The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
Tickets for The Steampunk World’s Fair, The World’s Largest Steampunk Event, are now on sale!
BIG NEW NEWS: Peter Ulrich, veteran of Dead Can Dance, will be there with The Peter Ulrich Collaboration, and their album Painted Caravan! Hear their Steampunk/world music/enthralling music live and in person!
This year, we have, as our guest, one of Steampunk’s best-known authors: Gail Carriger! Gail is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author whose books are filled with delight the way fine sherry fills a truffle.
And…the return of the completely inimitable, terribly famous, and extraordinarily extraordinary STEAM POWERED GIRAFFE!
There’s more! We have not just an encore of last year’s authentic and glorious Belle Epoque Absinthe Workshop & Tasting by Scott Macdonald – this years’ event now includes special rare imported French absinthe!
Quick! Quick! VIP tickets are limited, catered tickets are limited, the discount ends soon, and for all we know, time travelers may recognize how great a deal this is and try to swoop in and buy up all the registrations before you can get yours! Go forth and buy your tickets! Egads! There’s no time to waste!
Next year’s Steampunk World’s Fair is May 15-17, 2015. Radisson hotel rooms are already available at (732)-980-0400. Embassy Suites has online registration. Use the code STK. Hotel updates can be found on the venue page.
In the meantime, think about coming to our other events…
International Steampunk City: Morristown, NJ, October 11-12, 2014
An adventure (and benefit event) which is for, and takes place at, the birthplace of the telegraph, namely the village of Historic Speedwell. Music, entertainment, museums, historic buildings, picnics, and wonderful people – all at a low price and for a good cause! Like World’s Fair, this is an all-ages show.
Wickedfaire: Princeton, NJ, February 20-22, 2015
The world’s largest alternative (Steampunk-friendly!) indoor Renaissance Faire. (This show is for ages 16 and up)
And more at Jeff Mach Events!
New Jersey has a history much deeper than popular thought. The Garden State is Ground Zero for the American Revolutionary War, the Industrial Revolution, and the birth of the Modern Era. Small State, Big Impact: New Jersey has offered this world many unimaginable contributions. From small inventions to the Industrial Revolution, New Jersey has greatly impacted the Modern World.
Fred Eckert is an Educational Speaker who expounds upon New Jersey’s vast history. Fred has spent countless hours researching the truth behind New Jersey’s past and has made discoveries that other historians are unaware of. For Fred, it is all about Education & Inspiration. More fascinating tidbits can be found on Facebook.
Formed in 2007, The Clockwork Dolls began with a simple concept: beautiful, epic, grand music for those who dream and dream big. From the decks of an airship to the battlefields of war, you will laugh, you will cry, and you might just find yourself singing along.
These are the stories of dreamers, the stories of warriors, the stories of freethinkers. These are the tales of people who fly.
Featuring the talent of Trinket Bramage, vocalist extraordinaire; Colette Lovelace, vocalist virtuoso and lyricist; Christopher Bass; and Allison Curval, composer and keyboardist.
Third time’s the charm! The Steampunk world’s Fair is thrilled to welcome back Steam Powered Giraffe for a third amazing, exciting, ungulate-inspired year!
The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you’ve ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing robots play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance.
East Coast appearances by SPG are rare, and SPWF is excited to again offer fans and fans-to-be the chance to experience this unique performing group!
UNBELIEVABLE STEAMPUNK MUSIC NEWS – AND YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST! Internationally renowned musician, Peter Ulrich of “Dead Can Dance”, joins the Steampunk Universe…and kicks it off with an appearance with his 16-piece band and an album release at World’s Fair!
When The Peter Ulrich Collaboration performs as a headliner at the Steampunk World Fair in May 2015, it will continue Peter Ulrich’s journey from his beginnings in the Dead Can Dance, where he first began forming his trademark sound to a new place, strange and wonderful and full of black and white magic, utter darkness and brilliant light—an alternative reality that will resonate with Steampunkers and their kindred spirits. The World Fair performance will feature a blend of ravishing music from a mini-orchestra as well as theatricality and costumes reflecting Steampunk and alternative reality influences. The show will feature the best of music from two Collaboration albums, the 2014 release, The Painted Caravan and the upcoming 2015 release, Tempus Fugitives.
The influence of Dead Can Dance will definitely be felt. After all it was in service of Dead Can Dance, that Peter Ulrich supported Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard on drums and percussions from 1983 to 1990 as the group made its mark as a brilliantly innovative band that utilized African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chants, Middle Eastern mantrasand art-rock to spellbinding effect; read more about them at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Can_Dance.
However The Painted Caravan and the upcoming Tempus Fugitives are works quite unlike any other works that have come before, as is the Ulrich headed collaboration of brilliant musicians and vocalists that put the albums together. The albums are a musical journey, a magical mystery tour of an entirely different kind invoking the alternative reality of Steampunk, psychedelia, alternative reality, Goth, speculative science fiction, magic realism and re-imagined history.
