This past weekend, we at Steam ~ or ~ The Specters of the Knox Mill took our show on the road to perform as the headlining act at Vandalia-Con Steampunk convention in Parkersburg, WV. Arriving shortly before 1 PM at the Blennerhasset Hotel, we set up our merch table in the Ballroom where we spoke to passersby about the project and ran a demo reel of footage from the music video.

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The band was joined a few hours later by Director of Photography Edwin Huang and Production Designer Jess Bala who were helping with the Friday Night Pink Block Party Live Concert. We had sound check at 7:30.
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We looked great and sounded well-balanced under the lighting and sound design of Professor Bubblemaker, a traveling Steampunk performer.
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In between sound check and the performance, Jess applied some conceptual makeup to Liz, Sean, and Jordan, and we all grabbed a quick bite before getting into costume.
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We took the stage at 11 pm, and Edwin and Jess streamed the whole thing on Facebook Live.

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The next day at 1 pm, Liz and the team delivered a panel entitled “Creating a Steampunk Opera”  examining the application of Steampunk within the context of the story and the statement that it makes about opera and the future.

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That evening, the Steam Team modeled their hand-made costumes in the “Vandalia’s Got Talent” pageant and explained the engineering considerations that were designed into the build.

We are grateful for this opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new friends in this amazing experience that benefits such a wonderful cause, and we are especially grateful to Shelly Dusic for inviting us!

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