April 17, 2014

Ron W. Bailey Talks Moisture and What Makes Our City Weird and Wonderful with the Seattle Times

If you've been to a Moisture Festival performance over the years, you're likely familiar with festival President and Co-Founder Ron W. Bailey, without whom the festival would not have become the unreal reality it is today.  Recently, Susan Kelleher, a reporter for the Seattle Times, wanted to find out what makes Seattle so . . . unique.  Who better to ask than a man who brought a weird, wonderful and uniquely northwestern festival to fruition?

Read the full article in the Seattle Times here: http://seattletimes.com/html/pacificnw/2023286919_weirdcover1xml.html

Read more about Ron W. Bailey here: http://www.moisturefestival.org/artists/view/149

March 25, 2014

Benefit Show for Backbone Campaign March 30th at Broadway Performance Hall

Moisture Festival is dedicated to giving back to the generous community we are a part of in Seattle. Each year, we choose several shows in which a portion of ticket sales are donated directly to a community 501(c)3 organization.

Sunday, March 30th, join us at 3:00pm at the beautiful Broadway Performance Hall for a fantastic variete show to benefit Backbone Campaign. Enjoy your favorite Moisture Festival performers knowing that your tickets benefit this community organization whose mission is to provide creative strategies, artful activism trainings, and creative action support to progressive activists, organizers and organizations around the US and beyond in order to invigorate and nurture a people-power, community-based, and internationally-networked nonviolent social movement for human rights, thriving communities, and ecological wellbeing.

"Proceeds from the Moisture Festival will support Backbone Campaign's Artful Activism that invigorates and amplifies citizen engagement to build a future we are proud to hand our children. Proceeds will fund scholarships to activists and community organizers from communities most deeply impacted by environmental and economic injustice to attend our week-long intensive Localize This! Artful Action Camp.  This year will our 6th Annual Vashon Island camp and this year we are adding a Great Lakes Basin Localize This! in partnership with the Circle Pines Center in Michigan.  Alumni from these and other workshops become part of a growing network of Backbone Action Brigades manifesting beautiful and inspiring spectacle actions that garner mainstream media attention for vital issues like Housing As a Human Right, Stopping the School to Prison
Pipeline, Migrant Rights, and protecting the Salish Sea and Cascadia from becoming a Fossil Fuel Corridor to Asia, and Revitalizing our Democracy.  The Seattle Action Brigade holds monthly community art builds that invite community engagement and collaboration among festival artists, community animators and organizers to create beautiful imagery inspired by our shared values and aspirations for a beautiful and thriving future."

This show's artists include: A Unicycle Built For Two, Al Simmons, Duo Volta, Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilary Chaplain, Hilby, Ron W. Bailey, Sourdough Slim, Swami YoMahmi


March 22, 2014

Record Breaking Performers this Sunday Night.

The worlds best entertainers are right here at Hale's Palladium this Sunday at 7:30. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be amazed by Guinness World Record holders before it's too late.  Relax, laugh and get some 'oohing and ahhing' in before you start the week. Opening weekend tickets are selling quick. Act now; buy today!


With 3 Guinness World Records and 5 World Championships, it's no wonder the San Diego Union Tribune said "Possibly the best variety act on the planet". Their motto is "We love what we do, so will you". Prepare for an action-packed comedy stunt show with a little juggling, a little sword swallowing, and a lot of surprises. Reno magazine described their performance as "The Blueman Group meets X-Games"... Rad... Come to the show and welcome Rootberry as they perform in their first Moisture Festival!

Alex Zerbe

Alex has appeared on prime-time television in three countries including the hit NBC TV shows, 'America's Got Talent!' When Jamie Lee Curtis saw his one-man show she said, "Boy are you talented, FANTASTIC!" This guy is a rockstar; he is a two-time Guinness World Record holder who was voted Seattle's Funniest Prop Comic. Come have a beer and support a hometown favorite this Sunday.

Tonight and Saturday's 7:30 show have already sold out! Click here to see our calendar of performers and buy your tickets today!

Sunday Show Benefits B.F. Day Elementary School

Moisture Festival is dedicated to giving back to the generous community we are a part of in Seattle. Each year, we choose several shows in which a portion of ticket sales are donated directly to a community 501(c)3 organization.

We are pleased to announce Sunday, March 23rd, 12:00pm show will benefit B.F. Day Elementary School. Purchase tickets now, enjoy a great show and pat yourself on the back for contributing to a worthy cause. It's a win-win, really.

B.F. Day has a long and proud history of educating children in Seattle. They are the oldest, continually operating school in the city. Their building is a designated historic landmark having undergone state-of-the-art renovations in 1991.

