like we made 3 new friends!
The highlight of the brunch, by far, was the show. The Eagle's stage set up allows for some theatrical suspense. While the customers were busy getting plates of food and coffee, downing mimosas, and chatting with each other, the stage was covered with a big red curtain. I loved that. It created this drama that I don't think most people really realized, but it really did kick up the show. The hosts, Betty Whitecastle and Lizzie Beaumont were a perfect pair, something that is tough when hosting with a partner. Many times one person falls back when the other talks too much or both hosts banter far too much with each other and slide into inside jokes and wander too far away from the show. Betty and Lizzie were totally there for each other and kept the show on track and inline with what the audience needed as well as promoting the Eagle in such a way that really made each event the Eagle hosts something you would want to go to. These two are worthy of studying. This is what co-hosting should look like.
They opened the show with a song they sang live, LOVED THAT! They sung Brittney Spears' "Work" which is a weird song to sing live, but my wife and I were totally entertained.
The show as a whole was super strong. The diversity in performance styles really kept the show interesting. The subtle reminders that yes, you are in a leather bar, through the performances were perfect. That aspect didn't turn off the straight and non-kink audience members from letting a little loose.
The cast for the day (they change weekly/monthly) was the current reigning Queen of Pride 2018 Sapphire Bleu, Allie Kazam, Brie Devine, and Sarabesque.
Sapphire can do a body suit! Actually, if you don't know, Sapphire and I are close friends. As always I enjoyed every second she was performing. She brought the party to life with some hype R&B, which, of course, included Beyoncé. Allie Kazam was super fun. She moved around the room and connected to everyone. Tips were welcomed in her cleavage and appreciated with a kiss on the cheek. Sarabesque is super theatrical and that queen can dance! She came at us with some well rehearsed and polished dance acts. Brie's got DRAMA! This was the first time I have seen her perform. If you are a regular at the Eagle you might see her around out of drag and that's how I know her. To see her "in face," finally, was great. She really brings it, and if she was ever in front of RuPaul, lip syncing for her life, I have no doubt she would only hear "Shantay, You Stay."
We had a great time! Check out the rest of the photos!