Steam Powered Giraffe

On February 27, 2012, I was scrolling through Twitter and came across the following tweet:

@hankgreen Video: I would like a semi-accurate count of whether or not I am crazy for liking these people.

My curiosity was piqued, and I clicked the link. It lead to Hank’s Tumblr post with an embedded video. A person in weird makeup made odd movements and opened a skeletal umbrella. I was confused, but I kept watching. Now there were three strangely costumed and made-up guys on the beach. Everything was in black and white except for the red details on their outfits. Then with the strum of a guitar, everything was suddenly full color and a beautiful voice began to sing.

“You didn’t have to look my way
Your eyes still haunt me to this day
But you did. Yes you did”

From then on, I was hooked. From their Patronism site:

Steam Powered Giraffe is a San Diego based band of three movement artists portraying malfunctioning antique musical robots. With backgrounds in improv, street busking, musical theatre, mime, and illustration, the performers have created a unique act that has entertained thousands.

I watched all the videos on their YouTube channel and subscribed to every social networking site they had. I bought a bunch of merchandise. When I was finally able to see them live on March 31 at Balboa Park, they more than met my high expectations. I would encourage everyone to check out these talented performers.

This video I took at Balboa Park gives a sample of the humor you see in their live shows.

I took another video from that show that you can watch here, but if you haven’t experienced Steam Powered Giraffe before, I highly recommend that you start with the first video of theirs that I ever saw, Honeybee.