Amazing Night of Music, Circus Acts, and Steampunk
April 16, 2011 brings a new type of entertainment to Atlanta: The Clockwork Carnival. The Clockwork Carnival is the brainchild of renowned Steampunk DJ Doctor Q and represents a significant evolution in the Steampunk community in the Southeast. Taking the circus theme to extremes, the event blends outstanding regional music acts with fire performers, jugglers, aerialists and comedians. This staggering evening has found the one venue sturdy enough to hold the fun: The Goat Farm at 1200 Foster St. in Atlanta, Georgia.
Located on the west side, not far from the city water works, The Goat Farm provides the perfect location for the fairway and main “tent” of the Clockwork Carnival. The fun begins at 4 p.m., when the Market Caravan opens for business. Free and open to the public, the market features nearly a dozen vendors offering unique jewelry, festive clothing, and other remarkable wares. Visitors can also view the entries in the Carnival Contraption Contest, in which tinkers, inventors, and craftsmen may enter their devices for chance to win the grand prize.
Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., costumed attendees can also have their photograph taken by two of the finest photographers in the Atlanta area, PJ Pilgrim of Appleblossom Photography and Matt Nicholson of Dim Horizon Studio.
The Carnival’s doors open at 7 p.m. and the entertainment continues throughout the evening. The Imperial Opa Circus, Atlanta’s premier circus troupe, will be on hand to greet and amaze. The Opa Czars, their house band, perform at 8.
The Davenport Sisters, stars of the Clockwork Cabaret Radio Show and a driving force in Steampunk music, are coming all the way from Carrboro, North Carolina to spin the latest sounds. Host and Ringmaster DJ Doctor Q will also provide tunes to keep the crowd dancing.
There are few treats like live fire acts, and the Clockwork Carnival has is fair share. Local cirque star Sadie Hawkins will thrill the crowds with her aerial arts and flames ablaze. In addition, featured guests the Hot Toddies Flaming Cabaret will be joined by Pyro Salto from Birmingham and Thimblerig Circus, the Moldavian comedic circus.
Tickets, available as memberships, come in three classes: General Membership, Elite Membership, and Noble Membership. General Membership to the Clockwork Carnival is $15 at the door, or $10 for those in Carnival or Steampunk attire. General Membership is available only at the door and is cash only. There is no ATM on site.
Elite and Noble Memberships are available online in advance. These premium memberships offer VIP seating and drink tickets redeemable at the concession stand for Asahi beer and other carnival foods and beverages. Please see the website HERE for more information.
A portion of the proceeds from the Clockwork Carnival go to the Arts2People project of Asheville, the chosen charity of the Americana Sideshow and Burlesque Festival.