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BRKfest 2016

BRKfest the midwest’s longest running chip music festival is back for the end of summer for its fifth year.  It will be Friday September 2nd to Sunday September 4th at the Chameleon in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Friday night starts 9pm with cooshinator, Umin, Monotony, Hypnogram, Snesei, nonfinite, and boaconstructor all doing forty minute sets till late at night.  Saturday is Bit Wish, Infodrive, KITE SPLASH, AndaruGo, Triangles, Kris Keyser, Bubblegum Octopus, and Bit Shifter starting at 8pm.  Sunday starts at 9pm and features Dsv101, Solabear, Inverse Phase, CCDM, Dollfin, and hedonismbit.  Closing Ceremonies will be at 1am with DJ Boa.

Admission is $5 for each day or $10 for the weekend.  All tickets will only be sold at the door.  The show is 21 and older only.  Food and drink will be sold on site.  There will be vendors selling Game Boy

Fans, and those wanting to be fans, of chip music will want to at least catch one day of the event to hear great music and party with fellow fans.

 

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Music Madness Melodies of Madicon (something else that begins with m)

Madicon is a yearly gaming/literary convention run by the Science Fiction Fantasy Guild at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.  This year it is at the student center at JMU, March 8-10.  The con has a number of panels, workshops, vendors, artists, many games, costume contest, a LARP, art show, video games, live bird show, and auctions (including the Geek Auction to buy live people) to raise money for the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Guests for the con are authors: Jana Oliver, Jean Marie Ward, Pip Ballantine, R.S. Belcher, and Tee Morris, plus makeup guest Megan Amberly, voice actor Jon St. John, the 501st Storm Troopers, combat groups Bridgewater College Comitatus, COMARR, and Silverdain.  In addition some great music acts.

The Music Guest of Honor is Johan Knight, who I have written about so much before.  All I can really say is expect good music from him at the con.  Once again he has three concerts, paranormal folk, creepy, and supernatural steampunk.  Plus a chance to talk with him over a cup of coffee.

There is also a several chiptune composers.: Cartoon Bomb, Datacats, and Inverse Phase.  Catch the three all weekend at performances and panels.

Madicon this year has two veterans of convention raves DJ Cutman and DJ Super Sonic.  The rave is on Saturday night and will be filled with 8bit sounds and remixes of all kinds.

Panels include discussions on what different sound chips in old school consoles, about releasing a cover album, learn to write your down chiptune music, and explanation on video games remixes and their scene by DJ Fayt.

Of note, Tainted Reality will be selling Jrock CDs in the vendor room too.

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Bit Gen Gamer Fest 7

Let this one slip by me till now, so it is kind of late to really help out.  Anyways today on June 30th is the seventh Bit Gen Gamer Fest in Baltimore, Maryland. Bit Gen is one of the biggest video game music festivals out there.

Bit Gen Gamer Fest was started in 2005 by members of the band Entertainment System, with five bands and 150 attendees.  It started as 8-Bit Gen, then 16-Bit Gen the next year, then 32-Bit Gen the year after that, and then 64-Bit Gen for year four.  Deciding 128-Bit Gen was not a good idea they settled on Bit Gen Gamer Fest.  They bring in some best acts in video game music and fresh new acts as well.  Some bands who have played include: Powerglove, Anamanaguchi, and the Protomen.  They like to refer to the event as “nerd-vanna” or “bit-halla.”

The event will have a large selection of both classic and current video games with old-school arcade machines on free play.  The concert hall itself will be lined with video games to play, so you can rock to the bands and play your favorite games at the same time.  Gaming provided by MAGFest.  The show has open exhibition space for video game inspired artists as well.

This year the have gathered over 10 acts to perform on two continuously rotating stages, meaning when one band is done on one stage another will be starting on the other stage not that the stages themselves spin.  From rock bands like Metroid Metal, The Megas, Rare Candy, Armcannon, and X-Hunters to chip tune acts Danimal Cannon and Cheap Dinosaur, rapper Mega Ran, funny man brentalfloss,  DJ Cutman, Final Fantasy rock opera by Those Who Fight, plus Bit Brigade and their speed run Bit Brigade.

Tickets are available at the door for $20.  The show takes place at the Sonar one of the largest concert club venues in Baltimore with room up to over 2,000 people.

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