Saturday April 28, 2018 – Paramount Theatre
The Texas Burlesque Festival celebrates the renaissance of all performances burlesque, cabaret and vaudeville in nature and strives to foster a supportive community among performers in Texas and across the United States and the World through networking and professional performance opportunities. Get ready for some real Texas hospitality!
Featuring new Austin resident World Famous *BOB* as our Mistress of Ceremonies!
We will feature competitions in the following categories:
- Best Soloist = King or Queen of TXBF
- Best Ensemble (includes duets/trios any number with more than one performer)
- Most Original
- Best Costume
- Best Tease Factor
Since its inception, the Texas Burlesque Festival has been an unprecedented success, busting at the seams with amazing Burlesque, Vaudeville and Cabaret performers from all over the nation and abroad, and playing to sold out audiences. We are excited to offer performers a chance to be on a world class stage to capacity crowds in our new venue: The Paramount Theatre!
Headliners & Emcee
Mr. Gorgeous has been charming audiences around the globe since 2009, with his comedic and charismatic approach to contemporary burlesque. He has become a frequent persona in NYC nightlife, working several iconic venues including The Slipper Room, Le Scandal, and Galapagos Art Space. Gorgeous has been awarded “Most Comedic “at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas in 2013 and “Mr. Exotic World – King of Boylesque 2014”
The Showgirl of Burlesque, Miss Exotic World (2009), The Polynesian Princess, Five Time Playboy Pinup, Kalani Kokonuts has performed around the globe as a headlining burlesque dancer, while remaining a favorite of both male and female audiences alike. World-class artistry in her routines, figure, and couture are what sets her apart, in addition to her nod to the classic American showgirl. With an hourglass figure and standing almost six feet tall, few stages are safe from her long, lean, lope as she reaches her feather fans out for a rewarding reveal. Bringing her own Hawaiian-American style to the stage and brandishing more “glitz-per-inch” than some can imagine, Kalani Kokonuts merges the beauty and standards of Las Vegas with international appeal and exciting choreography. A Las Vegas resident for well over a decade, Kalani Kokonuts is a favorite in many Sin City theaters and event venues. Featured twice weekly at the Sapphire Comedy Hour in Las Vegas now, you may also see this stage star performing at festivals around the world.
Dusty Summers, billed as “Las Vegas’ Only Nude Magician,” was a dancer, magician, and emcee for twenty-four years , and was a featured performer in nightclubs and theatres across the U.S. and Canada. She operated her own clubs in San Angelo, and Grand Prairie, Texas. Moving back to Las Vegas in 1991, she became a dealer and a pit boss at Circus Circus retiring in 2005. Returning to the stage in 2006 for the first time in twenty-five years, she is recognized as a Legend of Burlesque by the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Since then, she has continued to perform burlesque and magic across the country. She is also the author of The Lady Is A Stripper/Memoirs of Las Vegas’ Only Nude Magician, The Golden G-String, and The Magical World of Burlesque. Dusty was a featured performer in Vegas Nocturne at the Cosmopolitan in 2014, which closed in July after a 25 week run. She has also been inducted into the Entertainers Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.
The World Famous *BOB*, known for her over the top blonde bombshell image and incredible ability to mix martinis in her cleavage, has captivated audiences all over the world with her unique burlesque stylings, humorous performance art, and emcee skills. She has been photographed by hundreds of photographers and appears in several books including Hotel LaChapelle, New Burlesque, Striptease: From Gaslight to Spotlight, as well as The Burlesque Handbook. A collection of photos by Amy Touchette was recently published by UnGyve Press entitled Shoot the Arrow- A Portrait of The World Famous *BOB*.
*BOB* is a huge fan of the boob tube and has appeared on A&E’s The History of Cleavage as well as HBO’s Real Sex. She has graced the pages of over 50 national & international publications including The New York Times.
She has performed all over the world and co-created and starred in Young Jean Lee’s; Untitled Feminist Show. She just packed up her wigs and moved to Austin, TX where she plans on living in a Pink Poodle Palace, making fearless and beautiful art, leading an LGBTQ Elder Revolution and adopting a gay teenage son. For more info and to see if she is coming to your town visit www.theworldfamousbob.com
Egypt Blaque Knyle is the Goddess of the Nile, Ruler of hearts, taker of souls and temptress of seduction! She is also the TXBF 2017 Best Solo/Queen of the Fest winner and will be returning for a special “step down” performance!
Ariel Helvetica – Vancouver, Canada
Teddy Bare – San Antonio, TX
Lady Sapphire Noir – Los Angeles, CA
Dasha Cayenne – Oakland, CA
Best Tease Factor
Fat Bottom Cabaret – Austin, TX
Egypt Blaque Knyle – Los Angeles, CA
Best Solo/Queen of the Fest