Frigid weather leaving you cold? Take refuge at the Dead of Winter Festival, heating things up at Revolution Bar and Music Hall in Amityville on Friday, Jan. 29. The late-night soiree features post-punk cyber goth bands, industrial DJs, sideshow performers and funky vendors.
“The winter has a dark, atmospheric feel, which goes hand-and-hand with this event,” says emcee Baron Misuraca, who portrays a 700-year-old vampire. “There’s always a real level of spontaneity at these events.”
The festival will be broken into two rooms, allowing people to bounce back and forth between live performances and DJ sets. There’s a bar and a full menu for late-night munchies.
“The whole thing is a visual experience. We will have videos and psychedelic imagery projecting throughout the club,” says event producer Tom “ThunderTom” Conklin of Nocturnal Creatures NY. “There will be a lot of eye candy to take in.”
Here’s a breakdown of who will be on stage, behind the turntable and on the floor.
Abbey Death, a goth industrial band from Brooklyn, is celebrating the release of its debut EP, “Realignment.” “Our songs are focused on everything from death to politics,” says Valerie Abbey, 31, who plays in the band with her husband, Abbey Nex.
Another husband-and-wife combo — Anka and Patrick McGowan — form a goth punk unit called The Long Losts, which is based in Smithtown.
“Our live show is a celebration of all the things we mutually love — Halloween, autumn and romance,” says guitarist-keyboardist Patrick McGowan, 36. “It has a performance-art vibe with movies playing behind us as well as smoke. We believe people listen with their eyes.”
Meanwhile, Electric Caves is a one-man band combining experimental electronic sound textures with tribal rhythms through looping, triggering and sampling.
“I do things to not only entertain but to overwhelm, intensify and antagonize,” says Tom LaSala, 28, of East Meadow. “I try to make my audience think outside the box.”
Unusual live entertainment is planned in between the bands. Adam Realman will swallow swords, rip a deck of cards in half and blow into a hot water bottle with lung power until it explodes.
“It’s the Catskills meets rock and roll with a Coney Island twist,” says Realman.
Also on tap: a sideshow/circus performer who’s known for fire-eating and a human blockhead trick.
“DJ Dreamtrancer” Brian Oyague blends underground rock, metal, industrial, gothic and new wave music.
“I do everything I can to keep people dancing,” says Oyague, 38, of Long Beach. “I use laser lights, a fog machine and put a focus on ’90s material.”
“DJ Siren” Beth Noble-Haldas of Smithtown makes a comeback after taking a break from the scene by spinning an industrial set filled with eclectic choice cuts.
“I’m into making everybody feel good,” says Noble-Haldas, 41. “My approach is old-school industrial and dancy fun darkwave with a dash of sexy thrown in there.”
The music hall is setting up a pop-up marketplace for offbeat items near the bar area. Think horror-cartoon-inspired custom eyeglass frames from Lindsay Lowe Eyewear that will “start a conversation” featuring 3-D effects or glow-in-the-dark capabilities ($54.99-$64.99).
Fathom Clothing will sell nautical-themed T-shirts ($10-$25), yoga pants ($25-$45) and hoodies ($30-$40) with the slogan “Be your own revolution.”
South Shore Salvage offers vintage products repurposed like reclaimed wood beer bottle openers ($15) or whiskey bottle lamps ($45).
Other items for sale range from fangs to goth-themed bath and body products.