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FuMPFest 2017

The Funny Music Project‘s (FuMP) comedy music festival/convention, FuMPFest, returns this Friday June 16th to Sunday June 18th at the Holiday Inn Chicage-Elk Grove in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

The Guest of Honor for this year is Henry Phillips.  Henry is a comedy musican and actor who has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Billboard magazine, worked with Moby, his YouTube channel “Henry’s Kitchen” and his own film “Punching the Clown.”  Featured Guests are Bad Teenage Moustache, chiptune-rock band Boy Meets Robot, Carla Ulbrich, Insane Ian, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, Peter Wildman, Reformed Whores, Smashy Claw, The Gothsicles, Tom Tuerff, Worm Quartet, and the great Luke Ski.  Also appearing this weekend but with no featured concert are Carrie Dahlby, Devo Spice, Holy Bongwater, Lauren Mayer, Power Salad, the Library Bards, and TV’s Kyle.

Events for the con will be several concerts throughout the weekend, but there is more to the event then just them.  The Opening Ceremonies will screen the entries this year’s Video Contest, karaoke, Q&A and autographs with Henry Phillips,  State of The FuMP, Live Podcasts, the FuMP Showcase, and special showing of Punching Henry, Henry Phillip’s latest mocumentary.  Friday will host the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music ceremony, all the nominated songs will be performed or presented at the ceremony.  There will be a dealer’s room for shopping as well.

Pre-registration is opened until June 12th, tomorrow.  Registration at the door is the same price.  Adult weekend is $50, Friday or Sunday only $20, and Saturday only $30.  Children twelve and under can get in for $30 for the weekend or any single day for $15.  Children three and under are free.

Fans of the FuMP, Dr. Demento, and comedy music in general should keep the FuMPFest are their list of events to try to hit up some time to see and hear their favorite acts and hang with fellow fans.

 

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Time for Logan Awards Again

The 5th annual Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music (Logan Awards for short) nominations have been announced for this year.  The award was started in 2011 to recognize those who work in the comedy music industry and to pay tribute to Logan Whitehurst a musician who died at the age of 29 in 2006.  The three categories are Outstanding Original Comedy Song, Outstanding Parody Song, and Outstanding Comedy Music Video.  Nominees are chosen from songs from the previous calender year in an open nomination process then Jurors chose the finalists and winners for each category.  Winners receive a robot cat statuette, inspired by Logan’s song Robot Cat, designed by artist Jamie Noguchi.  Jurors for this year are fan jurors Kristi Avery, Tim and Margie Winslow (the Poohs), and Angela Brett; musician jurors Seamonky, Jared Ringold, Chris Waffle, Paul Sabourin, and permanent juror Dr. Demento.

The finalists for this year’s Logan Awards are:

Out­stand­ing Par­ody Song

Out­stand­ing Orig­i­nal Com­edy Song

Out­stand­ing Com­edy Music Video

The awards ceremony will be held at FuMPFest in Wheeling, Illinois on June 5th to the 7th at the Westin Northshore.  The ceremony will two hours with performance from some of the nominated artists (just do not expect Weird Al to be one of them) and others to cover for those who will not be there.  Come and dress up for that proper award show feel.

 

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Logan Awards Nom­i­nees and Kickstarter

In 2010 the FuMP (The Funny Music Project) created the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Award for Excellence in Comedy Music to celebrate the best funny songs of the year and to pay tribute to Logan Whitehurst. Logan was a prolific, talented, and hilarious comedy musician, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 29.  Dr. Demento called Logan’s album “Goodbye My 4-Track” the “Sergeant Peppers” of comedy music albums. The Award celebrates funny songs in three categories – Outstanding Original Comedy Song, Outstanding Parody Song, and Outstanding Comedy Music Video – and the winners receive a statuette of a robot cat, inspired by one of Logan’s most popular songs, “Robot Cat”. In the past they have given awards to OKGo, Neil Patrick Harris, Todrick Hall, and Garfunkel and Oates, among others.

The Nom­i­nees for this year are:

Out­stand­ing Com­edy Music Video

“The Loop­hole” — Gar­funkel & Oates
Out­stand­ing Orig­i­nal Com­edy Song
“Shut Up, Ian!”Insane Ian
“The Loop­hole”Gar­funkel & Oates
Out­stand­ing Par­ody Song:
“After Ever After” Jon Cozart (“Paint” on YouTube)
“JoCo Got Jacked”Devo Spice

For the first two years of the award, Rob Balder, the award’s creator, paid for production of the statuettes himself.  Last year’s chair was Luke Ski, and he paid for them that year.  The statues cost $400 each to produce, meaning that each year they need to spend $1200 on them to keep the awards going.  Since there is a different chair each year it’s not practical to expect the chair to continue paying for production of the statues, but they need paid for somehow.  That’s where Kickstarter comes in.

