Presented by Chicken Ranch Records

Caleb De Casper

Mar 18, 2023

12:10am – 12:50am CT


This performance is part of the showcase that starts on Friday, March 17at Valhalla

From the horror cabaret and glam rock of his past to his current dark synthpop sound, Austin-based performer Caleb De Casper always brings a stunning in-your-face theatricality to his music and live shows. The classically trained pianist and vocalist stalks the stage in avant-garde gowns, vivid glam-on-acid makeup and the ever-present stiletto heels, confidently declaring that masculinity comes in many different forms.

Austin gave De Casper the space to flourish as a queer artist that he never found in his native North Carolina and immediately set to work proving wrong the former piano teacher who once told him, "As a gay songwriter, the world will never accept your voice or point of view". That voice and point of view was warmly received with 2019’s De Casper, which brought a glam rock feel (think Hedwig And The Angry Inch meets The Dresden Dolls with guitars) and the single “Good Boy” was a favorite Tiny Desk performance with NPR gushing, "This act will haunt your dreams for weeks."

In April of 2022, 'Caleb De Casper Day' was proclaimed by the City of Austin, recognizing his contribution to the culture of his adopted hometown. What's next is anyone's guess.

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