Play music, drink, wear sexy outfits and be merry!
#BBSF Members' Guide
This guide should help you with all the essentials for performing with #BBSF, including burlesque attire, public inquires and gig essentials.
• Colors: black and red with a loose interpretation of burlesque (See photo gallery for examples). Some events may have a variation on the black and red them, for example, black and rainbow colors are used for pride events.
• Wear comfortable shoes
• Wear deodorant!
• While many of our events are for adults, keep in mind that parades and public appearances do contain little people under the age of 18.
• Use clear backpacks or small mesh bags to avoid parade or event security from removing personal items.
Meet times usually comes with a happy meet time hour prior for you to get mildly sloshed.
Never have any visibly labeled bottles or cans. Water bottles and camel backs are great, tallboys and obvious flasks are not. Be discrete, be functional and be smiling. And don't forget to eat.
Parade and Marching Etiquette
Have fun! People love our energy, excitement and burlesque - so flaunt it.
Invent horn movements and vary ones that might be similar to university bands. Be inspired by your burlesque attire and come up with something unique to our band.
Unless there are furry group behind our parade spot, please be sure not to march your section lines into groups in front or behind our parade spot.
Always follow Der Kommissar's lead for performing in the street and on parade routes.
If you aren't sure how to march in #BBSF then check with your section for a quick lesson.
When people ask about us:
• Tell them that we are a community band of local musicians based in San Francisco - we are the Burlesque Band of San Francisco - and have them sign up at bit.ly/burlesqueband
• Never disclose member affiliations with schools, universities, or ensembles as to avoid any conflict of interest.
• Let people know about #BBSF so they can post videos and photos.
• If someone is interested in playing with #BBSF, have them sign up on bit.ly/burlesqueband and let them know that we are always looking for new members.
When the media wants a photo:
• Don't panic. Make a great pose, preferably one that kids and adults would find entertaining.
• Let them know you are with the Burlesque Band of San Francisco.
• If you doubt your own tact for handling media then send them to Der Kommissar or the #BBSF Collective.
• If the media would like more information, send them to burlesqueband.org or someone on the #BBSF Collective.
When someone wants to hire us or donate to the band:
•Send them to the #BBSF Collective or Der Kommissar and let them know they can contact us through burlesqueband.org .
• Talk to them about how you enjoy performing with #BBSF and the impact on our community. People like to know we are doing this because we love music.
• If you are unsure on the number of indulgences you've enjoyed during the day then send them over to Der Kommissar or the #BBSF Collective