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Shakefest 2012: May 26th – Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland

2012 Shake Fest: Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland

Shakefest 2012
May 26-27th, 2012 * Charleville Castle * Tullamore * Ireland * Shakefest.net *

This year will be Shakefest’s “7th” Annual Dance and multi-cultural festival held at the historic epic Charleville Castle. The festival grounds is starting to bustle with activity as preparations are in the flow to welcome local and international community, visitors, friends, and family to celebrate culture. Since 2006, Shakefest has been bringing together an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern, Cultural Dance, and Artistic Workshops ending with a multi-cultural evening of dance performances. This year, Shakefest is expanding into more folklore, diversity, performance art, crafts, and themes for all ages, sexes, and cultures. This year features numerous workshops, classes, performances, and activities such as a “Faerie Glen” to get lost in, A “Madhatter’s Tea Party”, A bouncy Pirate Ship, Indian Cuisine, Performances by Tullamore’s “The Red Embers”, Galway Bellydance, Appolonia Tribal Bellydance, Sheeoneh, Nicole Volmering, and Aoife Hardiman.


Joana Saahirah ~ photo courtesy of Shakefest

This year’s International Guest Instructor is Oriental Dancer Joana Saahirah of Cairo, Egypt providing authentic education on Egyptian History and Folklore as well as Oriental Dance instruction in Classical, Saiidi and Alexandria of Mellaya styles. Declan Kiely will host a special workshop on how to “Dance like Michael Jackson”. Hip Hop, Jazz, Poi & Ribbon Dancing, Bachata and Argentinian Tango classes are also offered. There will also be African dance, poetry, open-mic sessions, a kid’s gigantic Dragonfly and butterfly hunt, punch and judy, juggling & stiltwalking by Stagecraft Ireland, Drum Circles, and a magic show. This year will also be breaking ground on a live history section with the KHI Medieval Re-enactors treating audiences to combat simulations of the Crusader’s Knight’s Templar with medieval tents, a full try-on armoury and archery for all ages.



KHI Medieval Re-enactors ~ photo courtesy of Shakefest

Featured musical performances by 40’s Swinging The Bugle Babes, Our Annual Multi-cultural Hafla, daring fire show by The Red Embers & Babylon’s Inferno, The North Strand Kontra Band from North Dublin. Dazzling Romanian and Bulgarian instrumental band is expected to finish off the fest with explosive energy and lively dance accompanied by original and traditional tunes from clarinet, saxophone, trombone, keys, banjo, double bass, and drums. If you’re travelling through Ireland this weekend or live in the magical isles, this event is not to be missed. Gates open at Noon on Saturday the 26th with admission only €10 general entry, €10 camping, €20 family day pass or only €15 for evening entertainment.  All proceeds will be going towards Charleville Castle Restoration Fund – Operation ‘Raise The Roof’ project in which money will be raised towards putting a protective roof on the castle chapel. We’ll be covering this event, so come back here for photos, review, and the stories we weave from the experience …


North Strand Kontra Band ~ photo courtesy of Shakefest

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Visit us at the 2012 ShakeFest at the infamous Charleville Castle!

2012 Shake Fest: Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland
2012 Shake Fest: Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland

This year, Technogypsie Productions, Pirate Relief, and The Tree Leaves’ Oracle & Folk Fellowship are helping with the production of “Shakefest by creating a children’s (and adults) fun area as the “Faerie Glen” with a Wishing Well, Rag Tree, and a Madhatter’s Tea Party and much much more. After hours, we’ll be doing a sorta- reunion for our Irish Core Effigy friends we camped with at Tir na nOg this year at the Burn. Childrens Madhatter’s Tea Party is around 1:30 pm, while the Adults Tea Party is at the Witching Hour. Costumes required to participate. Dress as Pirates, Faeries, or someone from Alice in Wonderland. Face painting, Faerie Art, stickers, candles, and Tarot Readings also available. Saturday, May 26, 2012 – Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland – Faerie Glen & Madhatter’s area open from Noon until an hour or two after the witching hour …Note: If you are coming for the Evening activities, please arrive by 6 pm – for bands and entertainment as gates close early.

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Itchy-O @ Smash Club (Denver, CO)

Itchy-O @ Smash Club
* Private Party * Denver, Colorado * Saturday, August 21, 2010 * www.itchyo.com *

