by REBECCA AUSTIN
Just when you think you have seen everything, Hell comes to town for a visit. Showcasing talent that can only be seen and enjoyed by the likes of Mephistopheles himself, this real-life freak show goes beyond what others see as normal and crushes the boundaries of expectations.
This show will surely blow your mind and surpass your wildest dreams with every twist and burn. This is your chance to see the world’s largest and greatest touring Circus Side Show, featuring sword-swallowing, snake-whispering, fire-eating and entertainment unseen in a standard life. You’ve heard of these performers as a group and individually on TV shows like “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, The Discovery Channel, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the Guinness Book of World Records, HDNet, The National Geographic Channel and many more.
As they say, “The HELLZAPOPPIN Sideshow combines the style of the classic era sideshows with modern day edginess and finesse and features the best attractions and performances from the best shows around the world!”
Much like the underlying vision of Underbelly, Hellzapoppin channels the ambiance of a pirate ship. Talented performers give their all to what they dream of: the spotlight. Those who do not exercise their minds to venture that far rarely understand bringing art to life. Witness feats from the infamous Zamora: The Torture King, The Cyclops Boy, The Wolf People and more.
This Circus-themed costume party will kick off with Jacksonville’s very own burlesque show, Professor Whiskey’s Traveling Bizarre Bazaar, and be followed up by The Molotov Cocktail Party, Go Away Ghost and the Serpent SideShow Snake Exhibit.
Bryce “The Govna” Graves and his crew of freaks will be entertaining those who are brave enough to venture into the Mauve zone, an area fully capable of not only making you question your abilities but also whether or not your experiences actually occurred. He is one-of-a-kind, and what else would you expect with the name “The Govna”?
And if you are a animal lover like I am, Mr. Buggles will be entertaining the crowd with his talented pooches.
With a unique photobooth inside, you are sure to leave with a night of memories and pictures that will remind you that Jacksonville’s nightlife is breathing hard.
This Bigtop Circus is guaranteed to give your mind a break from the trauma of responsibility. Giving is always better than receiving, especially when it comes to giving people an experience that they won’t forget for the rest of their lives. Just when you think that you have seen everything thanks to “reality” television, Hellzapoppin is doubtlessly going to show you a cacophony of charismatic talent. We are lucky to have this underground circus sideshow finally make its way to Jacksonville; this is one evening to be revered for the ages…Come Downtown to Bay Street’s Underbelly on March 1st.
HELLZAPOPPIN' @ Underbelly
by REBECCA AUSTIN