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MARIJUANA MADNESS presented by GRASSFED


Step into the timeless atmosphere of the oldest live music venue on the Westside, Harvelle's, and travel back in time to 1937, when National Marijuana Prohibition was first written into American Law.

Marijuana Madness is a three-part series of live music and burlesque shows dedicated to telling the true story of Marijuana Prohibition and the musicians who were targeted by it, by harnessing the art of burlesque to parody these ludicrous claims that instilled a sense of fear in the public.

Marijuana Madness features Burlesque performer Amber Marie, a timeless beauty who’s unforgettable performances embody exactly the dangerous allure that those accidental visionary anti-marijuana propagandists were warning against.

Many of the key geniuses of Jazz–Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway–were also avid Marijuana smokers. Sending a shock wave through the thriving era of early Jazz, Marijuana Prohibition was decisively influenced by the racism and fear-mongering of the time.

These “devil’s weed”-loving musicians didn't just smoke reefers—Marijuana was often disguised in lyrics using many slang terms, such as Jive, Tea, Gage, Reefer, Muggles, and Viper just to name a few.

Marijuana Madness features Burlesque performer Amber Marie, a timeless beauty who’s unforgettable performances embody exactly the dangerous allure that those accidental visionary anti-marijuana propagandists were warning against.

Also gracing the stage will be Miss Marquez, innovator of Cannabis themed burlesque performances, and serves as the Artistic Director of Marijuana Madness. Miss Marquez fully embraces cannabis culture with her outlandish cannabis-themed wardrobe and the billowing clouds of smoke that envelop her signature appearances around town.

Tying together the narrative of this tale will be international and award-winning burlesque emcee, Tito Bonito (aka Cuban Missile Crisis), who was named one of LA Weekly’s People of the Year 2016, and in 2017 took home the award for “most Comedic” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame.

The Band bringing the Jazz Era to life is the newly convened The Mad Reeefers, featuring some of LA’s most sought-after Jazz musicians. The band includes Willie McNeil (drums), Bill Ungerman (saxophone) Mike Boito (piano), Ollie Steinburg (bass).

Earlier Event: April 22
CannabisDANCE with Brandon Anthony