An AMAZING Marching Band by the name of “Itchy-O” graced our presence and spiced up the already fantastic party to enlightened levels at Odd Todd’s Junk Yard “Smash Club” this particular Saturday. A major compilation of ambient, experimental, and ghettotech music with full ski-mask covered dark musicians beating and banging on their drums sending shivers through the veins of all onlookers. Based out of Denver, this act (wherever it mysteriously appears) is never to be missed. They are in the works of producing a record with the Record Label Mettle. Itchy-O got it start as a solo project in 2003 when Scott Banning, a experimental percussionist and filmmaker brought together his art piece while living in Denver. Mixed together with Phagocytosis, Conrad Kehn (vocalist, improvisationalist, and composer from Skull Flux / Kallisti) in 2005 and then with guitarist Nick Lloyd and flemenco guru Rene Heredia in 2006. They composed the film “Whirl” in 2007 and was joined by Kirsten Vermulen with her accordian. They began to play live scores to Scott’s experimental films in 2008 and was joined that year by Bill Englebach and Scot Waknin. They describe themselves now as “Hyper-Intentus~ Electro-Acoustic~ Artifex Voluptus~ Celebratio Professio~ Compello-Fratorum” musical and artistic theatrics experience as one of the world’s only percussion-centered electronic marching bands priding itself on bringing sophicated savage avante-garde music to the people, when and where it is least expected. I for one have to concur, they manifest that destiny to the highest impressive degree. The current composition of artists are: Drew Vinciguera~ Snare; JD Hortel~ Quad Tenors; Jesse Dickens~ Quint Tenors; Rachel Hargroder~ Quad/Quint Tenors; Dustin Ardnt~ Quint Tenors; Scott Banning~ Roto-Toms; Luke Wachter~ Timbales; Steve Gordon~ Bass Drum; Paul Alexander~ Bass Drum; Dean Hirschfield~ Marching Crash Cymbals; Stephanie Wood~ Marching Crash Cymbals; Pamela Webb~ Marching Crash Cymbals; Justin Simoni~ Marching Crash Cymbals; Kirsten Vermulen~ Synthesizer/Vocoder; David Britton~ Synthesizer/Vocoder; Coby Hickman~ Synthesizer; Bert Beudin~ Electric Bass; Ed Smith~ Electric Bass; Roger Liu~ Electric Guitar; John Gross~ Vocoder; Conrad Kehn~ Vocoder; Joe Mehner~ Dr. Bucket; Aaron Spriggs~ Theremin; Josh Strange Powers~ Vocoder; Joanne M.W. Liu~ Larry the Chinese Lion; Megs Burd~ Larry the Chinese Lion; Ryan Archuleta~ Special Unit I; Todd Yore~ Special Unit II; Jill Mustoffa~ Special Unit III; Mable Mabe~ Special Unit IV; Alicia Bailey~ Special Unit V; Nick Lloyd~ Special Rolling Unit; Sara Valentine~ Miss. O; and Justin Hicks~ MSP (Most Special Player); (and often many more). Once again, have to stress, NEVER to miss this sensational crew. Rating: 5+ stars out of 5.


Itchy-O Marching Band @ Smash Club
Photo by Guy Mason Photography, © 2010
permission granted to reprint

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The Gypsy Nomads

Gypsy Nomads
* Performance at Faerieworlds 2010 * Saturday, 31 July 2010 * Faerieworlds * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon * http://www.thegypsynomads.com/ *
On to the stage at Faerieworlds all the way from New York came a duo of Gypsy Nomads who shook the stage with a mix of cabaret, celtic, and neo-medieval flavored music meshed with folk, punk, and as they say in their bio – “the vineyards of southern France and the spirit of gypsy sound”. One of my favorite gypsy bands, this team will never disappoint. A definite blessing to the Faerieworlds festival. The duo consist of Samantha Stephenson who through bilingual vocals as being a French-born British chanteuse mesmerizes her audieces with her voice, percussion, lyrics, and drums. Matched in charm with Scott Helland who was quite popular in the punk scene merging in guitar, drums, and guitar loops. This duette whirlwinded together are a lively pair honoring the free spirit lifestyle with adlib juju, theatrics, and enchantment. An absolute pleasure to the eyes and ears. They boast of their wide array of musical styles from the sultry and cheeky French/English songs to Gypsy celtic inspired instrumentals to pounding drums reminiscent of Taiko and march-style choreography as they describe themselves on their website. They’ve hit over 175,000 miles of touring across the United States and Canada over the last five years. They’ve been licensed for Indie films and TV shows, including Oprah Winfrey show and WE TV’s Gothic Wedding show. They’ve made appearances at Philadelphia’s Trocadero Theater, NY’s Brushwoods Center, St Louis’ Focal Point Folk Theater, and INATS Trade Show in Florida and Colorado. They’ve also been on stage with Voltaire, Gandalf Murphy, Candice Night, Incendio, Dragon Ritual Drummers, Ego Likeness, Wendy Rule, Brian Viglione and the White Elephant Burlesque, Lunar Fire as well as amazing belly dance troupes across the U.S. Always enchanting. 5 stars out of 5.

Previous reviews of the Gypsy Nomads at Owlsleys, Denver, CO/6/29/09.

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“When Darkness Falls” – Bad Faeries Night Fire Ceremony (7/31/10)

Faerieworlds Day 2: Bad Faeries Night Ritual: “When Darkness Falls”
* Lucretia of Serpentine; Kelly Miller-Lopez of Woodland; Connor Fenix Cobbledick of Kirkos * Saturday, 31 July 2010 * Midnight * Faerieworlds 2010 *

After a stunning performance by Faun, as the witching hour arrived, “as Darkness fell” for the mischievious bad faeries to do their biddings & fun – Kelly Miller-Lopez accompanied by members of Woodland and Faun came on stage for a musical and poetic invocation. Before the stage, corded off for safety, the exotic and mysterious Lucretia of the dance troupe Serpentine brought out her fire flamed fingers for tribal belly dance and fire play. The fire breathing Connor Fenix Cobbledick of the Kirkos fire troupe danced and pranced in playful prose with her. The magic was woven.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUyySCMC7As
Faerieworlds Night Ritual: When Darkness Falls


A musical and poetic invocation spoken by Kelly Miller-Lopez, with music by performed by members of Woodland and Faun. The dance features Lucretia of the dance and fire troupe Serpentine, with fire breathing by Connor Fenix Cobbledick of Kirkos fire troupe. Poetry and music written by Emilio Miller-Lopez of Woodland.

