Tuesday, August 22, 8pm, $7 advance/$10 day of show
From Lexington, Kentucky, a classic circus sideshow with a punk rock presentation, and a dirty south attitude
Also from Lexington
Tinderbox Circus Sideshow, one of the last remaining touring sideshows and/or “ten-in-ones” in the country, return to the ‘Hawk. Established in 2010 by Kayti McCormick and Zak Crouch, they have spread the phenomenon of human entertainment far and wide with their continuation on a circus tradition…with a modern twist. Once these two met, they began organizing and subsequently disorganizing everything that they knew and soon were sharing the stage with local legends and nobodies alike! In just 5 years, Trashique (Kayti) has managed to take the troupe from performing on local & regional stages 12-20 times a year to up and over 130 shows per year! And sometimes even more!
Tinderbox Circus Sideshow takes 20th century sideshow and shoves it into the 21st century with their unique take on classic acts of the sideshow such as The Human Blockhead, The Human Crazy Straw/Mental Floss, Glass Walking, The Human Pincushion/Pain Proof Woman, The Bed of Nails, etc. They astound with their daredevil feats such as Extreme Waist Cinching, Balancing on Wine Glasses, Body Piercing Weight Lifting (Miss Lifto), Fire Eating, and much more! They even amaze with their original works such as the ever-popular Knife Song. Their show is constantly evolving and growing to exemplify what it truly means to be a weirdo out into the masses.
The group is incredibly versatile in their showmanship, taking much of their experience from playing bars and venues, and expanding that into private event work (birthdays, special events, etc.), corporate events, state and county fairs, and even into five self-branded tours with another (the longest to date) on the way! They’ve opened for acts such as The Dresden Dolls, Beats Antique, Legendary Shack Shakers, and many more. There’s no limit to what Tinderbox Circus Sideshow can bring to their audiences, from the tiniest of hole-in-the-walls to a 15,000 seat amphitheater.
Tinderbox is a mad mix of all things icky in entertainment from the classic carnival-style “working acts” to the extreme and grotesque all packaged in a brilliantly designed theatrical spectacle witnessed by thousands across the country. Between Captain Darron’s miraculous nose and quick reflexes…whimsically white trash fantastic award-winning performer Trashique’s alluring ears, deadly figure, and non stop sing song energy, AND the most disgusting woman in sideshow, Devereaux Dollface, they never fail to astound, arouse, and disgust audiences across the nation! The trio spends their time scheming, plotting, and planning to dislodge your stomach contents and leave you screaming for more with their wild collection of the greatest hits of madness, as well as their hilarious insanity never before seen on the stage! The Tinderbox Circus Sideshow is one big top you don’t want to miss!
“A performer made his way to center stage holding four small, shiny things. It wasn’t until he held one up to the light and then slowly — gracefully even — pushed it through his skin, all the way in and back out that people realized what it was: a 10-inch, 16-gauge metal skewer. While the first one lingered above his biceps, he inserted another through the skin of his chest. Then, one pierced the stretchy, tender flesh of his cheek. The last skewer started in his mouth below his tongue, traveled through the void of his jawbone and exited under his chin. There was a little blood. Eyes widened. Mouths gaped. Some in the audience twisted away. Some hid their eyes and peeked through their fingers. Some in the audience twisted away. Some hid their eyes and peeked through their fingers. Some could not — and would not — turn away. Others stared, possibly trying to unravel the ‘illusion.’”- Lexington Herald Leader
“The Knife Song”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqDxKVrhzkk
Show sneakpeak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b20sqUCUaog
Citing influences as diverse as punk, balkan, jazz, metal, nightmares, and wet dreams, Lexington, Kentucky’s The Ford Theatre Reunion creates a sound that defies easy definition. In one moment ethereal vocals drift over flighty clarinet and melancholy accordion, and in the next moment it’s a full-bore, guitar-snarling rock n’ roll assault. It is the perfect soundtrack for a puppet show at a funeral or board game night with some werewolves.
Describing them is complicated. So let’s just call them well-hyphenated. Despite their disparities, The Ford Theatre Reunion has one particular aspect that never changes: once they catch your eyes and ears, you aren’t going anywhere for the rest of the night. Since 2008, they have been bringing their unique sound and high-energy show to clubs, basements, bars, and bungalows across the US, and they are guaranteed to get even the most stubborn audience moving. From Lexington, Kentucky, the group just released a new full-length album in June 2017, bringing fans together to see this unique sounding band.
“Their collective stage presence was abrasive and slightly creepy at the same time. The female vocalist especially performed with a virulent confidence in her voice that was refreshing and spot on. Also I must say that was the first instance that I’ve seen an electric accordian pulled off in a live performance situation (and with palpable enthusiasm). The use of the electric banjo in the last few songs reinforced the perviously established folk-punk influence of the music.” –Funky Frankenstein
“They have a firm grounding in rock, but they really blend in a heavy blues and swamp influence with a side of jazz and a sprinkle of vaudeville for extra fun. With three very capable vocalists FTR has the ability to meld their sound to fit the mood of the story being told. And yes they are master story tellers, with songs about creatures large and small.” –Famous Monsters
“Bone Mother”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOwczYDWuRg
“Wheeling Weights”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he7FeEbmzTo
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