Last time the Mummies were in town, I was carrying an extra human around with me, so I didn’t attend the show. I wasn’t going to miss this one! If you’ve never heard of the Mummies, they are a dynamic funk band with fantastic live shows. They are the height of kitsch: they not only sing every single song as a double entendre, they perform in full costume every time. I wouldn’t recognize them if they were out of their mummy garb! I never thought I’d like funk, but these musicians are great fun to watch and they are very talented as well.
So we dressed up, found a babysitter, and headed to the Vogue. Our usual ticket connection guy was MIA. We called him on our way, only to find he wasn’t able to attend the show…for the first time in years. As we arrived at the Vogue, I saw a sad little sign that read “Mummies- tonight- Sold Out :).” Oh no! We didn’t even think of that! So we hung around outside hoping someone would have tickets. We weren’t the only ones. This guy and his I Dream of Jeannie date had elaborate costumes but no tickets. Groups of us loitered, hoping for the best.
As we waited, some people in zombie costumes wandered past the Vogue. They were playing the zombie part very creepily. A minute later, a guy dressed as Michael Jackson (pre-plastic surgery and skin bleaching) wandered past. We joked he might break into Thriller. Then, about 20 yards past the Vogue, a car pulled up, opened its windows, and out blasted Thriller! The zombies and “Michael” broke into the Thriller dance. It was hilarious and well done. Even some of the Vogue staff stopped by to cheer and clap. After the dancing finished, “Michael” announced that he had extra tickets! We cheered, rushed over, and bought two. A crowd clamored for the tickets and we all congratulated each other on our good fortune.
We ran to the Vogue entrance as an entourage of ecstatic fans. The drumbeats of Do You Believe had just begun. We didn’t miss a thing! The performance rocked as always. The crowd sang every word, and fans who’d never met were singing to each other and the band. The costumes were wild (Michael and gang were just the beginning) and everyone was having a great time.
It wasn’t their best show to date, but it delivered energetic funk in a great atmosphere. I’m glad to see that this band that used to play at the tiny, now defunct Patio is now packing the Vogue full. They announced that they’ll be rocking the Vogue on New Year’s too- a first- they usually play in Tennessee that night. Oh, and TiVo Big Shots this week- they have a song on the soundtrack!
New Year’s Eve, here come the Mummies fans!