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Hey speaking of Festival Entertainment at the Bamboozle Festival at Asbury Park

Bamboozle Festival entertainment

We were there, with some of our fav rave stiltwalkers, love them too. Producer at LiveNation a pal of everyone circus related, which is always fun and incestuous, in that order.Bamboozle Festival entertainment

Fantastic new Festival entertainment!

Glo puppet dragon festival

Our good friends who hop to New York City for music festivals and whatnot, have created this very friendly light-up dragon. They also have some giant El-Wire figures of Dr Molly and some other silly name. Glo puppet dragon festival
Dragon pupet in sunlight

Safari theme event

Lion Head

This is what we recently proposed for a Safari-themed private event in August:
Fantastic Senegalese African Sabar dancer
African drummers
African stiltwalkers
African Puppets, a la the Lion King:
African Beetles
Lion
Stilt-walking Antelopes
Lemurs on Bouncing stilts
Monkey Puppet
Painted bodies
AND, finally, Safari animals:
Parrot show
African Elephant, handler and rides
Porcupine (I know)
and Chimp of course…
Some photos:
African Stiltwalker
Safari Bodypainting imageSafari themed Bodypainting
African Stiltwalker Moko JumbiLion Head
African dancersAfrican BEETLESAntelope Lion King like puppetsLion HeadParrot show, meet and greet display greenwing_macaw

ROBOTS

Someone’s looking for robots for their corporate party, and of course, BONGARBIZ to the robot rescue. Here are two kinds of wonderful ones we have:

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Scavenger Hunts

Hee-hee — we’ve got the greatest scavenger hunt we’re planning. It’s being led by our improv acting talents who have a whole bag of tricks of their sleeves. These are so much fun, and can be indoors and out.

Another cool idea from another cool client

For a fundraiser, we created this wonderful Man-Ray like image for guests at the entrance and into cocktails. It does have that beautiful effect that Man-Ray’s image has too.

Emcee, Hostess & Roastess, High Marriage Minister Priestess

Miss Astrid did a 2009 summer tour of the burlesque clubs of London and there made her West End debut at the Leicester Square Theatre. Other recent activities include hosting the 7th annual New York Burlesque Festival and co-emceeing the Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend in Las Vegas for the 4th year in a row. What made this years Burlesque Hall of Fame extra special? Miss Astrid was asked to officiate a intimate wedding in front of a crowd of 850. It was more like a Dean Martin roast, but if that is the type of wedding you and yours are looking for Miss Astrid is now a fully ordained minister by the Universal Life Church. Or need a host? Let Miss Astrid spit-shine event until it gleams like shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather.

Miss Astrid has been called “the true weimar fraulein” by Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic with “Enough attitude to sink the Bismark”, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Arguably, the best emcee in the US, she is known for her deadpan delivery, impeccable timing and razor sharp wit.

The creator of The Va Va Voom Room 1997-present performer with the very first neo burlesque troupe, The Velvet Hammer Burlesque, 1996-present. You have read and heard about her via NPR, BBC, Time Magazine, and the New York Times. Besides having the first bicoastal burlesque show ever in NYC and San Francisco, Miss Astrid and The Va Va Voom Room have performed all over the US and Europe.

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BONGARBIZ at BizBash

Michael Bongar grabbed a packed house of planners and vendors for his lecture, 10 Cost-Saving Ideas for Presenting Entertainment, on the trade show floor at the BizBash New York Expo this Fall. Here are these ideas:

(1) DO YOU NEED HELP OR CAN YOU DO IT BY YOURSELF?
(2) EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE BEST ELVES.
(3) THINK FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER.
(4) COMMUNICATE. COMMUNICATE. COMMUNICATE. (Did I mention you should communicate?)
(5) LESS IS MORE.
(6) CREATE A REALISTIC WORKING BUDGET (and let all your peeps know what it is)
(7) HOW MANY PSYCHICS DO I NEED? (8) WHO THE HECK NEEDS INSURANCE? (You do! And we have it!)
(9) SURPRISE ‘EM.
(10) HAVE FUN. (We don’t charge extra for that either).

Bonga

Haitian Drum Virtuoso

Gaston Jean-Baptiste, known as “Bonga”, is a musical virtuoso who has been performing and studying traditional Haitian drum, dance and song since the age of seven. He began playing drums in his family’s peristil in his hometown of Croix-des-Mission in La Plaine, an area of Haiti known for culture and history.

As a core member of the seminal Haitian roots bands, Boukman Eksperyans and Foulà, Bonga was invited to the U.S. in the ’90s when musicians were becoming a strong voice for the Haitian people. Since then, Bonga has continued to play solo and in ensemble and at numerous worldwide venues. He is a featured performer with Grace Jones, Dan Zanes and Urban Tap, to mention a few. His drums opened the NY premiere of the Rolling Stones “Voodoo Lounge” tour and he is prominently featured on recordings by Wyclef Jean and Salif Keita.

Support Bonga’s efforts in Haiti