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Performances and Entertainment


Entertainment to amuse the masses and delight the most jaded of carnivale officianado. Hijinx in store for the member-in-good-standing at the Den of Iniquities Saloon, venues through the day, and the Steampunk Hootenanny Saturday night!

On June 6th, Port Townsend is invaded by wave upon wave of street performers, vendors, musicians, costumed adventurers, and the most eccentric collection of humanity this side of the time-space continuum. Masters of craft and trade enlighten the masses with the latest scientific discoveries.
And then it all vanishes in a puff of steam Sunday afternoon - to reappear another year...


Den of Iniquities

Step out of the hustle and into our Steampunk Saloon replete with absinthe and a smoky haze of music. The Blue Crows evoke moods from the 1920's, when jazz, blues and ragtime were all close to their roots. The finger style resonator guitar of George Rezendes evokes the flavor of ragtime and country blues, while John Morton's clarinet carries the melodies and improvisation of early jazz. For this event they are joined by Dave Smith (of the Wiretappers) playing hot mandolin and violin, plus the most versatile drummer in town, Tom Svornich. This event is next to the Brass Screw High Command at the Cotton Building (607 Water St) from 7-11pm Friday evening. 21+ and over.

Cellar Door

Come on down to Port Townsend's newest oldest speakeasy, and enjoy some fantastic tunes and superior craft cocktails. Located in the historic James & Hastings Building built 1889, Cellar Door occupies the basement space, once a haven of opium, shanghaiers (commonly known as "Crimps") and other nefarious goings-on... Only marginally more proper in the 21st century, Cellar Door (940 Water St - entrance on Tyler St) focuses on locally foraged ingredients in our food and drink, creating many infused spirits, house made liqueurs, barrel-aged cocktails and more. 21+ only for this event, Friday Evening 10pm-1am.


Master Payne, Steampunk sorcerer has been skillfully entertaining audiences in and around the Pacific Northwest with his award winning magic show for over thirty-five years. Hurry, Hurry Hurry! Step right up and Witness the Marvel Of the Modern Age. You've heard about them on the radio, you've read about them in the magazines, now see one for yourself up close and personal.

Master Payne is scheduled to appear at 5pm Saturday in the Key City Public Theatre during the Chautaqauah events. He is also performing at the Hootenanny in the 16-20 venue - or maybe just setting up the circus tent for Annette and the troupe.

The Theatre is at (419 Washington St).



Girl Genius

The Brass Screw Confederacy proudly welcomes guest artists, Kaja and Phil Foglio. Winners of multiple Nebula awards, the Foglio's web comic and novel series, Girl Genius, looms tall over regional gaslight fiction.

This is a rare opportuinty to observe a rootin, tootin live radio show starring their heroine Agatha Heterodyne in the Steampunk Chautauqua on Saturday at 3-5pm in the Key City Public Theatre.

The Theatre is at (419 Washington St).

League of Steam

Spooked by spectres? Bothered by bogeys? Pestered by persistent paranormal problems in general? Don't panic, call the League of Steam! Well, on the other hand, maybe you should panic.

This year's film festival features a veritable cornucopia of short but wacky adventures featuring the oddest group of ghost hunters to strap on an ectoplasmic disruptor.  Join us in the Vancouver Room of the Bishop Hotel at 12 noon, 2pm, and 5pm. They are also featured at the Hootenanny at Fort Worden Saturday night.   Psst! Here's a sneak preview

Our Octopus is Smarter Than Your Labradoodle

The Brass Screw Confederacy collaborates with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center to build a safer world for cephalopods. The Marine Science Center kicks off its summer season the weekend of the Confederacy. Visit the Center's two octopi guests Friday 1-2:30pm at "Oceanography on the Dock," Saturday 2pm Public Feed for marine animals, or visit the Center any time Friday or Saturday, noon to 4pm, 11am-4pm on Sunday! The Science Center is located along Harbor Defense Way at Fort Worden.


