Bearded Ladies return with traveling cabaret truck

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The Bearded Ladies Cabaret Company will return this September with their roving cabaret truck, The Beardmobile. Starting Sept. 17, the 15-foot box truck will be the main stage for a series of pay-what-you-wish outdoor pop-up performances throughout Philadelphia called the Fall Love Tour, which will be presented as part of the 2021 Fringe Arts Festival.

“The Fall Love Tour is going to be a wild ride,” says Cat Ramirez, Line Producer for the Bearded Ladies Cabaret in a statement. “There’s so much incredible creative work happening all the time in Philly, across disciplines and genres. The Love Tour and everyone involved — from our partners and performers to our crew, admin, and front of house staff — are a testament to the brilliance, thoughtfulness, and care characteristic of Philly’s artist community.”

The 4-week Fall Love Tour will mount pop-up performances designed to be enjoyed at a distance all over Philadelphia. Partners include Vox Populi and the moon baby, ILL DOOTS, William Way, dain saint, Wilma Portable Studio, and more. Returning to help steer the Beardmobile are hosts Anthony Martinez-Briggs aka US of ILL DOOTS, Sam Rise of Girls Rock Philly, and award-winning performers like Cookie Diorio, Jess Conda, Eric Jaffe, Brett Robinson, and Bearded Ladies Artistic Director, John Jarboe.

The Bearded Ladies Cabaret is a Philadelphia-based troupe of artists who use cabaret to tackle the politics of gender, identity, and artistic invention with sparkle and wit. Their productions also draw from traditional theatre, opera, dance, and art installation. In their 10-year history, they have collaborated with the Wilma Theater, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Kimmel Center, Opera Philadelphia, FringeArts, and Eastern State Penitentiary to bring their unique form of cabaret to more than 10,000 Philadelphians.

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The Beardmobile Fall Love Tour Schedule

Back on Truck! Love Tour Hosts Show

Sept. 17, 6 p.m., FDR Park

Join The Beards for an evening of bad truck puns, gay hijinks, and plenty of host-on-host action. Featuring Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Cookie Diorio, Jess Conda, Brett Robinson, Sam Rise, Eric Jaffe, and John Jarboe.


Love Tour East Passyunk Style: A Show for Cooks Who Care!

Sept. 18, 5 p.m., 1628 East Passyunk Ave. 

This feast for the eyes benefits Cooks Who Care, an organization that supports the well-being of people working in all facets of the service industry. Hosted by Jess Conda and featuring PJ Brown, Johnny Showcase, Rumi Kitchen and the Beardmobile Band. Donations made at the event or when making the reservations will go to Cooks Who Care.

Love Tour Presents: The Welcoming

Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m., William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

ILL DOOTS take the wheel for a curated night of performances at the William Way LGBT Community Center honoring the Trans Resource Center and The Elder Initiative at Philadelphia’s LGBTQIA+ community center.  Hosted by Cookie Diorio.


Love Tour Presents: Wilma Portable Studio

Sept. 29, 4 p.m., FDR Park

Teaching Artists from the Wilma Portable Studio and artists from the Philadelphia Senior Center board the Beardmobile for an evening of live art and performance. Hosted by Anthony Martinez-Briggs a.k.a US.


Love Tour Presents: Freedom is Non-Negotiable w/ dain saint

Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Cherry Street Pier

Artist and activist dain saint describes his recent collection of poetry, ‘Freedom is Non-Negotiable’ as his “spells for liberation.” Bring your moves to the movement as dain saint and host Brett Robinson throw an outdoor dance party in the spirit of resistance, resilience, and liberation.


Park with The Beards!

Oct. 9, 12:30 p.m., Bartram’s Garden North 

Hear all your favorites from past and upcoming Bearded Ladies shows like Contradict This!, Love Notes featuring Edith Piaf, and Rose at this outing for all ages. Hosted by Beardmobile Director John Jarboe.


Love Tour Presents: AltSlut69 by the moon baby + Vox Populi

Oct. 16, Time TBA, Love City Brewing Company, 1023 Hamilton St.

Created by the moon baby and co-presented by Vox, Altslut69 is a party inspired by juvederm, tax evasion, and every dog Paris Hilton has ever owned. For ages 21 and over.

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