Up the Skirt


Published:

Thirty years after the opening of club one, one of Savannah’s only gay clubs, the artistry of drag shows reigns on, shifting the tides of inclusion to create a more accepting South. 

Are you guys ready to have a little fun tonight?” Destiny Myklz’s long legs crisscross as she sashays across the stage in a slinky black dress, microphone in one hand, a shot glass raised in the other. “Sometimes I’m gonna say or do something that offends the s--- outta you and know, from the bottom of my little Baptist heart, I don’t give a f---. If you cannot sit up here and have a good time with a grown man in a pair of heels you got no business being out after dark in Downtown Savannah.”

Everyone in the crowd claps, laughs, and cheers their way through Destiny’s intro. No one leaves. Billed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” Destiny is the longest running Emcee in the history of the Club One Cabaret and you never know what’s she’s going to say next. Known for dancing, weekly drag shows, and a basement video bar, this boisterous, multi-level club is Savannah’s most well known gay bar and home to Savannah’s most illustrious scene.

“We have such an amazing, diverse cast,” says 2015 Miss Gay America Blair Williams, who is also the club’s co-show director with Myklz. “They’re very talented and it’s a pleasure to share the stage with all of them.”

Williams joined the Cabaret cast 10 years ago, a “once in a while thing” quickly turning into weekly shows. As Show Director, Williams brings her passion for pageantry, love of costumes eye for detail to their second-floor stage. The hard work of the Cabaret cast and Club staff have paid off. This year, Club One was voted “Best Adult Entertainment,” “Best Dance Club,” “Best Bartender: Dawn Dupree,” and “Best Gay Bar/Club” by the readers of Connect Savannah.

“I love seeing our audience enjoy themselves,” explains Williams, who can be found taking photos and chatting with club goers before, between, and after shows. “You never know what someone may be going through, so providing an hour of entertainment that allows them to just laugh or dance and sing along is extremely rewarding. I love our audience makeup and the fact that we attract a wide cross section of people. We get to introduce drag to folk who are seeing it live for the first time.”

A popular tourist destination, Club One shows bring in a mix of locals, bachelorette parties, college students – anyone walking by. People wander in from City Market, drawn in by the energy and sky-high wigs. Gay, straight, bisexual, transgender – they all end up on the second floor for a show.

“We provide something no other business in Savannah does,” says Trey Norris, the Club’s assistant general manager. “We do theatre productions, drag shows, comedy revues, live music, dancing, karaoke, and so much more. Everything is in one complex. ”

There are weekly shows every Thursday through Sunday night, bingo on Mondays, and karaoke most weeknights. Miss Gay Georgia America, a regional pageant, was recently hosted at Club One by Williams, and the annual Miss Savannah Pride Pageant took place September 28. They also host monthly StarSearch competitions which culminate in a larger, year-end competition.

The members of the Cabaret aren’t the only ones who grace this stage. There are monthly performances from other local troupes, including the House of Gunt, the Tied and Tasseled Fetish Cabaret, and the Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue. Club One also brings winners of RuPaul’s Drag Race to Savannah, including Violet Chachki, Raja Gemini, Trixie Mattel, and Bianca Del Rio. The Bay Street Theatre also calls the stage home. Their annual performances of The Rocky Horry Show Live! is one of the Club’s must-see productions.

Club One has given back to the community in many ways over the years, supporting local and national organizations by hosting benefits, providing donations, and providing a space and marketing for events.

“I love people,” says former City of Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson, a long-time supporter of Club One. “I’m a big supporter of any place that’s going to support people, no matter the color of your skin or sexual preference. As a public official, I felt it was my duty to show the community the good work Club One has done and continues to do for the community.”

Club One has supported the AIDS Walk for Life, Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia, Stand Out Savannah, First City Network, and Savannah Unites. They held a benefit show for the survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, raising almost $8,000. In 2015, as Miss Gay America, Blair Williams raised more than $13,000 for the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

“The sense of family and community within our staff is unparalleled to any other company I’ve worked for,” says Norris. “Yes, you’re a customer, but what’s more important is that you feel like family.”

To learn more, visit clubone-online.com

 

Subscribe now to the print edition or get instant access to our interactive digital edition.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

South's Greatest Chefs 2018

This is the tastiest contest of the year! Nominate now!

South's Greatest Kids 2018

Nominate your kid for the cutest contest of the year!
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Events Calendar

  • Firefighters 5k and 10k

    Oct 13, 2018
    1:00 PM

    Did you know that every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    Sep 01, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn...

  • Girls Night Out - Make Your Own Skin Care Products!

    Sep 28, 2018
    5:00 PM @ Salacia Salts

    Grab a group of girlfriends for a private skin care making workshop. Design and hand mix your own body scrub while unwinding in our relaxing space...

  • Alee Haunted House-Terror Plantation

    Oct 05, 2018
    7:30 PM - 11:00 PM @ Alee Temple

    Voted as Georgia's third scariest haunted house, the Alee Haunted House is ready to scare! Starting in October, it will be open every Friday...

  • Art Start: Stroller and Toddler Tour of Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens

    Oct 18, 2018
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Jepson Center

    Our youngest patrons are invited to the museum for story time, a special tour, and an art activity. Strollers, crying babies, toddlers, and older...

  • DineSouth

    Oct 18, 2018
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Savannah Station

    DineSouth, the premier dining event in Savannah is back and 2018’s event is going to be the best yet! In conjunction with the release of the...

  • Monthly Satsang

    Feb 21, 2018
    7:15 PM - 8:30 AM @ Savannah Power Yoga

    Join us for a monthly gathering to discuss and reflect on the ethical principles of yoga.    We will use The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah...

