The Snake Oil festival returns to the Howlin' Wolf in its third year June 15-18. Experience the ins and outs of sideshow, burlesque, music, comedy, and circus arts at ten thrilling events over the festival weekend. Check out the description of each show below and follow the links to purchase tickets.
The Unholy Roller Revival
The Snake Oil Festival weekend opens with a bang by bringing you the Unholy Roller Revival! Come for an evening of hilarious and sexy variety that pays homage to the bygone days when hoochie coochie shows, carnivals and circus sideshows traveled behind holy-rolling tent revivals to entertain and save the public, while relieving them of a few dollars at the same time. Doors 8 p.m. General Admission $20
James Taylor and Val Valentine "History and Legends of Burly-Q"
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 Val Valentine brings these stories to life. Doors 6 p.m. General Admission $20
Carnival at The Crossroads
The Carnival at The Crossroads kicks off the second night of the Snake Oil Festival by taking you to a forgotten era when the traveling carnival reigned supreme as America's premier form of entertainment. Human blockheads, burlesque dancers, glass walkers, contortionists, aerialists, belly dancers, hoopers, freaks, and all manner of debaucherous and wicked entertainers will be assembled to give you a belly full of the “other show business." Doors 8 p.m. General Admission $20
Booty Bounce Workshop with Heather Loop:
Master the art of booty bouncing with Heather Loop as she teaches you the fundamentals of bounce. Learn how to twerk, tick, and tassel twirl. Booty shorts are recommended! Howlin' Wolf Den from 3-4 p.m. General Admission $20
The Basics: A Beginner's Hoop Workshop with Indigo Sky:
Find your flow at Indigo Sky's hooping workshop. You'll learn hooping skills from basic waist to chest and knee. Don't be out of the loop and get with the hoop! Howlin' Wolf Den 5-6 p.m. General Admission $20.
Hoochie Coochie Babylon
The most exotic, erotic, and mind-blowing night of Snake Oil Festival closes with Hoochie Coochie Babylon. Find out why the “cooch" tent crept out of obscurity and into the sparkling light of fame to become the most well attended attraction of the carnival. Starring "Queen of The Quake" - Kitten de Ville, and burlesque legend Val Valentine! Featuring the Renegade Showgirl - Angela Eve, and our emcee for the evening, The Pain Proof Princess - GoGo McGregor! Doors 8 p.m. General Admission $20
Lips and Hips with Priestess Lilith Dorsey: 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. Howlin’ Wolf Den from 2-3 p.m. General Admission $20.
Kitten de Ville's Bump & Grind Workshop
Award winning “Queen of the Quake” Kitten DeVille teaches you the classic art of the Bump & Grind in this steamy, action packed class. Learn these intense, hip-grinding moves - the basis of all Burlesque performances - from one of the best in the business. Bring a pair of danceable heels and discover the moves that have kept Burlesque popular for 100 years. Howlin’ Wolf Den from 3-4 p.m. General Admission $20.
Hoopography with Scarlette Revolver
Hula Hooping changes from childhood activity to mystifying entertainment through Scarlette Revolver’s Hoopography workshop. Learn to use your entire body through a choreographed hoop dance taught by one of the most accomplished hoopers in the business. Using her many years of experience, Scarlette will help you use the plastic circle to create dynamic, fluid movements without being lost behind the hoop. Doors 4 p.m. General Admission $20
DIY Costuming with Angela Eve
To close out Snake Oil Festival, world-renowned artist, costume designer, and burlesque performer Angela Eve teaches you to create memorable costumes out of inexpensive household items. Angela will help you create a magnificent headdress using a sun visor and simple embellishments. Don’t miss the opportunity to work with and learn from a legend in the burlesque costuming community to end a weekend of spectacular entertainment. Doors 5 p.m. General Admissions $20.
Don't miss out on any of the action. Three-day passes are available which grant you access to each of the shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.
The Unholy Roller Revival | Carnival at The Crossroads | Hoochie Coochie Babylon