Tag Archives: Steampunk

Meet the Musicians: Frenchy and the Punk


  Frenchy and the Punk can be seen at conventions and festivals across the US and in Europe.  Their music is a marvelous mélange of mellifluous melodies and deliciously diverse ditties, the best description comes from the source. John N Collins (JNC): How would you describe your band? Samantha Stephenson (SS): We call it Indie Folk Punk Cabaret. (JNC): Who are your band members? (SS): Samantha Stephenson – Vocals, Percussion, Drums Scott Helland – Guitar, Live Guitar Looping, Vocals, Drums (JNC): Can you

Musician and author, Voltaire returns to the Midwest in April 2014


Voltaire at Up in the Aether 2013 in Dearborn, Michigan   Today the Steampunk Empire in Ohio announced that the popular musician Aurelio Voltaire will be returning to the midwest for the Steampunk Empire Symposium April 25 – 27, 2014 (tickets 20% off until the end of December 2013.) Voltaire was recently at the Up in the Aether convention in Dearborn where he kept the audience entertained with his Gothic Pirate humor and performances of humorous and bawdy music. In addition to his steamy, gothic,

Steam and snow mix in Detroit with more to follow!


  Steam Powered Giraffe’s Hatchie ©2013 by Lance Sabbag of Blue Dragon Media Once again San Diego’s Steam Powered Giraffe wowed the crowd in the Detroit area only a month after their packed performance at Youmacon in Detroit’s GM Renaissance Center.  They filled the 500 seat Marquis Theater in Northville, Michigan both Friday and Saturday nights.  Saturday’s performance was delayed a bit as the stage had to be torn down after Friday’s performance for the Little Mermaid on Saturday afternoon and due to the inclement weather.  

The music of warriors, gamers, starships, airships, and Valkyrie – Victor Sierra


  Victor Sierra – Yesterday’s Tomorrow Mighty warriors gather, prepared for a great conflict, wearing armor and bearing weaponry that spans cultures and millenia. A dark storm brews overhead with rumblings of thunder and flashes of lightning. The warriors are pumped full of adrenaline, fully knowing their death may be moments away yet caught up in the glory of battle and focussed on guiding the points and blades of their weapons as they charge into the host of enemies. The

More Magnificent Music coming from Jon Benton MacKinder!


Jon Magnificent at Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium 2012   Jon Benton MacKinder (aka Jon Magnificent) is a musician of amazing and diverse talent, a brilliant conversationalist, and a very sweet man. He is the winner of 4 Los Angeles Musical Awards and currently up for more, and has had 2 Grammy nominations for his work. His recent song “You Should Be With Me” has broken 300,000 views on youtube in just 4 months since its release the day after

An Up in the Aether anniversary celebration with music and merriment at the the Phoenix Cafe


  Stone Clover with Matthew Flannery, Taylor Izak, Marc Williams, Pauly Brady, and Ian Dixon Saturday night April 13 until the wee hours of Sunday morning at the Phoenix Cafe in Hazel Park, Michigan, a simple anniversary gathering turned into a steampunk soirée. Michael and Cindy Wiggins Celebrating their one year anniversary Hosts Michael and Cindy Wiggins, the Up in the Aether gang, and other friends celebrated Michael and Cindy’s first year of marriage. Boca Musica led the crowd in song

The Grand Rapids Public Museum and The Clockwork Dolls?

Unfortunately no, but it would be wonderful to have them in the area performing. I was at the Grand Rapids, Michigan Public Museum recently for the grand opening party of their Civil War exhibit and spent some time taking some photos. Over the Memorial Day weekend I was at the World Steam Expo in Dearborn, an amazing event where The Clockwork Dolls were one of several great bands. I ran into Allison of The Clockwork Dolls and discovered that not

An Interview with Pop Haydn and Nancy at the World Steam Expo

You can’t miss the talent of a virtuoso.  If you heard James Earl Jones ordering a burger over the speaker at a drive through or saw a ballerina gracefully sit down on the floor with a plate of food at a potluck you couldn’t miss the beauty and grace.  The same goes for Pop.  He performs the classic illusions with the fluidity and grace of a ballet dancer and the voice and manner of an award winning actor. While I watched

Of Stockings and Steam – Hayley Jane at the World Steam Expo!

When I entered the ballroom where Hayley Jane was holding her seminar it had the respectful quiet one might expect during the solemn moments of a religious ceremony.  She held the audience in rapt attention as she explained her philosophies and concepts related to the art and science of the strip-tease.  During most events I shoot the click of my camera usually fades into the background but I actually had a few admonishing looks from the audience who were focussed