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“Between Time and Timbuktu” (Colorado Springs)


Between Time and Timbuktu – A Compilation of Plays by Kurt Vonnegut
http://www.theatredart.org * April 2 – 18th, 2010 * Osborne Theater * UCCS University Hall * 3955 Cragwood Drive * Colorado Springs, Colorado * 719-264-9476 * $10 general * $5 students * Free for UCCS Students *

A fabulous theater production of the Kurt Vonnegut series of plays called “Between Time and Timbuktu” is a very small audienced packed theater on the UCCS campus. It starts out with young Stony Stevenson winning hilarious “Blast Off” energy drink poetry contest whose prize rockets him into space and time travel. He boards the Prometheus-5 while his mother stands by excited for her stoned son … who takes a bizarre journey through time embracing Kurt Vonnegut’s notable plays such as the “cat’s cradle”, “Player Piano”, “Welcome to the Monkey House”, “The Sirens of Titan”, “Happy Birthday Wanda June” and “Harrison Bergeron”. Excellently done with a professional and fun-loving staff. The performers were beyond amazing in this production as was those weaving the works with lighting, costumes, set design, and imagery. Merging together in-your-face acting that can literally trip over your leg or splash water from a syringe into your face, with a back drop of a humongous gallery of televisions, Theatre ‘d Art is the best stage for this production. I had quite a few friends part of this production – well done! well done! A must see! Unfortunately my review was delayed by life so tonight is your last chance to see this amazing show … Go if you can get in! Tickets can be reserved by calling the theater. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Hellzapoppin Sideshow @ the Rocket Room (Colorado Springs)


Juggling, Hellzapoppin Sideshow

The Hellzapoppin Sideshow
* Thursday, 8 pm – 1 am, 25 March 2010 * The Rocket Room * 230 Pueblo Ave * (the corner of Wahsatch & Cimarron) * Colorado Springs, Colorado * 719-447-4990 * http://www.myspace.com/therocketroom * $10 cover *

On a dark chilly evening in a corner bar where Rock-a-billy lives in Colorado Springs, sprung to live one of the modern versions of a classic era circus sideshow … known to its fans as the “Hellzapoppin Sideshow”. This sideshow is proud to have differing feature performers, most notably “The Torture King” from the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow and “Slymenstra Hymen” from GWAR. Many of their performers have travelled with many sideshows and circuses, as well as appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Discovery Channel, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, The Learning Channel, Guinness Book of World Records, HDNet, and the National Geographic Channel. The show boasts a staff of true vagabond artists – artisans with hearts full of wanderlust on a modern day pirate ship. They are notoriously a circus for adults! For a mere $10 one could enter this fantasy world with juggling, fire spinning, ball play, sword swallowing, glass walking, body piercing, contortion, accordians, humor, and music … not to mention potent affordable drinks. The show was phenomenal for the small bar scene and the performers were amazing. It was a refreshing treat to a stressful week. We were first entertained by a pinhead accordian singer followed by some sensational burlesque. Juggling, comedy, firespinning, and Laura as a hot girl in a bubble which is a full size hamster ball that she does acrobatics and juggles inside. The Torture King amazed us with glass eating, glass walking, sword laying, and body piercing. More burlesque, juggling, and fire play. Lady Diabla swallowed swords, had darts stuck into her back, and amazed us with her shoulder shrugs to pain. A girl placed into a box that was sliced and diced with swords. Very entertaining indeed! A must see side show! At this particular show we were blessed with the presence of Zamora The Torture King, Lady Diabla, Bryce “The Govna” Graves, Laura, John Shaw, and some others I heard a rumor were local talent. Rating 4.3 stars out of 5.


Juggling, Hellzapoppin Sideshow

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Faerieworlds Winter 2010 Celebration: “Bad Faeries” Masquerade Ball



Bad Faeries Masquerade Ball – Faerieworlds Winter Celebration 2010

Faerieworlds Winter 2010 * McDonald Theater * Eugene, Oregon * January 30, 2010 * 7:30-12:30 *

An amazing night following the Good Faeries Night at the 2010 Winter Celebration of Faerieworlds was the notorious “Bad Faeries Night”. For this celebration, it was by far my favorite of the activities spun for the three day event. The doors to Faerieworlds opened up around 7:30 pm, with several merchants in the hall hawking their steampunk and faerie wares; costumes galore with steampunk influence, and kids dancing in the theater awaiting the amazing acts. Blossomed forth from the infamously successful Summer Faerie Festival extravaganza – Faerieworlds – comes a rather new evolution of their festival – The Winter Celebration. Hosted indoors similar to a “Con” rather than a “Festival” – partakers of the merriment gathered together to celebrate Imbolc and the season of Winter with concerts at the McDonald Theater and a marketplace during the day with workshops, activities, and performances at the Lane Events Center in radical Eugene, Oregon. The second night of the event was the “Bad Faeries Masquerade Ball” held exclusively in the McDonald Theater. The Steampunk costumes were amazing. Adam Hurst did a fantastic performance warming up the stage afterwhich was taken over by Seattle’s Steampunk band “Abney Park“. Then Kelly and her bellydance troupe did an Amazing Dryad Imbolc Rite with mesmerizing tree spirits dancing in the moonlight. The evening was concluded with the ethereal and stunning performance of Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique. Simply Amazing Evening. Of course it ended too soon … just after midnight … but all good things must come to an end. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.






 





 





 





 





 





 




 





 





 





 





 





 





 




 




 




 




 




 




 





 





 





 





 





 




 





 


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Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique @ Faerieworlds Winter 2010

Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique
* Faerieworlds Winter 2010 Celebration * McDonald Theater * Eugene, Oregon * January 30th, 2010 * 11:00-12:30 *
* http://www.beatsantique.com/ * myspace.com/beatsantique * zoebellydance.com * theindigo.net *

Bad Faeries Masquerade Ball couldn’t be more spectacular then to end with a mesmerizing and enchanting performance by Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique. One of my new favorites … Beats Antique with Zoe Jakes … what an incredible display of style, grace, tribal fusion, beats, and sheer art. Zoë Jakes & Beats Antique is a fusion trio of star American Tribal Fusion bellydancer Zoe Jakes teamed together with Electronic beats DJ’s/musicians David Satori (laptop DJ remix artist; guitar; violin) & Tommy Chappel (laptop DJ remix artist; hand drums). Zoe Jakes often dances with the “Indigo Belly Dance Company” with Rachel Brice and Mardi Love. Zoe specializes in ATS (American Tribal Style) and Tribal fusion mixed with hip-hop pops and locks. Beats Antique has produced a digital EP called “Contraption Vol. 1? composed of glitch-rock, dub, world music, electronic compilations. Since ATS and Tribal fusion are the styles of bellydance I’ve been learning over the last year, I was in utmost awe to see one of my favorite dancer inspirations. This was my second time I’ve been blessed with seeing them perform. Major kudos for the mesmerizing and enchanting performance! Completely blessed my night. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Official Photogallery of Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique can be found at the Faerieworlds web site.

