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Loudoun County’s emerging entertainment option: drag shows | Entertainment – Loudoun Times

Two Loudoun restaurants — Leesburg’s ChefScape Kitchen and City Tap House in One Loudoun — will host drag shows for the first time next month, and with tickets for both sold-out weeks in advance, it appears county residents may have a recurring new entertainment option.

“There are so many younger people, and even older people, who want something other than a guy and a guitar in a winery,” drag performer Ryan Kincade told the Times-Mirror. “They want some other entertainment, and they don’t necessarily want to go all the way to D.C. or Baltimore for it.”

Drag shows aren’t totally new to the county. Tarbender’s Lounge in downtown Leesburg first hosted a drag performance nearly two years ago when Kincade approached restaurant co-owner Brandee Baldwin with the idea.

“I’d been to drag shows in D.C. left and right and so have all my friends, and they’ve always been so much fun,” Baldwin said. “So [Tarbender’s co-owner] Paul Zangos and I said, ‘Why don’t we have it here instead of everyone having to drive all the way to D.C.?'”

Given Baldwin and Zangos try to host charity events at Tarbender’s about once a month, they reasoned something as unique to the area as a drag event would be a fun new way to give back. They held their first drag show in April 2018 and have hosted several since, both as an evening event and as part of its series of “Sunday fun day” brunches.

The restaurant was overflowing with patrons during the latest drag event on Jan. 12, with dancing, smiles and laughs aplenty.

Baldwin said the “Sunday fun day” crowd usually consists of women and couples who are excited to see a show and enjoy mimosas or Bloody Marys “when everyone else is watching football.”

Charities benefited have included the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and The Trevor Project, a

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