Come hither, homies! RenFest parody takes Macklemore back five centuries

"This mead is hella dope."

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Local performer/comedian Julia Bemi is the mastermind and emcee of the tune, with appearances by the Washing Well Wenches, Merbella Mermaids, Hob the Troll, Sirena, Splatter Time Players, Demzarah Gypsies, Jousters, the King and Queen and many others of ye olde crew. Jim Hancock recorded it.


Says Bemi: "I work on the site crew at both the Bay Area festival and the Michigan Renaissance Festival (both owned by Jim Peterson.) I wrote the parody in three nights, recorded it in one session, and filmed it last Sunday while the fair was opened. Mike Marin is a cast member who both filmed and edited the music video in record time! We had to rush the project through in order to make it relevant for the last two weekends that BARF is open this season."


The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is in its 35th season and ends on April 7. The Festival is open weekends, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine. Admission is $18.95; children 5-12, $10.95; 4 and younger are free. Discounts are available at participating Circle K and Walgreens stores, at MOSI, or online at BayAreaRenaissanceFest.com. Parking is free.


  • THOU MOST HONORABLE EMCEE: Julia Bemi and ye olde crew at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival.

Renaissance festival performers have an become a culture onto their own: a well-defined geeky-smart and theatrical bohemian hippie enclave that's as inescapable as the patchouli-drenched armpit potpourri wafting around them. If that weren't all, local festival organizers are adding twists to further nerdify the jubilations; worlds-colliding traditions of anachronistically appropriate themed parties, ones we don't usually associate with lords and lasses, like the Mexican-themed fiesta or the ongoing mermaid show that can be enjoyed this weekend.

Now the Bay Area Renaissance Festival is getting in on the Interwebs viral-parody craze with a most ribald take on Macklemore’s "Thrift Shop" hit, created by fans and entertainers of the BARF, with clever lines like "It only cost me 99 pence" and "This Mead is hella-dope." (Video embedded below.)

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