Siobhan Atomica guides you through the Show Me Burlesque Festival 2014. Link to Part Two below…
The Show Me Burlesque Festival is undoubtedly the rowdiest festival in the Midwest but its party nature is always second hat to the dazzling and grandiose productions that attract talent from all over the world to smother the Show Me state with glittery tits, grinding hips and amazing tricks. Show Me is an experience that evolves every year to encompass a plethora of debaucherous shenanigans while simultaneously reaching new levels of spectacle and integrity that push our beloved art forms of burlesque and vaudeville variety to new heights. 2014 marked the fifth year of the festival, produced by the incomparable Lola Van Ella, artistically directed by Sammich the Tramp and adding powerhouse Jeez Loueez to the roster this year as an associate director. In the three years I have attended Show Me this year was by far my favourite.
The show truly was spectacular and lived up to its name in every conceivable way. Performers from far and wide presented a smorgasbord of glitz and glam in acts that were jam-packed with talent and charisma, and honestly I wrote glowing reviews of every single performer in my handy dandy program so choosing which acts to mention was an exercise in restraint, a characteristic burlesque performers aren’t generally known to possess. Lola Van Ella debuted her classic Frosting sing-and-strip act with a live band for her hometown of St. Louis, and Jeez Loueez promptly made the crowd roar with excitement when she decided come on stage after Lola took her bow to lick frosting off the bottom of the lady with the ‘Derriere Beyond Compare’.
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