San Diego drag queens are the toast of the town.
One of the great things about RuPaul’s Drag Race, when it premiered in 2009, was that it put drag on the mainstream map. But that cartography couldn't have happened without the stars of local venues across the country, and San Diego celebrates a few notable ones of its own this month.
Our sister publication SDPIX is featuring several of these wonderful showpeople in its November edition.
Some of that talent is from the San Diego DIVAS. The DIVAS have created a brand so popular that people come from far and wide to see them, and it's easy to see why.
Exclusively at Rich's Nightclub, the show gives artists a massive LED screen backdrop, the best DJ at the deck and even aerial acrobatics provided by The DIVOS, to work with.
Producer and promoter Robert Rodriguez along with his partner Scott Parman are behind this wonderful event which originally began as a charity.
"DIVAS is a going on its fourth year anniversary," says Robert. "It started as a fundraiser for my birthday when I was Emperor of San Diego. DIVAS was created to provide a stage for all the local queens here in San Diego. We have a very diverse cast of entertainers That are so talented and very creative."
That cast includes Vanity Jones, a gymnastics powerhouse who has the ability to exude gasps from the audience with her stunt work. Then there's Kickxy Vixen Styles, her show-stopping cosplay performances must be seen to be believed.
Others featured in the SDPIX issue are Lolita Von Tease, Landa Plenty, Dayamis Styles, with Coco Chanel gracing the cover. Aerial talent Tony, Crooksy and Travis Ti join their family in the colorful pictorial.
Adds Robert: "We've worked really hard to give the community a little of everything, from Illusions, characters, cosplay, comedy you name It, it's all there."
The show is an all-out assault on the senses. Many Drag Race stars from Chad Michaels to Latrice Royale and Milk have made appearances on the popular show.
But this is about celebrating San Diego.
Scott says producing DIVAS is a gratifying journey, especially when its resources can flow back into the community. "The great part for me about keeping it going, not only is it a great space for local and out-of-town entertainers, is that we have the space, we have the connections and means to put together a fundraiser so quickly, like blanket drives, toy drives, Trans Family Services, Pulse Nightclub Orlando shooting, etc.... and help to give back to the community as much as we can."
Robert says being recognized in the pages of SDPIX was a great moment, "The photoshoot with SDPIX and Rob Lucas was so amazing. Everyone came dressed to the nines. I love my DIVAS/DIVOS family! And I couldn't be happier with each and every one of them. I'm a proud Poppa."
The show is such a great success it has become a permanent part of the Hillcrest atmosphere, it feels like something from the Vegas strip. Scott is counting his blessings though, "I don’t know how much longer we will keep going, but even if the next show is the last, I want to walk away saying how much fun we had doing it."
You can check out the latest issue of SDPIX by clicking HERE.
And you can check out DIVAS for yourself on November 10, featuring special guest Shannel from Drag Race season one.