[Spotlight] Squidling Bros. Presents Spring 2019 Tentacle Tour
Come one, come all to the Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow in Greensboro on the holiest day for stoners, April 20. Club Orion (4618 W. Market St.) is the place, from 9 p.m. until midnight is the time to see the Philadelphia-based “collective of circus freakshow performers” team up with local burlesque talent Stage Slave Gavin and Mona Loverly.
According to the press release, there will be “live music, clowns, fire, sword swallowing, acts of danger, daring and dumbfoundery.” The sideshow includes accordion stylings of Maray Fuego, “the shockingly hilarious” Original Clown Babe Mackenzie Moltov, “Impenetrable Music man and Fakir of Fun” Matterz Squidling, and the evening will be emceed by the clown “with the upside-down frown” Jelly Boy.
“A Fakir is someone from the Middle East or India that is able to withstand a great amount of pain and not be harmed in any way,” Squidling said. “I manipulate broken glass, I do stunts on beds of nails with rubber chickens and people standing on me, and an anvil placed upon the bed of nails. Our show is a comedy stunt show, so we incorporate old vintage sideshow with our modern take. It is all about clowning around and having fun, and showing people we can make the impossible possible.”
Squidling said Fuego mixes Billie Holiday with a “punk rock flare” for a unique accordion performance, Jelly Boy will be swallowing swords, Moltov will be contorting her body in crazy positions, and Gavin and Loverly will be performing their own burlesque sets (possibly, Squidling added, with a 420-friendly theme).
“We are very 420 friendly that is for sure, but it is not really a celebration of 420,” he said. “Although, maybe the burlesque dancers will do a surprise 420 act with some costuming?”
The Squidling Bros. are presently on the road touring. I spoke with Squidling over the phone while they were at a sideshow performance at the Uranus Fudge Factory in Missouri (its tagline is, “It’s not a town, it’s a destination”). After their show in Greensboro, the Squidling Bros. will be heading to Asheville for a show on April 24 as a part of their spring Tentacle tour.
“We are excited to get back to Greensboro and be able to perform for our friends and fans who have come out to see us and also to shock and amuse new folks who have never seen a sideshow before,” Squidling said. “We are always excited to bring our show to people who have never seen the types of things that we do.”