Mickey Champion

Best Lounge Act, June 2007
Microphones are for wimps. Mickey Champion is an old-fashioned shouter with no need for amplification, a roost-ruling, room-roaming tempest no mink stole or muumuu can fully contain. Champion plays all over town, but her spiritual home these days is Babe’s & Rickey’s Inn, the Leimert Park blues grotto where she sings every Monday night. Unpredictable, eccentric, and charismatic, Champion and her enormous voice are a dirty martini in an era of lite beer entertainment.