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posted Friday, August 8 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 32
AMDEF 2014 extravaganza to benefit Social Outreach Seattle
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AMDEF 2014 extravaganza to benefit Social Outreach Seattle

by Ryan Muller - AMDEF Founder

The annual Art, Music, Dance, Entertainment, Fashion (AMDEF) show is returning to Capitol Hill August 23 at Neumos (925 E. Pike St.). This time there will be even more diversity than ever before! Drag Queens, Fashion Designers, Vocalists, DJs, Suspension Artists, Aerialists... you'll find everybody working together to present over six hours of community-building collaborations onstage.

What's unique about AMDEF is that every featured artist is challenged to partner with talent from a different creative background to co-produce each act. This is where weird meets elegance, wild meets sophistication, and Art, Music, Dance, Entertainment and Fashion unite. Many of the acts showcased throughout the night are cultivated between talents who've never met. The end result is an eclectic atmosphere of inclusivity for a new and welcoming experience to all attendees.

One of the most distinctive events to hit Seattle each summer, the 7th Annual AMDEF promises to be a sold-out explosion of local, national, and even international acts.



With world-renowned pole dancer Pantera Blackmith returning to her hometown, internationally recognized San Francisco designer GG Connections collaborating with Mr. Seattle Pride 2014 Eric Blu & The Soul Revue, and nationally acclaimed band The Staxx Brothers, this year's event features 150+ talents for a one-night-only experience. In addition, the entire event benefits local non-profit organization Social Outreach Seattle, uniting under the motto, 'We are one community, working together.'

The AMDEF 2014 Talent Roster also includes a collaboration between Jack Mozie, DeLoach Wear, and the Drag Queens of Social Outreach Seattle, a mash-up of Vocalism and Sideshow between Kitty Kitty Bang Bang and Wreckless Freeks, a Burlesque/Fashion Fusion between Sinner Saint Burlesque and Paper Dollz Clothing, a Suspension/Runway presentation by D.N.A.S. with a surprise twist, a Body Paint/Aerial set with Artifakt Art and Goody Goody, a Hip-Hop showcase presented by Billy the Fridge with Twisted Trystan, Free Whiskey, Duranged Pitt, and Hawk Gang Clothing, a choreographed Dance/Fashion mash-up by Alien Earth Designs, Levels of Movement with BubbleGunk Designs, DJ Sang-Do with suspension by Red X Roper and a runway segment by Paper Dollz Clothing, DJ Wendall of Anadamide Records with a Fashion/Pole Dance-off featuring designers A Little Risque, Backpack Girl Bikinis and Pole Dancers Dimeatra Dee, Plane Jane, Sweet Sarah, and Liz, Marie, and Emily of Dolphin Dance Studios, individual performances by Jesse Belle-Jones, Little Lady Tatas, Dona De Cuori, Nikola Tease-La, Jolene Dickerson of Afterglow Aerial Arts, and more!

Often these collaborations lead to further opportunities for the artists:

'It was the first performance to date as Kitty Kitty Bang Bang that I was able to achieve an overall show/concert experience in a legitimate music venue... It was because of this collaboration that I was later offered a resident hosting gig at Q Nightclub, which in turn had its own snowball effect of opportunities... I'm so thankful to be a part of it again this year, collaborating with the circus revival troupe Wreckless Freeks!' - Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, Vocalist and Performing Artist.

In addition, the Producers of AMDEF operate on a Talent-First Payout Policy, ensuring that the Artists get paid before any of the Organizers do:

'I support the event because it supports me. This event showcases upcoming artists as well as people already involved in the scene, and that it's opened doors for many talented folks... I can proudly say I am the only person to perform at every AMDEF in the last seven years, it's helped me showcase all my talented friends and build my career in the process. If it wasn't for AMDEF, I would have never been able to put together my dream band L.O.M. (Levels of Movement), who you'll see performing at this year's event.' - Rob Martini, DJ and Audio Engineer.

In fact, Eric Blu was presented as a solo vocalist during Martini's set at AMDEF 2013, and continued to work with Active Entertainment through the formation and introduction of his band after. Now Eric Blu & The Soul Revue is selling out shows throughout Seattle, recently earning the title of 'Mr. Seattle Pride' and returning to AMDEF for his own full-scale performance.

AMDEF provokes long-term development between Artists of different creative backgrounds, by proxy, bringing their creative communities closer together. Don't just listen to what the Artist's have to say:

'Giving an awe-struck crowd a look at what happens when body paint, bodies, and music comes together for a beautiful spectacle.' - Seattle Weekly.

'If there ever was an event that showcased diversity, then AMDEF 2013 fit the bill perfectly.' - 'Ask Miss A.' 'The Wild Child of the Seattle Art Scene.' - 'Seattle Art Nerd.'

If you love supporting your local Arts & Entertainment communities, this is one opportunity you don't want to miss. Make sure to be at Neumos at 7 p.m. sharp August 23rd for Seattle's 7th Annual AMDEF!

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photos: © Tony Leonhardt, Art by Leonhardt Photography.
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