The group that runs Otakon every year, the biggest anime con on the east coast, has teamed up with Lantis Records, a Japanese music company that specializes in anime and video game soundtracks, to create their first stand alone concert series Otakon Music Festival. The event is November 3 at the Ram’s Head Live! in Baltimore, Maryland.
The headliner for the festival is super group JAM Project. JAM Project’s current lineup is Hironobu Kageyama, Masaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, and Masami Okui. The group has performed a number of anime theme songs both as a group and as solo acts. They are currently on tour in South America, but will be up for the show.
Other acts include Faylan, singer of the themes to Gundam AGE and CANAAN; Natsuko Aso, singer to Baka and Test and the live action Negima themes.
Tickets are $50 for the day, but if you attended this past year’s Otakon you can get in for $40, just bring your badge and ID. A limited number of VIP Party Pass is available for $60. With it you get to go to a VIP party after the show with the guests, a special badge, one autographed item from the guests, limited edition souvenir, and half of your money goes to charity.
Doors open at 5pm and the show starts at 6pm.
Hopefully this can become a yearly event for us all.
This weekended is Wrockfest in Greensboro, NC. The event is being called “WrockFesTEA at Madame Puddifoot’s,” bringing together wizard rock and tea for a weekend of something or other. It will take place at The Secret Tea Room Cafe where the venue will has a special Hogwarts style menu of butterbeer and old English favorites planned.
Things get started at 3pm on Saturday and go till 9pm. On Sunday it is from 1pm till 6pm.
The band line up has a variety of wizard rockers and others: Alex “The Lone Gunman” Boyd, Bella and le Strangers, Blibbering Humdingers, Danny Birt, George’s Left Ear, Hawthorn & Holly, Kwikspell, Lauren Fairweather, Miss Parkinson, Muggle Mike, Penelope Clearwater Experience, Snidget, Witherwings, and The Whomping Willows.
There will be songs about wizards, muggles, time lords, comic book heroes, starship captains, mad hatters, vampire slayers, tentacled monsters, pokemon, and all kinds of nerdy goodness.
A pre-party on Friday night in Charlotte, NC is being planned. Starts at 6pm at the home of Hawthorn & Holly. Kwikspell, Alex Boy, and more will be performing.
Tickets for the event are $25 for both days and $15 for just a single day. All money taken at the door. A local Holiday Inn Express has a special wizard group rate and will be the location for any after parties.
For more information about WrockFesTea contact them at WrockinNC@gmail.com
Paranormal folk songwriter Jonah Knight has a new album, called Another Creepy Christmas. A Kickstarter funded album about creepy Christmas songs. Not since Nightmare Before Christmas have I been so scared of Christmas.
The album consists of ten music tracks, plus one spoken word track, some being old Christmas songs done in a new creepier way and some being all new scary songs.
The classics include an angry version of “Getting Nothing for Christmas” that makes you wonder if he is going to get revenge for being snitched on; “We Three Kings” duet that seems to focus on the stranger lines of the song; “Santa Claus is Coming” as if it was a warning; “Santa Baby” which is only creepy because Jonah is singing it.
The new songs are pretty original. One is about the Icelandic Christmas figures the Yuletide Lads and basically tells what each of the thirteen do. The Krampus gets his own song telling of the horror that he will do to bad children. “Lonely Christmas” is sad little tale of being alone for Christmas, but that’s ok. “Perfect Tree” a song about wanting the perfect Christmas tree and other holiday elements, while serving his prison time for a crime spree; very up beat.
Jonah does a duet with comedy nerd rocker Mikey Mason. Mikey spends the song trying to tell Jonah about the happiness and joy for Christmas. It does not really work to well. At least they are able to agree on the importance of commercialism and alcoholism. Mikey also shares some of the ‘naughty’ parts of the season too.
There is also an insert done of “Yes, Virginia” done pretty straight forward.
This album works both something to play during the Christmas season and Halloween season as well. Right now you can only get the album digitally, but physical CDs of the album are on the way. So if you like want to creep people out this holiday season, this might be the album to check out.
One last creepy Christmas picture to enjoy.
Update: Here’s a chance to win your own copy of Another Creepy Christmas.