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Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival


The Bijou Theatre has seen many a burlesque dancer cross its century-old stage. The mid-century decline of the burlesque industry aligned with the historic theatre’s repurposing as a home for cinema and for decades there was no striptease in The Bijou’s spotlights. The Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival, now in its fourth year, is pleased to bring a selection of world-class ecdysiasts from across the nation and beyond to the Bijou and various other venues throughout the city.

Interested in taking a weekend class or workshop taught by some of the Festival’s headlining performers, featured guests and local talent? Enhance your festival experience with two full days of classes! Learn more about the SMBF here.

The Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival takes place over three days at two venues.

Secure your tickets while you still can!


Thursday, Sept 19th – 8PM
Sponsored by Jo Anne Owens, Realty Executive

Concourse at the International

940 Blackstock Avenue
Ages 18+

The 2019 Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival kicks off with the Marble City Showcase. The first of three performance showcases featuring a mix of both regional and national entertainers hand-picked to whet your appetite for the weekend to come. Stars include Dee Flowered (Athens, GA) with the evening hosted by Rhoda Dairyheir (Knoxville, TN).


Friday, Sept 20th – 8PM
Sponsored by Tease Salon

Bijou Theatre 

803 S Gay St
Ages 18+

The Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival continues the ecdysiast extravaganza with the second of three performance showcases, demonstrating diverse interpretations of the striptease archetype. Performances range from the traditional to the unexpected and are executed by artists from the surrounding states and across the country. Stars include Egypt Blaque Knyle (Monterey Park, CA), Bobby Barnaby (Austin, TX) – 2019 SMBF Producer’s Pick, with the evening hosted by World Famous *BOB* (Austin, TX).


Saturday, Sept 21th – 8PM
Sponsored by Paul Lewis

The Bijou Theatre

803 S Gay St
Ages 18+

The Festival wraps up its extravaganza with the final performance showcase of the weekend featuring a line-up of nationally-known, award-winning performers covering a wide spectrum of talents and styles. Stars include Miss Exotic World 2010, Roxi D’Lite (Detroit, MI), Burlesque Legend Lovey Goldmine (Las Vegas, NV), Lola LeSoleil (Atlanta, GA), Hellcat Harlowe (Knoxville, TN), with the evening hosted by Blanche DeBris (Las Vegas, NV).