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The Mythmakers special performance @ Faerieworlds 7/31/09

The Mythmakers special performance
* http://www.woodlandmusic.net/ * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 1 * July 31, 2009 * from 11:30-midnight on the main stage *

    “To create, integrate, and to perform a new cultural mythology. To live and inspire a new dream, which empowers the individual, community, and culture to co-create a sustainable future for all life.” (Mythmakers mission)

By far one of the most talented and enchanting circus troupes and performance companies I’ve ever encountered. They literally bring the living myth alive. They specialize in fire dancing, stilt walking, sacred theater, mythology, ceremonial costumed Celtic circus creatures, magical music and mask making, parades, poi, giant puppets, and sacred storytelling of the staff and sword. Mythmaker Productions is the brainchild of theater director Hjeron O’Sidhe. Hjeron began in performance arts at a young age, mixed with his education in Celtic, Central/South American, and Native American studies, mythology, and storytelling he was inspired to create living myth. From his “Sacred Earth Studios” which was a portable digital recording studio emphasizing ethnomusicology and the preservation of traditional sacred music from around the world, be decided to create Mythmakers. Since 1999 he has written, directed, acted, and composed the musical scores for over 12 performance pieces based on storytelling, movement, and cultural/community empowerment. With his amazing team and collective of fire spinners, dancers, costumers, artisans, and performers; Mythmakers travel around providing entertainment, ritual, ceremony, art, style, magic, and enchantment to the venues they visit. They have performed numerous times at Faerieworlds, Earth Dance, Burning Man, and many other events throughout the United States and Canada. Absolutely mesmerizing. Their July 31st performance at the 2009 Faerieworlds helped bring in the spirit of the Fae on opening night, capped off with some amazing fire spinning and storytelling experiences, they had their audience literally howling at the moon. Excellent! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Zoe Jakes & Beats Antique (Faerieworlds 7/31/09)

Beats Antique with Zoe Jakes
* http://www.beatsantique.com/ * myspace.com/beatsantique * zoebellydance.com * theindigo.net * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 1 * July 31, 2009 * from 7:30-8:45 pm on the main stage *

One of my new favorites … Beats Antique with Zoe Jakes … what an incredible display of style, grace, tribal fusion, beats, and sheer art.
Zoë Jakes & Beats Antique is a fusion trio of star American Tribal Fusion bellydancer Zoe Jakes teamed together with Electronic beats DJ’s/musicians David Satori (laptop DJ remix artist; guitar; violin) & Tommy Chappel (laptop DJ remix artist; hand drums). Zoe Jakes often dances with the “Indigo Belly Dance Company” with Rachel Brice and Mardi Love. Zoe specializes in ATS (American Tribal Style) and Tribal fusion mixed with hip-hop pops and locks. Beats Antique has produced a digital EP called “Contraption Vol. 1” composed of glitch-rock, dub, world music, electronic compilations. Since ATS and Tribal fusion are the styles of bellydance I’ve been learning over the last year, I was in utmost awe to see one of my favorite dancer inspirations. This is the first time I’ve been exposed to Beats Antique who definitely have made an impression on me. Major kudos for the mesmerizing and enchanting performance! Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Official Photogallery of Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique at Faerieworlds Continue reading Zoe Jakes & Beats Antique (Faerieworlds 7/31/09)

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Dreamtime Festival 2009

Dreamtime Festival
Paonia, Colorado * July 16-19, 2009 *http://www.dreamthefuture.org/
Each year, in the high desert Rocky Mountain valley outside of Paonia is a music, art, and educational festival born to inspire creativity, awareness, sustainability, art, music, festivity, networking, personal growth, and social change. Its focus is learning and transformation bringing together community with members old and new for evolution together to dream the future. Its about weaving the magic of social change as well as changing the world. Live performances, music, world class bands, interactive theme camps, art installations, vendors, artists, craftspeople, food, fellowship, magic, film, theater, ritual, a green expo, free parking, and camping. Dreamtime is certainly an interesting fusion festival – you have many of the better aspects of a commercial Rainbow-family festival fused together with the spiritual aspects of the Burning Man festival. Spirituality is certainly a key focus at the event and that is an element that holds it above many others. There was a fluctuation of energy as different types of individuals with different focuses attended. The hardcore spiritual side certainly seemed more predominant wednesday through friday. Saturday got a little odd with an influx of different energy as locals and party-goers came to the event for that reason, conflicting with the spiritual. While I didn’t get to go to many of the workshops as I was a vendor, I was blown away by the few I did go to and many of my friends spoke highly of the ones they attended. There were a little too few theme camps, but the ones that were there absolutely amazing. I loved the space cowboys camp as it brought much fun for me each night. The concerts and musical performances were fabulous. The movies from local Denver filmmakers were humorous and entertaining. The food was sensational. Theater, music, spoken word, multimedia, fashion shows, Djs, workshops, bellydancing, yoga, nature walks, sweat lodges, healing camps, costumes, bodypainting, divination, and frolick was all making it a very magical weekend. I will certainly be back. Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5.

