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Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival
Knoxville, TN 37902
803 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
- Date(s): September 19, 2019 to September 21, 2019
- Price: $15.00 - $85.00
- Location: Bijou Theatre
The Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival (SMBF) will welcome world-class burlesque performers to East Tennessee for four days of glitter, glamour, and good old-fashioned fun beginning September 19th. The 4th Annual event intends to educate local audiences on the traditional American art-form of burlesque and, in its modern interpretation, its celebration of diversity and acceptance.
The festival will feature 85 performers and instructors from 19 states and 2 Canadian provinces, each hand-selected by the festival producers to represent their vision of burlesque and neo-fringe as a uniquely inclusive forms of performance-based entertainment. “I am so proud of this year's performance cast curation. Not only does it represent some of the best and brightest talent the national burlesque community has to offer, but also a vast variety of related fringe arts that are experiencing resurgence in performance communities across the country", said festival Executive Producer Siren Santina. "Our lineup includes everything from traditional burlesque to fringe fusion, with artists incorporating talents like hand balancing, hoop arts, aerials, live singing and musical performance into their performances." This year's efforts to include additional performance disciplines only serves to enhance the festival's existing devotion to diversity, with participants representing a variety of ages, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and body types. Santina summarized that point of view simply, saying "Burlesque is for everybody. Period."
This sentiment is echoed in the production team’s selection of festival headliners, including the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s 2010 Queen of Burlesque, Roxi D’Lite (Detroit, MI), returning guest and regional favorite Lola LeSoleil (Atlanta, GA), local neo-burlesque pioneer Hellcat Harlowe (Knoxville, TN), Egypt Blaque Knyle (Monterey Park, CA) known for having won the most titles and awards in burlesque history, 2019 “SMBF Producers’ Pick”, Bobby Barnaby (Austin, TX), and “The Doris Day of Dropping Trou”, Dee Flowered (Athens, GA). In celebration of the history of burlesque, the SMBF will also welcome Lovey Goldmine (Las Vegas, NV) as a special guest headliner. This living legend has been captivating audiences since the age of 17, with career highlights including performances at The Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris, appearances on the Merv Griffin Show, and induction into the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2014. Featured guest emcees Blanche DeBris (Las Vegas, NV) and The World Famous *BOB* (Austin, TX) will return for this year’s event, joining local host about town Rhoda Dairyheir (Knoxville, TN).
Tickets to the SMBF performance showcases are now available and range in price from $15 (General Admission, Single Show) to $100 (VIP Premium Seating, Weekend Pass). Get more information and/or purchase tickets at www.smokymountainburlesquefest.com/tickets.
The weekend experience also includes an educational component with 36 classes and workshops available to festival attendees and the general public. Get more information and/or purchase passes at www.smokymountainburlesquefest.com/classes.
Learn more about the SMBF, including showcase and class details and biographies of featured performers, at www.smokymountainburlesquefest.com or on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.