Masters of Vaudeville Multi City Tour – Asheville Dec 4th

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ABSfest, Asheville’s 6th annual Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival.

The Masters of Vaudeville Multi-City Tour 
with ringmaster and international Impressario, Armitage Shanks & guests Madame Onca of the Mezmer Society, Blast-Off Burlesque of Alanta & gypsy jazz funk punk band Sirius. B.

When & Where:
December 3-5, 2010
12/3 Atlanta, show at Eyedrum Gallery, 10pm.
12/4 Asheville, show at Scandals Nightclub, 7:30pm. Afterparty at 10:30 with Sirius.B.
12/5 Asheville, Workshops with Armitage at M & L Center, 12:30-3:30.

Masters of Vaudeville brings together talent from two coasts for two nights of
Beauty, Tragedy, Song and Dastardly Rapscallionism.

Armitage Shanks travels the world sharing his incredible voice and rouge-ish stage presence. Productions of his work are running off-Broadway, and as founder of Seattle’s subcultural performance legend Circus Contraption, he is a forefather of the internationally rampant Neo-Vaudeville Revival. 
“Armitage Shanks has a voice like honey-coated gravel. A Victorian Music Hall barker (with) just the right tone…a sinister and louche presence, who put some sex in the air.” Seattle’s The Stranger. With him onstage appear Blast-Off Burlesque of Atlanta, annual belles of Asheville’s Burlesque & Sideshow Festival. More than just sexy, Blast-Off presents hilarious performance art with sensuality, gender-bending, comedy, and joy. Blast-Off’s Award-winning Drag King Dickie van Dyke melts Asheville audiences in their seats at ABSfest every year and Sadie Hawkins smolders onstage doing aerial work. The whole group sizzles.

Also on the Masters of Vaudeville tour is Madame Onca, an Asheville-based career singer, dancer and entertainer. As Director of Future of Tradition Productions, she creates events including the annual ABSfest, Asheville’s Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival, now in its fifth year. Onca travels the country as a singer, dancer and arts mentor, is one half of the Mezmer Society, and is a member of the Accidental Circus, directed by the Jester of England, Paolo Garbanzo.  She organized Masters of Vaudeville to create awareness of Armitage’s incredible skills as a performer, a conduit of performance history, and a mentor to the rising international New vaudeville movement.

On Saturday night after the show, we take the show down into the Boiler Room with Asheville’s own Siruis.B. The band will entertain the masses with their absurdist gypsy jazz funk punk. The afterparty starts at 10:30pm and is just $5.

Workshop Details:
Armitage is known around the world for his work as compere, singer and revolutionary. Don’t miss the chance to study with him!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
12:30pm-2 “So You Got a Big Mouth”- Ringmaster/MC 101
Open to All Levels. Topics covered by this international impressario include: What is the role of a Ringmaster/MC? What are the responsibilities to audience and performers? Create a persona for stage and midway and more.
2-3:30pm “Notch it UP” – Ringmaster/MC 201
For the Brave or Experienced. More on stage Presence and Leadership. Also, Rocking it in Ensemble Work, Truthfulness and The Big Lie, and getting started “Talking for Money & Fame”.

ONLY $20 each or $35 for both! Register by calling 828 232 2980 or thru Paypal at

Need to Know More about Masters of Vaudeville?
Attached please find the poster file for the show and web-ready images of Armitage and other artists. For high res images of Armitage, follow this link:

For interviews, press and more information, contact Onca O’Leary at 828 232 2980  or
For Tickets and Workshop Registration, visit

Onça O’Leary
“The Greatest Form of Rebellion is Joy.”

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