Who the hell is Jota Mercury?
Jota (pronounced HO-TAH) Mercury is an award winning drag king who works to constantly challenge the ideologies of machismo and male dominance by playing with gender in not only the funniest but sexiest ways. He pays homage to one of Mexico’s greats, Vicente Fernandez, in one of his most notable acts. A versatile performer, you never know what to expect with Jota Mercury.
Jota Mercury was never planned. I wanted to do solely burlesque until I attended my first drag king show in Oakland- it was there I realized there was an entirely different world of performance and queerness that I NEEDED to be apart of. I've always loved playing with gender roles but had never played with my appearance or presentation. I know now that drag is seriously life for me. I'll perform until my body can't handle it anymore! The show I mentioned before was Rebel Kings and I'm lucky enough to call them family after debuting at their show in September of 2016. I've been supported and loved by them so much and I wouldn't be the King I am today without them.