They have raised, as of this writing, $3,071.  Meaning they have not only paid for this year’s statues, but also next year and part of the year after that.  It goes till May 14th if you to get in on it.

Help them out, and you can get some cool rewards such as:

– An album of live comedy music performed at my LukeSkiCon last year

– A video presentation of highlights of Live comedy music performances from the first three Logan Awards ceremonies

– A official Logan Awards T-shirt

– An appearance on the FuMP’s weekly chat show ‘The Funny Music Podcast’

– A comedy song created for you by one of the artists of the FuMP

– House concerts performed by one or more of the artists of the FuMP.

This year’s Logan Awards ceremony is taking place at FuMPFeST on June 21st in Wheeling, IL, and Dr. Demento will host.

 

 

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4th Annual Logan White­hurst Memo­r­ial Awards for Excel­lence in Com­edy Music

The 4th Annual Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music is currently looking for nominations for this years awards.

Only songs released in 2013 are eligible for nomination.  If you can send a link or MP3 of the song, legally, do so.  Already nominated songs can be found here, multiple nominations does not help its chances.  Nominations close on April 3rd, so get in your favorites in Outstanding Parody, Outstanding Original Comedy Song, and Outstanding Comedy Music Video.

The awards will be given out this year at FuMPeST on June 20th at the Westin Chicago in Wheeling, IL.  The ceremony and following concert will be MCed by the legendary Dr. Demento, the Guest of Honor of the con and who is a permanent juror of the Logan Awards.  Pre-registration is currently $35, but goes up to $45 on April 1st.

FuMPFeST 2014 is the first con­ven­tion being put on by the Funny Music Project web­site, also known as ‘The FuMP’ dot com, and is chaired by Tom Rock­well, who is the web­mas­ter of the FuMP, as well a com­edy music per­former who under the stage name ‘Devo Spice’, and is a sta­ple act cur­rently heard on “The Dr. Demento Show”. Our mas­ter of cer­e­monies for the week­end will be Insane Ian, another reg­u­lar FuMP / Demento artist.

At FuMPFeST 2014, Dr. Demento also be giv­ing pre­sen­ta­tions, play­ing funny music, sign­ing auto­graphs, and join­ing in all the fun that we have planned. We’ll also have live com­edy music con­certs being per­formed all week­end by such artists as Devo Spice, the great Luke Ski, Worm Quar­tet, Power Salad, Car­rie Dahlby, Insane Ian, Tony Gold­mark, Pos­si­ble Oscar, Tom Smith, Ray­mond & Scum, Sea­mon­key, Gar­den Fresh, Dan Hart, and more! For infor­ma­tion on reg­is­tra­tion and book­ing a room in our hotel block, visit the FuMPFeST web­site.

 

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FuMPFest Announcements

More information about the Funny Music Project’s own convention FuMPFest has gone up.  So you can now start make plans.

First, they have figured out a date and a location for the weekend.  It will be at the Westin Northshore in Wheeling, Illinois on June 20-22, 2014.  The group rate for the hotel is $109 a night, mention “FuMPFest” for the rate.

Second the Guest of Honor for the event has been announced.  It is the one and only Dr. Demento, hows of the Dr. Demento Show which has inspired many a comedy musician and helped to make the careers of several of them, including Weird Al Yankovic.  His show has been around since 1970 broadcasting the funniest, weirdest, most demented music around, first as a radio DJ and now online.    During the weekend he will be giving presentations, playing funny music, signing autograph, and any other silly things he can think of.

Register for the con is $35 for the entire weekend; registration at the door will be $45.

This will be a great chance to spend a weekend listening, learning about, talking about, and surrounding yourself with some of the best comedy musicians out there.

 

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MarsCon Dementia Track for 2013

MarsCon, the one in Minnesota not the one in , has announced their headlining music act for 2013.

MarsCon is March 103 at the Crown Plaza Hotel & Suites in Bloomington, MN.  It is a sci-fi/fandom convention with media stars, authors, artists, costumers, and more.  They are known for having the Dementia Track, sponsored by Dementia Radio and run by the Great Luke Ski.  It is a weekend long party and music festival of comedy music.  Tons of acts from Dementia Radio, the FuMP, and elsewhere come to play

This year’s headliner for the 10th year of the track is the group Flat 29 from the UK, playing their first concert in the USA.   Also for the first time at MarsCon is comedy rocker Mikey Mason.  More acts will be announced as time goes by, but check the site for past guests to get a feel for who might be there.

Events for the track include: Space Oddity Music Club & Brew Pub which is three nights of music circles, snacks, drinks, and games in an laid-back environment with an open mic.  Dementia Smackdown Wrestling with DJ and proe wrestling fan Jered Perez creating avatars of appearing acts for a wrestling video game then has them fight in a 30 minute Battle Royal for the Dementia Championship; commentary along with the fight.  The Dementia Fan Showcase hosted by DJ Particle gives you the chance to perform your own songs or someone else’s.     The FuMP Jukebox which gives acts who did not make the Main Stage a chance to perform one of their songs for everyone.  The Dementia Smackdown (no wrestling this time) features the weekend’s performers performing cover versions of each other’s songs.

