When: Sun., July 11, 7-9 p.m., Sun., Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 5, 7-9 p.m.
Inspired by Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. The Blackbottom Variety Show feeding familes in need benefit that features back-to-back monthly events with live Blues, the Black Bottom dance, samba-belly dance and burlesque performances as the variety show picks up steam. The band will also feature world traveled musicians includes Blues Guitarist Howard Glazier and Harmonica Shah on harp. The burlesque performances will hark back to the middle of the 20th century, Detroit's golden age of show bars, and the costumes will be elaborate — at least until the strip teases get going.