Emjay Mercury

The Sombreros Known Around The Bay

This small hellfire of a xicano originally hails from Fresno, CA but found their burlesque and drag callings in Oakland, CA. They have performed across many stages in the bay including Rebel Kings of Oakland, Folsom Street Fair's Playground Stage, Debauchery, Shenanigans, First Friday Follies, Dandy and Jezebelle's Army in Sacramento. They are one part of the drag king troupe Yeah, Girl... And lest we forget, they are the reigning San Francisco Drag King Winner- (Em)Jay Mercury

He puts the “cheese” in Machismo
— Hethre

Who the hell is Jota Mercury?

Jota (pronounced HO-TAH) Mercury is an international award winning drag king who works to constantly challenge the ideologies of machismo and male dominance. He stays playing with gender in not only the funniest but sexiest ways. A versatile performer, you never know what to expect with Jota Mercury.

Accolades and Titles

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Mr. Ca King 2018 and Mr. Ca King 2019

Buster Riteopen (2018) crowning Jota Mercury (2019) at the Mr. California King Pageant on July 20, 2019. Photo by Dot.

  • San Francisco Drag King Contest 2017 Winner

  • Panama Burlesque Festival 2nd Runner-up

  • Mr. California King 2019 Winner

  • California Drag Quing Pageant 2019 1st Runner-up


  • Personally speaking…

Jota Mercury was never planned. Really. I wanted to solely perform burlesque until I attended my first drag king show in Oakland- there I encountered an entirely different world of performance and queerness that I NEEDED to be apart of.  I'd always loved playing with gender roles but had never played with my appearance or presentation. Rebel Kings of Oakland proved to me that drag is seriously life for me. I'll perform until my body can't handle it anymore! Now I’m so lucky to call Rebel Kings of Oakland my family after being initiated into the troupe in 2018. I've always been supported and loved by them and I wouldn't be the King I am today without them. 

Photo by: John Orvis at Drag for a Cause 2018  Helping out with RKO's Grease number here with Joey Gelato (front) and Vegas Jake (right).

Photo by: John Orvis at Drag for a Cause 2018

Helping out with RKO's Grease number here with Joey Gelato (front) and Vegas Jake (right).

Jota’s photoshoot for KQED Art’s  Changing Face of Drag,  Photo by Christina Campbell

Jota’s photoshoot for KQED Art’s Changing Face of Drag, Photo by Christina Campbell