The 2016 “The Witches Ball” is set to be held at Statler City on Friday, October 28. This year’s theme is Heavenly Inferno – guests will enter through the Gates of Hell, before being immersed into a heavenly paradise. There will be plenty of horrific sights and sounds, as well as angelic playfulness that will abound.
This year, the ball is dedicated to dancing. The Golden Ballroom (Studio 716) will feature headliner John Ceglia, who was a guest DJ from the original Studio 54 in NYC, and a resident DJ at The Limelight. John recently moved back to Buffalo and will be playing close to a two hour set of disco for fans looking to dance, dance, dance. Dave Schulz and CO Jones (from Hollywood) will bring the funk in the same room, and Sunglasses Mike will bring on the heat early on.
Statler City’s Terrace Room will be a Voodoo Lounge, featuring a night filled with the sounds of Preach Freedom (Rusted Root) and his band Connect, as well as Ultraviolet (a No Doubt cover band), and the ever popular DJ Milk (for more dancing). Look for the Voodoo Queen to make appearances throughout the night, as well as contortionists earlier in the evening.
Adding to the excitement, the original Rendezvous Room (The Boiler Room) will be filled with DJs, the occasional drag queen and stupendous magician at the side bar. If you’ve ever been to a show in this room, then you know that it’s going to be sensational for getting down on the dance floor.
“We’re super excited to have the ball at Statler City this year,” said lead organizer Newell Nussbaumer (Buffalo Rising). “The building looks fantastic. People are going to be blown away when they see the lavish interior, with all of the incredible acts that we have lined up this year. Every room will be oriented towards dancing… all night long! From disco to funk, we’re bringing together some of the top music acts, along with performers who will amaze the crowd. We’re upping the ante in 2016, as we do every year. This is going to be a Buffalo event for the record books.”
This year’s special guest is VJ Keith Harrington, who will be creating video effects throughout Statler City. Per usual, Mark Madden and his crew from MaddTiki will be delivering an array of crazy visuals, alongside the ever-creepy antics of Terror Technologies.
The event will feature over 25 different acts, artists, and DJs, including: Fleuron Rouge, Arlowe Price, Miss Kitty, Foxy Diamondz, Random Ninjaz, The Hunks, balloon sculptures by Joe Mock, Femme Noire (burlesque), Nickel City Novelties, Buffalo Aerial Dance, Lazy Ass Destroyer, Magician Joe Maxwell, Father Doomsday played by actor Bill Kennedy, Voodoo Queen, Primrose Path, Slyboots (parade), DJ Milk, BDA Dancers, Mason Winfield (hosting tarot/palm readings), “Dragged Out” with Jamie Coxx & Friends, music from “The Phantom of the Opera” by Zach Carr and Cortney Chyme, a macabre art gallery, Interactive Chamber of Horrors, DJ Allday Jonlay, Potent J, Rusty Beretta, and intergalactic superstar DJ Slobbanozzle, Rufus Gibson, Bflo Lydia, Chuck Abbott, Travis Poling, Dusty Bits (Brother Bear B2B Notixx), Disco Brisket (Human Zoo aka Gene Linet B@B Diskomaster) and more to be announced.
The Witches Ball Costume Contest, hosted by Adam Boyd & Playboy model, Ashley Noel, will give away over $2,000 in prizes for best costume and sexiest guy/girl.
The 2016 Witches Ball will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Statler City, 107 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY from 7 pm to 1 am. Main entrance is back of the hotel, near the Convention Center. There will food trucks at the event – Lloyd Taco, Gourm-Asian, and The Whole Hog.
For more information, please visit The Witches Ball Facebook event page. Tickets are $40 per person. Space is limited to allow for a good time for all guests. This event is for ages 21 and up. This year there is a food drive to benefit The Food Bank of WNY, conducted by Terror Technologies – bring a can of food and get ‘kissed’ by a zombie.