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First Friday: Baby Come Back


You’ve been asking for it so baby, WE’RE BACK! First Friday is returning to the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge for a night of fantastic fun and, most importantly, lots and lots of dancing!

Doors open at 7pm where you’ll be greeted by the infamous Steph Pappas Experience. SPE will make you hoot, holler, and yodel during their opening set from 7-8pm. Then it’s time to dance, dance, dance with DJ Llu spinning tunes from 8-10pm followed by DJVU from 10pm-1am.

Your hostesses with the mostesses, Emoji Nightmare & Nikki Champagne, will be in house entertaining you all night long!

Ages 18+
Tickets in advance are just $5
$10 day of show

Steph Pappas ofThe Steph Pappas Experience received her first harmonica at age 12 as a Christmas present in lieu of another train set. She was born in Jamacia Plains, Boston, Massachusetts on July 5 (so essentially this is her big, gay, & FABULOUS birthday party). Her early love of baseball nearly led to another career, but influenced by legendary players such as Odetta, Led Zeppelin, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin the guitar was calling her name in which Steph found her true calling.

DJ Llu is a life-long queer Vermonter, based out of Burlington, VT who makes radio on WRUV-FM weekly and spins in local clubs and at area events frequently. When Llu is in the club, Llu puts together eclectic sets of pop, hip-hop, mashups, and dance tracks that ignite any dance floor.

DJVU is a Vermont-based musician, producer, and DJ who has played clubs throughout New England, held residencies in Burlington VT, and toured the country as the touring DJ for pop singer Neon Hitch.

Emoji Nightmare and Nikki Champagne are your hosts for the evening! Emoji & Nikki are the dynamic queens and have been featured on Stuck in Vermont, WCAX, and Seven Days. Both have headlined and hosted several of the Queen City's biggest drag shows including Glitter & Duct Tape, Paint: A Drag Cabaret, The Vermont Pride Festival, Queer Pop-Up Dance Party, and SASS.

As co-producers of Queen City Drag Cabaret, the queens curate shows that provide a safe space for performers and audience members of any identity: a non-misogynistic, non-racist, and non-sexist show whose focus is on the art of performance. We ask that all members of the cast, as well as audience members, respect this space by being aware of inclusive language, personal boundaries, and most of all mutual respect (in other terms: no T, no Shade, no Pink Lemonade squirrel friends).

Earlier Event: July 4
Jeffersonville Fourth of July Parade
Later Event: July 21
15th Annual Vermont Drag Idol