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The 2015 International Steampunk Symposium has gathered an amazing line up of musicians, dancers, and entertainers who fantastically reflect the international theme of “Around the World in 80 Days”!

Frenchy and the Punk Stage

Head-lining are Steampunk favorites Frenchy and the Punk, who will be performing several of their songs in French!

Pickled Brothers Circus

Your host and MC for the International Steampunk Symposium’s main stage entertainment is vaudevillian Travis Fessler and the Pickled Brothers Circus . . .

Expect the unexpected as Travis, Susan, and Erik not only introduce our fantastic line up of acts, but also thrill and shock you with sideshow oddities such as sword swallowing, juggling, bed of nails, bizarre humor, and more!

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Friday, April 24th

5PM – Acarya

AcaryaCoining the term “Tribal Rock,” this dynamic group fuses earthy percussion and interlocking layers of guitar into an organic wall of sound.

Acarya is an original Rock project combining earthy, driving rhythms, thick harmonic textures and powerful vocals for a high-energy performance. Coining the term “Tribal Rock,” this ensemble fuses World percussion and thick layers of guitar into an organic wall of sound.

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9PM – Frenchy & the Punk

Frenchy and the Punk PosterImagine Django Reinhardt, The White Stripes, Johnny Ramone, Siouxsie Sioux and Edith Piaf jamming together at an event hosted by Deepak Chopra and Toulouse Lautrec.

This is what it might sound like. A sultry French-born singer, percussionist and a fiery punk rock guitarist from the golden days of the hardcore scene blended their diverse talents to form Frenchy and the Punk in 2005.

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Saturday, April 25th

11AM – Mohenjo Daro

Mohenjo DaroMohenjo Daro delivers a powerful presentation of original, yet traditional Indian and Middle Eastern inspired music. The group’s inherently western methods blend with elements ranging from Indian raga and devotional music to Arabic trance and belly dance music.

For over a decade Mohenjo Daro has developed a unique repertoire that realistically combines their Western influences with their shared knowledge of Indian and Arabic music.

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1PM –  Troupe Roja

Troupe RojaRoja is a cutting-edge, multi-award-winning Middle Eastern dance troupe from Dayton, OH.

Although their primary style is American cabaret/Vintage Oriental belly dance, they also specialize in prop-work (sword, fanveils, Isis wings, zills, etc) and other styles like folkloric, Dunyavi Gypsy, and theatrical fusion.

The Troupe Roja dancers are known for their fun, innovative choreography. They regularly entertain audiences at events all over the Miami Valley and beyond.

Learn more and like them at their Facebook page.

3PM – Yayoi Renfro

Yayoi RenfroAll the way from Japan, Yayoi’s passion for singing goes as far back as she can remember.

Traveling all the way across the ocean to pursue her dream to become a professionally trained Opera singer, which she achieved when she was awarded the prestigious Master in Voice performance from the exclusive Cleveland Institute of Music.

Her passion extends far beyond her classical side. Yayoi’s repertoire encompasses dozens of songs, and styles, such as CCM, New Age, jazz, bossa-nova, R&B, and Japanese traditional and J pop.

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4PM – Sakura Ladies Chorus

Sakura Ladies ChorusThe mission of the Sakura Ladies Chorus is to promote multiculturalism through Japanese music in Greater Cincinnati communities.  The Sakura Ladies Chorus was founded in 1998 and has been performing at local cultural events such as the Art Sampler, Asian Culture Fest at the museum center at the Union Terminal, local colleges and schools, churches, and several functions organized by the Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati.  Our repertoire includes traditional to contemporary Japanese songs and some numbers from countries other than Japan in translation or original languages. 

Learn more at their website.

9PM – Symposium Ball – Formal Dances

Ladies and Gentlemen, come dance to a collection of traditional waltzes and other ballroom dances at the Symposium Ball hosted by the delightful folks of the Artifice Club of Atlanta.

10PM – Symposium Ball – Sir Reginald Pikedevant

Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire 680x400From an alternate timeline where nations race to be the first to claim the soil of Mars, but Victoria is still Queen of England, comes Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire: professional dilettante and curmudgeon, and sometime lyricist.

In 2011, Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire, inspired by Regretsy‘s “Not Remotely Steampunk” section, posted “Just Glue Some Gears On It (and call it Steampunk)” on YouTube, which quickly went viral and has generated over 600,000 views to date. It was named one of the top ten steampunk songs and was acclaimed by steampunk notables.

Learn more and like him at his Facebook page.

10:30PM – Symposium Ball – DJ Doctor Q

DJ Doctor QDJ Doctor Q is the resident DJ of Speakeasy Electro Swing Atlanta. When not spinning tunes, he is also the Alternate History Track Director at Dragon Con, as well as the Executive Director for the Artifice Club.

The Artifice Club is a non-profit art coalition dedicated to promoting the appreciation of and participation in all vintage and retro-futurist oriented visual and performing arts.

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Sunday, April 26th

12PM – Frenchy & The Punk Unplugged!

Frenchy & the Punk return for a laid back encore performance playing their sounds in acoustic style.

2PM – Les Odalisque

Les Odalisques 2They are courtesans, veiled dancers to sultans and kings, illuminating decadence with the precision of their hips. Or they are princesses of the East, the finest beauties of their people, trailing riches wherever they step. Or they are sorceresses from beyond the farthest mountains who cast the spells of their craft with flying skirts and a quirk of ruby lips.

Though their origins may be shrouded in mystery, one thing is certain: when Les Odalisques step out of the airship and onto the stages of the West, nothing will ever be the same again.

Please note, there are still a couple more acts that will also be added to the list 🙂


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