The latest video from “The Painted Caravan” is “Tempest,” featuring I.V. Webb, Peter Ulrich Collaboration member, on vocals along with Peter.
Reflecting international influences that are ancient, modern or immediately contemporary, the album presents to its listener mesmerizing grandeur, solemn beauty, intricate-craftsmanship, sonic depth, wonder and delight.
Reviewers in the U.S. have been fascinated with this new music. All Music Guide described The Painted Caravan as a “big, unruly band full of personality” featuring a “variety of instruments ranging from horns to electric guitars to bagpipes” and as a “colorful and enjoyable record…a bold step forward for the artist.” RollingStone.com described the album as “a rich and song-filled showcase,” while Modern Drummer called it a “grand mix of folk and world music” and Popdose described The Painted Caravan as a “riveting and intriguing” album.
U.K. reviews have been equally enthusiastic. Top UK music magazine, R2 has given the album a four star rating. Online reviewer Simon Smith of Higher Plains Music said “Quite simply The Painted Caravan is utterly phenomenal from start to finish. Peter Ulrich and his collaborators…have pulled out all the stops, said goodbye to any conformity and became trailblazers and pioneers of musical art.”
We are incredibly excited to have one of the world’s great touring artists, a visionary who’s performed literally thousands of arena show internationally, come to be a headliner at The Steampunk World’s Fair, playing music flavored by Steampunk, pyschedelia and other influences. It’s more proof that Steampunk is a living, growing entity, which becomes more creative, unique, diverse, and amazing every day.
Do not miss this year’s Steampunk World’s Fair! A regular ticket enables you to see the show; a VIP Meet and Greet enables you to come meet him in person. Be prepared to see one of the genuine musical legends of our time, ready to greet a Steampunk audience as he kicks off his tour with an album launch of their new Steampunk work, “Tempus Fugitive”! This is a great day for Steampunk, and an amazing leap for an internationally-acclaimed performer.
A couple more wonderful music videos!
The Steampunk World’s Fair /Jeff Mach Events has teamed up with the Meadowlands Museum to bring you a fascinating exhibit and a series of wonderful events happening throughout August and September! A Family Fun Day, Steampunk Science, Professor Mark Donnelly, The Wandering Cellist, the wonders of tea and Jeff Mach Himself!
On View Now
Alternate Reality: Steampunk & the Victorian Age
Presented in collaboration with Jeff Mach Events
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am – 4pm
Free admission, donations greatly appreciated.
Special Events in Conjunction with the Exhibit!
Family Fun Day
Saturday, August 2
10am – 1pm
The Meadowlands Museum
91 Crane Ave.
Adults and children 5 and under are FREE
Children 6 and over: $7 for first child, $5 for each additional child in the group
Children will be treated to three fantastically fun and interactive hours of arts, crafts, stories, and activities in and around the Meadowlands Museum and its gardens. Children who participate in the whole day will go home with three completed projects, and will have had the opportunity to interact with the current exhibit, “Alternate Reality: Steampunk & the Victorian Age.
Create your own Steampunk adventurer
Rain or shine!
The Science of Steampunk
Monday, August 4
The Meadowlands Museum
91 Crane Ave.
The Meadowlands Museum is pleased to present Professor Scott Calvin of Sarah Lawrence College to discuss “The Science of Steampunk” on Monday, August 4, at 6:00pm. This lecture is presented as part of our exhibit “Alternate Reality: Steampunk & the Victorian Age,” opening July 21, 2014.
If the term “steampunk” means anything to you, it probably evokes the image of goggles on top hats or of gears on, well, just about everything. Dig just a little bit further in to the movement and you’ll find dirigible airships, clockwork robots, and steam-powered vehicles. It may come as a surprise to find that these are not tropes invented in recent times, nor are they primarily drawn from the fiction of an earlier era. While modern steampunk film and fiction exaggerates the abilities of these contrivances, they all have their roots in actual inventions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the scientists and inventors who made them were just as colorful as their fictionalized counterparts. Much as advances in computer technology now give anyone with enough creativity (or eccentricity) and drive (or obsession) a shot at making it big, the Victorian era was a period when advances in physics and engineering gave rise to what we now recognize as the spirit of steampunk.
In this talk, we’ll learn a bit about the scientific principles behind these inventions, such as what it is that gears actually do, as well as discuss some of the larger than life figures who tried to bend these principles to their will.
Scott Calvin is a professor of Physics at Sarah Lawrence College, where he teaches a variety of courses including Steampunk Physics. As his alternate persona Professor S. Q. Black, he has designed a number of novel inventions, including a working pair of death ray goggles and the T-BAVAC (tetra-barrelled anti-vampiric arm cannon). Outside of steampunk, his recent projects include using x-ray spectroscopy to analyze advanced battery materials for electric cars, writing a textbook on x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy featuring cartoon animals, creating a pop-up book to promote a new Department of Energy synchrotron light source, and developing a physics study guide in graphic novel form.
