The popular Coney Island Sideshow Stage is gearing up for the fall with a truly wild show from a New York City-based artist.
On Sept. 2, Miss Cherry Delight will take the stage for her annual Cherry Hellodies show, a daring burlesque show and concert with live music from Delight and her five-piece rock band.
“Ten years ago I started producing a burlesque variety show that was originally called ‘Cherry Melodies’ (the title was a play on Loony Tunes ‘Merrie Melodies’). I sang several different genres of music (pop, show tunes, glam rock, R&B, indie) for different neo-burlesque performances. However, I knew that it was time for me to really focus on my destiny which was loud, in-your-face rock n’ roll,” said Delight. “In 2018, I had the first show that involved exclusively hard rock, metal, goth, and post-punk music. That was the beginning of Cherry Hellodies.”
“Cherry Hellodies is the ultimate satisfaction and peak climax of the Burlesque at the Beach series at Coney Island USA every summer!” said Bambi The Mermaid, a Brooklyn-based burlesque artist and creator of the Burlesque At The Beach program.
The one-night-only show features ten acts, with this year’s cast including Pearls Daily, Kita St Cyr, Alaska The Lostboy, Witch Tulips, Rara Darling, Anna Monoxide, Maggie McMuffin Faux Pas Le Fae & Aurora North. Those who swing through can also participate in a raffle where the grand prize is from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Photographer, Len DeLessio.
“I’m very proud of Cherry and this abomination of flesh, danger and heavy metal that she’s curated. I’m in the front row headbanging every year,” said Chuck Varga, the founder of GWAR.
“I’m so proud of how we push the envelope further and further every year. There is nothing like a feral Coney Island audience going bezerk with joy. That’s the best part,” said Delight.
The show starts at 9 p.m. at Coney Island USA Sideshows By The Seashore Theater, located at 1208 Surf Ave. Tickets are available for $25 at coney-island-usa.com.