“Somehow, I wound up on stage with a band. I remember that I was singing Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and rockin’ along in this great outfit, short skirt, with these brilliant, pointy-toed four-inch heels. At some point, I was trying to hit some amazing note, reared back, started to feel my center of gravity leave me, and went back over into the drums.
“Holy Mother of God, what a mess! Legs up, the whole nine, as I’m thinking, “Well, I’ve just flashed the whole world.”
I thought it was so insanely funny and started laughing hysterically. Everyone was worried about whether or not I was hurt, but I could not stop till everyone else started laughing, too.
“I wasn’t hurt, but it taught me a couple lessons. First, make sure you know your center of gravity when in high heels. I have never again made that mistake. Second, folks don’t mind if you’re human on stage — they really are with you and want to see you do well, but really enjoy the faux pas on stage, too.
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And third, always wear some kind of spandex shorts if you’re gonna wear a really short skirt.”
Erica is currently working on a number of projects, including one near and dear to her heart: A Musical Tribute to Ms. Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, a collaboration with Julian Peterson and Robb Krysl of Wolf Den Records and Farm of Wolves recording studio in Longmont. The project is expected to come out in 2018.
Editor's Note: The Denver Bootleg is a series chronicling the history of local music venues by longtime Denver cartoonist Karl Christian Krumpholz. Visit Krumpholz's website to see more of his work.