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Performers make history at Blackout drag show in Lawrence

Black and Brown performers made history at the Thirsty Thursday drag show at the Jazzhaus in downtown Lawrence.

MsAmanda Love, longtime host of the weekly drag variety shows, was glad to yield the stage for Thursday night’s special “Blackout,” which featured only People of Color, including DJ Ruby Malice.

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“For myself I have always tried to provide all types of drag performers with different ethnicities a place to perform and feel comfortable and so I am so excited to step aside, take the night off and enjoy this amazing show with people from all over,” Love wrote in an Instagram post announcing the show.

This Blackout show was the first of its kind at the Jazzhaus. Love hopes it can become a tradition.

Photos by Fally Afani, On the Town Photo

Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Novacayne DeMornay, the “King of Lawrence,” performs during the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus. DeMornay was the host of Thursday night’s show and regularly hosts Novacayne’s Panty Party on the second Thursdays of each month.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Novacayne DeMornay, the “King of Lawrence,” gestures toward a raised fist on the back of his vest during the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Novacayne DeMornay hosts the history-making Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Novacayne DeMornay hosts the history-making Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Madame LaVogue performs at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Madame LaVogue gives a hair flip at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Madame LaVogue performs at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Madame LaVogue performs at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
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Fally Afani / On the Town Photo IRox Da Panties performs at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo IRox Da Panties performs at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Host Novacayne DeMornay looks toward IRox Da Panties during at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Regina La-Rae performs at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Regina La-Rae performs at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Regina La-Rae performs at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Regina La-Rae performs at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
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Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Regina La-Rae’s hair flies during a performance at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Babygirl performs at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Babygirl performs at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Babygirl performs at the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
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Novacayne DeMornay, the “King of Lawrence,” gestures during the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Novacayne DeMornay, the “King of Lawrence,” performs during the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Madame LaVogue collects tips during the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.
Fally Afani / On the Town Photo Novacayne DeMornay and Madame LaVogue have some fun during the Thirsty Thursday Blackout, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Jazzhaus.

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