Calico Ghost Town’s Wild West Fest – Music Icon News
By Renata Kelley
Calico Ghost Town, California’s Silver Rush Ghost Town, will be holding an event known as the Wild West Fest during the weekend of April 12th, 2014. The popular and quirky band, Steam Powered Giraffe will be headlining the show Saturday evening at 6:00 pm.
Located in Yermo, California, Calico is the former hub of California’s production of Silver. Now without a mining population, Calico serves as a landmark for people all over the world to revel in the beauty of the desert surrounding the area, and to partake in a culture that could otherwise be lost in today’s increasingly more modern society. Thanks to Walter Knott, the buildings have been restored to the glory they once held during 1880s, providing a safe and fun environment where learning and play can coexist for people of all ages.
The annual Wild West Fest helps forgotten times merge with the new age with distinct steampunk features. Steampunk culture combines technology and art from the 1800s with the advances reached today resulting in a sub genre of science fiction where steam powered creations are seen rather than futuristic technology.
“Steampunk is an inspired movement of creativity and imagination. With a backdrop of either Victorian England or America’s Wild West at hand, modern technologies are re-imagined and realized as elaborate works of art, fashion, and mechanics. If Jules Verne or H.G. Wells were writing their science fiction today, it would be considered “steampunk.”
-Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences
The Wild West Fest will bring steampunks, automatons, science fiction fans, and people that just want to have some fun together in an incredible and memorable event where one will be able to witness gunfights, literature, art, theatre groups, and period clothing. A fantastic event for the entire family, this will be worth jotting down in your calendar!
If you plan on attending the WWF, you can expect to see airships flying around the sky, (weather permitting) and exquisite steampunk performers such as
Scientific Xcavators Xploring Yesteryear, presenting panels about Victorian Death Practices, Victorian Photography, and Victorian Slang!
Ted Shred Fire Manipulator
Kelvikta The Blade
Jack Wizafer/Cottage Emporium, a make-and-take steampunk epaulettes class (first 25 patrons sign up in town hall at 10am)
E-Steam De Corps
…And of course Steam Powered Giraffe! A troupe of “robots” and humans, SPG will bring you classic songs in the most imaginative way. Each show is guaranteed to be a blast of entertainment for all ages, whether you’re made of metal or not! Check them out at their website http://www.steampoweredgiraffe.com/. Expect an epic performance from them and each of the diverse and talented performers.
When you arrive at the event make sure you have cash for admission and refreshments, sun block, and of course make sure your goggles are strapped on tight, your top hats are spiffy, and your cogs are well oiled!