“I want you to close your eyes and remember your first puff puff pass,” Baba Israel raps near the beginning of “Cannabis: A Viper Vaudeville,” which is a fast-paced flashy rap concert and dance party clearly geared to fans of the psychoactive plant that has dozens of names and many millions of fans.
Cannabis! A Viper Vaudeville is a theatrical concert exploring the history of cannabis using music, dance, and spoken word. The team includes Baba Israel as writer, performer, and co-director; Grace Galu as composer/performer; and dramaturg/co-director Talvin Wilks in collaboration with Soul Inscribed and an ensemble of dancers.
With music, dance, and spoken word, it explores the history of cannabis using Hip Hop’s remix and mashup tradition. Inspired by Martin A. Lee’s book Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana, CANNABIS! A VIPER VAUDEVILLE weaves the music of icons such as Bob Marley with the stories of grassroots activists Dennis Peron and Brownie Mary with personal narratives. From Congo Square to the speakeasies of the jazz age, from the revolutionary happenings of the ’60s to the AIDS activism of the San Francisco buyers club, our time traveling tale invokes a tradition of rebel spaces — sites of music, healing, and resistance.
“I saw what was billed as a “sneak preview” of “Cannabis: A Viper Vaudeville” at Little Island last August, less than half of the full two-hour show, and I was struck in particular by Israel’s band Soul Inscribed‘s thrilling mix of musical genres, from to jazz to hip hop to blues to pop (even a rendition of The Beatles “I get high with a little help from my friends.”), and, a highlight, singer-songwriter Grace Galu imitating Louis Armstrong’s singing style. Cannabis: A Viper Vaudeville. An Entertainment, A Celebration, A History, A Clearinghouse.” – AUTHOR:NEW YORK THEATER PUBLISHED DATE:JULY 28, 2022
Inspired by Martin A. Lee’s book Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational, and Scientific, this theatrical concert weaves the histories of icons such as Louis Armstrong and Bob Marley and grassroots activists such as Dennis Perron and Brownie Mary with personal narrative. Join us for a time-traveling tale of jubilation, injustice, and transformation.
Featuring the talent of Baba Israel, Grace Galu, Juan Carlos Polo, Sean Nowell, and Robert Knowles!
CANNABIS! A VIPER VAUDEVILLE – WRITTEN BY BABA ISRAEL, COMPOSED BY GRACE GALU, MUSIC BY SOUL INSCRIBED
About The HighLifeStyle Show
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be 21+ and is the show open to the public?
The show is open to the public, 21+ NO EXCEPTIONS.
Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?
You will need a copy of the ticket, printed or on your phone.
Can I leave & re-enter?
Yes, unlimited re-entry for the day of the show with a badge.
Can I bring/use cannabis to the event?
Yes – consumption will be permitted in all outside spaces. Possession and use of cannabis MUST be in compliance with Massachusetts law.
Is my registration/ticket transferable?
Yes – anyone over 21 can use your ticket.
What is the refund policy?
All ticket sales are final, with no refunds.
You must be at least 21 years of age to enter the private property.
The HighLifeStyle Show will be over 30,000 sq ft indoor and outdoor gathering of brands, dispensaries, distributors, growers, artists, performers, and consumers to converge in the HighLifeStyle of B2B and B2C in a resort hotel conference setting with exhibitors, vendors, concerts, comedy, education, celebrities, socializing and networking.
The HighLifeStyle Show offers exhibitors and vendors a fun environment to meet qualified customers who are interested in canna-related products, services, and creative arts.
As a business conference, one of our goals is to have businesses, entrepreneurs, and brands be able to meet the distributors, retailers, and consumers in an entertaining, safe environment. Retail distributors can promote their products and retail locations in order to compete to attract new customers. Artists can find new fans. Craft growers can network to find supplies they may need to be an at-home botanist, or find outlets or job opportunities.
As a LifeStyle conference, we will be showcasing all aspects of the canna-inspired culture including health, wellness, music, art, clothing, literature, food, cultivation, supplies, medical, educational, and ancillary aspects including cannabis weddings and travel.
There will be two levels of participation involving access to indoor and outdoor activities. All attendees will be able to access all of the Exhibitors indoors and out.
Live Music On The Main Stage Outdoors All Weekend Long Includes
The Wailers, Roots of Creation, Brett Wilson, Mikaela Davis, Barrence Whitfield, Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys, Tsunami of Sound, Justine’s Black Threads, and more.
THERE WILL BE NO SELLING ANYTHING IN VIOLATION OF MASSACHUSETTS LAW. THIS LOCATION IS NOT A DISPENSARY.
About the Venue
Make it a vacation and stay for the weekend! Boxboro Regency Hotel (978) 263-8701 Located in a rural area near several corporate offices, this simple conference hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from I- 95 and within 1 mi (2 km) of Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. 9 km and 33 km from downtown Boston. The warm, traditionally furnished rooms feature free Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV, a coffee maker, and a seating area. Higher-class rooms have mini-fridges and/or a balcony or terrace overlooking the pool. Suites also include sofa beds and microwaves, while higher-end suites have separate living rooms.
While there are many pleasant restaurants close to our hotel, we are happy to offer guests delicious on-site dining options. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at our casual restaurant Minuteman Grille American Pub. You can also enjoy a delicious meal served directly in your room.
Amenities consist of a tropical atrium with a fountain, free Wi-Fi, free parking, disabled access, an indoor pool, a restaurant, bars, room service, and air conditioning. Refrigeration, Airport Shuttle, Pets Allowed, Dogs Allowed (please call hotel for more information). information 978-263-8701). In addition, for hotel guests, we provide a fully equipped fitness center that includes changing rooms and showers, treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and free weights. . Stay in control of your business with our on-site business center, which offers computer, printer, and fax services.
The hotel restaurant, bars, and indoor restrooms are also exclusive to VIPs, Hotel guests, and Exhibitors.
VIP Live Concerts including Roots of Creation appearing in Concert on Friday, October 7, 2022, at 4:00 pm – also Brett Wilson solo set Friday Evening, Cannabis Viper Vaudeville performance – Special Show only for VIPs, Exhibitors, and Hotel Guests and Mikaela Davis with her band Southern Star will be performing in concert Saturday, Oct. 8 on the main stage outdoors – Mikaela Davis will be performing a special solo concert for VIPs, Exhibitors and Hotel Guests with More VIP Activities To Be Announced.
Friday, October 7 (VIPs, Exhibitors, and Hotel Guests only): 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Roots of Creation 3:30-5:00, then after-hours fun with a Comedy show, , and Brett Wilson’s solo set!