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Here & There for YOU

We're gettin busy with a lot of different shows happening all over the place -- smoky, mouth watering BBQ gigs in Brooklyn Feb 14th and Manhattan on Feb 15th; a golden opportunity to come sing with us at our new weekly live band karaoke gig on Wednesdays in Brooklyn at the new Hill Country Barbecue Market beginning Feb 19th; our monthly burlesque residency on Feb 20th and March 20th with the Juke Joint Revue on the gritty Lower East Side at the Parkside Lounge; a showcase of all original songs on March 13th up in Harlem USA; our first road trip to Smithtown, Long Island to deliver our Real Live Rock/Roll&Soul + Live Real Burlesque with the Juke Joint Revue on March 14th, aaaaaaaand a few private events & weddings on the horizon this Spring & Summer. Come and find us, come sing with us, we've got something for YOU !

Upright on Both Feet!

Hallelujah, she's up on both feet! Autumn in New York never sounded so sweet! Camille's back in full force and Empire Beats is gettin busy: Camille, Sam, and Anthony have been working up some tight new new songs while Alexis and Mark have been locking down the rhythm&grooves for Ben to punctuate with his sweet & growling saxophone melodies. We'll be recording soon and we're getting excited about that!

Meanwhile, we gotta work the new songs out on the stage with you -- they need to find their legs and we need your help lookin' for 'em. October offers plenty of opportunities to join us for all kinds of shows in Manhattan. Venue addresses, set times, admission fees, and other details are available if you follow the links....Check it all out - hope to see you soon!

This Monday October 7th we continue our year-and-a-half long residency at the Parkside Lounge in Manhattan with another illustrious edition of our real, live music + burlesque show, the Juke Joint Revue. On the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, we guarantee 99 minutes of real live Rock/Roll&SouL music and enough glam & glitter to give you a glow all week! Showtime is 8:00 ~ Admission is $10.00 (cheap!). Come early and get VIP seats on the catwalk & runway PLUS Camille's home-made Jalepeno Cheddar Corn Muffins while they last!

Juke Joint Revue # 28 PLUCKY CHARMS ! LINA TANTALETTE and BIANCA DAGGA ! DICK JONES ! and PAM DEMONIUM ! PLUS, a stump speech from New York City mayoral candidate JONNY PORKPIE !

INFO & RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444734669084128/

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And then we're doing it again at the Parkside Lounge on October 21, 2013.

Juke Joint Revue # 29 another all new showcase with featured performances from LILY FAYE ! PAM DEMONIUM ! and DICK JONES ! FANCY FEAST ! and MINX ARCANA !

We never really know what's gonna happen -- and that's exactly why we do it. Join us twice a month and find out! Camille's guarantee: for two hours you won't think about your job! Really now, what else are you doing on Mondays at 8:00 ? Actors, hairdressers, dancers, service industry folks -- c'mon out and throw down! Are you in New York City so you can stay in on weeknights? C'mon now!

INFO & RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/167814176753324/

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OH, beautiful naked people dancing to the best live Rock/Roll&SouL band in Manhattan ain't your thing? That's cool. We have a couple of straight gigs coming up too. We're adding a horn section too, it's gonna be rad...

Friday October 25, 2013 HILL COUNTRY BARBECUE 30 W 26th St Manhattan 10:00 PM -- 1:00 AM NO COVER CHARGE

It's our family show! THREE HOURS of smoked meats, sweet treats, booze, blues and EMPIRE BEATS! Bring your dancin shoes...

INFO & RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/446592098791669/

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WAIT THERE'S MORE, we've got a sweet Saturday night gig coming up early in November. Early start time too. PLUS, we're celebrating our 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! We're working up a ton of new material for this one. Join us!

Saturday November 2, 2013 The BOWERY ELECTRIC 327 Bowery @ Joey Ramone Place, Manhattan 7:30 - 9:00 pm

INFO & RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/479701065461292/

Hope to see you sooon!

Camille, Sam, Anthony, Alexis, Ben, and Mark

SHE'S BACK!