Bartitsu: The Lost and Found Scientific Self Defense of Sherlock Holmes (or Self-Defense for Victorian and Steampunk Gentlemen (and Not-So-Gentlemen))with Professor Mark P. Donnelly
Saturday, September 6 Rescheduled for November 8
The Meadowlands Museum
91 Crane Ave.
The Meadowlands Museum is pleased announce it is hosting Professor Mark P. Donnelly and his lecture “Bartitsu: The Lost and Found Scientific Self Defense of Sherlock Holmes (or Self-Defense for Victorian and Steampunk Gentlemen (and Not-So-Gentlemen)).”
This lecture is designed to be an extensive introduction to this esoteric system of self-defense which incorporates: fisticuffs (in the scientific method); savate (use of low kicks in self-defense; grappling (judo/jiujitsu); as well as the use of numerous commonplace Victorian accessories such as walking-stick, cane, umbrella, top hat, snuff box, opera cape, handkerchief, etc., all employed in an effort to maintain “preservation of person and property when beset upon by ne’er-do-wells of nefarious intent.”
Professor Donnelly will present his lecture in the Meadowland Museum’s front gallery, surrounded by the historic Victorian and modern Steampunk fashion and accessories on view in our “Alternate Reality: Steampunk & the Victorian Age” exhibit, presented in collaboration with Jeff Mach Events.
Professor Mark P. Donnelly (S.S.S./ E.A.A./ B.F.H.S./ S.W.A.S.H.) has been studying armed combat in various incarnations since the age of thirteen. After years of research and training in the disparate disciplines of western martial arts, sport fencing, stage combat, tournament fighting, and eastern martial disciplines, he moved from the US to England in 1996 to undertake a PhD in Medieval Archaeology through York and Oxford Universities.
Professor Donnelly is a founding father of the British Federation of Historical Swordplay and is the founder of the Socie
ty for the Study of Swordmanship. He also created the Edenhill Academy of Arms in 2002 as a specialized research body dedicated to uncovering and translating hitherto forgotten and/or lost combat treatises and military manuals. With Edenhill Academy, he has worked with HM Royal Monuments, English Heritage, the National Trust, National Maritime museum at Greenwich, Sandhurst Military Academy, as well as the HMS Trincomalee, HMS Victory, and the Grand Turk.
He is a life-time research associate with Her Majesties Royal Armouries in Leeds, England as well as with The Tower of London and with the National Maritime museum, at Greenwich. Professor Donnelly has been honored to have been counted among the top ten instructors in Europe. Since returning to the States in 2008, he has taught at numerous institutions of higher learning, festivals, fairs, and conventions. He currently lives in Harrisburg, PA, where he runs the Keystone Academy of Dueling and Swordsmanship.
Learn more about Professor Donnelly at http://
The Wandering Cellist performing live
Saturday, September 20
The Meadowlands Museum
91 Crane Ave.
The Wandering Cellist (aka Luna Skye) started playing and became obsessed with the cello at age 16. She would fuse this new-found obsession with the passion she had developed years earlier for heavy metal music. This has defined the unorthodox journey she has taken.
In the years that followed, she got some classical training, started playing in rock bands, began composing his own music, began playing in the subways & freelancing in New York City. Her journey would take her from popular New York City underground venues to a Progressive Rock Festival in Quebec City, to Steampunk, Sci-Fi & Gaming Conventions in the Northeastern US, and beyond.
Her music fuses her classical training with her love of heavy metal, fantasy, film & folk music. Building layers of cello on top of each other, she creates a world simultaneously dark, beautiful, wonderful, fantastic & breathtaking.
You can learn more about the Wandering Cellist at http://cellomike.com/.
The 11th Annual Grand Victorian Tea
Sunday, September 28
3:00 – 6:00pm
United Presbyterian Church
511 Ridge Road
Tickets are $30 per person and available at the Meadowlands Museum, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am – 4pm
Featuring Chris Cason talking about the history of tea, and Jeff Mach performing selections from his rock opera “Absinthe Heroes”
Attendees will be treated to a lecture by tea sommelier Chris Cason on the topics of the history of tea, a short primer on the different types of tea, and how to properly prepare and taste tea. Chris Cason is the co-founder and tea sommelier of NYC’s Tavalon Tea and food writer for the South Bergenite. He has been in the tea industry over 13 years and is the author of A Guide to Tea, a regular contributor to several food and beverage magazines, and his writings have been featured in the National Archives Museum. He currently lives in Rutherford with his wife, Andrea, and son Cullan.
Following Mr. Cason’s remarks, guests will be treated to a musical performance by Jeff Mach, performing his own Steampunk musical compositions and excerpts from his Steampunk rock opera, Absinthe Heroes.