On March 22, 2014, the fourth annual Southern Fried Burlesque Fest was officially in full swing as the event began March 20, and goes through March 23. The festival is being held at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria in Atlanta, Ga.
A simple definition to those new to "burlesque" and the music behind it - 'Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects.'
"We have created this festival to support and showcase all facets of the neo-burlesque revival in the areas of classic, humorous, conceptual, acrobatic, etc. We’re bringing you the most amazing, creative, and talented group of burlesque vaudeville and variety performers in one place.
Our goal for this event is to not only showcase the amazing talents the Southeast has to offer, but to also show the Southeast the amazing talents the rest of the world has to offer. It will be a weekend of burlesque goodness for all!" - Southern Fried Burlesque Fest
In addition to enjoying classes and workshops, performers, photographers and teachers, guests do not want to miss other venues as well.
The venues include the vendor market, the Southern Fried Burlesque Pageant, The Southern Scorcher All-Southern Revue, after parties and more. There are many seasoned as well as new looks at this event.
Some of the top 10 faces (and talents) chosen randomly from the festival's website to see at event:
- Burlesque Queen Lola Le Soleil
- Chad Sanborn
- Iris Le'Mour
- Diego Wolf
- Cora Vette
- Talloolah Love
- Paco Fish
- The Sisters Von Schtick
- Delinda d'Rabbit
- Tifa Tittlywinks
Learn more about the above talent in the Photo Listing. Also learn more about the festival at perspective links and at Schedule of Events. One of the judges at this event is legendary Penny Starr, Sr.!
Helpful Links and Contacts for Festival Guests:
- SFBF Facebook Fan Page
- SFBF Flickr Group
- SFBF Twitter
- Atlanta Airport
- Atlanta Travel Guide
- MARTA - Public Transit
- Presented by: Syrens of the South Productions and Katherine Lashe
- Sponsor Coordinator: Sunny Midnight
- Vendor Coordinator: Kisa Von Teasa
- Talent Coordinator: Ursula Undress
- Talent Coordinator: Brie Brioche
Burlesque Queen Lola Le Soleil
2013 Queen of Southern Fried Burlesque and 2013 ABF Rocket Queen was raised on The Muppet Show and Carol Burnett, with a fancy for little shiny bits. Atlanta's award-winning stripteuse and instructor draws upon 20+ years of dance and performance to leave you with a smile on your face...and possibly a cocktail dribbled down your shirt.
2013 Alabama Burlesque Festival Rocket Queen
2013 Southern Fried Burlesque Queen
2012 Great Southern Exposure: Most Classic
2011 Southern Fried Burlesque Festival: Best Costume
Chad Sanborn is one of the most popular actors, and magicians working on the east coast today. His style is elegant and engaging, mixing equal parts wit, charm, charisma and style. He combines these into a show that can only be described as modern vaudeville.
Chad's magic has been described as 'watching a silent movie, played out live onstage'. Each trick is like a short one act play, with the audience as the main character. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but mostly you cheer loudly with excitement!
Chad's most recent adventures have taken him off the stage and into film and television. Chad has worked on such TV shows as The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries. As well as the feature films Hall Pass, Footloose, and the upcoming feature Dumb And Dumber To.
Iris Le'Mour, also known as the Exotic Flower of Burlesque, is a native born Texan. Infamous for her dangerous curves that have been known to drive men and women into a state of carnal frenzy. She possesses the four B's that are necessary for women to succeed - beauty, brains, boobs and booty.
Staying true to the Texan girl in her, she keeps everything big - big hair, big smile, big props, and BIG personality. She is the 2012 Miss Burlesque America, 2013 Queen of the Sweet Tease, and the 2013 Queen of Great Southern Exposure. She's exotic, erotic, and a little hypnotic.
Diego Wolf has been performing in the Athens, GA and Atlanta areas for over a decade, but has only begun to focus on burlesque in the last few years. After years of guest performing with them, he has recently joined the Athens, GA based comedic burlesque troupe, Effie's Club Follies.
