This week, WMSE is eagerly awaiting the fourth stop for Milwaukee’s Mondo Lucha at Turner Hall Ballroom. The winning and riveting combination of Mexican Lucha Libre (‘free fighting’) wrestling, complete with excellent costumes and masks, burlesque performers, musicians, dancers and various other artistic acrobats, will be gracing the Turner Hall Ballroom floor. Perfect and fitting, since Turner Hall’s beginnings played host to gymnastic competitions (early 1900’s); consider this a new form of gymnastics to take center stage — Lucha Libre wrestlers are more akin to dancers, using dramatic movement and wit to outsmart their opponents over sheer brute force.
At each Mondo Lucha event, music fuels and heightens the hijinks. Mondo Lucha organizers Jay Gilkay and Andy Gorzalski well know this, and have been very liberal in their pairing of music with their already-unique event, asking bands such as the Scarring Party and Maritime (and this years’ dynamic duo of Pezzettino/LMNTlyst) to provide the audio in between twirls and chokeholds. This particular event is even more exciting as Mondo Lucha proudly debuts their future house band, The Suspirios (think of it like Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra for The Late Show With David Letterman). Take a listen to the official Mondo Lucha them song penned by The Suspirios and you’ll hear a little bit of The Mummies and a little bit of Los Straitjackets, but plenty of local zing — these guys are from Milwaukee (by way of Appleton) after all.
The Suspirios, “Mondo Lucha” (theme song)
Mondo Lucha takes place at Turner Hall Ballroom this Saturday, September 11th at 8 p.m.