Fashion Follies

The Ready Right Now Players, in happy partnership with the Brass Screw Confederacy, are excited to present to you the Brass Screw Fashion Follies. They will happen on the compass walkway behind the Cotton Building on Saturday the 7th of June. There will be 2 shows, at 4pm and again at 5:30pm. (More)

Saturday Night Hootenanny

This is the culmination of our annual confederacy! Bands, burlesque, bars and breath-taking displays of daring-do! We've seconded Building 202: The Evacuated Barracks at Fort Worden for this year's grand show. It's a new direction, different, maybe haunted or just off-kilter with the rest of the time-space continuum, but what a great place to throw a party...

Building 202 was always strange. Decommissioned decades before the rest of the Fort Worden not because it was unusable as because it was undeniably "odd." Haunted, perhaps, but nothing is ever seen. Things never stayed where they were put. Sleeping soldiers reported underwater sounds despite the building sitting hundreds of meters from the shore. On multiple occasions a faucet was reported endlessly dripping, sometimes flowing steadily, impossible to turn off. Facilities reported back this was impossible as water to the building had been disconnected. "Double Odd."

Experience a night in Building 202: The Evacuated Barracks. We promise you spirits and visions, some of them heavenly.

Harper & Hot Damn Scandal finds its songs under park benches and in forgotten alleyways. The resulting outlaw ballads, dirty jazz, circus freakouts, shanty-rags, string band funk, lonesome heart-breakers, and whiskey bottle love songs blend together in a sweet song syrup somewhere between a ramble and a roar. Sometimes called Tipsy American Gypsy Blues , Hot Damn Scandal pulls no punches and puts thunder in your molasses.

Steam Set by DJ Caleb Peacock   Serving the forces of Light with maximum uplift, Captain Peacock is all about raising the vibration of consciousness and whipping crowds into an orgiastic frenzy of REAL dancing. House music and filthy funk intersecting all over the galaxy. He holds down the fort in Port Townsend, WA--the Ibiza of the PNW--but travels and DJs astrally, everywhere.

Jim Nyby plays piano and sings, and through his interpretation sheds new light on the original intent of the music. His range encompasses old jazz, blues, country and folk. His repertoire includes Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Townes Van Zandt, The Magnetic Fields, and many, many others. His music can be heard online at SoundCloud.

and Much, Much More

Deep under the sea, tucked behind buried rocks, lies the Giant Pacific Octopus. With one arm stretched out to ward off intruders, she stands guard for the Brass Screw Confederacy's cave of treasures--its Library of Curiosities. This is a place where only members in good standing are allowed, a secret space where they delight in the oddities of the sea...their very own "odditorium." You may visit, but only if you are part of the Confederacy. And only if you can pass under the arm of the GPO unharmed. Then, and only then, will you be allowed to octopi this eclectic miniature edifice and see the sea's most precious gifts. Sponsored by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. Room designed by Samantha Berger.

With tantalizing temptresses of burlesque, seedy sideshow spectacles and fire manipulation artists, the olio of Velvet Revolution strokes your very soul like a happy chicken with a panorama of feats not to be missed.

Unlock the secrets of yourself in a fortune tellers hideaway. All of the relevant secrets of your past, your present and your future will be revealed to guide your soul's greater purpose.

This year's Steampunk Hootenanny includes an Underwater Venture open to participants 16-20 years old. The 16-and-up venue will include:

  • Steampunk DJ Caleb Peacock dance hall
  • PTMSC's Library of Curiosities
  • Professor Payne's Steampunk Sorcery
  • Magic Lantern Show featuring the harrowing adventures of the League of Steam
  • Duelatorium where you can test your valor
  • Building 202 commissary for tasty treats and refreshments

ID is required for the Hootenanny. We'd hate for you to miss out on the fun! Tickets for those 16-20 are $5 and can be purchased here. The standard hootenanny ticket, as well as the Brass Pass and our Ambassador members, includes admission to the Underwater Venture.