First Friday


Showcase Lounge

$15 Advance | $22 Day of Show

18+ | Seated Show: First Come, First Serve – SRO space in the back.

First Fridays at Higher Ground are back in 2024, hosted by Emoji Nightmare and GAYBAR.

March 1st will be our first installment of our new TOP2BTM series. TOP2BTM will be a celebration of iconic album anniversaries, subsequently performed IN their entirety from TOP 2 BTM by your favorite Drag and Burlesque performers.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of icon Taylor Swift’s official foray into pop music, we are kicking things off with a tribute to her album, 1989.

“I love the concept of performing an entire album in drag and burlesque. It’s been in my wildest dreams since we did a Shania Twain full-album show in 2022, and I can’t wait to bring this and three other iconic albums to life this year. It’s time to get out of the woods and celebrate the start of a new era of First Fridays at Higher Ground! I wish you would join me and my cast for a night with zero bad blood, just this love for our queen and fellow Swifties. Shake it off with dancing from GAYBAR and show off your unique style and you might just snag tickets to the next First Friday!” – Emoji Nightmare

Featuring performances by Emoji Nightmare, Katniss Everqueer, BLAZE, Anita Cocktail, Karina Libido, Porter Starboard, Alexis Tencial Crisis, Icarus, Lady Cettina, Aiden Diamond, and Evening Out. With special stage kittening from our own Travis Kelce, Prince Muffin.

Save the dates for the rest of our 2024 series! We will have themed dance parties, more TOP2BTM installments and as always, Pride Ball in September.

March 1st:
(TOP2BTM) – Taylor Swift – 1989 (10 yr anniversary)

April 5th: (FF) – Slumber Party

May 3rd: (TOP2BTM) – Lady Gaga – Fame Monster (15 yr anniversary)

June 7th:
(FF) – Pride Dance Party

August 2nd: (TOP2BTM) – Britney Spears – Baby One More Time (25 yr anniversary)

September 6: Pride Ball

October 4th: (FF) – Devils vs Angels

November 1st: (TOP2BTM) – Gwen Stefani – Love.Angel.Music.Baby (20 yr anniversary)

December 6th: (FF) – Sugar and Spice