The members of the saucy, all-female acoustic trio Gristle Gals usually refer to their music a blending of gypsy jazz, Americana and rock as gypsy grass. But soon you can change that to steamphunk, which describes music thats modern and edgy, but with an old-timey feel. Thats because tonight at Lannies Clocktower Cabaret, the Gals will premiere The Con A Steamphunk Reverie, a theatrical collaboration with Ascential Dance that blends music from their album On the Lam with characterizations, choreography and costumery. The Con is a love story with wings, about a fellow who cant decide whether to give his love to a con artist or a spinster. And, really, its not that big a departure: The Gristle Gals try to be as theatrical as we can, even when its just us on stage, explains Mandi Malone, the groups fiddler and accordionist. Expect the costumes more than seventy of them, worn during a 75-minute span and all designed and hand-sewn by Jen Archer of Ascential to be just as theatrical. Theyre very elaborate, and all based on steampunk fashion, Malone says.
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The Gristle Gals plan to restage The Con this March at both the Wild Wild West Steampunk Festival and Convention in Tucson and at Denvers own inaugural Anomaly Con; see it first tonight and next Sunday at 8 p.m. at Lannies, 1601 Arapahoe Street, downstairs in the D&F Tower. Tickets are $25 to $30; for reservations, visit http:www.lannies.com or call 303-293-0075.
Sun., Dec. 19, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 26, 8 p.m., 2010