2019 Guest Performers
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Mikey Mason: Musical Guest of Honor
Mikey Mason (a nationally touring standup comedian by trade) made a splash on YouTube with the video for his song, “She Don’t Like Firefly,” and is also known for the gaming anthem “Best Game Ever.” He has recorded many full length albums of geek rock comedy, an EP of non-comedic songs inspired by Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods, and hosts two weekly podcasts: Beer Powered Time Machine and All In The Reflexes.
Mikey’s work has been featured on DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, and in Time Magazine’s Techland, and he is a member of The Funny Music Project (theFuMP.com). He has made multiple appearances both on NBC and at the legendary House Of Blues, headlined on all four coasts and performed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, DragonCon, Gen Con, Geek Media Expo, Browncoat Ball, and RPG conventions across the US. He proudly performs for at least one Can’t Stop The Serenity event, a fundraiser for Equality Now, every year. In his spare time, he occasionally sleeps.
“Soooo great!!” – Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Serenity, Homeland, V)
“My dad had a great sense of humor, knew hundreds of jokes, puns, limericks, etc and would have LOVED your song!” -Cindy Gygax (Daughter of RPG luminary Gary Gygax)
Visit his website at www.mikeymason.com
Valentine Wolfe: Musical Guest
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music “Victorian Chamber metal”, the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe.
Tally Johnson: Storytelling Guest
Born and raised in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, Tally Johnson is also a storyteller of ghost tales throughout the Carolinas. He currently lives in Chester South Carolina with his wife, Rachel.
He is the author of several books on South Carolina ghosts, the following published by the History Press of Charleston; Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry (2005), Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands (2007), and Ghosts of the Pee Dee (2009) as well as his newest, Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina published in 2013 by Post Mortem Press. He is currently working on several projects, both nonfiction and fiction.
Visit his author page on Amazon!
Metricula: PreGala Musical Guest
Madison “Metricula” Roberts (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, clown, guitarist, and entertainer from Raleigh, NC, with sets of material tailored to both all-ages or 18+ audiences. Her music has been featured on The FuMP, Marc Gunn’s Geek Pub Songs, and more! Metricula is also a co-host of the “All in the Reflexes” geek culture podcast as well as a founder of the Social Justice Bards. In her muggle life, Metricula is a scientist, DIY enthusiast, and avid coffee-drinker. She’s totally not mad that the cat loves her spouse, Richard, more than her.
Make plans to cozy up with her at the PreGala Nerd Music Campfire and relive the summer camp nights of your youth with sing-a-longs and smores, but nerdier!
Follow her online basically everywhere as @metricula or find her hub at metricula.com.
Podcasting’s Rich Sigfrit: Emcee
To say Rich Sigfrit enjoys podcasting would be a gross understatement. His name often appears in any podcasting publications, and he’s known for creating the first fandom podcast and many other firsts in podcasting. His podcast list includes RotO, Halo: Hardwired, Podcast 9, Troma Podcast, and 501stCast, as well as Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure.
Rich is a Whovian, Star Wars fan, Whedonist and is known to watch the occasional episode of the Handsome Brothers Ghostbusting Power Hour known as Supernatural. You’ve probably seen him at a con as the Master of Ceremonies or on a panel about podcasting. You may have also seen his alter ego, Richie Muenster on a burlesque stage as an emcee for Creativity Out Of Context, The Succubus Sorority, The Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana (he keeps his clothes on, he’s read the petition). He’s also the current reigning 3rd place champion of SparkCon’s Pun Tournament, likes long walks on the beach and his turn-ons are metal bikinis, goth girls and Nathan Fillion.
Listen to Rich every day on the long running Geek Radio Daily podcast.