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DAY 2 and 3 of BELTANIA 2009

2nd Annual Colorado Beltania Festival: Day 2 and 3
www.beltanefestival.com * Parrish Ranch * Outside of Fort Collins, Colorado * Living Earth aka Highlands Ranch Pagan Meetup *
Friday-Sunday, May 8-10, 2009
“Living Earth” which is formerly known as “Highlands Ranch Pagan Meetup” has begun to host an annual celebration of the Pagan Sabbat of “Beltane” or “May Day”. On their 2nd annual run of the three day festival, this nonprofit event on a private ranch brings festivity to the season with open rituals, classes, workshops, children’s activities, and service projects. Beltania offered its attendees a large outdoor stage with some incredible acts, an indoor 3000 square foot lodge, hundreds of acres of outdoor space, restrooms with cold water showers, workshops, activities, rituals, a traditional Maypole dance, sweat lodge ceremonies, all-night drum circles, catered breakfasts/dinners, merchant area, RV/camper’s hookups, wild camping area, quiet camping area, skyclad areas, a swimming river, and much more. Over the course of the three days, the festival saw over 700 guests in attendance.

May Pole Procession:

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May Day / Beltane

Beltane/May Day (May 1st)
may day
is a celebrated sabbat and holiday of Indo-European Paganism that was later adapted by Christianity, and then “holiday culture.” In terms of "holiday culture", is meant the current trend within our culture to take really traditional practices & rites and commercialize them or turn them into a non-religious "fun" holiday game or party favor. (Cypress Knee) As there is nothing wrong with this evolution or abstraction of tradition in itself, its very important to understand the tradition and to respect its origins.

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Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dolls (4/22/09 – Denver)


Big John Bates

Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls
www.bigjohnbates.com
From Vancouver, British Columbia

~ BANGTOWN 2009 WORLD TOUR ~
Performance in Denver, Colorado at the Three Kings Tavern * 60 S Broadway * Denver, CO 80209 *

Night two and the finale of Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls in Colorado on tour this year with their 4th CD – 2009 release of “Bangtown”. Whizzing through their six weeks & 34 shows across the USA, as I write this review they are flying to Europe for five weeks through Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria & Hungary. Last night’s gig in Pueblo, Colorado was spectacular, and the Denver performance Stunning. Next for them off to Salt Lake City tomorrow. Its a great loss with the closure of this tour as the amazing sCare-oline will be parting from the band and becoming replaced by Brandy Battery. One of my most favorite bands of their genre, Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls are NOT to be missed for any reason – those who do miss out on a truly enchanting and risque life experience. Following the Voodoo Organist in Denver at the incredible Three Kings Tavern, the band and burlesque team enchanted their audience and threw them into a frenzy. Big John Bates is a merge of Rock-a-billy, Psycho-billy, dark rock n’ roll, with a twist of sounds like “The Stray Cats” and “White Stripes” with a sense of rhythm you can really dance to. Accompanied by the beautiful troupe of Voodoo dolls, with Whiskey Rose and Tristan who mesmerized the stage after every other song with a tantalizing burlesque performance – naughty nurses pouring “their medicine” to unsuspecting captives from the audience, tribal tiki dancing, and costuming. Unfortunately Three Kings did not permit the fire spinning and quenched their flames. Regardless, the tour definitely lives to its Name of “Bangtown”. Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls are world-famous with great popularity in the entertainment industry. In 2002 they performed at the Winter Olympics and was picked up by El Toro Records in Spain, also headlined the Mandalay Bay House of Blues in Las Vegas for its infamous 2002 Hellbilly Halloween; in 2005 they started by receiving first Canadian Jagermeister band endorsement and around the same tour year signed with Germany’s Wolverine Records, and in 2006 they saw their music and performance headlined in Vancouver’s International Burlesque Festival & the Voodoo Ball; and their music played on season 3, episode 1 of Battlestar Galactica; andfeatured at the 2008 Ink & Iron Festival in California with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mad Sin & Jr. Brown. Big John as the singer, guitarist, and lead; sCaroline spanking the bass with outrageous twists, turns, and moves in her playing; in addition, adding in spectacular bellydancing performances; and the new addition JT “Massacre” Brander on the drums banging up the beats. Little Miss Risk and Whiskey Rose charmed all … with dance, tease, and trance. If BJB and the Voodoo Dolls come to your town, it would be a big mistake to miss them … so step right up and “Take your Medicine” at a bar near you celebrating the “Bangtown” that they incite. Tour dates can be found at their web site. They have 4 CD’s and 1 DVD available now as well as some incredibly cool T-shirts and gifts. Highly recommended! Rating: 5+ stars out of 5. [ Read 2006’s Colorado tour review ] [ Read the Pueblo Review from 4/21/09 ]


and the Voodoo Dolls …

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Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dolls 4/21/09 – Pueblo, Colorado


Big John Bates …

Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls
www.bigjohnbates.com
From Vancouver, British Columbia

~ BANGTOWN 2009 WORLD TOUR ~
Performance in Pueblo, Colorado at the SENATE Lounge * 10:00 pm * 219 South Grand Ave *

Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls is back on tour this year with their 4th CD – 2009 release of “Bangtown”. They will have six weeks & 34 shows across the USA, then flying to Europe for five weeks through Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria & Hungary. As they make their way through the Plains and the Rocky Mountains, their stop off in Pueblo, Colorado was an amazing success. Unfortunately this 2009 tour marks the parting of the extroadinary sCare-oline who will be pursuing other life dreams after this tour, being replaced by Brandy Battery later this summer.


and the Voodoo Dolls …

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Some Enchanted Burning, A Twisted Burner Prom (Denver 08)


Me and Allison,
Some Enchanted Burning Prom (Denver, CO) 8/9/08
Photos by Shutterbug


Me
and Allison,
Some Enchanted Burning Prom (Denver, CO) 8/9/08
Photo by Pesoptimist (c) 2008

