SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL

SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL is a variety arts festival that debuted in New Orleans June 19th of 2015. The event features three days of the very best in burlesque, side show, music, comedy, circus and other forms of alternative entertainment from the Big Easy and around the world.
Whether you are an artist looking for a supportive platform, or a spectator looking for a unique show, we have the perfect remedy.
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WELCOME TO SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL 2016

SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL is New Orleans' premier event dedicated to preserving the art and spirit of America's rich variety entertainment and sideshow history.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, purveyors of medicinal cure-alls known as snake oil salesman, crisscrossed the landscape of the United States hawking their sometimes dubious concoctions to a hungry and unsuspecting populous. In order to make sure that they always had an audience for their elaborate and entertaining sales pitches, the snake oil salesman would employ a vast array of entertainers to draw in and enthrall the locals. These entertainers were experts in the arts of circus, sideshow, music, singing, comedy and dancing, and often featured oddities and curios. The traveling medicine shows ranged from large to small, with some pulled in just a few carts by a team of horses to full scale productions that could only fit in semi-trucks. No matter what their size, the traveling medicine shows were always the most fun and unique productions to be featured in small and rural communities. In the last two decades America has seen a resurgence of the type of entertainment featured in the snake oil shows. We are honored to be a part of that revival and to be able to present to you some of the most talented and acclaimed performers working in these fields today.

Live entertainment has always been a force that unifies communities and connects all of us to one another. Through performances, workshops and networking opportunities, all set in the iconic cultural mecca that is New Orleans, the Snake Oil Festival seeks to create opportunities for artists and spectators alike to participate in a one of a kind, captivating and educational partnership, which helps the traditions of grassroots entertainment to thrive.

Join us for this amazing experience in June 24, 25 and 26, 2016!

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WORKSHOPS

Le Shimmy!: A crash course in “Belly-esque” with Karolina Lux Saturday, June 25, 1:00pm You're mesmerized by belly dance and titillated by burlesque. Both sensual art forms exult in the beauty of femininity, grace, flirtatiousness, the divine feminine, and FUN! Though similar in essence, the styles are different in performance. Le Shimmy helps you bring the playful qualities of burlesque and vaudeville performance to your dance, and the sensuous, powerful technique of belly dance to your bump-n-grind, or as an art on it's own. We will start with some history of burlesque and its overlapping roots with belly dance, move on to some fun warm-ups to pump your expressions up to larger-than-life proportions and learn a short choreography. In your next performance, you’ll shimmy, blow a kiss and leave em’ wanting more!


Stage Craft with Mab Just Mab: Saturday, June 25, 2:00pm Learn how to develop your skills as a performer with D.C.'s own Sideshow Girl, Mab Just Mab. Show Craft! or How to do what you do, BETTER! We will talk about structuring your act, connecting to the audience, happy accidents, and handling hecklers. Bring some ideas you want to see workshopped.


Bounce Workshop with Heather Loop: Saturday, June 25, 3:00pm Learn the art of New Orlean's own unique dance style, "Bounce", with Heather Loop. Heather has been teaching bounce classes for years and is recognized as one of the top instructors in this one of a kind dance art form. Heather Loop has toured with and appeared in videos for internationally famous Bounce artist Big Freedia.


James Taylor - Half as Old as Time (A Lecture on Novelty & Variety Entertainment History): Saturday, June 25, 7:00pm Show writer William Lindsay Gresham described the carnival as a canvas city, rose red and by tradition half as old as time. Novelty & variety entertainment doesn’t live entirely under canvas, of course. But as the man who's been called the worlds foremost authority on sideshow, James Taylor contends its the novelty & variety business that’s the oldest form of amusement and the real show biz. Ranging widely (and wildly) over the past few centuries and into tomorrow. Taylor hits the bases other show historians ignore, from circus and carnival, dime museums and sideshows, burlesque and world’s fair shows and all the business in between. With over four decades in the entertainment business, over half of which has been in the other show biz of novelty & variety, Taylor shows why its the business you’ll remember till the longest day ya live.


Producing and Directing Variety Shows Based On Your Vision with Angela Eve: Sunday, June 26, 1:00pm Well known Chicago and New Orleans based performer and producer Angela Eve will show you the ins and outs of producing your very own variety show. From moving up from the underground to branding your production for mainstream consumption. Angela Eve will show you how to produce a great show on a limited budget and have em’ lined up around the block!


Glass Walking Workshop with Marlo Marquise: Sunday, June 26, 2:00pm An all- inclusive workshop for beginners and performers taught by world renowned sideshow and suspension artist, Marlo Marquise. Marlo will teach you the cultural origins and ritual behind the modern trend of walking on glass, show you how to become an expert in the safety behind the skill of being a pain proof, harm proof glass walker with a two- part safety outline and give you the knowledge needed to create your own safe materials. This class includes a physical introduction to the glass itself! You will learn how to incorporate glass into any performance.


