The sideshow was started by P.T. Barnum in 1871 when he took his collection of human freaks and curiosities on the road and formed alliances with circus promoters, most notably James Bailey. The "side show" was set up outside of the main event tent to entertain (and make money from) the attendees waiting to enter the main circus tent. In the early 1900s it was not taboo to gawk at people who were "born different" and was even considered family entertainment. Banners like those attached to each track of this album showed the seemingly endless lineup of attractions awaiting audiences inside. The posters were specifically designed to appear creepy, weird, and sexy to grab people's attention. Then the "Talker" (aka Barker) drew them into the show with his banter and a sample act.
In Tim Nyberg's "Sideshow Entertainers" he pays homage to the 1960's State Fair freak shows of his childhood--entertainment he found both intriguing and disturbing. In this series, Tim has added his humorous twist to each character.
Lulu's Playground has composed a short musical portrait to accompany each of Tim's fictitious performers, and performed these compositions to make up this album! If you click on individual track titles you can see the painting that inspired each track, as well as other interesting track information.
released November 26, 2013
Art and design by Tim Nyberg, Octane Creative
Music composed and performed by Lulu's Playground
Adam Meckler - Trumpet
Cory Grossman - Cello
Evan Montgomery - Guitar
Steven Hobert - Accordion
Recorded by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Records
Talker tracks by Tim Nyberg/Octane Creative
Posters and other items may be ordered from timnyberg.com
©2013 by Octane Creative and Meckler Music House