What the Funk Fest Press Release

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The Pacific Northwest to Get Its First All People of Color Burlesque Festival

What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Festival, where funk music and burlesque collide.

SEATTLE, AUGUST 22-24, 2019 -- The inaugural What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Festival will be taking place in the Emerald City on August 22-24, 2019. What the Funk?! is produced by Puckduction in association with The Stay Up late Show*. Featuring 50+ performers over the weekend, What the Funk?! will be hosting three shows plus two days of classes. With headliners Egypt Blaque Knyle, Nox Falls, Tre` da Marc and The Luminous Pariah, Pacific Northwest featured performers Ms. Briq House, The Shanghai Pearl, spICE! and Isaiah Esquire as well as special guests, Foxy Tann, The Boss of Burlesque, this festival is a celebration of all things funky! The opening night gala will take place at Queer/Bar on Capitol Hill with nights two and three at the historic Columbia City Theater, hosted by Rebecca Mmm Davis. Tickets are currently on sale through Stranger Tickets and Brown Paper Tickets.

“What the Funk?! will be a celebration of funk music and the art of burlesque,” says co-producer Mx. Pucks A’Plenty, “this festival was conceived as a show idea in early 2018 after I thought about doing a classic burlesque number to a Stevie Wonder song, but realized it wouldn't count as a classic era song choice. This got my wheels turning and What the Funk?! was born. I couldn’t be more thrilled about bringing this festival to life here in the city of my birth.”

What the Funk?! will feature a meet and greet with headliners and featured performers during the opening night gala as well as vending from Bawdy Love Clothing, Hardcore Pasties, and GlamJam on all three nights. Queer/Bar is located at 1518 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 and Columbia City Theater at 4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118.  

  • 50 + burlesque performers of color from all over the country

  • Headliners Egypt Blaque Knyle from California, Nox Falls from Washington State, Tre` da Marc from Minnesota, and The Luminous Pariah from Washington State

  • Four Pacific Northwest featured performers: Ms. Briq House, The Shanghai Pearl, spICE! and Isaiah Esquire

  • Queer/Bar is the home of the opening night gala on Capitol Hill, which has a rich history for being performing arts friendly and has been home to many of the biggest names of neo-burlesque in the Seattle area

  • Nights two and three will be at the historic Columbia City Theater built in 1917 and is the oldest vaudeville theater in the state of Washington.

  • On the closing night of the festival the title of Grand Master Funk will be presented to one performer.

Tickets are on sale now at Stranger Tickets Opening Night Gala and Brown Paper Tickets Nights Two and Three. General admission is $20, preferred seating $35 and VIP seating ranging from $200-$350. What the Funk?! is the first all people of color burlesque festival in the Pacific Northwest and is a historic event not only in the burlesque community, but for the city of Seattle to be the home of this inaugural event. Representation matters and this festival hopes to raise the visibility of POC performers.

About What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Festival

What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Festival is a three day performing arts event highlighting burlesque and the performing artists of color in the burlesque communities all over the world. Visit https://www.whatthefunkfest.com/ for additional information.

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