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Meadowdale graduate Bradford Weber sells out Engel's as Queen Rita LaRue

'I'm having the time of my life'


Last updated 4/28/2022 at 12:12pm

Carissa Hudson

Rita LaRue performed at Engel's Pub in February, and returns April 24 for a 1 p.m. show.

When historic Engel's Pub expanded its live shows from blues- and rock-oriented shows to include drag queen bingo, the response from those in attendance – and those who later learned of the show – overwhelmingly signaled its approval:

And we want more!

Wish granted. The next show sold out. As has the one Sunday, April 24.

The attraction is Queen Rita LaRue, a Meadowdale High School graduate who, when not on stage, is 22-year-old Bradford James Weber, who has regular gigs in Seattle.

The Beacon caught up with the performer recently. Here are excerpts from the interview, lightly edited:...

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Reader Comments(2)

Lori Kunze writes:

Wow, what an amazing success story for this young person! Can't wait to see her again, at Engel's Pub.

Deborah Arthur writes:

I hope we have many more shows with you Rita. I would love to come but I couldn't get a ticket and then hurt myself so couldn't have been there anyway. SO I hope you will return often to Engels and I have a chance then to see you. I loved your words and calm manner. I hope the show is great. I think from what I read that you are pretty great and I expect success to come to you. I hope we in Edmonds can help. I will. You are Beautiful and your clothes oh wow. xo


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