music

Game On Expo will feature live music performances on both Friday and Saturday night.

Friday August 9th:

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Mercurius FM

6:00pm

Mercurius FM is an Electronic Music Artist & DJ based in the US. His music has been celebrated by international press including Rolling Stone Magazine and Ear Milk. Mercurius FM creates music in multiple genres including house, techno, electro, trap, and soundtrack. Over time, he has accumulated multiple music awards including Best Remixer, Excellence in Audio, and multiple independent music awards. Thanks to the support of his fans, he has also achieved success on music charts with a Top 100 Techno release on Beatport.com, a #1 on HypeM (Marvin Gaye Remix), and more. Shaq aka DJ Diesel, Thee Mike B, Tommie Sunshine, Dave Clarke, ETC!ETC!, MSTRKRFT, Justice, Feadz, DJ Falcon, Felix Da Housecat, and Zombie Nation are just some of the DJ's who have praised and supported Mercurius FM tracks over the years. In addition to creating originals and remixes for other labels, Mercurius FM also manages his own record label, Broken Synth, which is dedicated to independent DIY electronic music. His passion for video games has also led Mercurius FM to remix game soundtracks, compose award winning video game music, and speak at comicon events on the subject of VGM. Furthermore, Mercurius FM has DJ'd multiple video game events blending gaming culture with EDM, forming his event series in 2016, Gamer's Paradise Party. Visit MercuriusFM.com for the latest updates.

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Kawaii Robot Shark

6:45pm

Info coming soon…

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Snailmate

7:30pm

Snailmate was formed by Kalen Lander and Ariel Monet in early 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. To date, the band has independently released 4 EPs (on tape and CD) one 7 inch vinyl split, one tape split and one full length album "Love in the Microwave" which together have amassed thousands of physical sales and Digital downloads and garnered praise from press outlets such as Phoenix New Times, Java Magazine, Rogue Valley Messenger, ABQ Free Press and more. The band’s self-booked touring began spring of 2015 and they haven't stopped since. Snailmate has played clubs in every region of the country while also performing at SXSW, Evel Knievel days, UFO festival, multiple pride festivals, State fairs, Maximum Ames and Fog Fest. They are currently on tour supporting their new EP "Existential Anxiety" for 7 months. The duo will continue touring the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and more until they die.

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FYGAR

8:30pm

One tepid day in January, 2017, a local group of indie game developers, designers, programmers, artists, and musicians--armed with their passion for gaming-- decided to get together and do the logical next step; start an all-synth demoscene / chiptune / video game tribute band!

FYGAR, named for the dirt-wyverns of Horinesia, melds together the sounds of ancient video game systems, the demoscene, and the best parts of the 80's and 90's.

Be sure to check out this act if you like game music, or ever wanted to see more than 1 keytar in the same place.


Saturday August 10th:

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8-bit zero

6:00pm

Info coming soon…

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Sergio and the Holograms

6:45pm

Sergio Elisondo is a multi-instrumentalist, a visionary, and a pioneer of new forms of musical entertainment and has an insatiable appetite for pushing the boundaries of technology and music. His current works include elaborate one-man-band YouTube productions, live hologram performances, and a first-of-its kind retro NES digital musical cartridge.

His love and passion for video games and video game music has brought him to where he is today with his current productions. The YouTube videos that he makes are elaborate arrangements of video game music, often times 8-bit, that have been interpretively translated on to a multitude of real instruments. Everything is performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by him. He then takes these arrangements and personally films, edits, and synchronizes the videos to be showcased on YouTube. He wears every hat in the process of this production.

The "Sergio and the Holograms" production is a tech-progressive live performance involving life-sized hologram projections. Essentially, he records and films all of the instrumentation to then have it projected onto multiple transparent screens to create a hologram-band around him; while he plays guitar live as the front-man. With his live hologram performances, he has successfully merged a balance of technology and music; which genuinely reflects the influence that the Bay Area has had on him. This act has been performed at highly acclaimed conventions such as PRGE 2016 (Portland Retro Gaming Convention) and CAX 2016 (California Extreme).

The NES musical cartridge "A Winner is You" by Sergio, is the first-of-its kind digital musical cartridge. This cartridge houses real recordings of real instruments, all performed and recorded by him. The data for the cartridge sits on a massive 64MB ROM, which is currently amongst the biggest to date. It's about 20 minutes long of digital audio, with the ability to pause, skip, fast-forward, rewind, or even play in slow motion; all coming from an unmodified NES console. The cartridge is currently available online.

While he makes sure his visions come to life, he has also been able to balance education and private music instruction for anyone who hungers the art. While studying in the Silicon Valley, he received his B.A. in Music and M.A. in Education from San Jose State University. He has been privately teaching music since 2008 and continues to do so all over the Bay Area. His students range from all ages, be it from 3 years old to seniors. It is never too late to start dreaming and that is a motto that he continues to strongly live by. His latest works are "A Winner is You" (digital musical cartridge) and "Ninja" -- both homebrews for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System).

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Super MadNES

7:30pm

Super MadNES is a Los Angeles, CA based tribute to retro video games and traditional 80s heavy metal music, creating riff-oriented guitar & synth arrangements to classic NES, SNES and arcade soundtracks.
In only three years, the band has done three releases, built a following, appeared in chiptune compilations such as “Flipped” by Chiptunes=WIN, toured throughout several states in the country, and performed at major gaming events such as Anime Expo, BitGen Gamer Fest, MAGwest, Retro City Festival, Replay FX, California Extreme, Game On Expo and Arcade Expo to name a few.
In 2018, the band released their very well received 2nd full length NES themed album “Gothic Warriors” featuring “Castlevania III” and “Batman” soundtracks followed by a successful run of summer tours.
In this 2019 summer season, MadNES are embarking on series of weekend tours for both the east and west coasts performing the music from classic games such as Robocop, Castlevania III, Batman, Double Dragon, Ninja Gaiden, Megaman X, Super Ghouls ’N Ghost along with an action fueled pixelated visual show.

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Minibosses

8:30pm

Minibosses is a progressive rock band originally from Northampton, Massachusetts and now located in Phoenix, Arizona. They are known for their video game music covers, which are instrumental rock variations of the theme music from classic Nintendo video games such as Mega Man, Metroid, and Castlevania. The Phoenix New Times awarded Minibosses their best cover band award in 2006.