Heritage Days and the Steam Ball

Attention all Steampunks in the Greater Northwest! Tomorrow, Abney Park will be performing at Steam Ball in Port Angeles as part of their Heritage Days event. This looks to be a rather unique event celebrating the history of the town on its own, and with the addition of an Abney Park concert, it’s going to be an awesome weekend.

Tickets can purchased from the NW Performing Arts website for 22$ each and will be held at will call if purchased online. This show has the expanded line up some of you were able to experience at the Seattle show Abney Park played last month, with an extra guitar player and a brass section to flesh out Abney Park’s already amazing sound. It’s something you definitely need to experience if you haven’t heard it for yourself yet.

And, if your heading out to the show, do consider making a weekend out of the Heritage Weekend events over the weekend which includes tea with Teddy Roosevelt, Harbor tours, and plethora of  other events to entertain and delight before your favorite airship pirates take the stage.

I’ll be there for the weekend (in fact, I’m there now!) and I hope to see you out here as well! Hooray for a weekend of fun!

Frenchy and the Punk Tour Dates

Fresh off their tour through Europe, Frenchy and the Punk (formerly the Gypsy Nomads) have returned to this side of the Atlantic and are already busy putting on shows throughout the month of May. This month, they are transversing the better part of the eastern and middle United States playing awesome shows as they go.

This weekend, you can find Scott and Samantha at the International Steampunk City in Waltham, Massachusetts before they hit the road to shows in New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. Check out their event page on Facebook to get the full breakdown of their shows for the month of May.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of not knowing much about Frenchy and the Punk, make haste to their website to learn all about this duo and check out the interview I did with them a while back when they were still known as the Gypsy Nomads.

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!

A Clockwork Wonderland

A Clockwork Wonderland is a local event being organized by the Marquis of Vaudeville on January 22nd at the Curtain Club in Dallas. It’s sure to be an excellent event and is already promising to draw Steampunks from across the state to share a night of steam driven fantasy.

Although he’s been working around the clock to bring participants the very best in Dallas Steampunk, I got the opportunity to chat with Toby Lawhon, the lead singer of the Marquis of Vaudeville, about the Clockwork Wonderland in between his very busy schedule. In our conversation, he told me about what people could expect from the Clockwork Wonderland. Here’s what he had to say:

A Clockwork Wonderland: Through Aether & Mysterium, is, precisely what the name exudes and implies; an extravagant escape from the mundane world into a weird wonderland comprised of mystery & magnificence, clockwork & contraptions, of airships and Victorian aesthetics. It’s an alternative take on Lewis Carroll’s tales of Wonderland, in which the realm of steampunk has been overgrown and enveloped by vines and a certain sense of nonsensical whimsy.

It is, in essence, a show, an assemblage, an experience, and extraordinary engagement that we wish to share with all steampunks, misfits, and other diehard dreamers of alternative culture.

Why? Because we found ourselves wondering…
What if Wonderland had weird widgets, gear-laden gadgets, and ingenious inventors just around every hedgerow? What if newfangled gizmos could be found in perpetuity throughout a forest of overgrown flowers?

This is the inkling behind A Clockwork Wonderland: Through Aether & Mysterium

Hosted by our musical outfit Marquis of Vaudeville, A Clockwork Wonderland, is to be held this year at Curtain Club/Liquid Lounge in Dallas, TX on January 22nd. It is a single evening steampunk mini-con with Vaudevillian variety performances comprised of curious carnival, circus, and cabaret elements, as well as burlesque, pirate, and other strange musical menageries. There will be an impressive and quite extensive display of the inventions and creations made by two of the most prominent Texas airships, Airship Isabella and Airship Nocturne, an exotic bazaar featuring trinkets and curios to purchase and peruse made by many of the local Texas Steampunk artists and sellers.  A superfluity of spectacular spectacles and astounding attractions, all tangled within a venue decorated to create an aperture of escape into a twisted Wonderland.

Featured Attractions Include:

~The Astounding Sideshow Astonishments & Startlements of Circus della Morte~
~The Beguiling & Bewitching Burlesque Stylings of Femme Vivre LaRouge~
~The Magnificent Mechanical Marionettes of House of Mob~
~The Voodooistic Vibes & Shamanistic Shanties of Master ‘Bones’ Jangle the Trans-dimensional Pirate~
~The Dissident Automated Doll & Objet D’art Jai L’bait~
~The Hypnotically Haunting Melodies of Amanda Terese~
~The Mesmerizing & Mystical Sitar of Sarasvati Bodhisattva~
~The Curious Carnival Capers & Dauntless Daredevil Deeds of The Circus Freaks~
~The Prophetic Prognostications & Precognitive Device of Dr. Zoso~
~The Widgetous Newfangled Gadget & Contraption Arrayal~
(Featuring Airship Isabella & Airship Nocturne)
~The Eldritch Aether Trinkets & Curios Bazaar~
~The Pageantry & Prominence Airship Parade~

and of course a performance with new musical mischief by Marquis of Vaudeville!

Tickets are $15 at the rabbit hole
Advanced Tickets: $12 + $2.75 service charge
Advanced ticketing is currently available at Front Gate Tickets

To get involved, or for dealer inquiries, gadget show inquiries, or if one would like their airship or vessel to be a part of the The Pageantry & Prominence Airship Parade, Please contact: mov@marquisofvaudeville.com

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I’ve already purchased my ticket for this event, and I hope you will consider doing the same if you live anywhere within driving distance of Dallas. This promises to be a wonderful event, and I hope to see many of you there!

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook and/or the Steampunk Empire.

Steampunk New Year’s Eve

If you happen to find yourself in Seattle this night before New Year’s Eve pondering how you should spend tomorrow night, allow me to recommend an excellent opportunity for Steampunk revelry, Abney Park’s Steampunk New Year’s Eve.

For a mere 30 dollars preordered, or 35 at the door, you can enjoy an evening of the best in Steampunk entertainment from aerialists and firebreathers to Unwoman and Abney Park. What better way to bring in 2011 than with everyone’s favorite airship pirates? There’s not one.

The Steampunk New Year’s Eve is being held at Studio Seven at 110 South Horton Street, Seattle, WA 98134. The doors open at 8 PM. It’s also a 21 and over event, so the minors will have to stay home for this one.

Personally, I’m planning to spend New Year’s with my beloved airship crew in a small gathering. How are you going to bring in 2011?

Abney Park Concerts!

Lots of exciting news out of Abney Park lately. I think it’s only fair to state upfront that this post is likely to make you want to move to the West Coast like RIGHT NOW.

Our favorite crew of airship pirates is at it again, with a flurry of activity leading up to their performance at SteamCon in November.

This Weekend in Vancouver BC!

September 25th in Portland OR!

October 8th in San Francisco

October 9 in Los Angeles CA

There are  so many opportunities for all you on the west coast! *jealous* There’s nothing quite like seeing these guys live, so for all my west coast readers, do consider trying to make it out to one of these performances.

You’ll also be happy to know that Abney Park is hard at work on their latest album, which Captain Robert has recently announced will be out sometime in November. I’m willing to bet they put it out before SteamCon in later November.

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?