The San Francisco resident performs his cabaret show “Champagne and Follies” at the Bubble Lounge every second Wednesday of the month, including today.
How do you go about developing a new show? I think about my repertoire first — what I have already — and then I think about the venue and the audience — the potential audience and the target audience and what I think they might want to hear. For this show, it’s really a show that showcases the best that I do, my favorite songs, so it’s really a crowd-pleasing show.
What can your audience look forward to with “Champagne and Follies”? Pop covers done with my own spin, which is kind of like a little bit soul-meets-gospel-meets-cabaret. I do R&B, some jazz standards and some bawdy storytelling.
Who have been your greatest influences or inspiration as a performer? Tina Turner. She was my first role model as a kid. She was the first person I ever heard sing that moved my soul. Her endurance as a performer over time is incredible.
What do you like most about doing your own show? I really love interacting with my audience, and being a solo performer enables me to do that.