Welcome to the 9th Annual Fire Entertainer of the Year Competition!
Yes, it’s that time of year that the best fire performers in the northwest and beyond come together in a celebration of the beauty and art of the fire dance.
Join us on Friday, April 28th for a splendid display in fire artistry at it’s finest as contestants take the stage to win a $1000 cash grand prize!!
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The DIRTY ROTTEN IMBECILES' history begins on May 2, 1982 around 4:00pm, in the city of Houston, TX. It was on this day that the musically aggressive quartet we now know as D.R.I. made their first Dirty Rotten noise and called it a song. Back then it was Spike Cassidy (guitar), Kurt Brecht (vocals), Eric Brecht (drums), and Dennis Johnson (bass).
Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (also known as D.R.I.) are a United States hardcore punk/thrashcore/crossover thrash band that formed in Houston, Texas, in 1982. The band currently comprises founding members, vocalist Kurt Brecht and guitarist Spike Cassidy, as well as drummer Rob Rampy and bassist Harald Oimoen.
D.R.I. never gained a mainstream audience, but the integration of their hardcore punk roots with thrash metal influences was a stylistic catalyst for their contemporaries --most notably Suicidal Tendencies, Corrosion of Conformity, and Stormtroopers of Death-- alongside whom they are considered pioneers of what would later be called "crossover thrash." This subgenre was also coined from their 1987 album Crossover.
Time once again for GRINFERNO! Dante's very own recurring stand up comedy showcase! Hosted and curated by Jimmy Newstetter, this show features some of Portland's brightest comedians with long-time veterans, up and comers, and even a few surprises! Featuring Adam Pasi, David Mascarro, Riley Fox, Coor Cohen, Justin Ammerman, Chase Paradise, & Jay Shingle. Followed as always by the best in burlesque-Sinferno Cabaret!
SERVICE INDUSTRY NIGHT! Get half off at the door with your OLCC or Food Handler's card!
Voted by BURLESQUE MAGAZINE as one of the Top 10 Burlesque shows in the USA!
A sinful circus of burlesque, fire-dancing, DJs & debauchery. Every Sunday night for 16 years...the longest-running weekly cabaret show on the west coast!
The original live karaoke band, rocking in Portland for 23 years and counting. Come see us every Monday at Dante's!
Out of the seven billion or so people on the planet, only seven men have been lucky enough to be gifted with the Ramone surname. As of 2017, four have already headed off to that great gig in the sky. Thankfully, CJ Ramone has no plans to leave any time soon. He expertly stepped in for Dee Dee in 1989 and played with the legendary punk quartet until their 1996 breakup. He sang lead on “Strength To Endure”; he wrote two tracks for the band’s farewell album, ¡Adios Amigos!; he was onstage for their epic final show, delivering those iconic “1-2-3-4!” shouts and rubbing shoulders onstage with Eddie Vedder, Tim Armstrong and Lemmy. CJ Ramone is as important a part of punk rock history as anyone else you can think of, and the best part is he’s just getting started.
“When you’re in the Ramones family, you’re a Ramone for life,” CJ says. “Richie Ramone still has it; Marky Ramone still has it; hell, Johnny Ramone’s wife changed her last name to Ramone. I absolutely feel obliged to keep the legacy going. I 100 percent do. I feel it. I don’t sit down and try to write Ramones songs, but I was a huge fan since I was a kid. I played in the band for seven years. I’m undeniably influenced hugely by them. I’ve heard people say what I do sounds like the Ramones. Of course it does! How could it not?”
Exhibit A: CJ’s brand new solo album, American Beauty. It’s a 12-song effort that crackles with the spirit of ’77 (the surefire pit-starter “Yeah Yeah Yeah”) and has a sense of humor about it (“Girlfriend In A Graveyard”) while being unafraid to slow things down (the punk-rock prom vibe of “Before The Lights Go Out”) and throw in a few sonic curveballs to boot. The songs sound so well developed that it’s a bit of a shock to learn how the whole album came together. “I actually had a whole batch of songs for this record that I had been writing over the past couple of years, but things changed so much in such a short period of time, and when I sat down and listened to the songs, they seemed to be irrelevant to how I was thinking now,” CJ admits. “I wrote this entire record in just two weeks, sitting in my basement. That is very unusual for me. Usually I’m hyper-prepared for everything. It totally goes against everything I’ve ever known. I was trained by Johnny Ramone—he was the ultimate in ‘rehearse, rehearse, rehearse; be prepared.’ My work ethic comes from that. This is really an oddity for me.”
The breakneck pace of writing led to an even more efficient recording session, when CJ and his live band—guitarists Steve Soto and Dan Root (both also of the Adolescents) and drummer Pete Sosa (also of Street Dogs)—hunkered down at Buzzbomb Studios in Orange, California, with producer Paul Miner (H2O, New Found Glory) for a grand total of 11 days. “That’s the beauty of working with pros and veterans,” CJ remarks. “It really streamlines everything. Dan and Steve are really good singers and guitarists, and Pete is such a solid drummer. Paul is an exceptional engineer, too: He knows how to pace a project so you never lose the energy you start out with.”
Okilly Dokilly is the world's only Nedal band. Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, a majority of the band's lyrics are direct Ned quotes. The band's members include Head Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, Stead Ned and Bled Ned.
Established in 2015, the band found success before ever playing their first show, becoming a viral phenomenon after releasing just a few press photos and a 4-song demo. Within 2 weeks, the band had nearly 30,000 Facebook fans and was featured by numerous publications including Billboard, Time, The Independent, BBC, Esquire, Vice and many more.
Okilly Dokilly's live shows are high energy affairs that weave together comedy and brutality. Guttural screams and pounding drums provide a soundtrack for the pummeling of an inflatable donut as green sweaters and round glasses blur across the stage. As of early 2016, Okilly Dokilly has been steadily working on their debut record, which is projected to release later in the year.
