Festival Entertainment Lineup
There's no reason to leave when the parade ends. We've got some great performers to keep you entertained all afternoon, from folk, to R&B to Rock and Roll.
Johnny Blazes, MC
Johnny Blazes is a vaudeville performer notorious throughout the United States for combining glitter with sophistication, clowning with drag and burlesque. Johnny brings hir gender-blending irreverence to hir newest project, a soul/funk band called Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys, as well as to hir endeavors as Theatrical Director of The Boston Circus Guild. Johnny is on the Editorial Board of Salacious Magazine and hir collaborative work with artist Katie Diamond can be found in Gender Outlaws 2: The Next Generation.
Gunpowder Gelatine is the world’s ONLY all-female Queen tribute. Formed in 2007, this Boston- and Cape Ann-based quintet captures the camp, finesse and excitement of the world’s greatest live band. They WILL rock you!
What Time Is It, Mr. Fox
“Time has come for Mr. Fox” – Boston Herald
What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? can time-travel from the woods of Medieval France to a jukejoint in 1930s New Orleans, then get lost in gypsy carnival before dancing a fiery fiddle jig in pagan Ireland. “An unforgettable musical, theatrical and emotional experience.” - Edge
Their original song "Cold Rain" was recently covered by New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas on her Grammy-nominated CD "Simply Grand."
Deb Hardy is a contemporary folk singer/songwriter from Gloucester MA whose songs reflect the drama, beauty and serenity of this ocean harbor community. Her style of singing and guitar playing is rhythmic, expressive and powerful. You may hear such influences as Kate Bush, Yes, and Led Zeppelin. Her wife, Kerry Mullen, will join on drums.
Seth Wonkka is a Cambridge, MA based singer/songwriter whose acoustic pop music features catchy melodies, honest lyrics, & his soulful voice. Backed by Sean Estella (drums), Nouredine Ousmane (bass), Carter Dahm (guitar), & Eline Kouwets (vocals), Seth and his band are quickly gaining momentum in the Boston area with upcoming shows at the Hard Rock Café (6/8) and Tommy Doyle’s (7/6). Check out the band’s debut single “Anything” available now on iTunes.
Though Some May Compare Rolla To Just A Few Of The Great Well Known Artists Out There Names Like Mary J. Blige, (Rolla’s Idol) Lauryn Hill And Of Course Jill Scott You Must Listen Because From Rolla’s Own Mouth She Says She Can Not Be Compared And Does Not Sound Like Anyone Artist Out There, Point Blank! As Rolla Persistently Rolls To Her Next Achievement She Is Always To Remember How She Began Pursuing Her Dream. With That Said There Is Definitely More To Come From Rolla.
Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys
Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys is soulful, funky, glitter machine exploding all over Boston. Featuring members of Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, Walter Sickert and the ARmy of BRoken TOys, Jeff Michaels Band, Rotary Club, plus their very own Ph.D candidate, they rock out on soul, funk and Motown – plus a few songs restyled into one of those genres -- done genderqueerly, flamboyantly, with more sequins and glitter than your retinas can handle.
Lindsey Hollett/Siren of the Circle
“Siren of the Circle” Lindsey Hollett is a hoopdance performer and instructor from Salem, MA. Hooping since January 2009, she completed teacher training in February 2011 with renowned hoop instructor Caroleeena of Circles of Joy. She teaches classes and private lessons on the North Shore and recently founded the weekly Salem Spinjam. Siren of the Circle has performed at several events including the Salem Arts Festival and “Girls Girls Girls” burlesque show in Pawtucket, RI.