NIGHT OF 1000 STEVIES - the largest and most beloved STEVIE NICKS fan event in the world - returned to New York City's IRVING PLAZA on May 5 for its twenty-seventh annual edition. This marathon evening was produced by show founders CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL and their creative krewe at THE JACKIE FACTORY. NOTS is one of those great New York City spectacles that spark travel from all around the globe. This year the show paid homage to Stevie's many Hollywood themes, beginning with the beloved title song GARBO.
For this silvery edition our returning performers and ensembles were AMBER MARTIN, AMBER RAY, CASSANDRA ROSEBEETLE, CATHY CERVENKA (of THE HO-HOs), DIVINE GRACE (ORLANDO), HEATHER LITTEER and JESSE MALIN, IT WAS ROMANCE, JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND and NATH ANN CARRERA, KAREN AND THE SORROWS, LADY ZOMBIE, MACHINE DAZZLE, POISON EVE, VELOCITY CHYALDD and XAVIER. The 2017 NOTS debuts were Cleveland "Legend of Stevie Realness" LORI MATUSZ of GYPSY, the reigning MISS FIRE ISLAND - crooner SIR HONEY DAVENPORT, BODY DREAMZ - a performance art/dance troupe based in Philadelphia, local theme queen GOLDIE LOX and Vancouver's folky vocalist PAULINA DYMEL.
Our Magickal DJ/VJ team (under the Musical Direction of JOHNNY DYNELL) was again DJ SAMMY JO and TRAVIS ISLAND/ VJ TRE (DC) and the "Enchantresses of Ceremony" included Valenti with PAUL ALEXANDER, HATTIE HATHAWAY and many special guests. Longtime Jackie Factory collaborator ROB ROTH provided the Old Hollywood film flourishes with Dynell crafting the soundtrack. As always the show climaxed with the "Battle of A Thousand Stevies" around 2 AM and tambourines were tossed to the Enchanted audience through the night.
Neither a contest nor a karaoke show, NOTS is the Stevie Nicks celebration ne plus ultra - a riot of shawls, lace, baby's breath, twirling, tambourines and great performance. The much-loved annual, helmed by founders CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL and their JACKIE FACTORY production company, has featured celebrated performers including DEBBIE HARRY, JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, BOY GEORGE, THE CRYSTAL ARK, BASIL TWIST, CYNDI LAUPER, VANGELINE THEATER, JOEY ARIAS, LEA DELARIA and many more. Born in 1991 at the tiny performance venue MOTHER at JACKIE 60, NOTS and its passionate audience inspired the feature film GYPSY 83 and even a "Jeopardy" question. It has launched generations of "Legends of Stevie Realness" across the U.S. and worldwide.
NOTS VIDEO FROM STEVIE IN 2011
NOTS 21: THE WILD HEART was a Victorian heart-flavored edition inspired by one of Stevie's early albums - THE WILD HEART - and its title song. The show opened with a special surprise from The Goddess herself - a video message to all the NOTS attendees - watch it here!
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ABOUT THE JACKIE FACTORY
NOTS producers CHI
CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY
DYNELL have been creating events together since the
early Nineties, as part of a creative collective called THE JACKIE FACTORY NYC.
"The Factory" brought over 450 themed weekly editions of JACKIE 60 to fruition
over a decade in the 1990s, and currently lend their efforts to many unique
spectacles a year in addition to NOTS, both in and out of New York City. For current shows, news and archives,
visit their websites JACKIEFACTORY.COM
NOTS 27 GARBO poster above by THE JACKIE FACTORY. A Hollywood homage adapted in part from the BURTON RICE poster design for the MAURICE TOURNEUR 1918 silent film WOMAN.