Reyna Von Vett (aka Cora Vette) performed for more than one million guests over three years as Tanya in Mamma Mia! at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. She now runs a burlesque company called Black Box Burlesque and also has a troupe of male burlesque performers called Cora Vette's Hot Rods.
he has written two burlesque musicals, the critically acclaimed Victorian Comic Burlesque Operetta, Leadville or BUST! and a Pot Opera called Reefer Mania: Denver's Gone To Pot. As Cora Vette, she is your naughty hostess with the mostest. She is clad mostly in sparkle vinyl clothing that she makes herself creating costumes that have the longevity of a car seat and are ready for thousands of rear-end hours that she can happily provide.
She travels the country hosting national burlesque festivals - The New Orleans Burlesque Festival, Show Me Burlesque Festival in St. Louis, Hot Rods And Heels in Dallas, The Texas Burlesque Festival in Austin and the Southwest Burlesque Showcase in Albuquerque to name a few. She also frequently travels to New Orleans to host "Boylesk" at the House Of Blues in the French Quarter.
Cora Vette: Mouth of a sailor - Voice of an angel.
Talloolah Love has performed all over the world, and has taught all over the country. She is the producer of “Talloolah Love Presents”: a series of burlesque shows including the "Rue Du Paradis" at Atlanta's High Museum of Art in 2011 her more recent AnachroCon shows: "Burlesque at the end of the world" and "The Repeal Revival", and lastly, the 2012 and 2013 Dragon*Con Burlesque show: "A Glamour Geek Revue". She is The Matron of the Atlanta Burlesque and Cabaret Society, she is the founder of The Texbook Tease. She was Pin Curl Magazine's February 2013 covergirl and finally, she is a contributing author along with Alan Moore, Margaret Killjoy, Sarah Hunter and Molly Crabapple in "The Steampunk's Guide to Sex", published in both English and Italian on Ebook and paperback!
Paco Fish thrives on duality. He is a dynamic performer of spoken and physical comedy, burlesque, boylesque, stilt walking, clown, mime, and a variety of other media. Most of Paco’s characters exist in multiple forms and his acts are visual representations of the transitions between these coexisting identities. Whether playing a freshwater turtle in forbidden saltwater love, a tramp with a deal with the devil, or the whole history of modern France, Paco dismantles assumptions and defies convention with humor and passion. He is the founder of Baltimore's Sticky Buns Burlesque and currently holds the titles, "King of Southern Exposure," "King of Carolina Sweet Tease," and "Most Humorous" from both the Great Burlesque Exposition and The Carolina Burlesque Festival.
The Sisters Von Schtick
Born and raised in the back of an old theater, Kitschy and Virginia Von Shtick are the unlikely consequence of a love triangle between a chorus girl, a straight man, and a clown: a pair of fraternal twins with two different fathers.
Today, the sisters-from-two-different misters travel the circuit as a comedic duo, delighting and beguiling audiences with their unique mix of beauty and bawdiness! Whether they are strumming on their ukuleles and singing sweet harmonies, or dancing while trading one-liners, these improbable twins bring a funny and fresh twist to classic vaudeville camp.
Delinda d'Rabbit, said to be the only "non-rabbit" child of the comedy duo, Roger and Jessica Rabbit is a member of the infamous Salome Cabaret in Knoxville, TN. During her time with Salome Cabaret, "The Hoppin' Honey" has become known for her love of classic burlesque as well as her more "cartoon-like" comedic performances. Delinda's current projects include pastie-smithing, teaching at Salome Cabaret’s Burlesque Academy, and striving for world domination through bumps, grinds, and glitter!
Tifa Tittlywinks is a dame of class and jazz. She is the headmistress and co-founder of Dem Damn Dames burlesque in Houston. She and The Dames have been spreading the word about Houston's burlesque revival all over Texas. She has also founded Madame Fantastick's Burlesque Bootcamp for local beginner shimmy and shakers. She also won the award for Most Creative at this year's San Antonio Burlesque Festival. She has been dancing her entire life, deriving much influence from Fosse, Liza, and old Vaudevillian styles. Although burlesque has been good, times have been hard on the Tifa.
Now a traveling hobo, she would love to bring her fabulous washtub class act to your city!