Lucha VaVOOM Will Rock You October 26 and 27 at The Mayan Theatre
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 07:01:43
Lucha VaVOOM possess all the ingredients of an unforgettable rock 'n' roll show.
There's unpredictability, mayhem, provocation, humor, and uncontainable energy. This combination of burlesque and Mexican masked wrestling will descend upon downtown Los Angeles at the Mayan Theatre again on Wednesday October 26 and Thursday October 27, and organizers/founders Rita & Liz are promising a bigger, better, and more badass display than ever before. With their current track record, they'll undoubtedly deliver.
"We always ask, 'What do we want to see'?" ponders Liz.
They tap into the id like no other modern artists, appealing to audience's most primal and powerful desires with Lucha VaVOOM. That's why, in a city founded on entertainment, it's the most entertaining show in town.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino, Rita & Liz speak about Lucha VaVOOM's evolution and so much more.
How do you feel like Lucha VaVOOM has progressed and evolved?
Liz: I think the show has gotten a lot tighter timing-wise. The production value has gotten a lot better over the years. We've resourced better talent.
Rita: Overall, the pacing is a million times better than the first show.
Liz: I think it's pretty unique that we've evolved and we've lasted this long. That's probably why we're still here.
What made the show tighter?
Rita: We sit and watch every show. If it lags or drags at all, we do whatever we can to make sure it's tighter the next time. We learn something with every show and we fix it the next one. It keeps improving, and we also raise the bar every time because we need to be surprised and we need to enjoy the show along with the audience.
Liz: We try to enjoy the show as much today as we did the very first show. It's always a surprise and delight.
Is watching the crowd reaction one of the most fun things for you?
Rita: Definitely, I'd say that's the number one thing. It's actually really heartwarming to see girls getting all dolled up, wearing a dirty Sanchez mustache, and going crazy [Laughs]. It's the cutest thing. These guys made signs and lined them with feather boas. It takes minute to sink in that we had something to do with it. It's a great feeling.
Liz: The audience has developed chants. They'll chant "Pollo" over and over again for the chicken. It's pretty cool!
Rita: It feels like the best thing I've done for people because I don't go volunteer at soup kitchens or anything like that. Making people really happy and forget their troubles for two hours is a really good feeling. It feels like we've accomplished something.
Liz: The cast is very tight, and they're so happy to be doing the show as well.
Rita: People who come backstage are really amazed at how well everyone gets along. That fun atmosphere starts backstage. The cast take it out to the crowd, and the crowd gives it back. It's exciting to be in the middle of it. I can't believe my eyes sometimes.
Rita: We do provide an adult playground a little bit. You get booze, ladies, and violence. It'd be great if your life could be that all the time. We just do it really great for two hours. You have to carry a little piece of Lucha with you the rest of the time.
Would you ever want to incorporate live music?
Rita: Maybe someday we could do a festival with bands. Lucha VaVOOM is enough rock 'n' roll already. It has this danger of what rock 'n' roll used to feel like with stagediving and stuff. Nobody lets you do that anymore, so we've picked up the rock 'n' roll danger torch.
In your opinion, what keeps bringing people back to the show?
Liz: It's three little letters—F, U, N. Fun! How many places can you find fun anymore?
Rita: It's true! I think Disneyland's fun, but you have to wait in line and stuff. You can't really get drunk or meet people. Lucha VaVOOM is so fun and energetic. It's a communal experience, and I always enjoy a communal experience. For instance, the first time I went to see a movie at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, everyone was really open. They were like, "If you give me some champagne, I'll give you some of these cupcakes." At Lucha VaVOOM, it's very easy to mix with the people there. Everyone is loose and fun.
Liz: It's a different experience than you'll get anywhere else in L.A. People in L.A., like people in N.Y., tend to be a bit standoffish. Everyone is standing there checking to see who's looking at them.
Rita: If somebody's doing that at Lucha VaVOOM, the comedians will call them on it. It's their favorite thing. There's a little bit of the Fight Club mentality there. People love and pay extra when they can sit by the ring and get landed on. I think they like the contact. It's such a missing ingredient in people's lives. Everybody has become so sanitized.
Liz: I can't even count how many times I've had my ass kicked at a punk rock show and loved every minute of it. One time, I had footprints all the way up to my forearm at an X show because I lost my purse. People go to their jobs the day after Lucha talking about it excitedly. They want to talk about how they got drunk or had a black eye the next morning that they don't know how they got. They almost got kicked out. That's something that doesn't happen often anymore.
Rita: It really is an escape from reality. Movies aren't so good at providing that these days. They tend to suck.
Liz: They're just not memorable. You can go off about this and talk about the crazy time you had. People will even become fans of the little chicken. You can get involved with this.
Rita: It's masked wrestling. You don't see what goes on behind the scenes. You see what goes in front because that's what we want you to see. We want you to forget about money, bullshit, and problems and present you with superheroes fighting each other, girls with big tits twirling pasties and tassels, and comedians making jokes about everything. Forget about reality. That's the point of Lucha VaVOOM.
Will you be seeing Lucha VaVOOM?