Our Headliners

Headliner: Dannie Diesel

You may know her from History’s ‘American Pickers’ but when Danielle isn’t busy keeping the boys in line at the shop she transforms into Dannie Diesel, shimmying and shaking to the sounds of her band The Gin Rummy Show. While specializing in vintage burlesque and strip tease costumes she embraces the history of these pieces and the women that wore them, honoring each artist that paved the way for modern day women and dancers all around the world. You can find these costumes restored with Danielle’s personal touch on many stages across the country. Between researching and restoring these costumes she dedicates her time to practicing circus arts and all forms of dance. Danielle continues to inspire and promote self love and healthy living on and off the stage and screen.

Headliner: Bazuka Joe

Bazuka Joe is one third of The Stage Door Johnnies from Chicago, named BHoF “Best Group 2011”. Bazuka has headlined and toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Trained in contemporary, classical, and jazz dance, theater, and vault staff he is a seasoned teacher and instructor with more than fifteen years of experience teaching and directing at a professional level.

Headliner: Ray Gunn

Since 2009, Ray Gunn has been making audiences submit to his dirty imagination throughout  cities nationally and internationally, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Europe. This sinful assassin is 1/3 of the award-winning, male burlesque troupe “The Stage Door Johnnies” and has consistently ranked among the top 20 in 21st Century Burlesque Magazine’s annual list of the Top 50 Burlesque Performers in the world. In 2013, Ray was crowned King of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.

Ray Gunn, Photo by Greg Inda

A featured presenter at Burlycon, he is quickly becoming known for his large menu of insightful burlesque and dance workshops. Trained in contemporary dance, acrobatics, capoeira, and pole dancing, Ray creates imaginative works of strip – tease art that accentuate his smoldering athletic ability, inspired choreography, and unique artistic aesthetic. His most recent manifestation of these styles is his creation, The Vertical SideShow- “A dark and unusual place where the gonzo and the sleekly sensual collide to take you on a journey through his imagination.”

Headliner: World Famous *BOB*

The World Famous *BOB*, known for her over the top blonde bombshell image and incredible ability to mix martinis in her cleavage, has captivated audiences all over the world with her unique burlesque stylings, humorous performance art, and emcee skills.

World Famous *BOB* Photo by David Lawrence Byrd

She has been photographed by hundreds of photographers including Patrick McMullan, Mario Testino, and David LaChapelle. *BOB* appears in several books including Hotel LaChapelle, New Burlesque, Striptease: From Gaslight to Spotlight, Burlesque: The New Bump and Grind, The Brooklynites, The Velvet Hammer Burlesque., Domestic Burlesque,Legends of Burlesque as well as The Burlesque Handbook. A collection of photos by Amy Touchette was recently published by UnGyve Press entitled Shoot the Arrow- A Portrait of The World Famous *BOB*.

Believing that television is “the theatre for the poor” *BOB* is a huge fan of the boob tube and has appeared on A&E’s The History of Cleavage as well as HBO’s Real Sex.  She has graced the pages of over 50 national & international publications including The New York Times. The big screen suits *BOB* as well, with screen credits including John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus and Beth B.’s EXPOSED.

World Famous *BOB* for 11 years was a regularly scheduled guest speaker at NYU and has performed and appeared at over 20 US Universities including Harvard, Yale, and Bard.

She has performed all over the world and co-created and starred in Young Jean Lee’s; Untitled Feminsit Show. From NYC’s Dance Theatre Workshop, to Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, to Stockholm’s Sodra Teatern, World Famous *BOB* has brought crowds together by pointing out what we all have in common- the need for love and creating that with her art in the moment. *BOB* continues her life in the spotlight and is also an Ultimate Self Confidence! Coach for people worldwide. She just packed up her wigs and moved to Austin, TX where she plans on living in a Pink Poodle Palace, making fearless and beautiful art, leading an LGBTQ Elder Revolution and adopting a gay teenage son. For more info and to see if she is coming to your town visit www.theworldfamousbob.com.

Featured Performer: GiGi La Femme

The Girl Dreams Are Made Of, Nashville, TN

Conceived in The Big Easy, born in the Heartland, raised in The Big Apple and now residing in Nashville, TN, it’s no surprise GiGi La Femme has found her home on stages from Anchorage to Key West and everywhere in between. A multi-level threat since 2005, this showpony has been featured in The Huffington Post as one of the 20 Burlesque Stars to Know and Their Wildest Acts.

GiGi La Femme, Photo by La Photographie

She’s won the highly coveted title of Miss Coney Island, is a multiple Golden Pastie Award winner at The New York Burlesque Festival (Best Booty Shaker and Perfect Posterior) and has toured the USA on multiple occasions with the ladies of Dangerous Curves Ahead: Burlesque on the Go-Go and most recently, with The Tycoons of Tease. In 2016, she stormed the Burlesque Bingo stage at The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender and headlined The 2017 Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival in Knoxville, TN. Since her move to Music City, you can find her producing, hosting and performing at City Winery venues across the south with Wasabassco Burlesque as well as fabricating her own line of Just A Femme pasties & accessories. It’s no doubt that she’s really is “The Girl Dreams Are Made Of!”

Featured Performer: Lola LeSoleil

The Lady of Leg-itude, Atlanta, GA

Lola LeSoleil has launched crowds to their feet from coast to coast with an award-winning repertoire ranging from reverential to ridiculous. She lives to challenge her own creativity and in her voluptuous hip pocket are 20+years of dance and performance and a degree in music production from Georgia State University, which, when combined with her unique DIY approach to costuming, craft her art to life.

Lola LeSoleil, Photo by J Merritt Photography

Lola LeSoleil is an instructor at the Atlanta School of Burlesque and is a member of The Candybox Revue, Museé du Coeur and Mayhem Femmes.

2015 Queen, Great Southern Exposure
2013 Rocket Queen, Alabama Burlesque Festival
2013 Queen, Southern Fried Burlesque Festival
2012 Most Classic, Great Southern Exposure

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