Theatre Bizarre Orchestra
The genesis for the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra ignited when David J. (frontman of Bauhaus/Love and Rockets) joined award-winning jazz ensemble, Planet D Nonet for an impromptu performance of the Bauhaus classic, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” at the 2014 Theatre Bizarre Gala.
Their collaboration resulted in both a spontaneously unique rendition of the song — Bela Lugosi meets Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher” for a delirious sojourn into Chinatown to ‘kick the gong around’ — as well as the amalgamated birth of the TBO.
Recording at Detroit’s celebrated Tempermill Studio with seasoned engineer, David Feeny (The White Stripes/Jack White/Loretta Lynn), David J. and the talented arranger/band leader/saxophonist/clarinetist, Joshua James have brought their first album, Carpe Noctem to life!
Through their music, David J. and the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra have managed to capture the off-kilter essence of Bacchanalian abandon; the musical distillation of twisted circus and dark carnival.
The Louisiana Steampunk Festival is proud to bring TBO as our headline band who will be playing for two one hour sets during our Steampunk Masquerade Soiree on the Night of November 4, 2017.
The New Orleans Steamcog Orchestra is a Dixieland/Ragtime band with a difference! Male & female singers mix with trumpet, trombone, clarinet, xylophone, upright bass, piano & banjo. With the steady beat provided by ‘COGSWORTHY’ our amazing clockwork drummer, we provide an instant ‘turn of the century’ party for any occasion. The Steamcog Orchestra combines authentic and danceable brass sounds with a hip, humorous, appealing retro visual style that evoke old-world New Orleans. The group is currently performing in support of their debut album, ‘Victory Through Steam’.
The New Orleans Steamcog Orchestra will be performing our closing Shindig on November 5, 2017.
Soundscape Studios is an 8 member vocal studio that competes on a regional, state and national level. We perform locally at events and venues as well as statewide. Studio members have been regular performers at the Louisiana Steampunk Festival in the past under the name of APAA. The vocal section of the studio branched off and became Soundscape Studios. Soundscape Studio have been working year long on Steampunk type alternative fun numbers and can not wait to share them with the public! Age of performers range from 9 to 17. Soundscape Studios is a part of the Louisiana Kids, Inc non- profit organization and will be performing the opening show for the Louisiana Steampunk Festival.
PERFORMERS & SHOWS
See the high voltage special effects devices used in the vintage movies live onstage arcing, sparking and throwing spectacular electrical bolts just as they did on the set when originally filmed. Can you identify all of the films that these devices were used in? Frankenstein (1931), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and many more including Young Frankenstein (1974).
Discover a little history about Ken Strickfaden, the man who created these first high voltage special effects used in early movies and what these devices were called by their creator, as well as Nikola Tesla, the scientist who gave us electricity as we know and use it today. See these high voltage special effects devices operating again live on stage for the first time since the filming of these classics in the early 20th Century.
Witness of one of Tesla’s greatest inventions the “Tesla Coil” generating nearly a half a million volts throwing its large arcs and sparks live onstage with its immense electrical power conducted through the professor to light up the stage and fragmentize objects. Explore the history of Nikola Tesla, the scientist who electrified the world. See a live demonstration of the “electric chair” effect reminiscent of carnival side shows in the 20th century where Miss Electra in the chair is completely impervious to electricity with electric arcs and flames emanating
Trybe Habibi Bizarre (THB for short) is based out of Lafayette, Louisiana. Led by Mistress Ilea and KK Bizarre, this troupe specializes in improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) belly dance. THB is composed of a group of dancers who embody what this art form is about, empowerment of women regardless of body size, varying in professions that come together to create a sisterhood of dancers. THB has performed at each SteamPunk and Makers Fair since the first year.
THB incorporates moves and variations from American Tribal Style dance as well as different dance forms across the world. They also include their own signature moves and combos. This allows them to have a style all of their own, and that can move from slinky, creepy and slow, to energetic, fast and upbeat. By using a series of body cues, they create a seemingly choreographed performance by silent communication between the dancers. But don’t be fooled, the only one who knows where the dance is going next, is the leader!
Shakshuka is an Improvisational Tribal Style belly dance troupe that brings together moves from a wide variety of cultures and times… Because this is improvisation and not a choreography, anything can happen which builds a strong engagement of energy between the dancers and audience. Here is a little secret, the gal in front is the one leading the dance; kinda like a fast pace game of Simon Says. Please feel free to make a lota noise if you like what you see!
The Cosmic Kittens are New Orleans-based local performers specializing in the use of LED props, flag poi, burlesque dancing, and fire manipulation. The Cosmic Kittens will the featured dancers at our inaugural Steampunk Masquerade Soiree. The Cosmic Kittens bring life and excitement to any party,
Rod Cannon has been performing the art of magic professionally for over 30 years. As a teen Rod was one of the premier junior members of the Academy of Magical Arts also known as the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, CA. The junior program was sponsored by The Academy of Magical Arts and Sciences to help educate young people in the Art of Magic. Along the way collecting a few awards in magic competitions. By diving head first into the magic world it allowed Rod to hone his magic skills and develop a fruitful distinguished career.
In 1989 Rod returned back to his hometown of Kansas City, Mo. He began showcasing at two of the city’s top fine dining establishments. Along with fine dining clientele Rod has also performed magic at three of Kansas City’s floating casinos, including the Hilton Flamingo where he completed a six month contract in 1996. A few years later Rod returned to Los Angeles where he was involved in the trade show circuit performing magic and many different venues around the country.
Rod has is currently working a variety of Festivals around the Mid-West and Southern states, as well as corporate and private event venues and trade shows.