The Papaya Lounge is a music, comedy and variety evening with a very fruity attitude. Set in a seedy cabaret nightclub and hosted by Velvet Q. Jones (Sarah Mckinney) with live music the evening features plenty of raucous mayhem and special guests.
Centered around owner Velvet Q. Jones’ struggle to keep her nightclub open while fighting off the creditors, the show incorporates comic interplay with employee characters and guest performers and a dynamic house band that brings a strong musical foundation to the show. The Papaya Lounge showcases the best in local talent for a fun evening of music, comedy, variety and the unexpected.
The Papaya Lounge has been touted as one of Arcata’s not-to-be-missed annual events, playing to sold-out crowds the past two years running. A fresh and hot, down and dirty evening featuring some of Humboldt’s finest performers sears the stage for a bawdy, booze-filled extravaganza. The show features a fist-pumping worthy international cast, including Sarah McKinney as your buxom host, Velvet Q. Jones alongside her non-sexual life partner Nancy Schwartz played by Alyssa Hughlett, and slinging a bevy of wickedly concocted cocktails is Janessa Johnsrude as Musty Beaver. The three take you on a journey into the deliciously seedy world of the Papaya Lounge, a variety show that plays to your wildest sensibilities. With a reverence for the old-world charm of cabaret, the evening is a celebration of this form of entertainment like you’ve never seen before. Backed by the musical stylings of the Papaya Lounge’s house band the Fruit Flies featuring Michael (Tofu) Schwartz on drums, Jennifer Dominick on Keys, Cory Goldman on guitar, Gregg Moore on horn(s), and Nate Zwerdling on bass.
Suitable for ages 19 + and you will be carded at the door.