We're not Broadway, we're not the film industry, we're not major network TV. We are weirdness as entertainment.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Welcome to the SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL! The Snake Oil Festival is New Orleans' premier event dedicated to preserving the art and spirit of America's rich sideshow, burlesque and variety entertainment history. Join us this June 15th, 16th and 17th at the world famous Howlin’ Wolf for three nights of exciting shows and two days of interactive workshops featuring the world’s best in the variety business. Starring Headliners: Queen of the Quake - Kitten de Ville, Burlesque Legend - Val Valentine, The Pain Proof Princess - GoGo McGregor, The Renegade Showgirl - Angela Eve, New Orleans Comedian - Corey Mack, Vaudevillian Circus Duo - Batty and Sky, and dozens of performers from around the world!
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 populace. 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.
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!
Learn how to bounce like a pro! Heather Loop wants to share her skills and wants you to exercise your freedom to shake your ass!
Based on Heather's years of experience as a dancer for Big Freedia, this class will focus on the basics of proper bounce dancing including fundamentals like hip isolations, hip openers, back arches, proper stances, etc. Learn how to twerk, tick, and ass tassel twirl. And when you wanna put your moves to work in the club, learn how to ward off unwelcome attention.
Drop your inhibitions and get a serious work out while you're at it! Stretching will be required before each class. Bring water and wear booty shorts.
Legend and Lore of N.O. Voodoo
Voodoo in New Orleans is a religion like no other. It was born and bred on the backs of an oppressed and enslaved people who developed a language of resistance through music, dance, and worship that spoke to save their souls. This workshop will examine legendary historical figures like Marie Laveau and Dr. John Montanee, up through to the modern marvels who practice in the Crescent City today. There will be practical information about how to get started by joining a spiritual house, or respectfully leaving offerings. In addition, a wealth of further resources will be given to those wishing to continue learning this marvelous and mysterious tradition.
Learn how to Bump & Grind with the legendary "Queen of the Quake." Miss Exotic World 2002, Kitten de Ville's Bump & Grind class is a sexy, hip grinding action packed way to have fun while learning the classic art of the Bump and Grind that is at the heart of every Burlesque performance. Please bring a pair of heels that you can dance in and wear clothing that you can move freely in and see your body movements.
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 - ORIGINAL MUSIC BY ISIS GATE, LIVE VIDEO SHOT BY JERRY MCLAUGHLIN - TURN UP THE VOLUME!