10th Annual Cabaret Macabre “Day of the Dead” Event Nov. 1 at FRED Wildlife Refuge

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Seattle gypsy-punk kings The Bad Things present the annual Day of the Dead performance art party, “Cabaret Macabre,” featuring music, film, fire dance, aerial performance, burlesque, belly dancing and more. Tickets on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.

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“For the 10th anniversary, we are creating a decadent underground party vibe with a tapestry of music, dance, light displays, film, aerial arts, fire and more – all incorporating themes that celebrate the Day of the Dead.”

Seattle's The Bad Things will host the 10th Annual Cabaret Macabre at Capitol Hill's FRED Wildlife Refuge Nov. 1 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. A combination of gypsy-punk, world music, folk and electronic music, surreal horror films, fire dance, aerial performance, burlesque and more create a decadent and “macabre” playground that sells out each year, with a 10-year reputation for showcasing the highest caliber of talent in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Tickets for those 21 and over are on sale for $18 in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/454102. If any tickets are still available on the day of the show, they will be sold for $20 at the door.

“For the 10th anniversary, we are creating a decadent underground party vibe with a tapestry of music, dance, light displays, film, aerial arts, fire and more – all incorporating themes that celebrate the Day of the Dead,” said Jimmy “The Pickpocket” Berg, Cabaret Macabre founder and Bad Things lead singer/accordionist. “FRED’s funky décor and non-traditional layout allows us to feature different kinds of performance in every nook and cranny. Like a tasting room for the event experience, attendees can float between spaces that are transformed into individual environments, each with it’s own vibe, yet connected to the rest.”

Projection will be provided by FRED’s in-house projection crew and will feature images from Day of the Dead artwork, classic horror films and bizarre art films of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Performances will take place throughout the venue, guaranteeing a front-row feel throughout the venue.

Attendees are encouraged to incorporate Day of the Dead inspired pageantry into their attire. Commemorative Day of the Dead candles will be sold at the event and for the first time, a Day of the Dead altar will be set up so audience members can leave mementos of lost loved ones.

“This is more than just a really good festival-party – we want to incorporate as much of the real traditions of Day of the Dead as possible,” Berg said.

This year's lineup includes musical performance from gypsy-punk kings The Bad Things, legendary elfin-bard Baby Gramps, punk klezmer act Nu Klezmer Army and Balkan-inspired beats and brass from EuroDancePartyU$A. On the performance end you can expect dance performance from J9 Fierce, Diva Le Deviant and Maysun Ryia; fire performance from Leslie Rosen; burlesque from Iva Handfull and aerial performance by Austin's Michele Frances.

Cabaret Macabre is making Brown Paper Tickets’ Artist Tickets available for purchase for this event. By donating $0.25 extra on your ticket price, you will get a special limited-edition ticket adorned with original artwork by Seattle artists Jim Woodring or Ellen Forney. Attendees who present an Artist Ticket at the door will also receive a Cabaret Macabre poster signed by The Bad Things. The entire $0.25-cent donation will go towards the Cafe Racer Love fund.


Friday, November 1, 2013
The 10th Annual Cabaret Macabre
featuring The Bad Things, Baby Gramps,
Nu Klezmer Army and more!
Fred Wildlife Refuge - 127 Boylston Avenue East
$18 advanced/$20 day of show
Advanced tickets available via Brown Paper Tickets* at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/454102

This event is 21+ with ID!

Promotional YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddolfGebEnA&feature=player_embedded

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/605140392870696/

More About the Artists:

The Bad Things: In 2002, The Bad Things were formed out of the ashes of A Midnite Choir, a cult favorite in the, then burgeoning, Seattle underground cabaret scene. Upon the demise of the Choir, members Jimmy the Pickpocket (accordion, vocals) and Mad Wilcox (upright bass, musical saw) began playing new songs on the wet, Seattle sidewalks under the “Bad Things” moniker. They recorded their first CD with the legendary local producer Kearney Barton (The Sonics, The Ventures, The Kingsmen, etc.) which was released on their own label Silent City Records and gained a reputation for “drunken debauchery” and “feverish dancing” at their live shows. Their theatrical aesthetic sealed their reputation as Seattle’s premier “Junkyard Cabaret” band. They are currently in the process of recording their 5th album, slated for release in the Spring of 2014. Website: http://www.thebadthings.com

Baby Gramps: http://www.babygramps.com
Baby Gramps is a high energy humorously entertaining performer with an endless repertoire. He plays acoustic antique resonator National Steel guitars, and sings his own unique arrangements of rags, jazz, & blues songs from the 20's & 30's, folksongs, and many originals with wordplay, humor, and throat singing. He appeals to a wide range of audiences from folk to jamband to punk to old timey traditional and to kids of all ages. Venues he performs at vary from intimate coffee houses and pubs, to large concert halls, theaters, and festivals across the States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. According to an article in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Baby Gramps is acknowledged as one of the top 50 most influential musicians in the last 100 years along with Ray Charles, Jelly Roll Morton, John Cage, Bill Frisell, Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, The Wailers, The Ventures, Sound Garden, and Pearl Jam. He is credited with making Seattle audiences aware of old blues and novelty songs that the rest of the world has mostly forgotten. Website: http://www.babygramps.com

Nu Klezmer Army: Nu Klezmer Army brings new life and energy to the traditional music of the Yiddish-speaking Jews of Eastern Europe. Melding together each player's diverse musical background, NKA brings forth an undeniably fun incarnation of instrumental, dance oriented, emotionally charged, klezmer music. Equal parts wandering gypsy, pickled punk, cut-rate circus, and drunken rabbi, Nu Klezmer Army stays true to the traditions of learning from one another over bottles of shlivovitz and sharing stories of travels. They have played everything from the seediest of punk rock dive bars, to ornate historic theaters, brass band and circus festivals (although neither a brass band or circus), rehab clinics, private parties, vegan dinners, city sponsored ground breaking ceremonies, (still no Bar Mitzvah) and midnight in the mountains around a fire. They are up for just about anything. Website: http://www.nuklezmerarmy.com

Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.BrownPaperTickets.ca), the world’s only Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company, creates stronger communities through events, donations and a business model that prioritizes people over making the highest profits. The company offers the most-customizable ticketing and event registration tools, donates 5 percent to causes in the category of each ticket buyers choice, pays employees a week's salary each year to work for nonprofits, and employs a team of “Doers” to build healthy communities.

For more information on the bands or performers, photos, interviews, press passes or additional press clippings please contact thebadthings(at)gmail(dot)com or 206-384-3341.

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