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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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


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

Press Release by Onca, Blog Post by G Social Media

Asheville ABSFest Burlesque Festival May 25-27, 2012

We have been going to the Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival in Asheville North Carolina for several years now, and we have NEVER been disappointed! Arts, entertainment, and fashion take a great step up and out when Madame Onca and Queen April take the controls during ABSFest.

From May 25-27, 2012 Asheville will be Burlesque City USA, with performers coming from all over the Country and even a few International acts. This event is so much fun!

Tickets sell out, so check out the ABSFest website to reserves seats for you and anyone else who wants to have an incredible time.

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