Seattle-based artist and personality Caela Bailey brings her new album Gospel of the Gutter Queen to Port Townsend on Friday September 14th for a one night only performance at the Palindrome. Blessed with exceptional charm, quick wit, extraordinary talent and captivating stage presence, Caela wows audiences with her soaring vocals and no-holds-barred sense of humor. She will perform with a combination of her own band, General Mojo's, and her father's band, The Tangents, for a blending of generations and musical styles.
Street-princess-turned-Gutter Queen, Caela is a vibrant offshoot of the world infamous traveling vaudeville troupe, the Royal Famille du Caniveaux (The Royal Family of the Gutter). She hit her first high note the day she was born, in the home of the famous juggling troupe, the Flying Karamozov Brothers. The daughter of songwriter Ron W. Bailey & aerialist Cathy Sutherland (founders of the Seattle Moisture Festival), Caela grew up surrounded by street performers, circus legends, burlesque stars and incredible musicians while traveling and performing around America & Europe.
"I have been so lucky to grow up in an incredible world of musicians, performers and artists. I have been performing since the age of four and have followed this tradition." But Caela has created her own relationship to performance, with her own message to share. "The continuation of intersectional feminism in our world today is at the core of my work," she emphasized."We have come a long way and we have a lot of work left to do to create an equitable and loving world."
Caela's connection to Port Townsend is multilayered. Her parents were married at the Palindrome in 1988, when she was two years old. "My mom had gymnasts doing back handsprings down the aisle for the ceremony," she shared. At that time the Flying Karamazov Brothers owned and operated Arcadia (same property as the Palindrome), which became a second home and creative hub for the du Caniveaux. At age twelve Caela became friends with NANDA member Tomoki Sage at the Oregon Country Fair, long before NANDA was conceived. Over the years, she has shared the stage with Port Townsend-based performers including the Flying Karamazov Brothers, Artis the Spoonman, magician Joey Pipia, NANDA, the New Old Time Chautauqua and others. Port Townsend is a regional hub and home to vaudevillian circus communities and NW performing artists. Caela's performance continues that tradition and provides an opportunity to reunite this tribe of performers and the surrounding community for an evening of entertainment at the historic Palindrome.
Through music, storytelling, video and comedy, Caela will explore the path that has brought her this far. It is the story of her participation in the vibrant Seattle arts community as well as the city's changing racial and cultural landscape. Whether it be tales of growing up in the circus and cabaret world, navigating the Seattle public school system, keeping her dreams afloat by working outlandish side-hustles (professional princess and Lady Gaga impersonator to name a few), or finally releasing her debut album The Gospel of The Gutter Queen, featuring over 50 musicians, it has been one wild ride and Caela can't wait to relive it all with you!
Doors to the Palindrome open at 7pm and the show kicks off at 7:30. For the first hour of her performance Caela will share songs and stories from her crazy childhood, weaving in and out of Port Townsend and her connections with some of well known local characters. Afterward, chairs will be removed to make way for a ruckus dance party. Eaglemount wine and cider will be available throughout the evening in the adjacent tap room.
If you have an interest in underground West Coast arts and the threads that tie Port Townsend into this fold, you do not want to miss this show.
Doors at 7:00
7:30 - 8:30 - Sit down Performance
8:30 - 10PM - Dance Party Jam
Tickets available online at: http://thunderbullproductions.com/gospel.html