MarsCon Dementia Track and Logan Awards

MarsCon is home every year to a gathering of comedy, novelty, and filk musicians from Dementia Radio and the FuMP called Dementia Track. MarsCon is March 1-3, 2013 in Bloomington, Minnesota at the Crown Plaza Hotel & Suites with the theme “Ctrl/Alt/Del… Thriving Into The Future!”  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Dementia Track.

The Music Guest of Honor is Flat 29 from England.  Which I talked about before.

Other main stage acts are comedy rock band Possible Oscar, nerdcore-esque Insane Ian, professional TV animator and comedy musician TV’s Kyle, Dementia living legend Great Luke Ski, Max DeGroot know for his work with furries, Power Salad with 30 years of sketch audio and comedy music, comedy rock star Mikey Mason, and FuMPer Kobi Lacroix.

Performers of the FuMP Jukebox this year are Carrie Dahlby, DJ Particle hose of the Dementia Fan Showcase at the con, Dave Stagner of Feng Shui Ninjas, filker Beth Kinderman, Jeff Reuben, and Brett Glass who both perform in the Dementia Fan Showcase every year.  Other performers there will be Earl Luckes the bass-playing robot Wyngarde.

Previous announced guests Worm Quartet and Steve Goodie have had to cancel their appearances.

Besides just all the performances, other events of the track include a live recording of Flat 29’s podcast “Big book of Everything“, water aerobics with Kornflack co-host of “The Flopcast“, Space Oddity Music Club & Brew Pub, Dementia Fan Showcase, and The Dementia Smackdown.  Karaoke, drumming, and theremin workshop will be part of MarsCon as well.

To raise money for the Dementia Track to bring in guests, party, and other expenses they create a Fund Raiser Album every year.  Three disc of four hours of live music from MarsCon 2012 which you can buy as CD or download at their shop and past albums as well. You can also order your own Dementia Track shirt with all the participants as computer related character of fandom and pop culture.

This year MarsCon is also the home of the 3rd Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music. The ceremony will be on Saturday at 4pm.

The nominees, with some of my thoughts, are:

Out­stand­ing Com­edy Music Video:

Baby Mario & Papa Yoshi — brentalfloss;

Beauty and the BeatTodrick Hall; I am not going to say this is racist like some people, just that it is promoting negative stereotypes and the song keeps splitting between being parody and just doing the song straight which is not what a good parodist does

Dumb Ways to DieTan­ger­ine Kitty; my favorite, catchy tune, cute animation

Rize of the FenixTena­cious D; good, but tries to pretend that it is really the unfinished project but parts of it do not work that way

Rub Some Bacon On ItRhett & Link; fun, but certain scenes turn me off

Out­stand­ing Orig­i­nal Com­edy Song:

29/31Gar­funkel and Oates; good idea, execution not so much

I Don’t Mat­terWorm Quar­tet; too long and repetitive

In the 80sDevo Spice; full of great 80s reference, but kind of whiny, good chorus though

Kyle, Are You Ian?Scooter Pic­nic; inventive plus inspired and encouraged parodies of it

Write Like The Wind (George R.R. Mar­tin)Paul & Storm; on one had it sings about a love of Game of Thrones, but on the other it makes some jokes about it too, I love it, my pick

Out­stand­ing Par­ody Song:

Carol of the MehSmashy Claw; good parody having some fun with the original song, just not all that exciting

Devo, Are You Shoe­box? — Devo Spice, fea­tur­ing Worm Quar­tet; parody that is not as good as the original

The Ped­dler: A Half-Assed Trans­la­tion — Kobi LaCroix; love the music style on this, but really kind of dumb lyrics

We Were Never Ever Actu­ally TogetherEric Schwartz aka Smooth-E, feat. Michael Yo

When You Wish Upon A Death Star — the great Luke Ski; Stars Wars and Disney melody, total fun, my favorite

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