Behind The Drag, Workshop with Vinsantos DeFonte: Sunday, June 26, 3:00pm BEHIND THE DRAG. Ever wonder what it takes to transform a man into a lady or a lady into more of a lady? Join Vinsantos for this eye opening tutorial. In this tutorial you will get a birds eye view of the secrets behind Drag makeup and body transformation. There will also be a discussion on what makes a solid and memorable performer. These tips and tricks can be translated and useful to all mediums of the performing arts. No material needed. Come prepared with an open mind and an open heart.


WORKSHOPS - TICKETS

JUNE 24
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

No Workshops or Classes Friday.

JUNE 25
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Le Shimmy with Karolina Lux, Saturday, 1:00pm, June 25, 2016.

Stagecraft with Mab Just Mab, Saturday 2:00pm, June 25, 2016.

Bounce Class with Heather Loop, Saturday, 3:00pm, June 25, 2016.

Half as Old as Time (A Lecture of Novelty & Variety Entertainment History) This class is $20 but you get $10 off when you purchase a ticket for Hoochie Coochie Babylon.
Just Lecture:

Lecture & Hoochie Coochie Babylon:

JUNE 26
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Producing and Directing Variety Shows Based On Your Vision with Angela Eve Sunday, 1:00pm June 26, 2016.

Glass Walking Workshop with Marlo Marquise, Sunday, 2:00pm, June 26, 2016.

New Orleans Drag Workshop with Vinsntos DeFonte, Sunday, 3:00pm, June 26, 2016.


APPLICATIONS

*PERFORMER APPLICATIONS HAVE ENDED (MAR 27)



SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL 2016 ARTISTS

  • All
  • BURLESQUE
  • MUSIC
  • SIDESHOW
  • VARIETY
  • EMCEE

Mab Just Mab

VARIETY
Website

James Taylor

HISTORIAN
Website

Marlo Marquise

SIDESHOW
Website

Karolina Lux

BURLESQUE
Website

Dr. Sick and This Stunted Sextette

MUSIC
Facebook

St. Cecelia's Asylum Chorus

MUSIC
Website

Donny Vomit

EMCEE
Facebook

Vinsantos

VARIETY
Facebook

BEN WISDOM

EMCEE
Facebook

Silk Road Cabaret

BELLYDANCE
Facebook

Bella Blue

BURLESQUE
Website

Arty Dodger

SIDESHOW
Facebook

Bette Machete

VARIETY
Website

Felix Elixir

BURLESQUE
Website

Gar Gar

MUSIC
Website

LeTabby Lexington

BURLESQUE
Facebook

Maria Bella

BURLESQUE
Facebook

Martika Daniels

BURLESQUE
Website

Nola Amazingh

VARIETY
Facebook

Persé Fanny

VARIETY
Facebook

Gideon Hodge

VARIETY
Facebook

Remy Dee

BURLESQUE
Instagram

Charlotte Treuse

BURLESQUE
Website

Nikki LeVillain

BURLESQUE
Facebook

Ammunition

VARIETY
Facebook

Angela Eve

VARIETY
Facebook

Danny Borneo

SIDESHOW
Website

Eva La Feva

BURLESQUE
Facebook

Lita Deadly

SIDESHOW
Facebook

Kitson Sass

VARIETY
Facebook

Pistol Prudence

VARIETY
Facebook

Nox Falls

BURLESQUE
Facebook

Salem

VARIETY
Facebook

Sally Marvel

BURLESQUE
Facebook

Shimmy Shakti

VARIETY
Facebook

Ula Uberbusen

VARIETY
Facebook

Ember Blaize

BURLESQUE
Facebook

Lune Noirr

BURLESQUE
Website

Mariposa Bop

BURLESQUE
Facebook

Mena Domina

BURLESQUE
Facebook

Miranda Tempest

VARIETY
Facebook

Quenie O'Hart

MUSIC
Facebook

Tsarina Hellfire

VARIETY
Facebook

Solar Gretch of Cosmic Kittens

VARIETY
Facebook

Fer Eliz of Cosmic Kittens

VARIETY
Facebook

We're not Broadway, we're not the film industry, we're not major network TV. We are weirdness as entertainment.

James Taylor, Sideshow Historian

‘Magic’ is truly the only appropriate word for this weekend.

Eva La Feva, 21st Century Burlesque

The Devil don't want ya to see it, but we're gonna show ya anyways!

Ben Wisdom

It's not just the show we've always wanted to produce, it's the show we've always wanted to see.

Little Luna


PRODUCERS

SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL 2016 IS PUT TOGETHER BY

Ben Wisdom

Producer

Little Luna

Producer

Jian Bastille

Design / Associate Producer

Howlin Wolf

Venue

NEWS / APRIL 2016

TICKETS SALES ARE LIVE

We fully expect VIP tickets will sell out quite early, so reserve your tickets ASAP!


SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL 2015 - WHAT YOU MISSED

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SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL 2015 RECAP VIDEO sponsored by TURTLE CREEK COFFEE



MUSIC & VIDEO BY JIAN BASTILLE - TURN UP THE VOLUME!


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