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Saturday, May 16 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band

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The Steampunk World’s Fair is over the moon to announce the return of Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band!

Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band is not so much a band, per se, as a musical force of nature. They are a volcanic eruption of amazing sonic and rhythmic fantasmagoria. The marching band was one of the glories of 19th century; there’s a reason why, in an age of amplifiers and electronics, modern parades still have this 200-year-old concept as their centerpiece. Imagine all the glory of a gorgeously-uniformed precision brass-and-thunder orchestra. Then imagine it marching. Then imagine it being transported inside a Steampunk festival. Then imagine it them being manic music virtuousos and circuspunks, and then imagine them playing a cover of “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake, in an impromptu jam session outside of a hotel. Actually, you don’t have to imagine it – they did it at World’s Fair I!

Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band combines the rich musical history of the circus and the vagabond peoples of Europe with the raw energy of avant-garde jazz, the burning heat of funk and the irreverence and fun of today’s Vaudeville for a sound that is somehow familiar yet like no other. Label them anyway you like! Call them avant world fusion, call them experimental big band, call them gypsy steamfunk, call them circus noise! They may be tough to sum up, but it’s easy to tell you they’ll show you a good time and they’ll get a crowd dancing!

Formed from the most talented deadbeats and drifters that could be rounded up, this group of raucous and rambunctious musicians will honk, wail, blow, beat, bounce, scream and serenade their way into your hearts. Playing anything that won’t break from vigorous use; their instrumentation is a unique blend of brass, winds, violin, accordion and an eclectic rhythm section.

ENSMB has performed at events ranging from HONK! Fest (in Somerville MA, Seattle WA and Austin TX), Outside the Box Festival, Boston Summer Arts Weekend, Salem Jazz & Soul Festival, and the Steampunk World’s Fair. They often can be found collaborating with the Boston Circus Guild, as well as frequently sharing bills with a talented network of bands from the robust Boston music scene. In addition to festivals and unorthodox appearances, the band can also be found performing at venues all across the Boston area, including The Sinclair, Brighton Music Hall, Johnny D’s, OBERON, The Middle East, TT the Bear’s, Church, Lizard Lounge and Club Passim, as well as performing at Steampunk events all over the Northeast.

Saturday May 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
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