Going out to see Little Miss Nasty for one last romp before the COVID-19 “shelter in place” order was issued might have been risky, but some (including this writer) will go to great lengths for an exhilarating experience.
Little Miss Nasty is not a single female, but the name of a unique four-woman burlesque act that tours all over the states. Seeing the troupe perform close-up in such a small venue, such as Harvelle’s, was exciting, to say the least. The LMN beauties, Gina Katon, Sophie Aguiar, Kayla Brenda, and Sabina Lundgren, jumped, gyrated, and swayed to a prime playlist made up of Pantera, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, and Rage Against the Machine, along with classics from The Runaways (“Cherry Bomb,” what else?) Led Zeppelin, and even Billy Squier. Among the various outfits the women donned and doffed were lingerie, leather, skimpy cutoffs, plaid schoolgirl uniforms, and denim jackets emblazoned with FUCK in all caps.
It was exciting to watch the troupe work every part of the room while closely interacting with the men and women seated at the bar and tables, far exceeding the six-foot social distance rule by which we are all now abiding. Seeing a pirouetting girl holding onto a swivelling rope a few feet above the crowd was spectacular. “#1 Crush” from Garbage provided an eerie, sensual interlude, with Lundgren atop a pedestal, bathed in red light, being worshiped and caressed by Katon, Aguiar, and Brenda.
Accustomed to the larger setting they perform in each week at The Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, didn’t keep the foursome from laying down dynamic routines on the small stage at Harvelle’s. Katon, Little Miss Nasty’s founding member says, “We throw down in any circumstance, and a bunch of our best shows have been in the smallest of rooms, or even in more dive bar ‘old rock ‘n roll’ venues.”
It’s noteworthy that the artists who make up Little Miss Nasty have individually toured with artists like Kid Rock, Eminem, Rihanna, Pitbull, Pink, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, JLO, Alicia Keys, P Diddy, Jason Derulo, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ne-Yo and many more.
More individual credits include the Emmys, AMAs, CMAs, VMAs, Grammys, Latin Grammys, and Super Bowl halftime performances, as well as burlesque and theater shows like The Pussycat Dolls, Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce, and Rock of Ages.
The show on this rainy Los Angeles night was amazing: a memorable “goodbye for now…” from Little Miss Nasty.