Come celebrate a weekend of circus, dancing and burlesque in a whirlwind adventure featuring all of your favorite local performers and a special selection of guests from Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Your weekend begins on Friday, May 5th at Pee-Wee's Burlesquehouse! With an all star lineup, we are proud to be bringing back the 4 time sold out show to Portland.
Some of the fiercest and most eccentric talent that Portland and Las Vegas have to offer will be coliding with SF comedic and circus Masterminds: Prince Xzist and MeeZee for an evening so wild, so sexy, so whimsicle, and so debaucherous you will surely be left begging for more!
The fun continues Saturday night starting at 10pm with Portland's own Intergalactic Funk Brass Band fresh off their Southern Tour and the reuniting of The great Gooferman from Oakland,Ca. Returning after 6 years, to claim their right as the kings of Klown-Fi.
Think you've had enough!?? Of course you haven't, because on Sunday night you'll be blown away again at the incredible performances you'll see at the longest running review in Portland, Sinferno Cabaret starting at 10pm!! This show has it all, from fire dancing, comedy, aerialists, gogo dancers, burlesque, pole dancing and much much more!
This weekend pass is available for only $25 and is valued at less than half the cost of admission for all three of these events. What a deal!!!! So come and celebrate Cinco de Mayo weekend with all of your local circus ensembles and make new friends. Dance with us, drink and be merry!
**PLEASE NOTE: Gooferman on Saturday and Sinferno on Sunday start at 10pm. This pass does not include admission to the early shows on Saturday and Sunday.**
Come one Come all to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with us in the playhouse for this years edition of....
Cinco De Pee Wee!!!
This is PeeWee's BurlesqueHouse! On May 5th, some of the fiercest and most excentric talent that Portland and Las Vegas have to offer will be coliding with SF comedic and circus Masterminds: Prince Xzist and MeeZee at Dante's for an evening so wild, so sexy, so whimsicle, and so debaucherous you will surely be left begging for more!
This show encaplsulates ALL the magic you remember from the TV series with ALL the sexual innuendo, explicidness, and raunch that kept you tuning in again and again! Hosted by the world famous Tana the Tattooed lady (Planet Hollywood LV), and produced by Ivizia Dakini (Queen of Roses ORBF and Miss Exotic Oregon 2016).
Get ready to see what PeeWee's Playhouse would look like if you combined a pinch of Burlesque, a spot of Drag, a dallop of Circus, and a taste of Tease. Hold on tight to your hobby horses, the jouney is about to begin as all of your playhouse fantasies are brought to LIFE in front of your very eyes for the ultimate tribute to your favorite 80's television show. What does Conky look like inside that boom box? What will Pee Wee's wish be? Come find out todays secret word and what the King of Cartoons secret obsession is.....
Prepare yourself for the ultimate adventure and get your tickets now!
Starring Di’ Lovely from San Diego!
With dazzling burlesque performance featuring:
Crystal Tassels (Seattle)
Sugar Kane (Portland)
Nina Nightshade (Portland)
Rummy Rose (Portland)
La Petite Mort & Kevin Incroyable (Seattle)
Dee Dee Pepper (Portland)
Jesse Belle-Jones (Seattle)
Hosted by: Vincent Drambuie (Seattle)
San Diego’s homegrown burlesque starlet, Di' Lovely never ceases to slay each stage she graces across the globe. She’s proven to be a crowd-pleaser, performing at the Burlesque Hall of Fame, and winning “Best Burlesque” at the Arizona Burlesque Festival.
Known as the Weapon of Mass Seduction, Di' Lovely has taken the international scene by storm--performing with sensuality and overflowing energy that can power an entire city for days. She shares her expert-tease, teaching various dance workshops across the USA, and as far as the Philippines and Australia. She was even featured teaching burlesque on Playboy TV!
Her contributions to the burlesque community has been honored by being selected as a feature performer & instructor at several burlesque festivals, including Seattle's BurlyCon. She has also headlined the Perth International Burlesque Festival in Australia, and soon in Canada for the Calgary International Burlesque Festival.
In addition, Di’ Lovely has created a clothing and accessory line, catering to the professional Traveling Showgirl as herself. At home she produces social events with the Gaslamp Cabaret, featuring the best of local entertainers. But her most recent passion project is traveling to the Philippines, mentoring friends abroad to help pioneer a sensational neo-burlesque scene in metro-Manila and beyond.
Featuring live music by SMUT CITY JELLYROLL SOCIETY
Behold Gooferman, an ever-morphing micro circus of klown-fi and wanton circus performers built on an entirely unique bedrock of breakbeat, funk, drum & bass, reggaeton, rock, hip hop, and whirled beat, all parlayed to the audiences of the world by a new-fangled, super-styled breed of klown (and headquartered in San Francisco).Gooferman’s performed throughout the US — including festival appearances at Outside Lands, Electric Daisy Carnival, Bumbershoot, Symbiosis Gathering, Lightning In A Bottle, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Vegoose, Download Festival, Burning Man, Lagunitas Beer Circus, and the 2008 944 Superbowl VIP Party — while purveying their signature klown-fi through endless locally and regionally slotted high-octane, micro-circus spectacles both above- and underground (including SF’s acclaimed Bohemian Carnival, with co-host and frequent collaborator, the Vau de Vire Society). They’ve opened for 50 Cent and Wyclef Jean, performed with Paul Oakenfold, collaborated with Angelo Moore (of Fishbone), and shared billing with the likes of Primus, Spoon, Ween, Flaming Lips, G Love & Special Sauce, Dave Matthews, Gogol Bordello, Beats Antique, and Devotchka, among others.