The promoters of the burlesque show that was scheduled for this Saturday night in Alton want to talk to the mayor about the show's cancellation, and the concerns he has about the genre. "Tassles & Tunes" at the Big Muddy Pub was cancelled by the bar owner, after hearing the city had a problem with the burlesque art form. The founder of Cobra Kai Entertainment would like to talk to the city, but says he has been unable to get a call back.
Ryan Long says burlesque differs from a strip show, in that there is usually an elaborate costume, perhaps some comedy, and a bit of modesty at the end of the dance.
He says the burlesque part of the promotion was always meant to compliment the independent music scene, which will still have a place on the Big Muddy stage Saturday night. He says the people who go to these shows police themselves, keeping the fighting and drug use out of their promotions, which Long says is often equated with other Downtown Alton bars. You can hear the full interviews with both Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst and Ryan Long Thursday morning during the 10:00 hour of Let's Talk.