The Big Tease-y: New Orleans Burlesque Shows

The 'ole bump and grind gets a Crescent City makeover.

During the 1950s, burlesque clubs proliferated along Bourbon Street, where couples dressed in their finest took in such naughty-but-nice acts as Evangeline the Oyster Girl and Alouette Leblanc the Tassel Twirler. Risqué business remains big business today, with a fresh crop of burlesque troupes breathing new life into the old bump and grind and the annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival bringing top acts from around the globe each September.

Just down the block from the venerable Chris Owens’ Club, Trixie Minx shakes things up with her Burlesque Ballroom each Friday at midnight at The Jazz Playhouse. Earlier in the evening, you’ll find her performing at Creole Sweet Tease Burlesque in the Saint Hotel, and at One Eyed Jacks in the Fleur de Tease revue. Bygone burlesque is saluted every Thursday through Saturday at Gravier Street Social, with Whiskey & Rhinestones, while the Dragon’s Den offers Talk Nerdy To Me. Or give Bella Blue's Dirty Dime Peep Show a go, Fridays at the AllWays Lounge.

Evie Lovelle

More, more, more? Bustout Burlesque, with its modern incarnation of Evangeline the Oyster Girl, is counted among the “Top 10 Burlesque Shows” in the world by the Travel Channel. The monthly revue takes place at the House of Blues, around the corner from SoBou, which serves up its eye-opening Eggs & Legs Brunch every weekend.