February 27, 2014

Burlesque Royalty Hits the Stage

The Moisture Festival is offering world-class burlesque again this year!

Here is a glimpse of three of our sultry entertainers...

Sydni Deveraux 

In 2013 classic striptease artist, producer, instructor and jazz singer- Sydni Deveraux "The Golden Glamazon" was recognized worldwide with the award of 1st Runner Up for Queen at the Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend which supports the Exotic World Museum, making her current Reigning Princess of Burlesque. She is also ranked in the top 50 burlesque performers of 2011, 2012, and 2013 as polled by the online magazine- 21st Century Burlesque. Having performed and taught internationally and nationally in multiple festivals and shows from her hometown all the way to places such as Finland, Amsterdam and Switzerland- her talents are featured in acclaimed shows that showcase the brightest and most recognized talents in the world. Sydni currently calls Brooklyn, New York her home. With beautiful alluring features, and as a statuesque and very leggy 6'2", she is one of the tallest established performers in the business. Sydni's charming performance style is an entertaining mix of wit, fitness and sophisticated musicality.  

Performance Dates:
April 4th @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm
April 5th @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm

Igna Ingénue

Igna Ingénue, "The Little Blonde Bomb", holds the prestigious title of Miss Viva Las Vegas which she won at the 2011 Viva Las Vegas International Burlesque Competition, and has been voted one of the Top 50 Burlesque Performers in the World the last two years in a row by 21stCenturyBurlesque.com. Igna has performed all over the world including the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas and the Amsterdam Burlesque Festival, and recently headlined at the 2013 Fringe World Festival in Australia. Igna is a member of The Atomic Bombshells Burlesque, Dance Belt USA, and an instructor for Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque.

Performance Dates:
April 4th @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm
April 5th @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm

Shanghai Pearl

The Shanghai Pearl is The Tantalizing Temptress from Taipei, Tempestuous Temple of Temptations, and Princess of Pulchritude!  An internationally renowned burlesque performer and instructor based out of Seattle, Washington. The Shanghai Pearl is celebrated for her extravagant costumes, bawdy humor, sizzling strip-tease, high glamour, and pulchritudinous performances.  Miss Pearl travels widely to perform and teach.  She has been featured in the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, The New York Burlesque Festival in 2011, Boston Burlesque Expo, Tease-O-Rama, and The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender. She has headlined as close to home as Portland, Oregon, and as far away as Paris, France. The Shanghai Pearl is proud to be a lead instructor with Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque, the Director of Arts and Culture for BurlyCon and the creator of the popular DIY Showgirl Series.

Performance Dates:
March 28th @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm
March 29th @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm

It's a no-brainer; get your tickets now!

February 26, 2014

Puppets and Bubbles and Hula Hoops, Oh My!

Although puppets, hula hoops and bubbles make us all think of our childhood, these seasoned professionals bring entertainment to any age. Get the scoop below on three amazing performers, buy your tickets, make your kids happy, and find a moment to revisit your inner-child at the Moisture Festival.


Matt Plendl

Matt Plendl was the US National Hula Hoop Champion at the age of 13, then went onto a career in stage musical and voice-over. At age 24 he performed his hula hoop act on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson three times within a six month period, and has since dazzled audiences in person and on TV across the globe.

Fun Facts:
*Matt is a question in Trivial Pursuit.
*Matt is an accomplished thereminist. Don't worry, I had to look it up too.

Scott Land Marionettes 

Scott Land is a puppeteer at the top of his game. His seasoned performing skills are on display in nearly every scene of Paramount Pictures' Team America: World Police.

His clientele reads like a "Who's-Who" list of Hollywood: Sylvester Stallone, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Pee Wee Herman, Tom Hanks, Rod Stewart, Meg Ryan and many more.

Scott was a festival favorite last year with his legendary marionette: Michael Jackson.

Louis Pearl

Louis Peral has been bubbling professionally since 1980, when he started the Tangent Toy Company.  He started performing in 1983 with a show at exploratorium in San Francisco.

He has written two books about bubbles and made a video called "Lights, Camera, Bubbles!".

This is a short blurb on Louis, but it's much easier for the bubbles to do the talking.  Check out the video below and get a glimps into "The Greatest Bubble Show on Earth".


