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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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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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More from Nerdapalooza

A few more Nerdapalooza acts and other news have come to light.  Check them out.

Added as Headliners is the NESkimos who have not been at Nerdapalooza since 2006.  They are getting back together just to play this event.

New bands are video game music rockers Armcanon.  Nerdapalooza hometown hero Marc with a Creturns with a full recording of a live performance from Nerdapalooza this year. Geek Rockers Sci-Fried will have some new songs from their latest album.  Also Metriod Metal will be there too.  Sweet.

Nerdcore artist Random aka Mega Ran will be returning, from personal experience he does amazing show try to have something cool for when he free styles with the audience.  Locals MC wreckshin, Shinobi MC, and Rappy McRapperson will be collaborating as the Money Boys at the show.

Some new acts at the show, Professor Shyguy who does dance mashups of pop culture and  D&D Sluggers a duo that utilizes the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Game Boy plus rock guitar with other synth sounds.

Update on brentalfoss,  Descendants of Erdick (as the Cartridge Family) will be his backing band for the weekend.  Something to definitely to see.

2011 Nerdapalooza Live Recordings an album from last year’s show is now public.  You can get it as a digital copy for $7 and/or physical CD for $15.  Other past recordings are available too.  All recordings by EMPulse Records.

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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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Nerdapalloza Announces Line-up

Nerdapalooza, the largest nerd music festival, has started announcing acts for this year’s show. The show brings several different genres of nerd music together for one big party.  This year the show is August 3-5 at the The Social & The Beacham in Orlando, FL

Their headliners for this year are the electro dance /party duo Koo Koo Kanga Roo and Mega Man tribute band The Megas.  Koo Koo Kanga Roo is currently running a Kickstarter for a new albume, 30 songs about 30 animals in 30 minutes.

The show includes other video game themed bands like Descendants of Erdrick, their first time at Nerdapalooza,  Random Encounter, The OneUps, and brand new Final Fantasy rock opera troupe  Those Who Fight.

On the 8-bit side is first timer Bit Brigade, who performer video game music and a speed run of the game they are covering, they will be the pre-party headliner and performing during the weekend, so two chances to catch them.  Creator of “With Lyrics” series of videos and albums brentalfloss and chiptune mixer/guitarist Danimal Cannon. 

They have several great nerdocre hip hop likes for this year.  Nerdaplooza mainstay  Schaffer the Darklord, hacker and friend on mine Dual Core, the worlds premier comic book rapper (he also does Firefly, Harry Potter, Downtown Abbey, and not watching Doctor Who), Adam WarRock, his usual partner in rap Tribe One will be joining him on stage and doing his own performance, and the ThoughtCriminals.  Frogsuit a brand new Nerdcore group that is a made up of My Parents Favorite Music, 8-Bit Duane, and Joey Zadjino will get to show off their new stuff at the event.

Nerdaplooza will be bringing DJs for pre-party, after-party, after hour raves, and DJ’ing events during the day too.  Two that have been announced are Dj RoboRob and DJ Cutman.

Nerdaplooza will also be host to Epic Win Burlesque from New York City for some shows that are both geeky and sexy.  Not sure which turns me on more.

I am sure they are not done with bringing more bands and acts for the weekend, so keep up with them to see who else will be able to make it.  Tickets for the event are limited, so if you really want to go make sure to per-register.

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