Those do-gooder drag queens the Armorettes returned to Burkhart's on Sunday, settling into a performance spot they've called home on and off for years.
They've been a nomadic bunch over the years, moving from Burkhart's to Blake's to Burkhart's to Hideaway to Burkhart's. And they occasionally do a gig at Heretic. But since they were birthed in 1979 at the Armory – yes, they had to move when that Midtown staple closed in 2004 – these queens stayed focused on raising bucks for HIV charities. And since their inception, they've done that to the tune of more than $2 million.
For their return to Burkhart's on Sunday, performers included Kellie Divine, Trashetta Galore, Autumn Sky, Ginger Bred Man, Pink Lemonaid, Calico Deville, Electra Bell, Sharon Needles (the Atlanta one, not the one from Pittsburgh), Roxy Cotton, Betty Bennett and Kitty Love Antoinette.
Before the Armorettes return to Burkhart's on Sunday, they do the Heretic on Saturday for a show that benefits Lost N Found Youth. And on March 27, they head outdoors for the infamous Easter Drag Races. It's a lovely mess of a daydrunk celebration.