In a world of twisted tales as seen through the eyes of fallen angel, Toledo its good to have Dames to bring each story to life in this femme fatale cabaret. Every hip’s breath says “Ain’t no victims—only volunteers in here”, with you and the audience smack dab in the heartbeat of the whole gritty deal that is the Toledo Show.
The Los Angeles Times dubbed him “the coolest cat working in Hollywood” and the Los Angeles Weekly called his show “dramatic and campy, in the best possible way.” One of the city’s most adored cult icons, L.A. native Toledo Diamond has been wielding his magic in front of sold out crowds for over a decade.
Toledo is a soul singer, jazz man, poet, dancer, choreographer and connoisseur of haberdashery who has toured most of the United States, as well as Australia.
He’s been described as a “cult icon,” “urban word man,” “groove-master,” “the underground King of L.A.,” “dancer extraordinaire,” “the modern day Sammy Davis, Jr.,” “cool to the bone,” “the Svengali of sensuality,” and “the best kept secret in the music business.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Toleto started dancing at the age of 15. He went on to work as a choreographer and dancer for recording artists including Janet Jackson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Paula Abdul, Diana Ross, the Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, the Mask, Al Green, the Isley Brothers, George Michael, Smokey Robinson, Toni Braxton and Kathy Sledge. He also choreographed and danced for feature film directors such as Antoine Fuqua, David Fincher, Dominic Sena, Thierry Mugler, Rupert Wainwright and Charles Wittenmeler. His choreography of US3’s “Cantaloop” video earned him an MTV Video Award nomination.
Toledo began in the underground poetry circuit of places like Max’s Garage in Muskogee, Oklahoma, adlibbing with Angelo Fishbone and Macy Gray. But it wasn’t long before his words took on a melodic life of their own, and dancers brought his choreography to the stage in “The Toledo Show” at venues such as Harvelles Blues Club in Santa Monica, The Edison downtown and The Writer’s room in Hollywood California.
Mixing speakeasy jazz, hypnotic storytelling and Toledo’s smoky voice with funky bass lines and femme fatale group of vices, this cabaret is like no other. Toledo’s poetic free-styling and exciting guest performers make every show unique.
Be sure not to miss this seductive, gritty feast! Coming to the FIVE STAR BAR, Monday, July 21st. 9pm. FMI:BUNNYHOP