The other night I went to The Crucible in Oakland and saw their show, Heat: A Fire Cabaret- amazing! Kim Nalley knocked it out of the house! Her throaty, deep sultry voice lent itself perfectly to the occasion. She use to own Jazz at Pearls in San Francisico and is really a nice person. I have wanted to go to the Crucible but never make it and I was so glad I went last night to see the show. Did she approach them about the show or did they book her.
I worked a few weeks ago with one of my fellow Theatre Masquers who was a welder for the show, he told me not to miss it, wonderful creative metal work abounded.
There was Ariel Tissue, a Fire Hoop, Aerial on a Crane, and Welding Contortion among other wonderful acts.
Kim Nalley and her band played on stage in 4 separate sets, each one told a continuing story throughout the night. All of them dealt with fire arts during each set. Sound was not great, it’s a big warehouse and sound loves to bounce around in those places. Plus it’s hard to hear yourself when you are singing in a large venue that is not set up for sound.
Overall, very inspiring to see what happens when you think outside the box…