Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Steampunk and Music -- Sort Of

Four Jacks and a Jill may have said it best way back in 1968: “It’s a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack.” But that’s okay; strange can be good, and what better example of that than the Dutch one-man-band Arthur van Poppel, performing under the name The Music Artist.

He appears at various venues with his Music Bike, Music Car, Jet Fighter (a drivable miniature version of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – I kid you not), and of course his most recent creation, the Nautilus!

His price for an appearance with the Nautilus is 950 Euros for a four-hour block, consisting of four performances of 30 minutes each, five of 25 minutes, or six of 20 minutes, your choice. If you have multiple acts and would like to add The Music Artist, a single 30-minute guest performance (with the Natilus) is 750 Euros.

Of course, The Music Artist is located in Tilburg, Netherlands, and the above prices only apply to the area within 100 kilometers of his home base. Beyond that radius there is a charge of 0.50 Euros per kilometer. So let’s see, from Tilburg, Netherlands to Chicago, Illinois is 6,689 kilometers, so an extra 3,344.50 Euros for travel . . . hmm. I suppose if you’re going to bring him all that distance you may as well spring for the full four-hour performance, huh?

Here’s a link to his web page. Thanks to the Traveler Steampunk Blog for having discovered this.

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