Halloween Massacre 2011
So many of Wisconsin’s sickest and sexiest deviants turned out for the first ever Wisconsin Sickness Halloween Massacre Saturday night! Many people came together to bring this celebration of the ancient arts of music, dance and human sacrifice to new levels of beautiful and disturbing!
The amazing Rakhshanda girls conjured creepy into their tribal belly dance with a mesmerizing grace. Pretty sure those masks will haunt me for many years to come!
Beyond the Ocean Floor came all the way from Wisconsin Dells to bring their particular breed of hardcore to the River Horse West stage, but once they started bludgeoning through the breakdowns interspersed with electronic dance sounds and brutal dynamics, the entire building was shaking.
The Brew City Bombshells wove vintage skits and modern dance into fun and artful burlesque performances by Trixie, Hollis, Polly Amour and Sugar St Clair. The energy these girls worked up was crazy! West Bend wasn’t prepared to handle the tassel-twirling intensity of a Bombshells show.
The Commuter Exit opened by lulling the crowd into an ethereal trance improvised with sitar and Rakhshanda belly dancing, which evolved into the deep layers of sounds and colors like a shamanistic ritual that I’ve come to expect from the Exit.
Besides producing all the Wisconsin Sickness merch for the night, Bored in the Basement also provided the shirts for the bloody t-shirt contest. So many gorgeous Cannibelles took to the stage, we had to dip into the stock from the merch table to clothe them all. Even Trixie and Sugar St Clair from the Brew City Bombshells bravely jumped into the kiddie pool to get blood-drenched!
Everyone loves a girl covered in blood, right? In the end, it was impossible to pick a winner. So everyone got a free shot and I drunkenly passed out the prize envelopes to those I could find. They let me out of my cage once a year, what do you expect?
Obzen rang in the end of the night while the dripping red blood slowly clotted and dried into strange pink crusty stuff.
Tom Velure of Bored in the Basement and the infamous Nikki Farce came from the farthest reaches of the Sickness. Turns out they really exist! Nikki Farce is more than just a status update from the back of a cop car, and Tom abandoned a weekend getaway to partake in the massacre. Plus Jake Gundrum came out to document the madness. The huge gathering of friends and Wisconsin Sickness crew made it feel more like a psychotic but functional family reunion than a bloody fucking mess of people, music and art.
Also, Nikki found Jesus. And then Jesus left with the devil. A poor bloody baby doll was found atop the dart machine. A crazy, bloody doctor who drove all the way from the Fox Valley area to the River Horse bar in Milwaukee, which is NOT where the show was, then back to River Horse West, was awarded the costume contest prize. And of course Nikki eventually ended up in nothing but her cheerleader skirt and Wisconsin Sickness pasties passed out on my bathroom floor, which is always a sign of a good night!
The collaborative effort to make this happen, and the all the things that will grow out of it, is phenomenal. Exactly the kind of chaotic creativity I hoped Wisconsin Sickness would spawn. The show came together exactly as I always envisioned the first show would, but way exceeded my expectations. HUGE thanks to everyone who came out, helped out, performed and made the inaugural Wisconsin Sickness Halloween Massacre a bloody success! I hope we can all continue working together toward bigger, better artistic insanity.
Thanks to Matt and Edwin at River Horse West for all their efforts to bring this together in a short amount of time.
Thanks to Tom and Bored in the Basement for not only providing merch and bloody shirts, but for going above and beyond to make sure we would have stuff on hand in hopes of recouping some of the costs to make this thing happen. And then actually getting to finally meet him in person, do some horrible cinnamon toast crunch shots, and drunkenly talk business was incredible.
Thanks to Jake Gundrum for lending his time and photographic eye for many things Wisconsin Sickness. Even if he did miss step two. I forgive you, man.
Thanks to Rakhshanda, the Brew City Bombshells, Beyond the Ocean Floor, The Commuter Exit and Obzen for pouring your souls into your art and making the night so crazy!
Thanks to Rich-E-Boyy’s Tattoos, Northern Lights Tattoos and Wild Child Tattoos for their gift certificate donations for the bloody t-shirt contest. May you tattoo many Wisconsin Sickness logos in obscene places.
Thanks to all the beautiful Cannibelles who came out, including Nikki Farce, Sparrow and some lovely ladies who will soon join the Cannibelle cult. Little Red Riding Hood and all the gorgeous Brew City Bombshells girls, this means you!
Wisconsin Sickness is not a single person, but the collaboration of people and art coming together to make something new.
There are many more things in the works, but rest assured, we’re already planning Halloween Massacre 2012.
Check out all the photos from the Massacre right here.