The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue is celebrating the performing arts with the Hostess City Hoedown, a three-day festival May 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Club One. The festival will highlight talent local to the Savannah area, while featuring guest performers from across the entertainment industry.
“This festival was created because we do have a lot of talent in Savannah. Also, as far as the kind of industry that I work in with the performing arts I found there to be a blind spot in our area for drag, burlesque and cabaret so that inspired me to create something to make people aware,” said Rita D’LaVane event producer and performer.
Known as the “Witchy Hoe of the Hostess City” and the “Creole Queen of the C-port”, D’LaVane has been preaching the importance of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) representation in burlesque since they first stepped out on stage.
Magnolia Minxx and Cassie Caddel are producing the show along with D’LaVane. They have over 15 years of combined expertise in production and event planning.
Their drive behind the Hoedown is to a create a diverse entertainment experience, with a focus on honoring our local arts community.
“People come from around the world to Savannah and it really is romanticized in the books and movies, but we have the opportunity with this festival to show and entertain audiences with our great local talent,” said D’LaVane. “The Hostess City Hoedown’s mission is to produce an event that brings diversity to the forefront in the performing arts community that is unique to Savannah. We have a unique kind of swagger here in Savannah.”Performers from all over the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry will come together for this festival which will showcase burlesque, drag, cabaret, dance, spoken word and all other forms of the performing arts.
This three-day festival starts on Thursday with “Local Honey” a showcase highlighting performers local to the Southeast, with a few extra special guests.
This was important for D’LaVane being a Savannah native and making sure there was night celebrating local performers.
Friday night will continue with “The Southern Glamour Get Together” which will shine the spotlight on some of the best acts coming from near and far for this glittery gala.
The festival ends on Saturday with the Hoedown Throwdown Competition Night.
“At the throwdown, performers will go head-to-head to be crowned the ‘Supreme of Savannah.’ I kind of wanted to make it witch theme because that’s also part of my branding. The competition will be friendly, but there is still a crown to claim,” said D’LaVane.
The festival will take place at Club One.
Club One is a pillar in the community and the home of the Club One Cabaret. The show bar in Club One was also the renowned home of the Lady Chablis, who became notable in the early 1990s when she was featured as one of Savannah’s intriguing characters in John Berendt’s book “Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil” based on a true crime story.
Chablis would go on to portray herself in the hit film version of the book.
“I feel like one advantage is essentially working at Club One, especially because Club One is so rooted in the queer community, and the queer community is also so rooted in the performing arts itself,” said D’LaVane. “Working there has allowed me to network so many people, like Chi Chi Bonet Sherrington who is very rooted in the queer performing arts, especially drag related and also other portions of black queer drag culture that a lot of people don’t even know about.”
The festival has a roster of headliners.
National headlining acts include Dax ExclamationPoint from RuPaul’s Drag Race (DC), Konchinita from the House of Gunt (Savannah) Nox Falls of the Dark Diamonds (Seattle) cosplayer May Hemmer of the Haus of Mayhem (Greensboro), Tre Da Marc the Noire Pageant King (Minneapolis) an all BiPoC burlesque pageant hosted by burlesque legend Perle Noir, King Perka Sexxx (Charlotte) and Hank E Panky (Kansas City), 2017 King of the San Antonio Burlesque Festival and Mr. Leading Man 2017 of the Hollywood Burlesque Festival.
D’LaVane also hopes this festival is a chance for local artists to network with the national and international artists.
“A lot of the artists that are coming are from the Southeast region, but we also have people that are coming from all over as well, sort of as a way to show everyone these kinds of events can be great for networking among us,” said D’LaVane.
Some of the local artist performing includes Sallie Just Sallie, Pussy Galore, BA$Q!AUT, Amara Fiyera, Mighta Chondra, Ginger Von Bleu, Lavon Chi, DeCeption Theater, Corbin Monoxide and more.
There are even more performers coming from cities like Atlanta, Jacksonville, Augusta, and Greensboro.
For a full line-up and more about the performers visit hostesscityhoedown.com
VIP tickets: single day $40 weekend pass $100 General Admission: single day $30 weekend pass $80. Tickets can be purchased by visiting, ClubOne-online.com