  • Lean Ensemble Theater presents Who Am I This Time (& Other Conundrums of Love) by Aaron Posner from Kurt Vonnegut

    Oct 18, 2018
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ HHPS Main Street Theatre

    The subject of this play—as we are told at the outset—is love, pure and complicated. Set on the stage of The North Crawford Mask & Wig Club...

  • Party In The Pines

    Oct 19, 2018
    12:00 PM - 11:45 PM @ Bienville Plantation

    Presented by Bienville Entertainment, Party In The Pines announces that Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town will headline second annual festival on...

  • Yellow Fever in Savannah 1820

    Oct 05, 2018
    7:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Davenport House Museum

      This October see a historical recreation of Savannah’s dreadful Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 with particular emphasis on daily life in...

  • Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

    Oct 19, 2018
    All Day @ Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce

    The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival is an annual event held at J. F. Gregory Park, located at 521 Cedar St., the third weekend in October. People...

  • Old Town Oyster Run 5k/10k

    Oct 20, 2018
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Bluffton Oyster Factory Park

    The race starts at the Bluffton Oyster Factory and winds through beautiful downtown and along the May River. Compete in a fast-paced 10K or...

  • Run for the Homeless 5k

    Oct 20, 2018
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ SEDA Building on Hutchinson Island

    This is a fundraiser for the Savannah Inner City Night Shelter to help men, women, and children in our community who may find themselves homeless...

  • NAMI Mental Health 5k

    Oct 20, 2018
    8:30 AM @ Coligny Beach

    Join us for the 2018 NAMI Lowcountry 5K Mental Health Walk! This is an event for the ENTIRE FAMILY, including your four legged, furry family...

  • Wag-O-Ween Savannah 2018

    Oct 20, 2018
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Historic Downtown Businesses

    https://www.facebook.com/wagoween.savannah.ga/ Join us Saturday October 20, 2018 from Noon-5:00 for the fun annual WAG-O-WEEN! This annual...

  • Free Family Day: "Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens"

    Oct 20, 2018
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Enjoy a day celebrating Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Children and families can try out pointillist painting techniques, make miniature...

  • Southern Songbirds: Jill Knight, Danielle Howle & Caroline Aiken

    Oct 20, 2018
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Three beautiful singer-songwriters from opposite coasts come together on the Tybee Post Theater stage for an incredible night of music.Jill Knight,...

  • Mindful Triathalon

    Oct 21, 2018
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Coligny Beach

    Jiva Yoga Center and Go Tri Sports are teaming up to produce the Mindful Triathlon - Hilton Head Island. What is the Mindful...

  • Lean Ensemble Theatre presents Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love) by Aaron Posner from Kurt Vonnegut

    Oct 21, 2018
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ HHPS Main Street Theatre

    The subject of this play—as we are told at the outset—is love, pure and complicated. Set on the stage of The North Crawford Mask & Wig Club...

  • Fall 2018 Lecture Series - "Poetry: Why Read It? Why Write It? Who Cares?" by Olivia Stiffler

    Oct 21, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

    The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home is proud to present the second installment of the Fall 2018 Lecture Series in the parlor of the Flannery...


Show More...

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Scenes of the South

Grand Opening of 201 Seafood

Mixing the traditional tastes of the south with the local flair of the city, 201 Seafood and Tapas Lounge showcases Savannah's culinary community and their grand opening now gives us full access to some of the best seafood in the Coastal Empire.

Closet Raiders

Described as the “superbowl of fashion”, Closet Raiders was taped at the Lucas Theatre in front of a live audience. Contestants showed off their personal style fashion knowledge. Hosted by Savannah locals Reneé LaSalle and Kevin Cartee, offered the chance to win a closet full of designer clothes.

Cure and Whiskey Wednesday

Local celebrities competed on stage to help support the mission to provide training and supervision to volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children of Savannah and Chatham County.

Cure and Whiskey Wednesday

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day, 43 families in the United States will hear the words “your child has cancer.” Meaningful supporters came came out to help spread awareness, learn more on how to stop childhood cancer, to recognize the children and families affected by childhood cancers and to emphasize the importance of supporting research on these devastating conditions.

7th Annual Savannah Ambucs/ Celebrity Bowlapalooza Auction

Plenty of supporters came came out to the 7th Annual Savannah Ambucs/Vaden Chevrolet Pooler Celebrity Bowlapalooza Kickoff and Auction for a night of fun and fundraising. There was an Amtryke, specially adapted 3 wheel bike giveaway, and a silent and live auction. The auction was to help make a difference in the Savannah community and to inspire mobility and independence for people with different abilities.

Ronald McDonald House Super Summer Shindig

Children came dressed as their favorite superheroes as they enjoyed face painting, games, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and their favorite favorite superheroes and McDonald’s characters. There was delicious appetizers by Chef Cynthia Creighton-Jones of Cape Creations Catering, Ghost Coast cocktails, door prizes, and the great networking opportunities in Savannah.

Whiskey Wednesday

First City Network, Ghost Coast Distillery and South Magazine came together for this event at 39 Rue De Jean on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The mission of First City Network (FCN) is to enhance and sustain the well-being of LGBT individuals and their allies .

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra -Swingin' Savannah River

The beautiful Westin Harbor Lawn was the perfect setting to enjoy the ultimate July 4th experience on the Savannah River including a patriotic concert with The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

JCB Mudrun 2018

As feet hit the wet mud, eyes were set on the trophies and hearts beat with adrenaline at this year’s 7th annual JCB Mud Fest. Nearly 1,500 participants showed up from around the country, making this the most successful event to date. All proceeds benefited the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development. Participants endured a variety of new challenges, including fan favorites such as the JCB mud lake and the tire field.

Old Town Trolley's 25th Anniversary

Old Town Trolley celebrated 25 years of business!