Some Enchanted Burning – A Twisted Burner Prom
* August 9th, 2008 * 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM * 2625 Larimer St, Denver, CO * $10 pre-sale, $20 at door with no costume * http://denverbm.eventwax.com/recompression
Photogallery from the night: http://coloradoburn.ning.com/photo/album/show?id=2014648%3AAlbum%3A21539
Entertainment by: € Zombie Nurse € Jungle Labs € Hi Octane € Shapeshifter € Orange Peel Moses € MOONBASS – Arison / David Seied / DC & Doc € ENERGY RIDERS – Noah M. & T-Bohn € BLINGFACED – ((Diverse)) & Ishe & Timmy
Also: * Your Friendly Lunch Lady, Rusty Moo, will be busting out his special School Noodle Bar; * Visit Cora Chaos + Princess Ariesin the “De-Tension” Hall. Don’t break
the School Rules or you could get a spanking!; * Watch Princess Aries as she wows you with her Naughty School Girl Act!; * Visit Johnny One, our Mis-Guidance Counselor for some career advice! ; * Stop by to get your prom photo taken with Shutterbug!; * Exercise your inner rebel by tagging the bathroom stalls. ; * Chill out in the Teacher’s Lounge, but try not to get caught there with one of your students!; * Check out all of the Art work from our fabulous students at Black Rock High!; * Video projections by Timmy, the head of the school’s AV Club.
A fantastic evening out with memories of high school prom, Sixteen Candles, and Long Duck Dong … down Larimer to the Orange Cat Gymnasium, nestled in a back alley with a smoking courtyard, gymnasium, lunch room, teacher’s lounge, and bathroom. Everyone dressed up in fabulous prom outfits and funky costumes. The event was well done and superbly decorated. The homeless prom couple added some fabulous spice and skits. The lunch lady Rusty made some healthy tasty noodles, and the burlesque show was tantalizing. Lots of dancing and fun. Humorous wall graffitti fun. Prom pictures well done. I had a fabulous time. Thank you! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


Will
and Valerie,
Some Enchanted Burning Prom (Denver, CO) 8/9/08
Photos by Shutterbug


Noah,
Leaf, Allison,
Some Enchanted Burning Prom (Denver, CO) 8/9/08
Photo by Pesoptimist (c) 2008

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DC’s 11th Annual Goth Prom

Thursday, 22 May 2008 – Part 5 (10 pm – 2 am)
Washington, D.C.

11th annual D.C. Goth Prom “Under a Milky Way” * Town Danceboutique * 2009 8th Strett NW | Washington, DC 20009 * http://www.gothpromdc.com/


11th Annual Goth Prom, Washington, D.C. 5/22/08

After the National Geographic Live and private reception, I headed over to my ‘first’, while DC’s 11th, Goth Prom which is apparently the longest running Goth Prom in the United States. They even had a Prom King and Queen contest. Prior to this event, I was under the impression that DC really didn’t have a sizeable Goth community (based on last two years fly-ins to D.C. and checking out the scene) but I have to say, after this event – the population exists and the support for the night appeared to be pretty phenomenal. I might have to add this one to my annual calendar of events I go out of my way to attend (of course given time off work and funds). This year it was held at the Town Dancboutique, a two floored club with large levels and plenty of room to dance and move about. The event was $15 advanced tickets or $20 at the door, and that didn’t stop the place from filling up. A wide assortment of DJ’s were spinning on both floors – such as Scary Lady Sarah (Berlin, Chicago – Nocturna); DJ Spider (Charlotte, NC); Kelowna (Toronto-XM Satellite, chiarOscuro DC); Liebchen (DC Midnight, XUBERX); 2501 (Chronos DC, Alchemy DC); Dirty B; Shade (Spellbound DC, Alchemy DC); variety acts such as Cheeky Monkey slideshow performing her Amazing Trinket and MabJustMab acts (including glass walking); bellydancing and gothic tribal upstairs including Cerastes (tribal/industrial dance), Romka (tribal fusion bellydance), and others. Vendors ranged from custom made prom corsages and boutonnieres by Lost Moth; to custom art pieces by Arty4ever, wire jewelry by Eleanor Justice, horror kitsch illustrations and paintings by Frozen Charlotte, clothing and accessories by Dry Tear, Creepy home decor by Morbid Decor, Kilts by The Kilted Nation, custom latex/rubber clothing by Slyx, John Holmes of Bloodrose Industries fashion photography, custom hats and accessories by Peacock Blue, handmade beaded jewelry by Camille DeWalder, and custom t-shirt dsigns by Mind Jacket Designs. The music, talent, decor, acts, and performances were incredible. Drinks a bit higher end priced. Excellent job Lori Beth and all who put this on!!! Plus it was excellent to see my new friends from earlier this year Sarah and Alex who as usual, made me feel right at home as if I lived in D.C. Thank you. Goth prom are slowly putting up pictures in their Gallery here. Rating 5 stars out of 5. Visited 5/22/2008.

* apologies for the lack of quality of pictures for this evening. These were taken from my cell phone camera (no flash) as my camera was out of commission for the evening.

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The Bunker, London, England

The Bunker
19-23 Oxford Street, London W1 * bunkerclub.com * 11 pm – 3 am.
Late night Thursday to early morning I was thrashing about, dancing round-and-round, to some of the most exciting post-punk, britpop, glamtrash and 80’s funk this side of Oxford Circus. Good drink prices, 5 pound cover (4 if i would have had a flier pass). What a way to start off London with some ummpff. The club goes from 11 – 3 which I almost stuck around to long-live-the-dancefloor to its very end, but it has been a long day. I know, If I’m ever in London again on a thursday, I’ll be back to this club. Its a great place in the heart of Oxford Street Circus. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


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The Bunker on Oxford Circus Street, London
The Metro Club: Home of the Bunker
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Kettlewell’s Maypole

Kettlewell’s Maypole :: Kettlewell, Yorkshire Dales, England ::
“This Maypole was re-erected by the Kettlewell Women’s Institute to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II June 24, 1953” – plaque on pole


Maypole in the Town Square of Kettlewell, England
  Ever part of the village, Burnsall’s maypole was re-erected after it had mysteriously vanished one day while one remarkably similar one had sprung up in neighbouring Thorpe – which appeared to have revived an ancient maypole feud dating back to 1874 when this was commonplace. The revival of the feud and the resurrection of Kettlewell’s maypole brought many tourists to town. It is now a landmark of the village.