For the first four months of this year, CAMILLE ATKINSON has been recovering from a delicate spinal fusion surgery. Meanwhile, EMPIRE BEATS has kept its twice-a-month real live music + live real burlesque show going strong with a series of vocalists carrying the torch and belting out the R&B, Rock&Soul and Standards that are the bread & butter of the Juke Joint Revue. BROADWAY BRASSY, SHELLY WATSON, LAVINIA DRAPER and 8 MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK CITY BURLESQUE CHOIR -- all bright stars in their own right -- have helped us keep it up for the bevy of beauties that take it all off on our signature catwalk & runway..

TONIGHT, CAMILLE RETURNS to reclaim her place in front of the handsome band with her unmistakably powerful and dynamic vocals and distinct charm and allure. Joining us as our featured performers:

ROSIE CHEEKS ! BEELZEBABE SIREN OF SODOM ! DELYSIA LaCHATTE ! DOTTIE DYNAMO ! and of course, LAVINIA DRAPER !

C'mon now, start your week out right at The Parkside Lounge! It's an ALL NEW SHOWCASE EACH & EVERY TIME featuring EMPIRE BEATS' Rock/Roll&Soul music, dancers of all kinds, comics, freaks, magicians, guest singers, a raffle for Things You Want And Do Not Need, and enough GLAM & GLITTER TO GIVE YOU A GLOW ALL WEEK! Established performers, audacious newbies, and other unique acts with chutzpah show their wares and refine their crafts along to a soundtrack of GRINDING ROCK, GROOVING FUNK, AND SWINGIN' SOUL MUSIC from now and way back then.

I Believe In Miracles

The latest Storm Of The Century has passed and once again we're bringing you our bodacious JUKE JOINT REVUE™ to the PARKSIDE LOUNGE way down East Houston Street on Manhattan's gritty Lower East Side! On Monday February 11th, we're honored to have BROADWAY BRASSY, the Golden Throat of Burlesque, joining us while CAMILLE ATKINSON is on hiatus. February is for LOVE & HOT CHOCOLATE and our REAL LIVE MUSIC + REAL LIVE BURLESQUE showcase features a steamy, loving cup. This is the show we originally had scheduled for mid-January, it's all coming together NOW. Check it out:

ESSENCE REVEALED, the Bubbling Brown Sugar of Burlesque, headlines the night and delivers a delicious performance on our catwalk & runway as Miss Brassy and the band brew a sexy rendition of "I Put A Spell On You." SOUTHERN COMFORT struts into the Joint and spikes our cocoa with a positively intoxicating striptease to Howlin Wolf's classic shuffle "Smokestack Lightning." And SAKE FEVAH helps us believe in miracles as she shakes it to "You Sexy Thing" - a song originally done by a band with the namesake of tonight's show, Hot Chocolate. SWEET LORRAINE debuts as our Stage Kitten and mops up all the sticky sweetness left in their wakes as our mugs runneth over.

More INFO and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/502376183148637/ DON'T COME ALONE!

LOOK video: http://vimeo.com/52431638

LOOK pictures: https://www.facebook.com/JukeJointRevue

C'mon now, take the F Train to the LES and start your week out right at The Parkside!

TWICE a month - on the 2nd & 4th Mondays at 8:00 - we bring you enough GLAM & GLITTER TO GIVE YOU A GLOW ALL WEEK! It's an ALL NEW SHOWCASE EACH & EVERY TIME hosted by DICK VAN DRIESSEN and featuring our rock/roll&soul music, dancers of all kinds, comics, freaks, magicians, guest singers, and a raffle for things you want and do not need. Established performers, audacious newbies, and other unique acts with chutzpah show their wares and refine their crafts along to a soundtrack of GRINDING ROCK, GROOVING FUNK, AND SWINGIN' SOUL MUSIC from now and way back then.

As Camille recuperates from surgery, send her your good vibes and well wishes here: https://www.facebook.com/camille.atkinson. We look forward to her return!

