REGGIE WATTS Reggie Watts, internationally renowned vocalist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian/ improvisor, amazes audiences with his unpredictable performances, which are created on the spot using only his formidable voice and looping pedals. Blending and blurring the lines between comedy and music with his unique lyrical style, LA Weekly calls Reggie ”the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years.” As a solo performer, Reggie was handpicked by Conan O’Brien to open nightly on Conan’s sold out North American “Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour. Reggie was crowned “Hot Comedian” by Rolling Stone, named SPIN Magazine’s “Best New Comedian” and “Best of CMJ” 2010, and a featured profile in GQ’s Man Of The Year issue 2010. Reggie released his debut comedy cd/dvd ‘Why $#!+ So Crazy?’ on Comedy Central Records in May 2010.
BEATS ANTIQUE David Satori studied at California Institute of the Arts and Tommy Cappel studied at Berkeley School of Music before they ventured to locations such as Bali, West Africa, and Serbia With extensive backgrounds in multicultural music production, and the passports to prove it, Satori and Cappel command the spectrum of live and digital instrumentation with skills born from Traditional Folk to Hip Hop and old school Jazz. Zoe Jakes adds a third dimension as the diverse and disciplinary dance counterpart to Beats Antique’s sound. Jakes has worked with two major dance troupes, including Miles Copeland’s Bellydance Superstars and Rachel Brice’s Indigo Belly Dance Company, and is a student of ballet and contemporary techniques. Beats Antique is best imagined as an innovative creature built from the cumulative heritage of the world’s music chasing its tail. However vivid that image, when a marching band groove crashes into bluesy folk chords only to be accompanied by electronic beats and Middle Eastern melodies, you’ll still be surprised and taken to a place you hadn't previously known existed.
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister A melange of bluesy rawness, swirling paychedelia, sing along glam rock, and a rockabilly swing. Featuring a tap dancing drummer, upright bass, slide guitar and brother/sister vocals.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is a nine--‐piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of eight men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw--‐dropping displays of musicianship, it's clear they're focused on delivering the band's infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band's live show is explosive. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds' blend of seductive soul and dirty blues--‐rock reminds audiences why they love live music.
Batala Washington is a non-profit, all-women percussion group started in June 2007 in Washington DC, and is part of the International Batala group that plays Afro-Brazilian / Samba-Reggae rhythms. All proceeds of the band go toward providing instruments and costumes for the members. We currently have 80 women in the band.
YO YO PEOPLE Join the adventure ride of the Yo--‐Yo People! John and Rebecca Higby are a real life husband and wife comedy duo specializing in Yo--‐Yos, Hula Hoops, and Unicycle. They have performed their unique high energy show around the world in 26 countries and hold 3 Guinness World Records.
THE MOTH Join The Moth and Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s celebration of bicycles, beer and all manner of sustainable folly, for a day of merriment that offers music, a bicycle parade, artistic spectacles and other tantalizing creative endeavors… including a very rare, midday, broad--‐daylight Moth show. Come gather round! We’ll feature four stories told by prizewinning--‐Moth storytellers brought from headquarters and two local stories told by…maybe you?
SCOT NERY Juggler, comedian, contortionist. Scot has created surprising tricks and style with the end goal of delivering what the audience wants before they know to ask for it. He has challenged passé ideas and the limits of commercial success by pursuing what he believes is best for the sake of entertainment.
The Honeymoon Cabaret Have been touring their unique brand of hilariously bold vaudeville for many years, opening for bands like Amanda Palmer, performing at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and others. Their style of performance combines clowning, performance art and punk-glam stand up. Swimming in the waters of classic cabaret and cresting the wave of in your face interactive madness, their show will test the lines between reality and absurdity, humor and taboo, love and chaos. "Inspired Comedy" - Variety "Hilariously naughty and provocative." - New York Times "You will not find two more fully ripe acrobatic comedians." -Chicago Sun Times
LE TIGRE TENT Enter the heart of Le Tigre Tent and experience a safari of wild vaudevillians, savage side shows and exotic entertainment. What is Le Tigre Tent you ask? It's the world's smallest circus tent. Free 15 minute shows every half hour. A playground for clowns. A home for vaudevillians. An expression for artists. A rare ride of interactive madness. Art! Performance! Experience! "An indie circus tent" - Amanda Palmer "The best venue of the festival" - Charlie Gates, The Press, New Zealand