Ventura RAWards 2012
Once again, Bombay’s Bar and Grill turned hip underground art
one night only to host the annual RAW: Natural Born Artist competition,
touted as the biggest indie art show in the world and by far one of our
favorite events of the year. Nine winners represent Ventura County and
the surrounding areas in the Visual Art, Photography, Accessories,
Fashion, Music, Film, Hair, Make-up and Performing Arts categories. We
interviewed some of the winners...
Part punk band,
part vaudeville act,
with "Crazy" (Vocals):
meets Rocky Horror Picture Show all
rolled into one
describe your genre as “a severe aerial bombardment of whimsical
acts laced with profane and a tad insane!” For those who’ve never
your show, what can
is essentially fun, dark, spooky, deep and quirky at the
same time. Cirque Noir is not so much the musical band
but a stage show. It’s really about
bringing the vaudevillian to the stage using Tim Burton-esque imagery.
It’s what’s happening between the music. Our lyrics have a lot of
meanings, the deeper and deeper you get the more you can relate to
types of meanings. We really try to get audience participation
and participation from other artists. We
will invite others to join in. It’s sort of an Avant Garde push into
musical art scene.
is in the band and how did you come together?
are six members in the band: Chris Coyle,
drummer and heart beat of the band. The very talented and often a
tad bit overzealous, Sane on Guitar. Baron Von Velveteen plays
the white rabbit on stage. Our very lovely and brilliant, Jenna
Noir on key board and vocal. Crazy and Grasshopper
provide the vocals. Cirque Noir came
about in 2007 with the idea of bringing vaudeville, comedy and music
wanting to create a band but at the same time doing something that
really hadn’t seen before. We also have
non members that help us out at the actual shows. Every single person
adds to the band and the
creation to that one song. Everything is
original, even the skits that take place between the shows. Every part
is equal and we have as much fun
or what then has been most influential to you musically or artistically?
Burton, Marx Brothers, Oingo Boingo lead singer, Danny Elfman, Rush and
band, Creature Feature.
a band what are your greatest achievements?
greatest accomplishment is keeping
this family of creative and individual musicians together and united
overcoming any barriers. It’s an
absolute honor to be working together on this strange, creepy, funny
What’s the future
look like for you guys? Where do you see yourselves in the next
be doing this. As with anything, strive
to keep Cirque Nior a success and together, hoping to make our shows
better and make them even more odd and fun.
can people go to see your show or hear your music?
can be found on www.reverbnation
our Face Book page
. We’ll also be at the
Steam Punk Symposium at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, January 11-13,
Finally, what do
you want our readers to know
most about Cirque Noir?
Noir is an odd group of misfits and mad caps while at the same time a
professional well oiled machine, fun for all ages. We have
saying that we celebrate
Halloween 365 days of the year. Cirque
Noir invites the audience to participate in much the same way steam
and vaudeville acts do. We have people
that show up in Halloween costumes to our shows or dress up in their
own design. Odd as it is, we are welcoming and
non-prejudiced and non-biased. It all
makes sense when you come see the show. We invite everyone to
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