 


Maypole placque
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2nd Annual Tribal Soiree
(Avalon, Boulder, Colorado)

An incredible Soiree celebrating American Tribal Style Belly Dance celebrates it’s second annual Rocky Mountain event brought to us by the talents of dancer director’s Jennifer Secrist Goran and Barb Ferrill Van Hoy featuring students and professionals presenting American Tribal Style and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance performances: Desert Rain (Anita Kear, Lisa Goodrich, Jennifer Secrist Goran to Red Hibiscus on Skin by Michael Danna and Saldek by Dead Can Dance); Cohesion Tribal Belly Dance (Christy Craig and Jennifer Hemphill Tatroe to Cruel Youth by Pepe Deluxe); Na Baba (Chase Cook, Beccy Finn, Amy Pacheco, Christina Student to Get Busy by Sean Paul; Hammerhead Sharqi to Mount Wroclai (Idle Days) by Beirut);

Performances at Tribal Soiree

Tribal in Motion (Anna Herman and Kirsten Martin to Oha Falan Oldum Yani by Tugba Ekinci); Bohemian Caravan’s Students (Anna Hall, Stacy Hines, Aparna Lakhankar, Nicole McDaniel, Kasey McQueen, Taryn McQueen, Lisa Mason, Lonnie Smith, Caitlin Sweeney to Toura Toura: The Nav Deep Remix by Cheb i Sabbah); Tribe Marrakech Express (Diana Roberts, Pam Hinish, Sarah Hansen, Liz Benam, Julie Oberlink, Tiffany McNeil, Lisa Romero to Saints of Marrakesh by B’net Marrakech); Bellydivas (Chase, Missa, Beccy, Kat, Kim, Kamara to Highland by Gypsy Caravan, Currents by Kingsuk Biswas, and Saltartello by Corvus Corax); Tribaltique Belly Dance Company (Sheila, Addison, Miriam Ancel, Joanna Ashleigh, Rori Christenson, Dian E Ericksen, Nicole Lisanti, Amber McClain, Anne M Smatla to Chant of Diem by Ekova and Avanti by Corvus Corax); Tribe Ama’la (Chris Hazelton and Laura Nash to Chase by Gypsy Caravan); Mizmar Madness (Margie Allison, Kamara Gallagher, Kristina Reich, Ann Talley, and Barb Ferrill Van Hoy to Gan Al Hawa by the Upper Egypt Ensemble, Aenaem by Solace, and Yaaran Kollon Sikh Kuriye by Panjabi MC); Raks Benazir (Zel, Argavan, Rekaya, and Amira to Caravane by Radar); Tribaltique Belly Dance Company (Tarena Davis, Melissa Garcia, Ani Jackson, Kate Schneider, Sandy Shell, and Jessica Sterner to Building Steam with a Grain of Sand by DJ Shadow); Abibti (to Crush by Garbage); Bohemian Caravan Tribal Belly Dance Company (Diane Thompson, Lonnie Smith, Nancy Montgomery, Stacy Hines, and Suzie Montgomery to Alkher Illa Doffor: The Nectar Remix by Cheb i Sabbah); Womens Tribal Fusion WTF (Terry, Heidi, Nicole, Laura, Marianne, Bev to Darban Jooth Na Boley by Solace); Tribaltique Belly Dance Company (Julia DiVerdi and Molly McCLellan to Dirty Little Secret and Hit and Run Holiday by My Life with Thrill Kill Kult); and Live Music by Kara Nomadica. What a fantastic plethera of sensations! Afterwards, to the sounds of Kara Nomadica – there was an open dance party – where everyone could dance together and learn from the performers, teachers, and professionals. Fantastic event. Not to be missed. Also some incredible vendors with a great array of clothing, jewelry, costumes, scarves, and art. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

 


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Chronos @ Club Five, Washington, D.C.

Chronos @ Club Five, Thursdays Goth * Industrial * EBM * Futurepop * 80’s * Darkwave *
1214 B 18th Street NW, Washington DC, 20036 * Livejournal & Myspace and ChronosDC.com.
DJ’s: Dirty B, 2501, guest DJ Aaron Hart. Cover $6.
Birthed from Alchemy, Chronos is One of D.C.’s favorite and most popular Goth nights, located dowtown off 18th street, just a jaunt from the White House. Hosted every Thursday in the 3-floor club Five; all of the locals I spoke to through the evening swore this was the best club night for this theme in the D.C. area. Some claimed it’s the only night they go to, while others stated they also attended Bound (Fetish night on fridays) and Midnight (Saturdays), which are the other hotspots of activity in town. The first floor hosts the dance floor – dance lights with the DJ’s above, and a catwalk/balcony above from the 2nd floor. Bar downstairs with ample booths and comfortable seating spaces. Plenty of room to dance. Main bar downstairs. Next floor up, is a medium sized bar, with booths, bathrooms, coat check, and the catwalk overlooking the DJ booth and dancefloor. Very top floor, is a rooftop patio with yet another bar. Doors open at 9 pm, and Open bar (free drafts and wells) from 9-10 make the club thrive early. Some of the friendliest and talented bartenders on staff in town. In fact, Bartender Jay was highly recommended as the best bartender in D.C. by more than a handful of patrons – and I couldn’t agree more. Drinks strong, and well done. The community is extremely friendly, easy to talk with, make new friends, and no one seemed isolated unlike many of the clubs on the west coast where it can take a stranger some time to meet others. Excellent sound and ambience, and extremely talented DJ’s. They served excellent music, selections, and fulfilled all the requests I was I aware of. Top job! Very enjoyable and very recommended. Will return to whenever I’m back in D.C. 4.5 stars out of 5. Visited 1/11/2007.