The con will also be the home to the 3rd Annual Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music.

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Kickstarters to Look Check Out

Kickstarter is a great way for acts to finianzie and check people’s opinion on new projects; also great for fans to help their favorite acts and learn about new ones.  Here are a couple of music related ones to check out and maybe support.

The Austin Troubadours first CD – “Mediterranean Journey”

Austine Troubadours are a Medieval and Renaissance music group that plays songs from Italy, Spain, France and Balkan countries, on period instruments.  The group includes Renaissance lute, baroque violin, early woodwinds,  harpsichord, and many other instruments that I have never heard of along with voice.  This albums will include Italian monophonic dances from the “British Library” Manuscript, “Cantigas De Santa Maria” from a collection attributed to Spanish king Alfonso El Sabio, French Renaissance dances from Attaingnant editions, and a few of the oldest examples of songs and dances from Serbia and Macedonia.  The album will try to recreate the sounds and spirits of Medieval Mediterranean.

They are looking for $3,000 and already have $1,819 so far.  Sponsor levels include getting the CD, an invite to the release party, name listing in the album booklet, dinner with the band, and a private concert (for those in central Texas area).  They have 15 more days to reach their goal.

The Slants Need a New Tour Bus

The Slants are an Asian synth-pop band from Oregon with a big following in the anime fandom. In the last four years they have played over 350 shows all across the US and Europe at anime cons, dive bars and tropps overseas.  They need new a new touring bus.  They travel for several months out the year and needs something that can handle the intense touring.  They have already spent most of their money on their latest album and now are looking for help from their fans who have helped them since the beginning.

For $10,000 they can get an old shuttle bus and renovate it for touring.  They will also not have to use a trailer anymore and invest money into their stage show.  More funds will go to an even better vehicle. They have already got $4,232 with 14 days to go.  Various donation levels will get you digital albums, CDs, special songs, personal shout-out, t-shirt, other merch, tour DVD, original art, personalized song, private concerts, and more.

Worm Quartet “Songs of the Maniacs” Album

The one man band from Rochester, New York Worm Quartet (a.k.a. Shoebox) has played on both the Dr. Demento radio show (with the most requested song of 2004)  and a core member of The FuMP is now releasing his long-awaited next album.  He has collaborated with Sudden Death and MC Lars.  In 2007 he won a Logan Award for his song “The Ballad of Dr. Stopp.”

This Kickstarter is to fund the mastering of the albums, license the one cover song, cover printing of the albums, and other assorted costs.

Donation incentives include buttons, downloads, CDs, bonus discs, and exclusive USB flash drives mounted in Atari cartridges and loaded with the entire Worm Quartet discography (available only through this project).

(NOTE:  This is a prototype…the final product will look slightly different.)

Prizes for high levels include personalized songs Worm Quartet/Devo Spice house concerts.

He has already reached the $1,300 goal he was looking for, so he place a stretch goal of $2,600 to buy a new keytar.  He passed this as well. Now if he raises $4,400 he plans to upgrade his “studio” with new equipment.  14 days left on this one too.

Steamstock- A Music Featival From Another Time

Swing Goth has hosted several different events over the last five years like The Bowie Ball, a San Fran and NYC Burton Ball, Gaiman vs. Moore, and others.  They were chosen Best of the Bay in 2009 and its various events have been covered in over 30 newspaper articles, including: New York Times, New York Post, SF Chronicle, SF Bay Guardian, and SF Weekly.  Recently they did nighttime events as part of the steampunk con, Clockwork Alchemy.  Now they want to do a whole steampunk music festival. 

They are planning to have two stages, over ten bands both national and local, vendors, belly dancers, aerialists, fire dancers, and a raised dance floor for partying.  They will do all this if they raise $3,000.  If they get $4,000 they will add ferries to take people between San Francisco and their venue, Craneway Pavilion, allowing you to travel to and from a steampunk event in a boat.  At $5,000 they will add a boat from San Jose.  At $6,000 they will start announcing national level bands.  Raise enough and they will put the bands on the boats.

Bands that have already said they will play the event include Abney Park,Vernian Process,5 Cent Coffee,Blue Rabbit, and Vagabondage.

With 14 days to go they have only raised $737.  For supporting you can get bumper stickers, badge ribbons, a silk cravat, dance instruction DVD, shopping bag, metal badge, hair clip, seed pod bag, hat pin, necklace and earring set, ticket to the show ($40 level), dance levels, and various outfits fitted to you.

You can email them (steamstocksf@gmail.com) to sign up for their mailing list or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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