Amanda Palmer on piano and Brian Viglione on drums make up the Dresden Dolls, a band that’s been described as equal parts cabaret, fetish and burlesque, with a punk twist to boot. Wearing full pantomime/goth makeup, complete with red, pouty lips, and looking like they’ve just come from visiting Bela Lugosi’s tomb, Palmer (who also wears Wicked Witch of the West stockings) and Viglione take the stage, preparing to mystify, horrify, and, above all, entertain.
The “Brechtian punk cabaret act,” formed in mid-2000, have been selling out shows in their hometown of Boston. Their cabaret flavor and talent has gotten them gigs as openers for Beck, the B-52s, Jane’s Addiction and others. Palmer has been described by Pitchfork Media as having a “voice [that] can slide from shipwreck bullhorn to girly twitter and back within the same line.” While the Dresden Dolls have remained a mystery outside of the greater northeast, they’re beginning to work their way down the East Coast.
For their performance, The Cave is planning a transformation into the Cave Cabaret. Hellion, bass, trumpet, drums and BIG harp and Miss Pixie, a vaudevillian performer, will kick this theatrical night off. The show starts at 9 p.m. The best part is, you get dinner and a show AND a concert for only $8! (But you have to bring your own dinner).