February 24, 2014

Thrills and Chills at the Broadway Performance Hall

Are you a thrill-seeking adrenalin junkie? Do you hanker for an 'edge of your seat' type performance?  We do too. That's why we can't wait to check out Duo Volta and Jenny Penny  at the Broadway Performance Hall during this years festival.

Duo Volta

Duo Volta is a static trapeze duet comprised of Oliver Parkinson and Adrienne Jack-Sands.  Based out of Seattle, Washington, they met in 2012 as Emerald City Trapeze Arts where they both currently teach and train.  They have had the pleasure of working with such talented coaches as Helene Turcotte, Justin Sullivan and Thomas Evans of Duo XY, and Chelsea Whalen.

Performance Dates:
March 28th @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm
March 29th @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm

Jenny Penny

Jenny Penny is a Jill of all trades; Aerialist, Acrobalancer, Fire performer, Circus entertainer, Burlesque dancer and Freak.  Jenny has been performing in Seattle and around the globe since 2004.  Over thepast several years she's been teaching acrobalancing, aerial and fire acts.  Jenny teachers at Emerald City Trapeze.  Her talents have been featured at venues such as Neumos, the Triple Door, El Gaucho and regularly at the Pink Door and, this year for the first time, at the Moisture Festival.  

Performance Date:

April 4th @ 7:30 and 10:30

When it comes to entertainment, the Moisture Festival won't leave you hanging (get it?!); we pride ourselves in offering an array of performing artists to provide you an unforgettable experience.

Watch the stage heat up and buy your tickets today!

Jenny Penny

February 19, 2014

New House Band for Burlesque Shows!

During the Moisture Festival, live bands are the backbone for the nights performance. These musicians provide solid music for our audience and a stable beat for the entertainers to perform to. With this in mind, we strive to find unique, high-quality bands each year. We're excited to announce that the 2014 burlesque stage will be graced by a local favorite: The Georgetown Orbits.

The Georgetown Orbits boast a heavy regimen of traditional Ska and upbeat, roots-influenced Reggae. One of the few bands to pay tribute to the old sounds of Jamaican Ska, The Orbits will add their bounce to this year's Moisture Festival Burlesque shows.  The Georgetown Orbits have played with such prominent names as the Skatalites, Clinton Fearon, The English Beat, Bad Manners, The Toasters, The Aggrolites, Westbound Train, Chris Murray, Lynval Golding, and Pato Banton and with New York's legendary Ska group The Slackers.

What are you waiting for?  Get your tickets today!

February 18, 2014

Top-Notch Musicians Bring Quality Laughs to Moisture Festival 2014

We're excited to add hilarious female folk artists to our lineup this year. These musicians are known in the folk world for their heartwarming funny tunes and their smooth sounds. Get the info below and your tickets today!

The Righteous Mothers are four funny, philosophical female folk-rock musicians who have been one of the Northwest's foremost musical performing groups for the past 31 years.  They whip their audience into a frenzy with zany original music, witty theatrics, and mind-boggling, intricate vocal harmonies.  The Righteous Mothers grab hearts and funny bones with songs about ice cream, labor pains, annoying dreams and Supreme Court decisions.  They surprise and delight young and old, gay and straight, male and female with their quirky humor and open hearts.

People in the folk music world don't need to be told who Christine Lavin is. Her most famous songs include Sensitive New Age Guys and Bald Headed Men and she is generally know for her musical comedy pieces.  Get a feel for her funny, folk vibe in the video below.  


 Folk on, ladies!

February 15, 2014

Buckroos Comedic Male Review April 3rd

Moisture Festival brings BUCKAROOS USA to this year's festival on April 3rd.  Comprised of dance, comedy and theatre, BUCKAROOS USA is a rare combination sexy and down-home fun.

Professional dancers and veterans of the Northwest entertainment scene Jonathan Betchtel, Keon Price, Benjamin Meersman, Joe Frothingham and host Kaleb Kerr electrify the stage with laugh out loud humor and country dance hoe downs. BUCKAROOS USA is satirical twist on Male Revue staples such as Chip 'n Dales and Thunder From Down Under, in the spirit of Full Monty.

Bronco and Rebar, two hay bailing brothers get fired for dancing on the job. Out of work with nothing left to lose, they head to their local watering hole and dream of a world where they can dance to their hearts content. After a failed performance attempt for their fellow townsmen, the whole gang meets the mysterious male revue promoter T. Bone Tucker who guides them as they give up their small town dreams and head to the big city of Spokane to create the Greatest Male Review on Earth!

