Music Commissioner Renato Estacio-Burdick, MBA, MMus., Head Judge  Co-Owner, Sidewinders Ranch 

Renato Estacio-Burdick, Bass-Baritone, is the Artistic Director of the Black Cat Cabaret and has been active for 30+ years in productions to include one-acts, musicals, revues, operas, operettas, theater; Estacio has also been an entertainer in singing, acting, radio, and voice-over narrator, as well as show host for over 25 years. As Artistic Director, Estacio-Burdick is focused primarily on guiding artistic excellence, artistic growth, leadership development, and community engagement. Estacio-Burdick also serves as a Commissioner of Music for New Mexico, where they assist in the preservation of music in New Mexico, and was Founder and District Director for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for New Mexico during the 2015 and 2016 MONC auditions.

Estacio-Burdick is a guest judge for the NM State Fair Karaoke Competition, was President of the Southwest Arts Group from 2013 – 2016 (holding a residency at the African American Performing Arts Center), and Director of Marketing/PR for the Las Vegas Philharmonic.  Renato was a professional casino entertainer, hosting shows and performing on stage in Broadway and Holiday Show Revues.  Other stage credits include Masetto (Don Giovanni), Spirit 3 (Magic Flute), Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Player 4 (If Men Played Cards as Women Do), Gentleman Starkey (Peter Pan), Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz), Tin Woodsman (Wizard of Oz), Guardian of the Gates (Wizard of Oz), Brian Furman (Christmas Recaptured), Sir Despard Murgatroyd (Ruddigore), Luis (Gondoliers), Boysy Dunbar (War on Tatem), Epimetheus (Prometheus), Teddy (Rhiannon’s Diary), and other roles. Estacio conducts the choir “The Cat’s Meow” and has taught voice for 17 years.

Estacio-Burdick took courses in acting at the Acting Studio (NY), and voice, movement, and acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in Residence). In high school, Renato was recipient of the Mark Hamill Fine Arts Award, and several awards for his performances in pantomime, and one-act plays.  They hold advanced degrees in music performance (MMus) and business marketing (MBA).



3rd Annual Singing competition - the Venus Awards!

First place: $200 - Leah Leyva
Second place: $100 - Mozzy Dee 
Third place: $50 - Jackie M.

Registration, rules, regulations, and other details forthcoming.

-Karaoke, opera, jazz - all styles are welcomed and encouraged
-Cannot be union, professional (make over $200 per hour singing) or have sung a lead or secondary role at A-level opera houses in the last 2 years.
-Music should be memorized for Finals on 11/13/19 (song knowledge is part of the judging criteria)
-Must be 21 and over with Valid ID through 12/20/19.
-Must be able to sing in preliminaries 11/6/19, finals 11/13/19. Requested to sing on 12/20/19 or 12/21/19.
-Prize money will be given 50% upfront after winning, and then 50% on 12/19/19 during the Best of 2019.
-Style, pitch, interpretation, presentation, quality of sound, song knowledge, etc. will all be considered.  Diction, Pitch, Presentation, Rhythm (stay on beat).

Register here:  Click Here - New Page will Open

Anitra Blue, Finals Judge - Venus Awards for Singing

A graduate from the Unicorn School of Burlesque in 2016, Anitra Blue made her solo stage debut in 2017. She was inducted as a Lady of the Rose Court of Sidewinders Cabaret shortly after. She was voted by 3 separate panels as Best of 2017, placing in the top 20%, Best of 2018 top 20%, All-Star Cast Best of 2018 with the Black Cat Cabaret (top 5-10%), and 1st place winner of the Venus Awards 2018 Black Cat Cabaret. In 2019 she has been a headlining and featured performer for several productions. Anitra Blue is the Indigenous Firecracker of Albuquerque and New Mexico's Nightingale. She is not only a burlesque performer but also a songbird. She's here to entertain you with her often kink filled theatrical style and transport you to a musical realm where feeling and sound unite. A world in between the here and now.

We are proud to be partners with Call Me Ozz.  They take care of sign-ups, operation, and promotion

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Michael Estacio-Burdick, ​​​​

Michael grew up in Hamburg, Iowa and is Co-Owner of Sidewinders; in his spare time, he helps produce shows with the Southwest Arts Group. He has over 20 years of management level experience across various industries. His experience includes Interim General Manager and Director of Marketing for San Felipe's Casino Hollywood, Director of Marketing and Database Marketing for Santa Ana Star Casino, Sr. Marketing Operations Manager for PRIMEDIA Enthusiast Publication, and Operations Manager and Executive Account Manager for Palm Coast Data. He is also a recipient of the Cumbre Public Relations Awards; Best of Show for New Mexico Open, Gold Award Relationship Management, and Silver for Branding Campaign; New Mexico American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year Award, best multi-media branding campaign (company received); Barona/VCAT Marketing Excellence Award - Branding and Multi-channel Marketing; and over 25 Romero Casino Marketing Awards - "Large Casino" - in Promotional, Multi-Media, E-Marketing, and Public Relations. Michael is based out of Albuquerque New Mexico.

Terese Garcia, Finals Judge - Venus Awards for Singing

3rd Place Winner of the Second Annual Venus Awards, Terese is no stranger to the stage.  She's been in the semi-finals for the NM State Fair Karaoke Competitions, and she recently won two awards for bodybuilding. Music is one of her biggest passions and she won't let anything stand in her way.  You can catch her in the holiday show as well.