A-Kon 21, Dallas, Tx

Ladies and gentlemen, I know that I have spent a considerable amount of time discussing my excitement for the upcoming SteamCon II to take place between the 19th and 21st of November in the beautiful city of Seattle. But all this talk of far-flung lands and dates have caused a request to be placed by my local cohorts here in Dallas to present some Texan Steampunk events, preferably in our fair city of Dallas.

And while Dallas is far from the Steampunk capital of the world (in my book, it’s Seattle) I have for you Dallasites the next date that Abney Park will be in Dallas: June 5, 2010, for A-Con.

Now, I know that this is not an expressly Steampunk event. I must admit that I’m not that much into Anime. But Abney Park is going to be Saturday Night’s concert, which is sure to bring out the local Steampunks, at least for their performance.

I’ve bought the three day pass to this event, just so that I can be completely assured that I can see Abney Park’s performance. It cost me a paltry 45 dollars for three days of events which I will probably attend despite my indifference to anime just to see the nerds and geeks of Dallas come out of their hidey-holes for a few days.

Anyone else thinking of going?

Abney Park: Aether Shanties

Abney Park is probably the best known Steampunk band. Their industrial sound is truly unique and makes for some energizing listening, especially when compared to the mediocre things that they mainstream music industry produces and dares to call music (Disney, I’m looking at you…).

Abney Park was initially founded as a Gothic Industrial band. It wasn’t until their eighth album Lost Horizons in 2008 that they found the Steampunk niche. They created alternate personas and a fictional back story about their lives as airship pirates to ‘explain’ their genre shift. Many of their songs have some reference to this back story.

Aether Shanties is Abney Park’s tenth album. Lyrically, it’s an extension of the airship pirates theme, while succeeding in conjuring up all sorts of old-timey sounds and imagery that fit the Steampunk genre. The sound is excellent, the engineering of the album well executed.

Please click on the album above to go to Abney Park’s marketplace. The link I have provided even has two sample songs you can listen to before you buy the CD. Digital download of Aether Shanties is also available in the market place, as are all of their previous releases.

If you’re interested in exploring Steampunk music, this album is a great place to start.

And, I just found out that Abney Park will be visiting my home town in June! Squee!

Wonderland: A Tim Burton Ball

If you happen to find yourself in San Francisco tomorrow, Friday February 5th, I must recommend an event which is sure to excite: Wonderland: A Tim Burton Ball at the DNA Lounge. A month before the release of Alice in Wonderland, this event promises to be one worth dressing up for and attending.

But perhaps the fact that this is Tim Burton ball isn’t enough for you. If you’re asking why I’m showing you an event clearly hosted by Goths, then let me highlight the evening’s main Performance: Abney Park!

This band is trailblazing the concept Steampunk music. They’ve got a fantastic sound, and they are entirely dedicated to the Steampunk subculture. Here’s a sample video of one of my favorite songs by them, Airship Pirate. Plus, you can take a look at their Steampunk influenced recording studio, which is nothing short of decadent.

Awesome. Don’t miss the chance to see these guys live!

A bit more about the ball: Tickets are available to pre-order for $16 at the DNA Lounge’s website if the pre-order stock hasn’t sold out. Otherwise, it’s $18 dollars at the door in a Tim Burton character costume, and $20 without a costume. Dancing lessons are just 5 dollars and include instruction into the Polka and the Jitterbug, which starts at 7:30 and goes until 9:30. This event is for all ages and lasts until 3 in the morning.

For those of you on Facebook, the event has its own page there as well. Check it out here.

As I am in Dallas, Texas, I fear I will not able to make the event, but for those who do, I’d love to hear about how it was!