RuPaul’s Drag Race’s new 2018 Werq The World Tour brought some of the most unforgettable drag queens to Detroit for a spectacular live show at the MotorCity Casino and Hotel Sound Board Theatre on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
Season 10 of the award winning drag queen competition reality T.V. show, which ultimately crowns “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” wrapped up earlier this summer.
The Detroit Werq The World tour stop was hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 winner, Bob The Drag Queen and included newly crowned Season 10 winner Aquaria, runner-ups Asia O’Hara, Kameron Michaels, and Eureka; as well as veteran queens Detox and Violet Chachki.
A glamorous scene in Werq The World featured a futuristic air travel boarding scene complete with stewardesses. RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 winner, Aquaria (Giovanni Palandrani), posted a photo of herself in the glitzy blue outfit from the scene on Facebook. She referred to the science fiction film The Fifth Element and wrote, “now boarding for Fhloston Paradise, intergalactic Gaultier girl inspired look by (David Dalrymple).” At 22 years old, the youngest to win Ru Paul’s Drag Race, the Age of Aquaria has begun. While an intense lip sync contest performance sealed Aquaria’s Drag Race win, she can sing too and released her debut single “Burn Rubber” in late June. Henry Youtt of Billboard.com writes, “Inspired by Lady Gaga, Madonna and Daft Punk, Aquaria sings about latex, corsets, and sports cars in a full-throttle race to the top. The track was co-written by Jesse Saint John, who has helped penned tracks for Britney Spears, Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.” Known for her bold makeup, Aquaria mixes pop culture references with a unique sense of visual style and glamour into her drag.
Season 10 runner up Eureka O’Hara (David Huggard) was invited back to the show after having to leave early in Season 9 due to a leg injury. This 6’4″ plus size drag queen’s website says, “one of Eureka’s goals is to give bigger people around the world the confidence to go out and live their dreams.” In June she released the video for her body-positive anthem “The Big Girl,” in which Billboard.com says, “the queen delivers four whole minutes of ‘big-girl sexy,’ stunting in skintight leotards, thousands of rhinestones, and one overflowing buffet table.” At the Sound Board in Detroit, Eureka stepped on stage in a spectacular big crown and wig, wearing a rich fabric looking gown adorned with jewels, that must have been inspired by the wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth I.
Season 10 runner up Asia O’Hara (Antwan Mason Lee) is an entertainer, costume designer, and has won several national drag pageant titles, including Miss Gay America in 2016. While Asia’s infamous “butterfly” lip sync competition didn’t go as planned, she also sings. Following her exit from Drag Race, O’Hara released her debut single, “Queen for Tonight” in mid June. “Asia O’Hara raps over a worldly track that mixes Middle Eastern sitars and tropical marimbas with a classic hip-hop drum machine. In the empowering rally cry, the Texas-based queen invites listeners to a land with infinite possibilities/ A house of trust/ A house of color,” writes Patrick Crowley, on Billboard.com.
Kameron Michaels (Dane Young), also a Season 10 runner up, is known as the “Bodybuilder Barbie,” and was dubbed the lip sync assassin, being the first to competing in a record breaking six lip sync battles in a row. Pre-Drag Race, Michaels worked as a hair dresser, spent time doing fantasy and creature make-up, and performed drag on weekends.
In Detroit, Violet Chachki (Jason Dardo) was the main ingredient when she took a dip in a giant martini glass. This type of performance is a signature scene incorporated into the shows of world famous burlesque diva Dita Von Teese. Credit now goes to Worq The World and Violet Chachki, who was mentored by Dita Von Teese, for bringing this intoxicating giant martini glass dip and dance to the world of drag. Violet, an aerial burlesque drag queen performer, won season seven of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2015 and has taken the fashion world by storm ever since. Violet has brought queer representation to mainstream fashion. Perhaps her most impressive achievement to date is starring in Prada’s Fall 2018 markeing campaign, where she even appears in a video as Marilyn Monroe.
First appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 and later taking runner up in All Stars 2, Detox (Matthew Sanderson) was a fixture in the Southern California drag scene. Across both of her seasons, Detox was known for her eye-catching, well put-together looks, as well as for her unique style of lip-syncing. Detox’s accomplishments include appearing in music videos with Ke$ha and Rihanna (S&M and Disturbia). Fans in Detroit were thrilled to experience Detox during Werq The World.
Host of Werq The World Tour, Bob The Drag Queen (Christopher Caldwell), released the single “Purse First” shortly after winning Season 8, with several dance singles following since. Bob has also been cast in movies, including Rough Night and Cherry Pop, and a scripted television show, Playing House. This year, in addition to hosting the tour, she debuted the podcast Sibling Rivalry on Soundcloud as co-host, and was cast in the play “Angles in America: A Gay Fantasia on American Themes.” Before Drag Race Bob The Drag Queen was a stand-up comedian and actor working as Chris Caldwell. After watching the inaugural season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Bob The Drag Queen was inspired to pursue drag, and her high energy stand out appearance on Season 8 has solidified her place among the drag elite.
RuPaul’s Werk The World Tour is produced by Voss Events, and Drag Race producers World of Wonder and VH1.
Voss Events is a leading production company that consistently delivers superior entertainment programming. Past events have featured stars such as Lady Gaga and Cher.
The sellout European leg of Werq The World Tour wrapped up in late June and the North American tour kicked off in New York City on this past Wednesday, September 5, 2018. The hilarity and hijinks is traveling to thirty-two North American cities throughout the USA and Canada through October 27th ending in Miami.
Following North America, the RuPaul’s Paul’s Drag Race 2018 Werq The World Tour will move on to Asia and Australia.
For more information visit www.werqtheworld.com
Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, is an intimate venue with a 2,400 capacity allowing fans to get close to their favorite entertainers, creating the most intense concert experience possible for fans and artists alike.
Upcoming shows at at Sound Board include funny guy Tracy Morgan (September 21), The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute (October 18), and comedian Eddie Griffin (October 21), For a complete listing of upcoming shows visit www.soundboarddetroit.com
RuPaul’s 2018 Werq The World Tour was featured as part of the Eyes On The Road series, where Eyes On Windsor takes a look at entertainment events a short road trip away from Windsor Essex in partnership with photographer Kevin Blondin.
About Kevin Blondin
Kevin Blondin is an aspiring photographer studying public relations at the St. Clair College Mediaplex. He is dedicated to promoting artists, entertainment and events in the Windsor-Detroit area. Kevin has recently launched Sound & City Photography which can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.