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, 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.
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!
Variety arts historian, James Taylor reveals the history and legends of burlesque. Learn about the history of surprising twists, turns, and peelin's in service to the raciest entertainment that ever graced the stage as burlesque legend, Val Valentine brings these stories to life. James and Val trace the burlesque biz from America’s Civil War era, through America’s heartland, into the dawn of the last century, connecting the dots between burlesque and the traveling carnival.
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.
Up your burlesque game by learning how to turn and kick like a pro with world renowned burlesque artist and educator, Bella Blue. In this workshop, Bella will help you to hone your dancing skills by teaching you proper ballet technique and structural alignment that will allow you to accomplish higher kicks and tighter turns. In addition, you will learn stretching and balancing exercises that will increase your dancing efficiency and improve your technique. For this workshop, be sure to wear heels that you can easily dance in and clothing that is form fitting.
Bella Blue is a world traveling burlesque performer and the Head Mistress of the New Orleans School of Burlesque. She is also the producer of the monthly Dirty Dime Peepshow and the weekly Whiskey and Rhinestones.
Legend and Lore of N.O. Voodoo
The final day of Snake Oil Festival opens in the mysterious realm of Voodoo. Learn about the history, observation and traditions of the almost 300 year old New Orleanian religion from author, filmmaker and Voodoo Priestess Lilith Dorsey. 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.
Have you ever wanted to know how to make a quick and simple headdress out of easily accessible materials that you can find at your local dollar store? Angela Eve has been professionally designing costumes and Jewelry for over 15 years, mastering the art of DIY costuming. This workshop will focus on what she has learned over the years while creating her epic line of costuming. Angela will walk you though the process of creating a headdress from a simple sun visor and show you how to embellish your creation without spending a ton of money. She will also go over several other tricks of the trade to create memorable costuming and resources to find affordable materials.
In addition, if you come to this workshop with a specific concept in mind for a new act, Angela Eve can work with you to flesh out your concept and give you resources to create your look. If you would like to make your own headdress during this workshop, she can communicate with you directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what you will need to bring to class, or how much additional cost it would be for Angela to bring materials for you to create and keep.
SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL III IS PUT TOGETHER BY
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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!