Who better than Lucha VaVOOM to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with?
Los Angeles’ longest running, most celebrated action-packed variety show is back with their annual Cinco de Mayo shows.
Lucha VaVOOM — where electrifying Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque and comedy collide — returns Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at The Mayan Theater (1038 S Hill St.) in downtown Los Angeles. Lucha VaVOOM’s hometown faithful can look forward to a huge helping of lucha libre, tequila, tamales, minis, mariachi, Aztec dancers, aerialists, folkloricos, hula hoops, low riders, comedy and more at this year’s “Cinco de Mayan Gigante!”. Plus, the incredible Mexican singing sensation Amandititita and electro cumbia wizards from Guadalajara, Los Master Plus, are confirmed to perform. Limited tickets are still available but going fast!
Amandititita, the Mexican cumbia singer-songwriter from Tampico, Tamaulipas, has released three albums (La Reina de la Anarcumbia (2008), La Descarada (2009) and Mala Fama (2013)), has had more than a dozen songs featured in films, and her debut single “La Muy Muy” charted on Billboard. This will mark the second time Lucha VaVOOM has teamed up with the guys from Los Master Plus, Comanche and Larry Mon, who turn pop songs into Spanish-language dancefloor-fillers. Click here to watch their video for “Baia Baia.”
This year’s Cinco de Mayo engagement will feature: professional lucha libre wrestlers (including matches between superstars Carístico (from the professional Mexican wrestling promotions team CMLL), El Bandido (making his LV debut), Magno “The Man Mountain” Rudo from Ciudud Juarez, Mexico, the Crazy Chickens (these pollos locos are the dream team tag team), LV’s current champ Li’l Cholo, crowd favorite luchadora Dama Fina, and Piñatita (who’s small, tough and if you beat him up delicious candy comes out!)), aerial/burlesque/dance performances (including reigning burlesque queen Trixie Little (crowned Miss Exotic World 2015), Tosca (performance artist specializing in Roue Cyr, an acrobatic discipline that features a life-sized steel hoop), LV favorite and LA’s own Jessabelle Thunder (voted one of LA’s top 13 burlesque performers by Time Out Magazine), and aerialist extraordinaire Veronica Yune), plus comedy from hosts Blaine Capatch and Tom Kenny (the voice of “Spongebob Squarepants” and “Mr. Show”), who will be delivering insanely off-the-cuff commentary both nights.
Doors for this 21+ event open at 7:00pm and the show goes from 8:00-10:30pm. Special price, all access tickets are on sale now for $48.50. For tickets and more info, visit LuchaVaVOOM.com.
About Lucha VaVOOM:
For 15 years, Lucha VaVOOM has been delivering arguably the most electrifying shows on earth with a mind-blowing mix of Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque and comedy. Founded in Los Angeles in 2002 by Rita D’Albert and Liz Fairbairn, Lucha VaVOOM — voted Los Angeles’ “Best Burlesque Show” by LA Weekly for 2012 and 2013 — is good vs. evil played out in quick, exhibition-style, one-fall Lucha Libre matches for maximum enjoyment and action. Lucha VaVOOM has created a Los Angeles tradition: from the low-rider car parade escorting the performers as the crowd enters the iconic Mayan Theater, to the local luminaries they attract (Drew Carey and Jack Black have sat in), to burlesque (which was revived right here in Los Angeles), to Lucha Libre, where masked heroic wrestlers, in character-driven style, flip, fly and amaze. It all comes together to make one fun, surreal, glam-bam spectacle of raucous entertainment. You could say it’s a wrestling show for people that don’t like wrestling (and those that do). The Los Angeles Times said, “Far-out flamboyance always prevails at Lucha VaVOOM, a spectacle of Mexican freestyle wrestling with an L.A. twist (7/9/06).”
At Lucha VaVOOM, they like a little sexo with their violencia. In between matches, the finest handpicked burlesque acts from around the world wow the crowds with their unique striptease skills, including raucous aerial acts, daredevil roller-skate girls, and Guinness-World-Record-holding hula-hoop hotties. The Los Angeles-based performance troupe has regularly sold out 1,000-seat venues across the globe (Amsterdam, Calgary, Toronto, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and Philadelphia, among many other cities), performed at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan and Big Day Out Festival in Australia since its birth in 2002 and call Los Angeles’ Mayan Theater — an elaborately appointed, 1927-built former motion-picture palace — home when not on the road. Click here to view a sizzle reel of Lucha VaVOOM highlights.
Lucha VaVOOM has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel, CBS National News, BRAVO’s Top Chef Masters, Carson Daily, BBC, ESPN, Fox News, VICE, Nerdist, Complex, and Chicago’s WGN Morning News, among others. Here’s a sampling of what the press has to say:
“Lucha VaVOOM…triumphs in Los Angeles”
– BBC MUNDO, October 31, 2017
“…may be the best bang-for-your-buck entertainment in town.”
– THRILLIST, April 28, 2017
“Now in its 15th year, Lucha VaVOOM continues to wow with its potent mixture of violence, sex appeal and hilarity.”
– LA WEEKLY, April 27, 2017
“…no one that puts on a better lucha libre show than the folks at Lucha VaVOOM. Far wackier and wilder than most professional wrestling…Lucha VaVOOM lets its freak flag fly…”
– NERDIST, October 25, 2015
“Lucha VaVOOM is an underground celebration of all things perfect in this world…Lucha VaVOOM is what will pass for primetime entertainment when the polar ice caps finally melt and there’s not a single drop of oil left to be squeezed from the planet. In the post-apocalyptic future Lucha VaVOOM’s mix of ‘sexo y violencia’ will replace the Super Bowl, the Internet, and daytime television as humanity’s primary form of entertainment.”
– COMPLEX, February 20, 2015