September 7th, 2007 5:33 pm | by Stephen Marc Beaudoin News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Herb (hold the Kiki) Surprises with 23Hoyt Cabaret


Kenny Mellman is sweeping into PDX for a surprise cabaret show Wednesday, Sept 12 (9 pm onward) at 23Hoyt. Will Northwest 23rd Ave. will ever be the same?

Mellman's the kind of pianist you'd find tinkling away at any Greenwich Village corner cabaret, except for one critical element: he bangs the shit out of the keyboard and wails pop songs with wild abandon.

As one-half of the Tony-nominated, love 'em or hate 'em downtown drag duo Kiki and Herb—Mellman's drag is that of a gin-soaked septuagenarian—Mellman's no stranger to Portland audiences: his appearances in TBA 05 and 06 were unabashed hits. He has an apparent affection for TBA and PDX, and after popping off an hour-plus show at 23Hoyt, will jet off to TBA's late-night "The Works" to catch his buddy Brendan Fowler's band, BARR.

Dinner reservations are strongly encouraged, as Mellman fanatics are sure to pack the place: Call 445-7400 to snag a seat.

(photo above: Mellman as Herb)
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