For more info on BUCKROOS USA visit: http://buckaroosusa.com/
To buy tickets click HERE

BUCKAROOS USA comes to Moisture Festival care of Chris Pink and Jonathan Betchtel who have been working together for over 8 years at Can Can Productions, which has become one of Seattle’s critically acclaimed production houses, producing and presenting over 600 shows per year. Can Can Productions includes one of Seattle’s most celebrated night spots Can Can Kitchen and Cabaret (located in the historic Pike Place Market) receiving international media attention from the BBC, Steven Fry, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and won Seattle Weekly's prestigious Best of Show/Night/Performer.

February 14, 2014

Own a restaurant? Feed a hungry Moisture Festival Artist!

photo: John Cornicello
Restaurateurs, caterers, chefs, we need you!

Moisture Festival is about creating a community of artists who love to come together in our fair city to present the worlds largest comedy variete festival of this kind.  Every night after the show we come together over a hot meal in our green room to talk about the days shows and hang out together.  It creates a kind of magic that spawns sharing of ideas, flash collaborations between artists who just met, and new routines and variations tried out on stage the very next night.

While we may be a collection of incredibly talented performance artists and musicians, chefs we are not!  We need you, our fantastic Seattle puveyors of all things tasty to help feed the over 200 performers that will come through the festival this year.

Please consider committing to one meal during the festival (or several!). We define one meal as a hot dinner and salad for 90 people.  At least half of the main dish must be vegetarian.  Even if you can only provide part of a meal, we still want to talk with you!  We have a long list of sponsor benefits you'll receive as a thank you including tickets to shows, exposure of your business to our over 12000 patrons, and more.

You can help us in our mission to make the joy and wonder of comedy/varieté accessible and affordable to as wide an audience as possible by providing these performer meals as an in-kind, tax-deductible donation. To feed our hungry artists please email us at info@moisturefestival.org or call us at 206-297-1405

BOYlesque Sizzles with Mod Carousel

If you're under the impression that burlesque is all about the ladies, you're wrong. Boylesque, the male version of burlesque, will be hitting the Broadway Performance Hall again this spring during the festival. Mod Carousel, a boylesque troupe, struck internet fame this year with their gender-swapped parody of 'Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke. Lucky for us, we can stop watching their YouTube video and check them out live this spring. Get the details below and grab your tickets soon!  

Mod Carousel is a multidisciplinary boylesque collective featuring the talents of the Luminous Pariah, Paris Original, and Trojan Original. Mod C has performed regularly since their founding in 2010. With over 50 shows in Europe and Australia and countless US performances under their belt, Mod C shows no signs of stopping their antics any time soon. 

Trojan Original

The Red-Hot Manimal

A classically trained dancer, Trojan Original is best described as “…what would happen if a cartoonist captured the disciplined essence of Baryshnikov and the campy styles of a self-aware Schwarzenegger.” His unique approach involves witty satire surrounding the incarnation of the modern male and a healthy does of over-the-top machismo to keep things lighthearted and hysterically funny. He is here to challenge and promote the very concept of what it means to be male.

Performance Dates:
April 4 @ 10:30pm
April 5 @ 10:30pm


Paris Original                  

Poetry in Motion

A professional dancer, Paris Original is poetry in motion as he exudes the graceful elegance of balletic beauty. Paris calls on his extensive experience in many forms of dance and theatre to craft his unique style of Burlesque. Possessing a statuesque aesthetic, he utilizes his affinity for movement and creative costuming to captivate, inspire and capture the hearts of audiences wherever he goes.

Performance Dates:
April 4 @ 7:30pm
April 5 @ 10:30pm

The Innovative Adonis

Luminous is a Seattle-based internationally recognized burlesque ingénue who celebrates life through multidisciplinary performance art. A brilliant mélange of saucy satire, witty comedy, avant garde artistry, and tantalizing tease. Mr. Pariah draws upon his extensive background in physical theatre and dance to bring you inspirational showcases that are designed to celebrate the thrilling highs and questionable lows of the kooky world we live in.

Performance Dates:
April 4 @ 10:30pm.

If you're not one of the 5 million viewers, check out their video below and purchase your tickets today! #sexyboys

Schedule subject to change.