The Airship Awards Nominations are Open

Since Steamcon II, the Airship Awards has been an event to recognize the best and most outstanding in the Steampunk subculture. In the inaugural awards banquet, some of the most influential Steampunks were recognized for their contributions to the community, including Jake Von Slatt, the creators of Girl Genius, Alan Moore, Captain Robert and Abney Park as a whole.

Nominations are now open for this year’s Airship Awards are now open for a variety of categories.

My dear friend Jordan Bodewell of Sepiachord has announced his desire to be nominated for the Aural Award which encompasses, “Any aural piece of work, including but not limited to: Bands, songs, musicians, music videos, etc.”

I would like to enthusiastically endorse his quest for this nomination. Jordan and Sepiachord does much for the Steampunk music genre and the many talented and independent artists within it. If you happen to value the wonderful work that Sepiachord does for Steampunk music, please consider going over to the Airship Awards nominations section and writing in Sepiachord into the Aural category.

And while you are there, make sure to make worthy picks for all the other sections. Steampunk has so many wonderful facets, so it’s hard to pick just one representative for each category, but follow your heart and pick the best by your judgement!

Updates from Abney Park

It’s been a while since I let you, my dear readers, know what Abney Park has been up to as of late, though it’s certainly not for lack of activity! Everyone’s favorite airship pirates have been hard at work creating a new album and preparing for a number of awesome shows that are just on the horizon.

The band has been hard at work in the studio to produce yet another album for your auditory delight. Here’s a small glimpse into the sound for their newest project with the song, Bad Things Coming.

Of course, that’s not all they’ve been up to as of late. There’s a number of shows that the band is gearing up for, including one tomorrow in Oakland at the Oakland Metro Opera House.

Organized by Swing Goth, Blackbeard’s Ball will begin at 8 PM and will feature two sets of Abney Park awesomeness, aerialists, acrobats, and belly dancers in a full-on show of epic proportions. Pick up your tickets here before they sell out.

And if you find yourself outside of the greater Bay Area, fear not! There will be many an opportunity to see them live. Visit their website often for an ever-developing list of upcoming shows. Next up after Oakland:  the World Steam Expo in Dearborn, Michigan.

To get these and many more awesome updates from the band, be sure to sign up for Abney Park’s mailing list to stay up to date on all the latest from them.

World Steam Expo 2011

Summer convention season is just around the corner, and there are a plethora of  awesome Steampunk events for you to take part in. One outstanding event is the World Steam Expo, taking place in Dearborn, Michigan from May 27th through the 30th. The convention is being held at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn at Fairlane Town Center.

This year’s convention is a four day long affair bringing you some of the best of Steampunk. From Abney Park to the officers of the Imperial Anti-Piracy Squadron, the Expo is sure to keep Steampunks of all interests and persuasions entertained.

As of an update posted yesterday, this weekend is the last opportunity to preregister for the World Steam Expo, so do be sure to take advantage of the extension to secure your passes before the start of the Expo.

To learn more about the World Steam Expo, please visit their website and peruse their FAQ.

Steampunk in Seattle: Abney Park in Spokane

This weekend, Abney Park is playing a show at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA and for all my readers in the Seattle area considering attending, you’ve been invited to caravan out to the show with the band!

Two caravans are departing tomorrow at 10 AM to make the trek out to Spokane, and you’re welcome to join in the adventure. Please let Robert (for Gig Harbor) or Nathan (for Seattle) know if you are planning to travel with them.

This promises to be a fantastic show, as Abney Park is wont to do. According to Captain Robert, “This is going to be a full-on bad-ass show, with dancers, and everything, and its going to be in one big-ass, bad ass space.” Add to the mix my dear friend DJ Panix the dancing talent of Koreshakti, and you are undoubtedly in for a treat tomorrow.

The Knitting Factory doors open at 7 PM with the show beginning at 8. You can order tickets in advance from the Knitting Factory. This is an all ages show, so be sure to bring everyone along for the fun! I hope to see you there!

GEARCon

There’s a new convention that’s been recently added to the ever growing list of Steampunk conventions. GEARCon, Portland’s first Steampunk convention, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Portland from July 22 through the 24th.

There’s already been a plethora of guests and merchants confirmed for this young convention. Registration for GEARCon is currently $30 for the entire weekend pass, but prices will go up on April 10, so be sure to get your pass soon. Visit the FAQ for any further inquires you may have regarding the convention. I’ll be sure to keep you up to date as developments arrive for what is to be a fantastic con.

Portland’s Steampunk scene has been the topic of a number of recent posts here, including an article on Steampunk in Portland and an interview with Vagabond Opera, who are this year’s musical headliners for GEARCon, so if you’ve never experienced Portland Steampunk, this is a fantastic opportunity to see it first hand.

Stay up-to-date by following twitter.com/pdxsteampunkff and visiting their website often. You can also RSVP and see who else is planning to attend by visiting their Facebook event page.

Steampunk in Seattle: Vagabond Opera Performs Tomorrow

Not too long ago, I had the great pleasure of doing an interview with the members of the fabulously talented Vagabond Opera. In it, they mentioned a huge West Coast tour that was soon on the horizon.

It’s finally here, and tomorrow Vagabond Opera is going to be playing at the Triple Door in Seattle for not one, but two fantastic shows, tomorrow, April 1st.

The first of the two shows is an all ages show starting at 7:30 followed by a 21+ show at 10. Tickets are $18 advance and $20 on April 1. You can purchase tickets for either (or both!) shows here, and RSVP to the event here.

If you happen not to live in Seattle but are still dying to see your favorite vagabonds live, you can see all of Vagabond Opera’s upcoming shows through their website’s shows calendar. The Spring Tour is huge, so be sure to check out all the the places they are playing; chances are, they’ll be visiting you soon!

Steampunk in Seattle: Blackbird Orchestra This Weekend

For those of you who attended Steamcon II, you might recall a performance by a particularly talented band called Blackbird Orchestra. They closed out the cabaret on Sunday afternoon with some absolutely amazing music.

If you happen to be in Seattle tomorrow and wish to replicate that experience, head down to Fuel tomorrow evening for a performance from the Blackbird Orchestra, The Sins, and Lena Lou.

Tomorrow’s event is a 21+ event. Cover is $7 at the door which is a fantastic deal for Blackbird Orchestra by themselves, let alone two other bands.

To learn more about Blackbird Orchestra, please visit their main website where you can peruse their blog, read about the band, and score some awesome Blackbird swag at their store.  To learn more about tomorrow’s performance and to RSVP, please visit Facebook. I’m planning on being there, and I hope you will be too!