Learning “to make” is intentionally developing skills for your own projects. Makers become expert learners using viable and proven approaches to learning and problem-solving. Makers use the examples of other makers to challenge themselves and to continually raise the bar for their own work. In this process, Makers set higher and higher standards for their work in the community.
So, what is this Steampunk and Makers Fair, you ask?
The Steampunk and Makers Fair is part costume play, science & county fair, and part something entirely new, The Steampunk & Makers Fair is an all-ages festival by hosted by Cite des Arts and the Lafayette Science Museum to showcase and celebrate science, technology, education, art and mathematics. The Steampunk and Makers Fair will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in Parc Sans Souci at 201 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 70501.
Steampunk celebrates 19th century science fiction fun in the modern world. STEAMPUNKERS are diverse innovators – many come and make and showcase their own music, stories, art, costumes and creative 19th century paraphernalia. Making things has been around a long time but the Makers Movement is modern. MAKERS are diverse innovators – many come and make and showcase their own work, designs, and inventions. The Steampunk and Makers Fair is a unique blending of the two groups that represents something new and unique and that is educational fun for the entire family.
As part of our Makers fair, students from Lafayette public & private schools, and students from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette have made impressive presentations and showcases of their work. Professional innovators, inventors, designers, teachers, and industry and community leaders have made impressive presentations and showcases of their work through interactive panel discussions, workshops and contests.
ALL EVENTS HAVE BEEN MOVED INDOORS TO THE LAFAYETTE SCIENCE MUSEUM DUE TO EXPECTED BAD WEATHER
Flying Balalaika Brothers (Austin, Tx.)
The Balalaika Brothers first began as an LA street band before establishing its roots in the musically zealous city of Austin, Tx. For nearly 20 years, the feisty group has entranced audiences with their unique blend of gypsy folk, electric rock n’ roll and eye catching interactive performances featuring instruments like the behemoth contra bass balalaika, a triangle shaped string instrument from Russia.
Rotten Cores (New Orleans, La)
The Rotten Cores are a hybrid of vintage country and punk rock, and have been compared to The Pogues, Chet Atkins, The Reverend Horton Heat, and Hank Williams (I & III). Playing mainly original music, the group is lead by singer/guitarist Aden Paul. Whether crooning a murder ballad or shredding on a whiskey fueled Rockabilly tune, he’s backed loyally by co-founder and upright bassist Kade Alexander, drummer Roy Durand, and Dr. Sick on lead fiddle that could inspire either a hoe-down or a mosh pit!
The Holy Ghost Electric Show (Oxford, Ms.)
Depending on what you would imagine the sons of preachers playing rock music in Mississippi would sound like, HGES sounds exactly what you imagine…or nothing like it. Brothers Cody (songwriter, lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Jake Rogers (guitar and banjo), Will Shirley (guitar), Connor Wroten (bass), Austin Wheeler (drums) started in a abandoned cabin developing their sound and live show until it echoed similar fire and intensity of bygone Pentecostal tent revivals. Guitars are being traded…trombones marched through crowds…drum sets crashed…everyone is screaming…it’s rock and roll and it’s hot and it’s sweaty and it’s the Electric Show, to which audiences from all over the Magnolia State will testify. Invoking southern gothic imagery and folktale fever dreams in their lyrics and sound they have created a weird America all their own.
The New Form (Lafayette, La.)
Hailing from Lafayette, LA, The New Form combines the use of classic rock and roll instrumentation with a modern take on song structure and dynamics. The band is comprised of Matthew Breaux (Guitar, Vocals), Jared “Jeb” Billeaudeau (Drums, Vocals), Christopher Torian (Guitar), and Grant Gauthreaux (Bass). After playing in his former project, Naybor’s Basement for two years, Breaux decided to expand his sound and start something new. “When Naybor’s decided to take a break, I immediately called up Jeb. When we jammed for the first time, I knew that this was going to be good” said Breaux. They pair set off to find a bassist, and called up Grant Gauthreaux, who played with them in previous bands. Grant accepted the offer and in March of 2013 the trio became The New Form. In Feburary of 2014 the band added Christopher Torian on lead guitar. Playing in countless venues, the group has been acclaimed as being extremely tight and dynamic. With all original material, the group is constantly writing and demoing. They focus on making their live show an energetic and passionate experience for themselves and the listener and plan to begin a tour very soon.
Renshaw Davis (New Orleans, La)
Renshaw Davis is a New Orleans based New Roots duo driven by the powerful harmonies of John Renshaw (vocals, guitar, harmonies) and Emily Davies (vocals, light percussion).
