The Mechanist & The Star Goddess

The Mechanist & The Star Goddess is a dynamic music & dance project with Tempest, Nathaniel Johnstone, and Davis Petterson.  They create improvised music and dance on the spot, inspired in the moment – as well play songs from the repertoire of the Nathaniel Johnstone Band. The project title/inspiration evokes the exploration of the liminal space between the confines of the precise concrete world and the limitless divine.


Tempest is a world-renown bellydance performer and instructor, focusing on sacred and darkly inspired fusions that pull from the traditions of North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. She is also an artist, author, blogger, and designer (


Nathaniel Johnstone is a multi-instrumentalist virtuoso (violin, viola, guitar, banjo, mandolin) whose music pulls from myth, fantasy, and folklore with a vibrant sound crosses boundaries & borders, resulting in a blend of multicultural folk rock. (


Davis Petterson is an Atlanta G.A. based drummer who has performed and recorded with groups such as The Ghosts Project, Juliana Finch, The Sweet Meat Love And Holy Cult, and The Changelings.

Photos by Carrie Meyer / art by Laura Tempest Zakroff

Tour Schedule

The Mechanist & The Star Goddess toured the US this summer, hitting 30 locations over the course of 6 weeks.  Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us - it was a successful experience for us - and more music in the works soon.  Stay tuned for more dates soon.

October 25th - Atlanta, GA (TBA)
October 26th - TBA
October 28th - The New Orleans Witches' Ball - NOLA -
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October 29th - TBA
October 30th - Special Performance at Alombrados OTO Temple - New Orleans, LA