I was asked to design the poster for three performances in Washington DC and Baltimore presented by Shocked and Amazed! called Seismic Sideshow - a benefit of earth-shaking proportions. The proceeds from these performances will support the 10th Annual Sideshow Gathering, which is scheduled to take place at the Woodland Inn & Resort in Wilkes-Barre PA from 4 through 6 November 2011.
|Poster for Seismic Sideshow at Washington DC's Red Palace, 14 October 2011|
Featured in national and international media including CNN, Discovery Health, TLC, The Washington Post, AOL News, Bizarre, and more, the Sideshow Gathering was the brainchild of Franco Kossa, who tragically died earlier this year. The Gathering brings together sideshow and variety performers for a weekend of spectacle and fellowship, and has grown to become a much anticipated calendar event for both the performers and fans of this style of entertainment. Franco himself would take on the expense of putting on the event (booking the venue, etc.), but with his death the financial security of the Sideshow Gathering was in limbo. A group of volunteers decided they would do whatever could be done to make this 10th incarnation of the Sideshow Gathering a success and a fitting tribute to Franco, and so the idea of these benefit performances came about. The title of the shows - Seismic Sideshow - came from James Taylor, founder and published of Shocked and Amazed! On & Off the Midway. The title refers to the groundswell of support from what is often considered an underground form of entertainment (presciently, James proposed this title just a few days before the northeast United States experienced both a rare minor earthquake and then a hurricane). Having been tasked with the visuals for this, it then occurred to me that a volcanic eruption was an apt metaphor.
|Poster for Seismic Sideshow at Baltimore's Sinix, 15 October 2011|
The Red Palace in Washington DC will host the first of these events on the night of Friday, October 14th. There will be two completely different shows (at 9 and 11:30PM) featuring sideshow, variety, and burlesque acts Professor Sprocket, Paco Fish, Candy Del Rio, Spanky Roundbottom, Mrs. Godawful and Her Musical Saw, Belladonna, Skizz, and many more. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
On Saturday, October 15th, Sinix in Essex MD (just east of Baltimore) will host a 10 PM show with Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow, Olde City Sideshow, and Swami Yomahmi (a late addition to the bill after the artwork was finalized). Tickets for this show are only $5, so it's sure to be a packed house.
This is a whole weekend of entertainment that is more fun than the law should allow - so get out there and collect them all!