Friday, January 10, 2014

What Is The Moisture Festival?

I have been a fan of Seattle's wild, whacky, comedy/variete Moisture Festival since the first day I heard of it. 2013 was the 10th year of the festival and for 9 of those years, I've either attended shows or volunteered during the festival as a Food Babe. (Food Babes work in the kitchen area backstage serving food and beverages to performers.)

In spite of seeing countless performances, and telling dozens of people about the festival, I am still at a loss for an answer to the question, "What is the Moisture Festival?" A surprising number of people have never heard of vaudeville. Young people are unfamiliar with the concept, since it has been a long time since variety shows aired on television. I find myself rambling on about jugglers, acrobats and yodelers - unable to find the words to describe the magic that happens every spring when a local brewery warehouse is transformed into Hale's Palladium.

Apparently, I'm not the only one who struggles to explain what the Moisture Festival is all about. To help us all out, the clever folks who produce the festival have put together a video of the 2013 season's greatest hits. If you watch this, you'll see what I've been trying to tell you about all these years. Enjoy!


For more information about the Moisture Festival, including 2014 dates and ticket information, visit their website.