We're not Broadway, we're not the film industry, we're not major network TV. We are weirdness as entertainment.
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 2017!
Production of Snake Oil Festival 2017 is well underway. We are looking forward to bringing you the best and brightest performers and workshops that the variety/circus arts scene has to offer, this June 15, 16 and 17. Since the first Festival in 2015, the producers have worked tirelessly to bring you a hugely entertaining event on a g-string budget. The purpose of this gofundme campaign is to raise $3000.00 to cover the cost of renting our venue at the legendary and award winning Howlin Wolf in New Orleans. Every little bit helps in making this unique and wildly entertaining event come to life and in giving our artists the best platform possible to show their talent. Live entertainment has always been a force that unifies communities and connects all of us to one another. Through performances, workshops with leading artists and networking opportunities, all set in the iconic cultural mecca that is New Orleans, Snake Oil Festival producers Ben Wisdom, Little Luna and associate producer Jian Bastille, seek 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. We hope that you will support this effort in raising our goal of $3000.00 to bring this event to life. We thank you so much for your support! Help spread the word!
Snake Oil Festival 2016 Highlight Reel with Video and Remix by Jian Bastille (Live Video by Jerry McLaughlin, original music by ISIS GATE)
Snake Oil Festival III Official video and 2017 theme coming soon!
SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL III IS PUT TOGETHER BY
Design / Associate Producer
SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL 2015 RECAP VIDEO sponsored by TURTLE CREEK COFFEE
MUSIC & VIDEO BY JIAN BASTILLE - TURN UP THE VOLUME!
SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL 2016 RECAP VIDEO
REMIX & VIDEO BY JIAN BASTILLE - OORIGINAL MUSIC BY ISIS GATE, LIVE VIDEO SHOT BY JERRY MCLAUGHLIN - TURN UP THE VOLUME!