The birth of Char­lie Brown’s Cabaret

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was ‘It’s Rain­ing Men,’” re­mem­bered Grooms. “And years later I got to meet the Weather Girls when they per­formed at Back­street.”

The disco stars al­ways brought in huge crowds. But the star ev­ery night for more than 20 years was drag leg­end Char­lie Brown.

Char­lie Brown was do­ing a drag show at Tal­lu­lah’s, a les­bian bar in Buck­head, when he got the boot from that club. That same night, he was of­fered the third floor at Back­street and in 1991 Char­lie Brown’s Cabaret was born, fea­tur­ing the best in At­lanta’s drag scene.

“I prom­ise you we did shows from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and peo­ple would still be beg­ging us to do more,” Brown said. “We’d be stand­ing out there in our beards do­ing drag all night.”

In 1993, former gym­nast Cathy Rigby was star­ring in “An­nie Get Your Gun” and af­ter a per­for­mance at the Fox took in some At­lanta nightlife at Back­street.

“I said there was no way Cathy Rigby would come to my show, so I told her if you’re re­ally Cathy Rigby, do a back flip—and she back

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