Getting married? Boss retiring? Bachelorette party? Product launch? Plain ordinary whoopee party? We can help: http://vimeo.com/57151253

Love & Hot Chocolate

Happy New Year!

What a relief! Our new little century is growing up and entering its teenage years and that means love and mischief are right around the corner....

Yes indeed, TODAY Saturday January 12th Camille and the band are bringing their real Rock/Roll/Love&Soul music to the blissful couples attending the Lovesick Expo at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. This is from the Lovesick webpage: "The Lovesick Expo features an elite array of local talent, unique wedding ideas, hand-crafted, and eco-friendly goods, appealing to indie-minded couples. This allows soon-to-be-weds to experience the full-spectrum of options available to them, especially those beyond the expected. Unlike traditional expos, Lovesick is proud to be an earth-friendly, guy-friendly, and same-sex-couple-friendly event!" We'll be there all day pressing flesh and booking bachelor and bachelorette parties with the performers of our Juke Joint Revue as well as weddings of all kinds with forward thinking couples. We hit the stage at 2:00! It's $10.00 at the door and $6.50 at their website. Click away for all kinds of information here http://www.lovesickexpo.com/LovesickExpo/main.html and here https://www.facebook.com/events/239250716207498/ .

Speaking of weddings, EMPIRE BEATS featuring CAMILLE ATKINSON are now listed in New York Wedding Guide 2013! Check it out here: http://nymag.com/weddings/listings/music/index1.html . Of course, we're more than happy to bring the Juke Joint Revue too! Just to drive the point home, our videographer extraordinaire, Nishell Falcone whipped up this slick little promo video http://vimeo.com/57151253 . Who's getting married? Send 'em our way, please!

This Monday, January 14th we bring our mischeivous Juke Joint Revue to the Parkside Lounge at 317 East Houston Street on the down & dirty Lower East Side of Manhattan. The new start time of the ninety minute show for all of you geezers with real jobs is now 8:00! Our theme for the night is HOT CHOCOLATE and the steamy array of performers are a full lovin' cup. Essence Revealed, the "Bubbling Brown Sugar of Burlesque," is headlining the night with a searing performance to our song "Pulchritude." Southern Comfort brings a bluesy performance to our version of Howlin Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning." And Teddy Turnaround adds some whipped cream to the mix with a commanding performance to our run through Ray Charles' hit "(Night Time Is) The Right Time." Sweet Lorraine debuts as our Stage Kitten and mops up what doesn't get slurped off the catwalk & runway. Haven't seen the Juke Joint Revue? Preview right here: http://vimeo.com/52431638. You can RSVP right here: https://www.facebook.com/events/512520182101595/?ref=3 .

We'll be at the Parkside Lounge with our real live Rock/Roll&Soul music and Real Live Burlesque show on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month. COME ON OUT and START YOUR WEEK OUT RIGHT!

Final Juke Joint Revue of 2012!

Empire Beats featuring Camille Atkinson bring their acclaimed Juke Joint Revue back to the The Parkside Lounge for a ninety minute showcase of Real Live Rock Roll & Soul Music + Real Live Burlesque. After a triumphant, standing-room only performance at Bowery Electric in November, CAMILLE ATKINSON and the band heroically return to the original JUKE JOINT with fresh new talent on their bawdy REVUE:

Lily Faye ! Wae Messed ! Heather Whatever ! Southern Comfort ! and Lavinia Draper !

“It's like the Muppet Show with titties and tassles, it's like Soul Train with a brassy lesbian instead of Don Cornelius,” says the sultry Camille. "And a bit of NOLA in NYC."

Atkinson and her overly dressed five piece rhythm band has been gathering buzz throughout 2012 with residencies at two revered lounges on the Lower East Side of Manhattan – the Lakeside (R.I.P.) and the Parkside. Their unique and modern extravaganza is reminiscent of revues of the mid 1900s and has been gathering accolades from the public and performers alike.

