The Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Festival, aims to rock you back on your boot heels and steam up your goggles with a weekend of costume-clad Perilous Adventures. The event brings together the region's finest Steampunk artists and entertainers for a weekend of music, panels, artisans, creations, gritty history and whimsical flights of fantasy.
This year's event features Jason Webley, internationally acclaimed musician who mingles the gravelly charisma of Tom Waits with the boot-stomping energy of a runaway steam-powered calliope. He is joined by the Nathaniel Johnstone Band at the Saturday night Hootenanny, 7pm in the American Legion hall.
Friday night's Den of Iniquities introduces exciting new twists on our favorite themes. A variety show featuring burlesque, a strongman show, magician, and pirates joined by our house band, The Shaky Barbers. Need a diversion? Slip into the Absinthe Bar to maybe catch a glimpse of a green fairy or sample one of our signature bottled cocktails. After the show, stick around The evening features the dulcet tones of Hot Damn Scandal,. Door opens at 7pm.
Don't miss the swashbuckling adventures of BOOM! (Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries) with their perilous percussive presentation. Experience the mechanical contrivances of Tactical Croquet – miniature golf meets croquet, and the Bodgers' Grande Exhibition, our juried makers' fair. The Steampunk Chautauqua offers panels on the state of the art. The Bazaar of the Bizarre vendor faire brings artisans and creators from across the country. The Brass Screw Chautauqua lecture series comingles Victorian history and culture with all the fantastical whimsy that embodies Steampunk!
"What is Steampunk?" you may be asking. It's a comingling of 19th Century aesthetics and technology with whimsical fancy and speculative fiction. You might think Jules Verne or some post-apocalyptic world where we've reverted to steam power to keep the gears turning. Many adherents enhance their modern lives with Victorian touches unencumbered by that era's repressive prescriptions.
"But what is the Brass Screw?" First, the Brass Screw ain't no Con. It breaks the tradition of historical event in a modern convention center. Instead it turns up the everyday experience of life in Port Townsend, artistic nexus of the Northwest and one of just three Victorian seaports in the US recognized by the National Landmark Trust. The Brass Screw Crew transforms Port Townsend into a unique vision of what a Steampunk Extravaganza should be: vintage aesthetics comingled with edgy century art, music, and tech - all strapped together with brass. We've got something to steam up ingénues and aficionados alike. You'll wonder why you didn't come sooner!
When: June 8-10, 2018
Starts Friday 6/8 5pm
Ends Sunday 6/10 3pm
Where: Port Townsend, Washington
Who: Absolutely everyone including Steampunk devotees and adventure-curious souls ready to discover new arts and experiences
How: Information and tickets available at http://www.brassscrew.org