You’ve seen him on “Pawn Stars”, meet him in person at Big River! Billed as “The inimitable Renaissance Man”, Doc is a veteran film, stage and TV personality, dancer, singer, college professor, occultist, champion tea dueler – a multi-layered entertainer popular throughout the Steampunk culture. Recently, Doc starred in Stephen King's new movie "Mute", made television guest appearances on "Jay Leno's Garage", "Mysteries of the Museum", "Haunted Hotels" and of course his recurring role as the antiquities expert featured on "Pawn Stars". He's also been performing on the Las Vegas strip as the Mad Hatter Red King in "Steampunk Alice".  We are delighted to welcome Doc back to Hannibal!

Dr. Phineas T. Kastle

Las Vegas, Nevada

Fun will ensue as Brent Allan (aka Doctor Zero) pays homage to the amazing Harry Houdini by performing hilarious magic and wacky escapes. His offbeat humor and shenanigans will have you laughing and questioning reality! A veteran stand-up comedian, illusionist, and sideshow performer who has performed across the US, Dr. Zero is making his debut in Hannibal at the 2019 Big River Steampunk Spring Faire!


Dr. Zero

Chicago, Illinois


Sammy Tramp is a charming, lovable, scamp of a tramp, a throwback to the days of Chaplin and Keaton, and the good ol’ days of Vaudeville and Music Hall. Sammy is a high energy performance artist who has headlined and entertained in burlesque festivals, vaudeville shows, street/music festivals, silent film events, concerts, and cabarets. She was a founding member of Chicago's Silent Theatre company, and is also the creator and artistic director of the Beggar’s Carnivale, The Pocket Music Hall, and The Traveling Flicker Factory. Sammy is bringing an all new show to Hannibal, the Ragtime Revue, as well as producing and emceeing the most popular event at any Big River Steampunk -- Burlesque at the Star!




Sammy Tramp

Nashville, Tennessee

Darling Violet is originally from Pennsylvania but now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. A graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts and member of the Kansas City Society of Burlesque, she now performs as a singer, dancer, aerialist, circus performer and burlesque dancer throughout the United States. She is also half of the slapstick-live-silent-film  and singer-songwriter duo Dashing and Darling. This talented, all-around performer does it all every time she joins us at Big River, we're delighted to have her back once again!



Darling Violet

Nashville, Tennessee

Eva la Feva is a nationally touring burlesque and belly dance performer/producer that has been delighting audiences for over a decade with her fluid, stylized dance technique base and her emotive and theatrical approach to burlesque. Eva has been a headliner at Chicago's Clipper Cabaret and was recently featured in  The Chicago Academy of Burlesque . She also produces shows and events through her company, Feva Pitch Productions. Learn Burlesque Movement with Eva at the Big River Steampunk Spring Faire and catch her as part of the comedy troupe of Ragtime Revue and main headliner of Burlesque at the Star.

Eva La Feva

Chicago, Illinois


Beware: dangerous, sensual curves ahead!  We are proud to welcome Sio back to Hannibal as part of the comedy troupe for Ragtime Revue and a featured performer at Burlesque at the Star.  Sio is a popular burlesque performer in Chicagoland, appearing in such prestigious cabarets as Unbridled, No-Tell Cabaret, House of Blues, Uptown Underground and many others. She will delight you with her sweetness and charm -- but dazzle you with her passion and heat!

Sio Bast

Chicago, Illinois


Sally Marvel began performing in Chicago by happenstance. Seven years later, she is an accomplished

Burlesque and sideshow performer, specializing in sword swallowing, fire performance, “pain-proof” acts, and Western arts such as whip cracking and lasso. She can be seen in Chicago at Bordel where she is co-producer of Vaudeville with AJ Le Sacc, as well as Vaudeville at Beauty Bar in Chicago. On her return trip to Big River, Sally will be doing a special performance on the Great Stage as well as featured performances in Ragtime Revue and Burlesque at the Star. We are proud to welcome back to Hannibal the Marvelous Ms. Marvel!



Sally Marvel

Chicago, Illinois


Charming and irreverent are the two best descriptions of one of our favorite performers, Jewcy James! Back again to perform as a member of the Ragged Blade Band, Jewcy will also join the troupe performing Burlesque at the Star. This multi-talented entertainer does it all -- plays guitar, sings, dances, and will bring lightheartedness to anything that gets too serious or pretentious -- you'll fall in love with Jewcy James at the Big River Steampunk Spring Faire!



Jewcy James

St. Louis, Missouri


The Ragged Blade Band

St. Louis, Missouri


We are proud to feature the Ragged Blade Band at the Big River Steampunk Spring Faire! This six-piece ensemble, led by Jerry Rabushka on trumpet and piano, specializes in jazz, ragtime and blues, but also shines in covering early American roots music such as country – they label themselves “old-Old-School”. The Ragged Blade Band are the main headliners at the Great Gatsby Gala and will perform throughout the day on the Great Stage of the Steampunk Spring Faire.



Ned is a staple on Hannibal's Main Street -- always willing to pull out his antique upright piano and play during festivals in front of Java Jive! An accomplished pianist who loves Ragtime, Ned also composes music and lovingly tunes and restores old pianos of all kinds. It is a privilege to have Ned perform at the 2019 Big River Steampunk Spring Faire.



Ned Behrensmeyer

Hannibal, Missouri


Photo by Greg Inda

Photo by Ethan Jolie

Photo by Alejandra Guerrero

Photo by Brenda LaRose

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