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Frenchy & the Punk

Imagine Siouxsie Sioux and Dee Dee Ramone had a duo that was inspired by Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Toulouse Lautrec and Deepak Chopra, this is what it might sound like. One part Dresden Dolls, Sonny and Cher and one part White Stripes. A pixie spirited flexitarian band of tree hugging, gothic, folky, Steam Punks by way of Paris and New York. Doused in red wine, kale and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting… fun with a capital F!

The product of a 1998 office romance, the two left their temp jobs, traveled as a solo musician (him) and artist (her) selling their wares until 2005 when, Stephenson, the sultry French born singer jumped onstage and joined, Helland, the fiery punk rock guitarist from the golden days of the hardcore scene, and Frenchy and the Punk was born.

Blue Heron Trio

In 2011 three close friends came together in Dayton, Ohio to produce voluptuous jazz and pop tunes. Blue Heron Trio is the culmination of their combined 20 years of playing in punk, pop, folk, jazz, and cover bands. Reviewed as “one of the prettiest voices in Dayton” by daytonrocks.com, vocalist Elisha Frontz leads listeners on a sensual journey through musical eras gone by, imbuing the music with a fresh, young feel. Phil Myers, formerly a musician for the United States Army, accompanies with lush saxophone riffs and gentle acoustic guitar. Dave Santucci solidifies the groove on the keyboards with his decades of piano experience.

Whether it’s an original song, a jazz standard made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, or a completely unexpected lounge rendition from another genre (“Sweet Child ‘O Mine” by GunsNRoses is a crowd favorite), the trio performs with a deeply personal and authentic touch.

Mickey James & the Queen City Crew

What do you get when you mix a youthful yet nostalgic look, talented musicians, and a high energy / entertaining show? Mickey James & the Queen City Crew!

They are a Cincinnati, Ohio based 6-piece band who entertain music lovers of all ages, providing the perfect combination of Classic and Contemporary Swing, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Rock & Roll, and many other styles. Notable past performances include Belterra Casino, Miami Valley Gaming Casino, Great American Ballpark, City of Blue Ash, SwingColumbus, Ault Park, Cincinnati Swingallery, Lexswing, and the Cincinnati Lindy Society to name a few.

Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight.  Having dubbed their music “Victorian Chamber metal”, the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe.

DJ Verminoid

“The Professor of Pulse”, Louisville, Kentucky native DJ Verminoid is a member of the Speakeasy Electroswing network, and spearheads Electro Swing Louisville, the only recurring Electro Swing event in Louisville history. He has organized and performed at parties of multiple genres around Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati, and has shared a stage with many regional and national DJs like Vourteque, Glitch Gatsby, Doctor Q, Sideshow, Stephen29, Count Grozny, Sodom, DJ Sketch, DJ Mudd and Silikon, and has done tons of regular work with Shawna the Dead, the Kalashnikov Clowns, Market for Mischief, and many other Louisville area promoters and performers from the Burlesque, Drag and Vaudeville scene.

DJ Verminoid will be providing the tunes at the Midnight Carnival special event.

Hëxa Burlesque

The dancers of the Hëxa Burlesque troupe weave stories with glitter-laden nipples, gyrating hips, and the most titillating innuendos. With a taste for the unique, the strange, and the unusual, they blend burlesque, dance, and concept and transform it into the most sensual and powerful, and gloriously inappropriate performance art you will ever see!

Hëxa Burlesque will be performing at the Midnight Carnival special event.

Stixen Stones

The delightfully decadent Stixen Stones will joining the Symposium to host and emcee the Midnight Carnival. She is a drag and burlesque performer from the deepest reaches of hell- also known as Cincinnati. Stixen is most known for her spellbinding conceptual performances, deadly dance moves and seductive striptease. She can’t wait to thrill you, chill you and leave you begging for more!

Troupe Roja

Dayton’s only professional multi-award winning Middle Eastern dance troupe that performs styles ranging from folkloric to fusion. They are an innovative troupe known for their exciting choreography, engaging stage presence, professionalism, and expansive repertoire. The Roja dancers specialize in prop-work including sword, fanveils, Isis wings, finger cymbals, and more. 

Pickled Brothers Circus

Pickled Brothers Circus has been amazing and entertaining audiences all over the world since 2002. Their circus sideshow inspired antics will once again make you wonder how a human can do such a thing, and why? The Pickled Brothers eat fire, juggle, swallow swords, crack whips, and lay on beds of nails. They’ve performed all over the world amazing and amusing kids and adults. You may have seen them on TV on The Tonight Show, Animal Planet, Guinness World Records, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Canada’s Breakfast TV, MTV, CMT, or even The Jerry Springer Show. They’ve also broken eight records between them!