If you didn’t get a chance to revel in Ms. Ashley Coleman’s delightfully bubbly personality while she served up delicious cocktails at former lesbian bar, Sisters, you certainly know her from being that upstairs bar diva at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar. These days, the lovely gayborhood goddess has been keeping very busy working hard to be an avid crusader for Philly’s LGBT community with her red-hot events company, bASh Events, in which she will host her highly anticipated Freak Show event at Tabu just in time to make all of your Saturday night Halloween dreams come true.
Philly Mixtape got the esteemed chance to break some Halloween tea mugs with Ms. Coleman, and she spilled on all of the Freak Show happenings, including which incredible local performers will be owning the stage tomorrow night, and whether or not this Freak Show has any reminiscence to Ms. Jessica Lange’s led AHS Freak Show…and the answer may surprise you.
The time to show some local events love to the one-and-only Ms. Ashley Coleman is…right now.
PM-Kicking off our little Halloween spillage, spill for everyone what Circus Freak is all about….
AC-Wow, where to start? There are so many exciting things! Circus Freak is at Tabu on Halloween. It’s an event that I’m throwing for the William Way Center. I really wanted to have an event where the price is accessible because it’s Halloween and there are already so many options. So, tickets are just $5 dollar pre-sale and $7 at the door, or $5 at the door if you’re in full costume! It includes free food and passed around hors d’oeuvres. We’re also doing suggestion shots where everything of what you pay goes directly to William Way. Absolut is also one our sponsors and we have special cocktails, which includes the Absolut Clown Car, which is basically the bartender grabbing whatever flavors of Absolut and they’re going to throw them in your drink! We’re also doing a costume contest at midnight, too! It should all be very interesting, fun and we get to give back, which is the best part!
PM-Now, this event actually coincides as part of your red-hot bASH Events planning company. Spill for everyone a little bit about that as well..
AC-I started bASH events as a community forward event company. Meaning, I don’t take any profits from the events except to cover overhead and that’s it. I give everything else to charity. It’s bringing the community together and especially since we don’t have a lesbian place anymore, it’s a good way for me to bring to bring everybody together. You know, we don’t have a lot of opportunities to get dressed and gussied up, so that’s what it’s really all about! I have to say, things have been really good with it, too. We’ve done the gay prom the last two years, so that will be an annual event. We also have a super secret speakeasy event coming up called Lock & Key that will feature some really lounge-y jazz performers. It’s going to be sexy and really, really fun.
PM-I’m guessing that it’s a top-secret location?
AC-Yes! You guys will find out soon enough!
PM-Now, back to sippin’ about Circus Freak. I hear there’s going to be lots of tricks and treats served up for everyone tomorrow night…
AC-Absolutely! We have The Goddess Isis performing two numbers and also the return of The Notorious OMG! It truly is going to be a Freak Show. Mr. Sean Green will be playing the lira. Burlesque queen Mas O Kiss will be singing live on point and be taking her clothes off at the same time! It’s going to be out of control. I don’t want to say too much, but I promise that there will be quite a few surprises along the way.
PM-Now, if you had to pick just one Halloween song to listen to for the rest of your spooky life, which one would it be?
AC-Let’s see. It definitely would not be “Monster Mash,” I’ve heard that one enough. One Halloween song, that’s a tough one. There’s not really one that stands out, maybe if Mariah revamped “All I Want for Christmas” and did a Halloween version…that could be something!
PM-So, bottom line, is Freak Show going to be similar to Ms. Jessica Lange’s led AHS Freak Show?
AC-Defintely not! This show is going to be a lot sexier and a lot less bloody! Halloween is our gay high holiday! It’s our day!
For all of the Freak Show truth, go right here.…if you dare.