The Parkside Lounge 317 E Houston St (at Attorney) New York, New York

F Train to 2nd Av Manhattan

COVER: $10:00 (21+)

TRICK or TREAT it's EMPIRE BEATS

THREE GRAND OPPORTUNITIES to catch us during this most hallowed week of all - at three different venues, under three different guises. DON'T COME ALONE!

FIRST, ON FRIDAY Oct 26th at 1:00 we're at the ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL of Fame & Proving Academy on Allen St. on the gritty and grimy Lower East Side of Manhattan. It's a late night slot, right where you want us - just behind the Rusty Guns. Come on out and shake your butt and stomp on the floor for a 45 minute slam-a-jamma-rock-roll-and-soul set! https://www.facebook.com/events/427362433967337/

THEN, ON MONDAY Oct 29th at 10:00 we're at the PARKSIDE LOUNGE for the ninth edition of our JUKE JOINT REVUE burlesque show. All summer we've been gathering steam and leaving a trail of feathers and glitter and brassieres and bustiers. In a way, each of our real live music + real live burlesque shows is like a Halloween show. But TONIGHT it's a little over the top as we boast an amazing line up: ¡ ROSIE CHEEKS ! ! MISS POISON IVORY ¡ ¡ LILY FAYE ! ! JOHNNY PANIC ¡ ¡ LAVINIA DRAPER ! ....... and....... ! ventriloquist CARLA RHODES and her companion CECIL SINCLAIRE !

Not to mention CAMILLE ATKINSON and the band and all we do for you on our own! Sheesh, this is gonna be WET! Do the world a favor: don't miss this extravaganza and really, DON'T COME ALONE ! https://www.facebook.com/events/323573741074031/

AND THEN, ON HALLOWEEN at 8:30 we're bringing our family show to HILL COUNTRY BARBECUE MARKET! It's gonna be three hours Smoked Meats, Trick or Treats, and the rockroll&soul of EMPIRE BEATS downstairs in the long table hall on East 26th Street. Come on out and get scary with us! https://www.facebook.com/events/217116898419734/

JUKE JOINT REVUE #5 SEPT 10th at the PARKSIDE LOUNGE

It's like the MUPPET SHOW with titties and tassles, it's like SOULTRAIN with a brassy lesbian instead of Don Cornelius...

EMPIRE BEATS featuring CAMILLE ATKINSON bring their bawdy bootilicous showcase, the JUKE JOINT REVUE, to the PARKSIDE LOUNGE way down on the bad side of Houston St on the gritty Lower East Side of Manhattan. This real live music + real live burlesque extravaganza for real live people features two sets of great music, strip-tease acts and relentless g0-g0 dancing on Empire Beats' signature catwalk & runway, a comedic interlude, and a raffle for photo booth pictures with your favorite performers as well as other real booby prizes.

TONIGHT'S iINCREDIBLE SHOWCASE features the return of the lovely BEEZLEBABE, SIREN of SODOM! A diminutive and devilish delight that brings a touch of dark glamour to each of her opulent acts, she's back with a searing performance to a swingin' rendition of the classic "That Old Black Magic." Down and down we go, round and round we go, like a leaf that's caught in the tide...

Miss DOLLY DEBUTANTE is back on the catwalk as Camille and the band take her through The Shirelles' "Putty In Your Hands." After her coming out ball, Dolly decided to escape the upper crust life and move to New York City, seeking cheap thrills and unsuitable men. Don’t let the shy smile and bashful giggle fool you, this Deb’s got a naughty side!

And for her Juke Joint Revue dèbut, LITTLE MOTOWN inspires Camille and the band with The Supremes "Too Hot" - keep your cold beverage close! Of course she hails from Detroit, bringing her sweet little chassis to our Empire state and gracing our Revue with her lovely bumper and tailfins. Miss Motown has us revving our motors as we wait for the green light!