Together through these times of evolution, devolution and revolution, our goal is to bring to the world music that embodies where we have been, where we are, and where we are going, because now more than ever music needs to bring everyone together and be there for all of us.
PERFORMERS & GUESTS
Trybe Habibi Bizarre (THB for short) is based out of Lafayette, Louisiana. Led by Mistress Ilea and KK Bizarre, this troupe specializes in improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) belly dance. THB is composed of a group of dancers who embody what this art form is about, empowerment of women regardless of body size, varying in professions that come together to create a sisterhood of dancers. THB has performed at each SteamPunk and Makers Fair since the first year.
THB incorporates moves and variations from American Tribal Style dance as well as different dance forms across the world. They also include their own signature moves and combos. This allows them to have a style all of their own, and that can move from slinky, creepy and slow, to energetic, fast and upbeat. By using a series of body cues, they create a seemingly choreographed performance by silent communication between the dancers. But don’t be fooled, the only one who knows where the dance is going next, is the leader!
Shakshuka is an Improvisational Tribal Style belly dance troupe that brings together moves from a wide variety of cultures and times… Because this is improvisation and not a choreography, anything can happen which builds a strong engagement of energy between the dancers and audience. Here is a little secret, the gal in front is the one leading the dance; kinda like a fast pace game of Simon Says. Please feel free to make a lota noise if you like what you see!
The Acadiana Regional Consortium of Steampunks is a group dedicated to fostering steampunk in the local area by acting as an active hub for communication, education, and social gatherings among local Steam Punk enthusiasts.
STEAMPUNK CAJUN FIBBIN’ CONTEST
COME LIE to me, baby !! AND WIN bragging rights for a WHOLE YEAR !!
WHO : ANYONE, any sex, any age, any skin color or shape or smell, and ANY level of veracity OR mendacity !
WHAT : A LIAR’S CONTEST. Your Tall Tale MUST BE 3 minutes OR LESS. Strict timing. NO exceptions. And that’s NO LIE. Even the BEST LIE of the day will be disqualified if its 3:01 or more in length.
WHEN : Saturday November 7, 2015, from 130 pm to 2:30 pm
WHERE : Lafayette Science Museum Auditorium
WHY : “Cause I said so … “
– Storyteller Joe Paris, Contest Coordinator / Judge. All decisions final.
You must sign an agreement to all of this before you may enter AND bonus points if you are dressed in a Steampunk Costume. Mr. Paris will decide if the clothes worn by any potential contestant constitute “Steampunk regalia or costume. His decision is final.
PRIZES ! AWARDS ! HONOR ! all would be nice but are not likely cuz we’re poor. Make up your own title if you are one of the winners. Categories will be NUMEROUS (you’re BOUND to win SOMETHING! )
SO COME ON OUT and lie your arse off ! (this offer does not constitute a claim or promise to lose weight, read other fine print hidden elsewhere in this announcement !)
Beard & Facial Hair Competition
The Louisiana Beard & Facial Hair Association will hold their 3rd Steampunk themed beard, mustache, and facial hair competition. While steampunk attire is suggested, contestants do not need to dress in steampunk attire. There will be a special category for those who do as they will compete for the best steampunk attire and facial hair.
Full Beard, Partial Beard, Natural and Styled Mustache, Ladies and Children Fake Beards.
Tales of the Dublin Docklands
Located at the Cite’ des Arts downtown
Tales of the Dublin Docklands was written by Travis Guillory and will be staged November 5 through 15 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
The musical is for mature audiences and features eleven talented local artists, including Guillory, Madelyn Kelly, Jessica Jouclard, Lindsay Unruh, Will Bass, and Heath Swain. The cast also features Abby Boudreaux, Taylor Novak, Vegas Woods, Phoenix Woods, and Charlotte Leavitt.
The show revolves around a young Irish sea captain who sets out to sea with an English passenger. As he tells stories of his adventures, and the characters in his vivid imagination magically come to life on the ship through song and dance. A campy display of wild, illustrious characters turns into one man’s murderous tale of revenge and deliverance from a haunting past.
Tickets are $15 and can purchased online at citedesarts.org or reserved by calling (337) 291-1122.
A fundraiser for The Stage Backers, a non-profit organization that raises funds for the arts, will be held on opening night, November 5. There will be food, drinks, and entertainment prior to the performance at 6 p.m. with the performance at 7:30 p.m. The all-inclusive tickets for this premiere night event will be $40.