NIGHT OF 1000 STEVIES - the largest and most beloved STEVIE NICKS fan event in the world - returned to New York City's IRVING PLAZA on May 4 for its twenty-eighth annual edition STARBRIGHT. This marathon evening was produced by show founders CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL and their creative krewe at THE JACKIE FACTORY. NOTS is one of those great New York City spectacles that spark travel from all around the globe.
NOTS 28: STARBRIGHT spun the allegorical side of The Goddess Nicks in a medieval but timeless Stevie Fantasy World. From RHIANNON to SORCERER the show embraced the Tolkienesque storytelling, Faerie Queens and Arthurian legends that gleam throughout her songs.
For this Storybook Edition the eighteen performers, bands and ensembles included Legends of Stevie Realness AMBER MARTIN, BRIDGET BARKAN, CHARLENE CORAN (ARKANSAS), DARRELL THORNE, DIVINE GRACE (FLORIDA), HEATHER LITTEER and JESSE GUNN, HONEY TRAP, IT WAS ROMANCE, KAREN AND THE SORROWS, LORI CLAYTON (COLORADO), MACHINE DAZZLE, MARYANNE PICCOLO, the RACHEL KLEIN THEATER and ST. EVE. The debut performers were DEREK BISHOP with ALEXIS BABINI and EMILY AFTON, SCARLETT MOON (CHICAGO), TAMMY FAYE STARLITE, THUNDER THIGHS and VIOLET CUTLER (PHILADELPHIA) and UNTITLED QUEEN.
Our brilliant DJ/VJ team was once again DJ SAMMY JO and DJ TRAVIS ISLAND/VJ TRE (D.C.) and the "Enchantresses of Ceremony" were EMPRESS CHI CHI VALENTI and PAUL ALEXANDER with EDITRIX ABBY, HATTIE HATHAWAY and special guests like MICHAEL MUSTO. As always the show climaxed with the "Battle of A Thousand Stevies" around 2 AM and tambourines were tossed to the Enchanted audience through the night.
SUGGESTED DRESS: Medieval Eveningwear A La Stevie, Imagining Rhiannon, Sorcerer Capes And Cloaks, John McVie Wizard Interpretations, Blue Crystals, Galadriel Crowns, Important Celtic Jewelry, Arthurian Armor, Best Pre-Raphaelite Hair In Rock And Roll, Moonstones, Prince Lindsey Of Buckingham Costume, Evening Wands Or Invocation Of The Goddess Nicks (All Eras).
Neither a contest nor a karaoke show, NOTS is the Stevie Nicks celebration ne plus ultra - a riot of shawls, lace, baby's breath, twirling, tambourines and great performance. The much-loved annual, helmed by founders CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL and their JACKIE FACTORY production company, has featured celebrated performers including DEBBIE HARRY, JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, BOY GEORGE, THE CRYSTAL ARK, BASIL TWIST, CYNDI LAUPER, VANGELINE THEATER, JOEY ARIAS, LEA DELARIA and many more. Born in 1991 at the tiny performance venue MOTHER at JACKIE 60, NOTS and its passionate audience inspired the feature film GYPSY 83 and even a "Jeopardy" question. It has launched generations of "Legends of Stevie Realness" across the U.S. and worldwide.
NOTS VIDEO FROM STEVIE IN 2011
NOTS 21: THE WILD HEART opened with a special surprise from The Goddess herself - a video message to all the NOTS attendees - watch it here!
The NOTS 28: STARBRIGHT poster and artwork features NOTS Legend BRIDGET BARKAN, photographed by AARON COBBETT, created by THE JACKIE FACTORY.
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ABOUT THE JACKIE FACTORY
NOTS producers CHI
CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY
DYNELL have been creating events together since the
early Nineties, as part of a creative collective called THE JACKIE FACTORY NYC.
"The Factory" brought over 450 themed weekly editions of JACKIE 60 to fruition
over a decade in the 1990s, and currently lend their efforts to many unique
spectacles a year in addition to NOTS, both in and out of New York City. For current shows, news and archives,
visit their websites JACKIEFACTORY.COM