Finally, clearing the stage and our signature catwalk & runway of what hasn't melted or evaporated will be Stage Kitten STOCKHOLM FILLY! This thoroughly bred gamine first approached us with an offer to be a Good Time Girl at the Revue and work the room – an offer we could not refuse. Tonight we bring her to the front of the house as she clears all those unnecessary underthings and overthings that get between us and the performers. Let your eyes linger through her back stretch, her front stretch, and all the furlongs in-between of her auspicious post parade. GIDDY-UP!

WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Alive and direct from a long hot Summer entertaining scads of cads in The Pines of Fire Island, Broadway green room starlet LAVINIA DRAPER will be making another show stopping appearance as she commandeers the stage and Empire Beats' pianoman Nick Semrad! Last month at JJR # 4, Miss Draper's escapades left us all in stitches and tears. Actually, that's about all she was wearing by the time she was finished and the band lit into Set Two. We welcome her back for more ... and less!

HOLY CONSTRUCTION ZONE, what a line-up!

GO-GO DANCING pervades the back room throughout the night as Empire Beats relentlessly keeps it up for kittens and patrons alike - if you've ever been to the Juke Joint Revue, you know the 2nd Set is when things get REAL DOWN & DIRTY.

SURPRISES and SPECIAL GUESTS are de rigueur at the JUKE JOINT REVUE. Who knows who will show up? Celebrities, debutantes, actors, singers, chefs, artists, the new locals, the old neighborhoodies, the international internet stars of stage and screen...the list goes on and on.

It's FUNK FEST VINYL SWAP in the front bar with a DJ spinning great tunes for the pool shooters, foosball aficionados and Galaga addicts. Extend your weekend or start your week out right, EMPIRE BEATS featuring CAMILLE ATKINSON and the JUKE JOINT REVUE are making Mondays more bare-able! Come early, and often. Stay late and later!

Juke Joint Revue #4 @ The Parkside Lounge

On MONDAY AUGUST 13TH at 9:30, CAMILLE ATKINSON & EMPIRE BEATS bring the fourth installment of their illustrious JUKE JOINT REVUE to the PARKSIDE LOUNGE way down East Houston Street on the gritty Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Tonight's incredible REAL LIVE MUSIC and REAL LIVE BURLESQUE showcase will feature the glorious return of CHOLULA CHUCKLES performing to Empire Beats' hit "Pulchritude" and J.J.R. #3's stage kitten ZELDA BLOOMER performing a lil' sumpin sumpin humpin to the band's set staple "Mary Lou." PLUS, in her Juke Joint Revue debùt, we welcome GENIE ADAGIO as Camille and the band take her through Nina Simone's "Do I Move You." And, clearing the stage and our brand spankin new runway and catwalk of all that unnecessary clothing will be stage kitten extraordinaire, COCO te AMO!!

WAIT, there's MORE!!

Susan Campanaro's Broadway green room starlet LAVINIA DRAPER will be trekking east to the bad side of Houston Street all the way from her Summer residency on Fire Island to deliver a sizzling segment of standards, stories, and strip-tease!!

WOW, what a line-up!

GO-GO DANCING pervades the back room throughout the night as Empire Beats relentlessly keep it up for kittens and patrons alike - if you were at Juke Joint #3 you know the second set is when things get REAL DOWN & DIRTY.

SURPRISES and SPECIAL GUESTS are de rigueur at the JUKE JOINT REVUE. Who knows who will show up? Celebrities, debutantes, actors, singers, chefs, artists, the new locals, the old neighborhoodies, the international internet stars of stage and screen...the list goes on and on.

It's FUNK FEST VINYL SWAP in the front bar - a RockRoll&Soul spectacle throughout the whole place, all night long. Come early, and often. Stay late and later!

CBGB FESTIVAL

Friday JULY 6th EMPIRE BEATS featuring CAMILLE ATKINSON bring their blazing rockroll&soul music to Brooklyn's KNITTING FACTORY for an 8:00 set as part of the inaugural CBGB FESTIVAL.

TICKETS: http://bk.knittingfactory.com/event/128305/ RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/224477677672344/ INFO: http://www.cbgb.com/festival.php

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