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Performances and Entertainment

 

Port Townsend is invaded by wave upon wave of bands, street performers, vendors, costumed adventurers, and the most eccentric collection of humanity this side of the time-space continuum. This year we're honored to welcome Marquis de Vaudeville as our guest band in their explusive Washington stop on their West Coast tour. Masters of craft delight with their talents day and night...
And then it all vanishes in a puff of steam Sunday afternoon - to reappear another year.

The music never stops at the Brass Screw. Hijinx in store for the member-in-good-standing run:

Marquis de Vaudeville

Experience Houston-based Steampunk spectacle Marquis de Vaudeville in their exclusive appearance in Washington. The Brass Screw Confederacy is honored to present this year's Steampunk Hootenannay featured artist.

Having the ambitious wish to propel the entire world into a melodic vortex, Marquis of Vaudeville emits an extraordinary sound that spirals listeners on an utterly imaginative, musical merry-go-round. One never knows what moodswung journey they’ll embark upon once these musical highwaymen hijack their consciousness. With imagination at its core, the theatrical flair and intriguing nature of their songwriting has grasped the attention of music lovers from the most critical of music elitists to the average radio listener. Although performing frequently at pop culture and steampunk fandom conventions and festivals, the musical menagerie is widely known for their own extravagant Vaudevillian inspired sold-out spectacles.

The group is known the world over for their progressive, psychedelic, punk cabaret stylings, fusing timeworn elements of the old world with newfangled innovation, thus due to the music's mysterious, yet playful nature, they have befittingly dubbed the style "melodic mischief". The act has composed and licensed music for a variety of film projects & television shows such as the syndicated series 'Charmed', Showtime Network’s hit series 'Dexter', and the steampunk short films 'The Mechanical Grave' and 'Amelia'. They've also been featured in such steampunk publications as Race Point Publishing's book 'Anatomy of Steampunk' as well as 'Gearhearts Steampunk Glamor Revue'

Den of Iniquities Saloon

Step out of the hustle and into our Steampunk Saloon replete with absinthe and a smoky haze of music. Set across the street from Brass Screw High Command at the Cotton Building (607 Water St) from 7-11pm Friday evening. 21+ and over. Featuring:

Whimsy Gadget

An eclectic mix of neo-folk and indie rock with Americana underpinnings, Whimsy Gadget formed when songwriters Kate Copeland and Kiyota Sage paired up with Dune Butler and Sam Veatch of Seattle-based psychedelic rock band General Mojo’s. Their original songs feature melodic nuance, vocal harmonies, and rhythmic sleight-of-hand, playfully subverting expectations while leaving just enough for the listener to be irrevocably seduced. This brand new project will surely leave a lasting impression on those who stumble into its path, so it's best to keep a sharp lookout and prepare to get a little bit carried away…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harper & the 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.
Friday night (Cotton Building)7pm.











After-hours at the 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-???

 

Master Payne, Steampunk sorcerer supreme 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.
Friday night (Cotton Building)7pm
Saturday (Brass Screw Chautauqua at the Key City Theatre - 419 Washington St)
Saturday (Steampunk Hootenanny)

Master Payne is scheduled to appear at 5pm Saturday in the Key City Public Theatre during the Chautaqauah events.

Saturday Night Hootenanny

This is the culmination of our annual confederacy! Bands, burlesque, bars and breath-taking displays of daring-do! We've scored Fort Worden: Building 204 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...

Marquis de Vaudeville

Experience Houston-based Steampunk spectacle Marquis de Vaudeville in their exclusive appearance in Washington. The Brass Screw Confederacy is honored to present this year's Steampunk Hootenannay featured artist.

Having the ambitious wish to propel the entire world into a melodic vortex, Marquis of Vaudeville emits an extraordinary sound that spirals listeners on an utterly imaginative, musical merry-go-round. One never knows what moodswung journey they’ll embark upon once these musical highwaymen hijack their consciousness. With imagination at its core, the theatrical flair and intriguing nature of their songwriting has grasped the attention of music lovers from the most critical of music elitists to the average radio listener. Although performing frequently at pop culture and steampunk fandom conventions and festivals, the musical menagerie is widely known for their own extravagant Vaudevillian inspired sold-out spectacles.

Jody Ellen

The ‘road less travelled’ could describe Singer/Songwriter Jody Ellen’s journey from her first steps with the family’s Gospel/Bluegrass band, through the dizzying curves of Steampunk, heading full speed into world of Pop/Alt-Rock music. This is a journey she calls “Random Awesomeness,” something she delivers each time she’s on stage performing for an audience.

The passion and energy she brings is undeniable. With an astounding vocal range, ear-catching Pop melodies, tight harmonies and a spunky personality, the Seattle-based performer is building serious momentum in the Seattle music scene.

Many of her fans may know Jody from her work with the seminal Steampunk band Abney Park, where she spent five years as the female vocalist, prompting one reviewer to remark “Her voice is always soulful, strong and a perfect match with the melody and arrangements, proving that she is easily one of the most skilled and talented women in steampunk music today” after the release of her first solo album “Skyscrapers & Helicopters.”

Nathaniel Johnstone Band

The Nathaniel Johnstone Band hails from Seattle, WA, lead by multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Johnstone (violin, viola, banjo, mandolin, and guitar). Their vibrant sound crosses boundaries and borders, resulting in a blend of European, Middle Eastern, and South American music with Jazz, Rock, Surf, Folk, Gothic, and Steampunk influences.

Joining the band on stage is world-renown bellydance fusion artist Tempest, adding another incredible level to the band’s dynamic stage show. All together, they provide an incredible audio-visual experience that delivers solid, reliable music and high-quality entertainment - all while getting folks up and dancing!

Velvet Revolution's Coin-Op Peep Show

Experience the Brass Screw's larger-than-life Burlesque Peep Show where for just a little cold cash you get more hot girls than you can handle. Behold! Our tantalizing temptresses of burlesque and 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.

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.

Unlock the secrets of yourself in a fortune tellers hideaway. Phrenology? Cartomancy? Tea leaves? Who knows what we have in store for you? All of the relevant secrets of your past, your present and your future will be revealed to guide your soul's greater purpose.

Hootenanny ticket AND ID are required for the Hootenanny.

Dogwood

Hailing from the hedge and loam of Seattle's undergrowth, Dogwood aims to weave historical and wax hysterical in the old-new traditions of mountain men, shantymen, and her fellow men as she tromps acro'st both ancient myth and accidental malady. Dogwood is in real life Kate McKnight, a 2013 graduate of Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre/Playwrighting who inherited her father's passion for bluegrass and her mother's love for eighties pop and opera. She has had minor collaborations in the past with the likes of fellow ukulele enthusiast Aaron Shay, who recorded the EP verion of Myths & Maladies, which will soon be a full-length album thanks to the help and patience of Nathaniel Johnstone and Tempest Zakroff. Look for Persephone Is Dead, Long Live Persephone!, coming out soon!


 

 

Sound and Fury Morris Dancers

Experience traditional English Morris dancing. Such festivities were performed for Queen Victoria to insure her continued stability and Port Townsend could use a bit of that blessing too.