Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Strange Days in the District" premieres Saturday, 6 p.m.

“The adult circus is coming to town,” said Paul Roney of Roney & Boytim Entertainment. Roney, along with Chase Boytim, are proud to present “Strange Days in the District” on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Red River District.

With art, wine and music, this one night, carnival-like show will feature a walkthrough of some of the most talented performers and artists from both Shreveport and the New Orleans area. “The production and set up for this show will be unlike anything that we have put together,” said Boytim. The duo has brought a variety of entertainers to the area, most recently the Randy Rogers Band.

Performances by The New Orleans Bingo! Show, Dirtfoot, New Orleans’ Fleur de Tease and Shreveport’s own Bon Temp Burlesque will be complemented by an art walk and an array of street performers.

From the French Quarter, The New Orleans’s Bingo! Show brings to the stage a group complete with dancers, ingénues, clowns, audience interaction, slapstick comedy and much more by way of an upright bass, organ tunes, a musical saw and a siren pantomime, to name a few.

Dirtfoot, or our local unique gypsy punk country grumble boogie band, will entertain the crowd with all acoustic instruments, ranging from a banjo, to bells, to pots and pans and a xylophone. Listen to some of the group’s tunes here, and bring your can of beans to take part in the fun.

The audience will also revel to the performance by Fleur de Tease, a premiere variety burlesque show from New Orleans. The troupe is entailed of magicians, fire eaters, aerialists, comedians and several burlesque beauties, which all comes together to create a unique and different experience.

As for Bon Temps Burlesque, “We have combined some of our strongest numbers from past productions, as well as some new performances, to ensure an entertaining, crowd-pleasing set,” said Wanetah Walmsley, co-founder of the group and of Factory Gurlz Productions, LLC. Performing together since August of 2010, this group brings to the stage a sexy, yet classy, style of dance.

An anonymous judge from New Orleans will decide which artist receives the $1,000 prize for his or her submitted artwork. The event is sponsored by Fatty Arbuckle’s and Roney & Boytim Entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

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