Sponsor the Asheville Burlesque Festival!

The ABSFest Asheville Burlesque Festival is coming to town from May25 – 27, 2012. The lineup for this year is AH-MAZING! Among the Superstars in the Reigning Worldwide Queen of Burlesque Miss Indigo Blue!! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of us in the Asheville area.

Of course with the high profile lineup, comes bigger expenses. The Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival is offering Sponsorships for individuals and businesses from $100 – $1000.

A $100 sponsorship includes a 1/4 page ad in the 3 day event program and a banner on the ABSFest Website.

A $150 sponsorship includes a 1/2 page ad in the 3 day event program, 2 tickets to the Orange Peel Gala Show, a banner on the ABSFest website, and an ABSFest tote bag.

A $200 sponsorship includes a full page ad in the 3 day event program, 2 tickets to the Orange Peel Gala Show, a banner on the ABSFest website, and an ABSFest tote bag.

And if you want to be at the event and be in front of all the action, there are packages available at $150, $250, $300, $450 and also a sponsorship for $1000 called the “Queen or King of Burlesque” package.

Contact Khalima at ABSFest for more infomation!


Do Not Miss the Asheville Burlesque Fest May 25-27!

Welcome to the 6th Annual ABSfest: Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival in Asheville North Carolina, May 25-27, 2012.


“The recent radical assaults on women’s sovereignty and civil rights by both politicians and zealots has made Burlesque more relevant than EVER. It gives us a voice and platform to shape and control the discourse about our bodies, the media, and our personal POWER.” ~Onça O’Leary

Photo of Miss Indigo Blue – Reigning Queen of Burleque:


ABSfest is now in its sixth year of celebrating the Vaudeville Revival. Nominated for Best Show in the Mountain Xpress Readers Choice Awards; the allure of ABSfest has attracted renowned circus and burlesque artists from across the USA, as well as Germany, Scotland and a surprise jewel from Tokyo.

Photo of Queen April:

We promise fashion, contortion, trapeze, and tease! ABSfest offers a full weekend of empowerment, education, shopping, and entertainment that no lover of the performing arts can bear to miss. This year, we also have a delicious SWORD-SWALLOWER.

Burlesque Festivals have become an international trend, from Vegas to Amsterdam; and in in that circle, ABSfest is known for embodying the true spirit of Vaudeville, offering a fantastic opportunity for driven artists to network, and for a community that nurtures raw, boundary-pushing, creativity. The festival is one of several annual productions of Future of Tradition, a seminal force in the underground Asheville arts community since 1999. Executive Producer Lauren Onça O’Leary travels internationally teaching and performing dance, music and stagecraft.

2012 Festival Headliners:




May 25-27, 2012 at locations Around Asheville, NC

Photo of Dolly Dee:

Friday Night: Shades of Classic Burlesque Show, hosted by Mark Slomski

This is just the beginning of a three-run of debauchery and high art… a teaser, if you will.Our annual Artist Recognition Award this year is given in honor of the late Phil Pollard of the Slomski Brothers, whom we lost this year. Enjoy classic performance, live music, vaudeville style, and more.

$15.00 or $25 for both Friday shows8pm. Club Metropolis.

Photo of Ben Wisdom:

Friday Night: Sultry Sideshow Saloon, hosted by Mab Just Mab, DC’s Own Sideshow Girl

The theater bus pulls up, the glittering artists disembark, tumbling along the Red Carpet in a swirl of laughter, and the party starts. This is just the beginning of a three-run of debauchery and high art… a teaser, if you will. The Opening Ceremonies are followed by awards,  performance, live music and more.

$15.00 or $25 for both Friday shows10:30pm (and 8pm) Club Metropolis.

Photo of Menage a Trois:

Saturday Night Spectacular, hosted by Tyler Fyre and starring the Reigning Queen of Burlesque, Indigo Blue

The newly expanded Orange Peel gives the festival more footage for festivity, as the hottest show of the year explodes within its walls. Phenomenal talent, a Burlesque Bazaar, and the sidewalk sideshow will be followed by live music and an afterparty. This is the show to NEVER, ever miss in Asheville.

$25.00. 8-11 pm. The Orange Peel on Biltmore Avenue, Asheville.

Photo of Black Tassel Boolesque:

Saturday & Sunday Burlesque, Circus and Arts Business Workshops in the ABSfest Seminary ~ $25 each. At the Movement & Learning Center above FBFC, 90 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville.  Train with Tyler Fyre, Indigo Blue, and artists from around the country in stagecraft, circus arts, fire performance, burlesque and more.

Photo of Miss Joule:

Sunday: Brunch Cabaret, hosted by New Orleans own Ben Wisdom

An idyllic cure for the post-ABS Fest hangover; food, drinks and more entertainment.

$5.00. The LAB.


All tickets & reservations, & more information: Visit ABSFest.com

Saturday Night Spectacular Tickets Available at The Orange Peel website or through the box office.

Email: futureoftradition@gmail.com

Press Contact: Onca O’Leary (828) 232-2980

Press Release by Onca, Blog Post by G Social Media

Burlesque Cocktail Hour Thursday May 19th in Asheville

Future of Tradition and Royal Peasantry present the ABSFest

(Americana and Burlesque Sideshow Festival) Pre-fest Cocktail Hour

Thursday, May 19th  7-9 pm

80A Lexington Avenue

Asheville, NC

Royal Peasantry Boutique

Join us as we celebrate the beautiful and delightful ABSFestival, now in its 5th year. This special reception is hosted by the ABS top sponsor and Onca O’Leary’s personal designer, Daniella Miller of Royal Peasantry.

Special entertainment will be provided by Asheville’s own sultry burlesque star Queen April; the world famous juggler of Europe Paolo Garbanzo; and various and sundry vaudevillian surprise guests. Daniella will also be revealing her line of wild modern primitive thongs, made especially in celebration of ABSFest.

20% off all fetish and performance merchandise from More Than Mammal at Royal Peasantry.

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres provided by Royal Peasantry. A portion of the proceeds goes to support the many-great-idea-having Arts 2 People. www.arts2people.org

A donation of $5 is requested.

Cheeky Monkey Sideshow comes to Asheville’s ABS Fest in June

Coming this June to Asheville North Carolina is the Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival. This is an event that you do not want to miss. Fun and Entertainment devour the AVL area for several days.

See the ABS Fest Website

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The follow info comes from the Cheeky Monkey website:

It’s as much fun to watch as it is to say!

Cheeky Monkey Sideshow is the first and only Washington, DC area based theatrical sideshow, composed of performers whose combined experience exceeds 85 (that’s right, 85) years.

Born of a desire for something new in sideshow–while still preserving the rich history of its past–Cheeky Monkey Sideshow is a breath-taking yet beautiful cavalcade of the bizarre, the shocking, the grotesque, and the strange.
A unique form of entertainment that few will ever experience, but none will ever forget.

Cheeky Monkey Sideshow

It can’t be real, but it IS!