What the Funk? An all BIPOC Burlesque Fest
August 18 - August 20
WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Tribute to Funk Music was conceived as a show idea in early 2018 after our founder. Mx. Pucks A’Plenty, thought about doing a classic burlesque number to a Stevie Wonder song, but realizing it wouldn’t count as a classic era song choice. This got their wheels turning and What the Funk?! was born. On August 24, 2018 we kicked off two nights of two all POC casts at the historic Jewelbox Theatre in The Rendezvous in Seattle, Washington.
As we wrapped on night two, Pucks made the decision to bring What the Funk?! back in 2019, but as a festival. The joy experienced backstage as well as on stage was just too magical to not do so. Wheels were set in motion immediately and a larger venue booked.
The first inaugural What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Festival took place in the Emerald City, aka Seattle, Washington on August 22-24, 2019. What the Funk?! is produced by Puckduction in association with The Stay Up late Show and Powered by Shunpike. Featuring over 40+ performers over the weekend, What the Funk?! hosted three shows and two days of classes.
Our 2021 WTFFest was at The Triple Door in Downtown Seattle. Three nights, all sold out!
Our new #GrandMasterFunk is P. No Noire!
We’ll be back at The Triple Door in 2022!
Our mission is this:
“TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE BLACK AMERICAN MUSIC GENRE OF FUNK WHILE SHOWCASING AND HONORING THE ARTISTRY OF BLACK, INDIGENOUS AND PERFORMERS OF COLOR THROUGH THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED PERFORMANCE ART MEDIUM OF BURLESQUE. WE CELEBRATE PERFORMERS LOCALLY, NATIONALLY, AND INTERNATIONALLY THROUGH OUR THREE DAY FESTIVAL. WE HOPE TO INSPIRE, OFFER REPRESENTATION, AND SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON THE CREATIVITY AND TALENT FOUND IN THE BIPOC BURLESQUE COMMUNITY.”
So, whether you plan on applying as a performer. applying as a volunteer, or coming to be a part of the audience, What the Funk?! An All BIPOC Burlesque Festival would love to see you August 18-20, 2022!
Yours in funk,
Mx. Pucks A’Plenty and Rebecca Mm Davis