Dance floor

 


First floor
2nd floor

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Goth Night @ the Church, Sundays – Denver, Colorado

The Church, Sundays Goth Night (Denver, Colorado)

http://www.coclubs.com/church/churchMain.html * 1160 Lincoln, Denver, CO 80203 * 303-832-2383 * churchmanager@coclubs.com *

Located in a artsy art-deco cathedral, this multi-roomed/ multi-bar club has an ambience worth dying for. With a delicious sushi bar in one of the back rooms, this bar has it all. I originally visited the venue during the Colorado Dark Arts Festival and had an incredible time at their establishment. From 2007-2009 on Sunday nights they had a Goth night in the basement and hiphop or techno up above. Both rooms downstairs were goth/industrial/ebm. At that time the place was often crowded, with yet enough room to still find a space to dance. As of 2009-2010, the Goth night has been moved up into the cathedral room with all three bars open, and the Sushi bar flowing with great sushi and Japanese treats. The music is great and there is plenty of room for dancing on the dance floor without rubbing elbows. Extroadinarily improved ambiance for the night. They did away with the hip hop / techno night above and now is only a Sunday Goth club. Much better improvement and major Kudos to the management. Great staff and incredible DJ’s. It’s a good Sunday night escape. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. [ 2007-2008 — Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5]. Visited 1/7/2007; 7/20/2008; several dates in 2008 and 2009. 1/17/2010.

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Sin City New Years Eve (Vancouver, British Columbia)

  Sin City – New Year’s Eve 2006
Club 23 West Cordova, Vancouver, British Columbia
One of North America’s kinkiest and wildest New Year’s Eve events – stemmed off of the now bi-monthly event that takes place in the heart of Vancouver on the 2nd and last saturday’s of the month – this year’s ringing in the New Year was crazy, wild, kinky, and unforgettable. It’s worth the travel to attend, no matter where you are at in North America. Great music, great space, great DJ’s, and a great staff. Brought to you by Mr. Dark and DJ Pandemonium, your incredible hosts. Strict fetish dress code guarantees like-minds alike. Also, one of the more affordable options for NYE’s, as unlike many other clubs, they don’t overcharge their cover just because it’s New Year’s eve. Get your tickets early however, online preferably, as they sell out quickly – and this event was sold out a few days before the event. gothic.bc.ca runs a booth at the event, capturing the moment for those who wish a memory in the “no cameras/photos” club, Fetish vendors, and a dungeon downstairs for your BDSM pleasures. Highly recommended venue, and the absolute best Fetish night I’ve ever been to in all my world travels. Rating: 5+ stars out of 5. 

What are you waiting for, watch the video for their 5-year and see what you’re missing … 

 

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Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls – Take you Medicine Tour, Denver, CO 2006

Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls
http://www.bigjohnbates.com/
~ Take Your Medicine Tour ~ (Wolverine Records, Germany)
Bender’s Tavern, 314 E 13th, Denver, Colorado 303.861.7070
Special Event: Friday, 12/8/06
Direct from Vancouver, British Columbia … my friends Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls, held a spectacular performance at Bender’s in Denver this last friday. It appears that Denver might be annually on their circuit, and if so, I’ll be in my bliss. It’s really tough to explain this band in words – fantastic Rock-a-billy, Psycho-billy, dark rock n’ roll, with a twist of sounds like “The Stray Cats” and “White Stripes” with a sense of rhythm you can really dance to. Accompanied by the beautiful troupe of Voodoo dolls, who every other song do a burlesque performance or skit – from fire spinning to role playing nurses giving audience members “their medicine”. This tour is one of their most scintillating ever … and celebration is in the air as they preach their new CD.
 
Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls
Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls
photos © 2006 Technogypsie.com

 In addition in 2006 to be pleased that their music and performance was headlined in Vancouver’s International Burlesque Festival & the Voodoo Ball; played on season 3, episode 1 of Battlestar Galactica; and 2005 started by receiving first Canadian Jagermeister band endorsement. Big John as the singer, guitarist, and lead; sCaroline spanking the bass with outrageous twists, turns, and moves in her playing; in addition, adding in spectacular bellydancing performances; and the new addition JT Massacre on the drums. Little Miss Risk and the new arrival Ruby Roulette will melt your soul …. in dance, trance, and enchantment. If BJB and the Voodoo Dolls come to your town, it would be a big mistake to miss them … so step right up and “Take your Medicine” at a bar near you. Tour dates can be found at their web site. Highly recommended! Rating: 5+ stars out of 5.

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Burlesque as it Was, Denver, Colorado


Vivienne VaVoom
  Burlesque as it Was
http://www.burlesqueasitwas.com/
Bender’s Tavern, 314 E 13th, Denver, Colorado 303.861.7070
Special Event: Friday, 12/8/06
What a special treat … a travel up to see my friends “Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls” play at Bender’s in Denver, to discover a incredible and wonderful burlesque troupe “Burlesque as it was” opening up … what a awe-inspiring assortment of acts and skits, as the beautiful and lustrous women tantalized the audience. This troupe has been enchanting their audiences since 1998 from San Diego to New York, centered in Denver, Colorado. They became one of the first Neo-Burlesque Troupes in North America and are still considered to be one of the preeminent and most influential troupes today. Directing the group, Michelle Baldwin, is also author of the definitive book on neo-burlesque called “Burlesque and the New Bump-n-Grind.” If you get a chance to see this troupe, definitely don’t miss their show, you’ll regret missing such a fantastic assortment of acts. Highly recommended! Rating: 5+ stars out of 5.

 

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