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Steampunks to Gather at 13 Gears

The Minneapolis event adds a second day of festivities and welcomes Frenchy and the Punk

Saturday, February 2, 2019
13 Gears wide shot

Frenchy and the Punk and The Langer’s Ball will take the stage as 13 GEARS: An Eclectic Steampunk Event returns to Minneapolis on Feb. 9 and 10. This is the seventh year for the gathering, but the first in which it will happen over two days instead of one.

Also new this year: A tea room hosted by The Mad Hatter and a paper airplane contest dubbed “Flying Apparatuses.”

“I like to add different activities and contests to keep it fresh,” says event coordinator Tara Vojta.

“Flying Apparatuses” contestants will be challenged to construct a plane at the event from a single piece of letter-sized paper provided by 13 Gears. The rules state that “the sheet must be modified by folding only! No ripping, gluing, cutting, stapling or ballasting is allowed!” Contestants will be judged in two categories: “Flight Accuracy” and “Flight Style.”

13 Gears costumes

The program also features costume contests, tea dueling, caricaturists Ladies in Scarlet, and an extensive lineup of artisan vendors. It’s all family-friendly, Vojta says.

First-time vendors include Queen of Swords Press, Nerdyfae, Club Tiki Boutique, and Harlan’s Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre. You can view the complete list on the event website.

The Entertainment

Frenchy and the Punk need no introduction. Frequent performers at steampunk events, the duo describe their music as “a rollicking flapper folk punk cabaret with Taiko meets Rio de Janeiro pounding drum instrumentals.” They’re currently promoting their forthcoming album Hooray Beret, which is set for release on March 5.

Their performance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. This marks their first appearance at 13 Gears.

The Langer’s Ball is a two-piece Irish folk-punk band from St. Paul. Their influences include The Pogues, The Clancy Brothers, Flogging Molly, The Prodigals, The Mahones, Young Dubliners, and Real McKenzies. They released their latest album, Hard Time in the Country, last August.

Performances are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. They’ve appeared at every 13 Gears event since its inception in 2013.

Time and Place

The program runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. It takes place in the Grain Belt Bottling House Artist Building, 79 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.

Tickets cost $10 per day. Admission is free for kids 7 and under.

Saturday’s event will be followed by an After Party at Clockwerks Brewery, 25 N 4th St. in Minneapolis. It will include an 8 p.m. screening of Things To Come, a 1936 film written by H.G. Wells.

13 Gears is presented by Steampunk Minnesota. See the event website and Facebook page for more info.

Photos by Soledad Kern. They’re from the 2017 event.


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