B.F. Day has an outstanding record of parent and community participation in school governance and support. They have an active Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), which supports the many special programs offered for their students. In 1996, B.F. Day instituted a Parent/Teacher/Student contract signed by all teachers and families attending the school. Parents make a commitment to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per family to support the school.

Performers that day include:

Leapin' Louie

Leapin' Louie is a master of physical comedy, trick roping, fancy whip cracking, juggling, unicycling; he's a virtuoso of new vaudeville and alternative circus. He is based in Portland, Oregon but travels the world frequently, shows in 29 countries so far. He has been a favorite around this here Moisture Festival. Come on down Sunday and give him a big YEE-HAW.

Bill Robison

For over 25 years, Bill Robison has charmed audiences young and old around the world with his unique and masterful style of physical comedy. Using his rubber-like face, elastic body and limitless energy, he transports audiences to a zany, unpredictable and hilarious world. Join his goofy world this sunday!

Other performers include: Canote Brothers, Dr. Owl, Duo Rose, Godfrey Daniels, Kellin Quinn and Louis Pearl.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to support our local youth.  Get your tickets today. Opening weekend tickets won't last forever.

March 14, 2014

All-Star Jugglers Provide Serious Entertainment

Juggling life, work and responsibilities is hard. Take a breather, have a drink and watch the pressure be put on these award-winning entertainers at the 2014 Moisture Festival.


Hilby grew up in Berlin but packed his bags when he became a grown-up and traveled across the European continent to Asia. He perfected his art on the road and today calls Ithaca, NY his home. As an intenationally known performer, Hilby has performed at an insane amount of international festivals, six cruise lines, resorts, state fairs and universities across the country.

Hilby's performances are best described as a show without boundaries; Hilby is the living proof that being German doesn't mean you can not be funny. While being an expert in juggling all sorts of objects and subjects as well as countless circus and variety skills (such as unicycling, ropewalking, unsupported ladder, fire manipulations and eating, balancing stunts and the list goes on), he really gets his audience involved and creates magical and hilarious moments through their participation. Poetry in motion, a fusion of epeleptik fit,...yes all that and more...the long and short of it is that you will love this Skinny German Juggle Boy!

Hilby will be at Moisture Festival Week 1 only! For performance dates click here.

Kellin Quinn

Kellin Quinn is a local, national and international award-winning juggler. He uniquely combines object manipulation, acrobatic dance and quirky comedy. Kellin grew up in St. Louis where his mother runs Circus Harmony, St. Louis' only social circus school. He performs with the St. Louis Arches and trains with acclaimed juggling coach, Richard Kennison. Kellin won the Gold Medal in 2012 in the International Jugglers' Association Junior Championship and took Bronze in the Senior Championships in 2013. He also won two Groundhogs (national juggling competition in Atlanta) and two St. Louis Juggling titles. 

Did I mention he is only 17-years-old?!

To see when Kellin will perform (Week 1 only!) click here.

Don't drop the ball, get your tickets today!

March 13, 2014

Crowd Favorites Return for Opening Weekend

Every year we bring back crowd favorites for another round of Moisture Festival fun. Our opening weekend is set to be unforgettable as the line-up includes top performers from years past. Get the scoop on these fan favorites and get excited for the 2014 Moisture Festival. .... it's only a week away!

Rob Williams

Rob began his history at the Moisture Festival as a solo act. You may recall that he makes a stunning
baloney sandwich ..... with his feet! Rob is always up to something fun whether it be solo or with his partner in crime, Casey Martin. The bendable Casey is a circus-style performer and recently began honing her skills with the german wheel. Together the two make up the hilariously original pair, Kamikaze Fireflies. Whether they are feeding others with their feet or crowd surfing in plastic bubbles, laughter will be induced.

Performance Dates:

March 20 @ 7:30pm
March 21 @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm
March 22 @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm
March 23 @ 7:30pm

Duo Rose

Photo: JORDAN STEAD/Seattle PI
Duo Rose is a high-flying, jaw-droping act you don't want to miss. They have worked together for five years to combine their backgrounds in aerial arts, gymnastics, and contortion to create this dynamic arial adagio. The seamless flow of highly technical skills and intense passion creates a fluid arial ballet that never fails to elicit a powerful emotional response. They have performed internationally and competed in seven international circus festivals winning 12 awards. Whether you are already a fan or seeing them for the first time, you'll me amazed at their strength and elegance.

Performance Dates: 
March 20 @ 7:30pm
March 21 @ 10:30pm
March 22 @ 7:30pm
March 23 @ 12:00pm & 7:30pm
March 26 @ 7:30pm
March 29 @ 3:00pm
March 30 @ 7:30pm
April    1  @ 7:30pm