A toast! To a fun steampunk Halloween, with wonderful people, and excellent live music!
It is easy to overlook The Junction on Monroe. It is a former feed store that, from the outside, doesn't look like it's changed much over the years, but once you step inside the door, you are transported to a night club with a great performance space. It's a lot like I imagine a high-end speakeasy would have been.
Now that I'm thinking about it, The Junction on Monroe would be the perfect setting for a 1920s Speakeasy themed party.
Last night, we went there for the first time, for their steampunk Halloween show.
Since Halloween was on a Monday this year, there were not big crowds, but that was all right. We all milled about in the bar, talking before the show and it had the feeling of a party at a friend's house. I met people I had only known from online interactions and some new people. Everyone was friendly and welcoming!
As with any steampunk gathering, there was plenty of costuming creativity to admire (I apologize for the quality of the pictures).
The Dormouse (above) won the costume contest.
DH wore his War Doctor (Dr. Who) costume and I went as steampunk Miss Frizzle, but we didn't take any pictures of each other.
Before the show began, there was a steampunk trivia contest. We were split into groups of three to compete and my group, The Steamy Sisters, won.
The Show opened with two numbers by bellydancer, Sapphire Sultana.
Then Clockwork Knotwork performed.
Their mixture of old time, celtic, bluegrass, and original music kept toes tapping and hands clapping.
It was a high energy show with some very unusual instruments.
I gave DH the VIP tickets for this show as part of his birthday gift (mostly because I wanted to go, which he says he saw right through) and I had to laugh as we were shown our table right in front of the stage, the only reserved table.