A journey into costume karaoke, with the incomparable Carletta Sue Kay
"My fangs are dripping looking at these costumes," Walker jokes, after likening Deco's wardrobe rack to the bars maneuvered by gymnasts. Finally, after someone sings "Killing Me Softly" and someone else sings "A Whole New World," it's time for his final costume-karaoke number. The song is "Get Here," and though it was made famous by Oleta Adams, he makes a point of explaining on stage that it was written by Brenda Russell. This is in keeping with his musical , which is rooted in an appreciation of '70s singer-songwriters like Tim Hardin, Townes Van Zandt, and Karen Dalton, as well as contemporaries like Kath Bloom.
Important names, one and all — but what did Walker's real-life cousin Carletta Sue Kay think of her musical namesake? "She didn't know anything about it until two years into it," Walker says. "She found out about it through the Carletta Sue Kay MySpace, and wrote verbatim, 'What the fuck is this!'"
What the fuck is this? Something well worth a listen, bitch.
CARLETTA SUE KAY
With M. Lamar
Sun/19, 8 p.m.; $10–$15
Community Music Center
Capp Street Concert Hall
544 Capp, SF