In a room full of people dressed in rich velvets, delicate laces, antique accessories and laced up bodices, the lights went down and three steam-powered robots took the stage. At least, that’s the premise of the closing act of last night’s Queen’s Dinner Theater at the Steampunk Symposium held at the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Steam Powered Giraffe is a southern California band with a unique act. Jon Sprauge and David and Christopher Bennett form the heart of the band, taking on the persona of three steampunk robots – The Jon, The Spine and Rabbit respectively. Using humor, mime and modernized vaudeville style music, Steam Powered Giraffe is an engaging and entertaining band.
Their performance is tightly choreographed, matching the sounds of gears and steam to their robotic movements … but not so choreographed to allow for improvised comedy (especially when they forget which song they’re going to play next and have to, ahem, switch gears. Add to that, they harmonize with each other so well, the sound transcends the human voice. They gave a truly magical performance last night.
And it was very clear that audience thought so … applauding after almost every number and giving them a standing ovation at the end of the show.
For more information about Steam Powered Giraffe, as well as to listen to their music, visit their website at www.steampoweredgiraffe.com.
There are still three more days of fun-filled activities at Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium … so you can still join in.
Today’s highlight will be the Queen’s Couture and Luncheon, as well as tonight’s Masquerade Ball.
There are a variety of symposium passes available, ranging in price from $20 for single day to $58 for all four. Additional fares are required for the special events. For more information, go to www.hrmsteam.com.
Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium
The Queen Mary,
1126 Queens Highway,
January 13-16, 2012
Saturday and Sunday – 9am to 1am
Monday – 9am to noon-ish
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