The five members of the group (whose name means "jewels" in French) assume the monikers Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond, Pearl and Emerald, and they'll debut their 45-minute act this Saturday at the Republic. "It's singing, fierce choreography and five beautiful girls wearing fabulous costumes," says group member Shannon Rockweiler, aka Emerald. "It's very high energy." The women in the group have extensive backgrounds in singing, dance and theater; Rockweiler's resume includes a drama degree from University of New Orleans and a stint as a New Orleans Hornets Honeybee.
Saturday's show will feature the group's take on Peggy Lee's "Fever" and other songs, plus a group of holiday numbers like Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and the sexy Christmas standard "Santa Baby." Also like the original Pussycat Dolls, Bijoux hopes to eventually have a lounge where they can maintain residency. But for now the group plans to just perform at the Republic and other venues through the spring. "Expect to be wowed," Rockweiler says of Saturday's performance. "It'll be 45 kick-ass minutes."
Bijoux performs 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Republic. Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance here.