Saturday, after having Blaze's homeschool assessment done, we drove down to DeLand for a big steampunk concert at the historic Athens Theater. The Cog is Dead was filming a live concert video.
For this special occasion, they brought in some very talented friends to help out, Nathaniel Johnstone (formerly of Abney Park, now leader of his own band, The Nathaniel Johnstone Band),
(This was Tempest accompanying the Cog in Dead during their show at Dragon*Con last year)
To get the audience all warmed up before the show, there was a costume contest. Five people were chosen to go up on stage and the winner was chosen by the enthusiasm of the crowd. Blaze didn't win, but he was one of the five.
The two pictures of him on stage were taken by Chris Bridges:
The show was absolutely amazing!
I didn't take my camera out of the car until after the show, but here are some pictures of people socializing afterwords.
Nathaniel Johnstone (in yet another poorly focused picture with Blaze) is one of the most talented and friendly musicians you could ever meet. He can play a wide variety of instruments and is full of infectious enthusiasm both on and off the stage.
Blaze and Daniel O'Ryan, one of the members of Clockwork Knotwork, admiring each other's backpacks. The Clockwork Knotwork one is actually a steampowered bagpipe.
This was the welcoming committee that met us as we stepped off the elevator at our hotel.
After being around such creative, talented, and colorful people at the Cog is Dead concert, they just seemed a bit flat.
On the way back to Tallahassee on Sunday, we made a brief stop in McIntosh, so I could take pictures of the cool little submarine that sits in front of McIntosh Village Antiques.