2018 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
The Extraordinary Contraptions: Special Musical Guests
The Extraordinary Contraptions were formed in the Summer of 2007 by four geeks with an interest in epic storytelling and more musical chops than are usually allowed in a rock band. After some experimentation, they came home to the Atlanta steampunk scene where they developed their musical ideas into an all-encompassing storytelling form. They combine any and everything their creativity fancies in the service of spinning their yarns of scientific romance and gaslight fantasy. Three albums and an unexpected drummer later, the Contraptions are hitting their stride as they set their sights on bigger, more ambitious artistic endeavors. Where will they go and what will they do next? Just wait and see!
Visit their website by clicking here.
DJ Spider: Special Guest DJ
It’s hard to categorize DJ Spider’s style – when she does dance, it’s high energy electro, house and techno. When it’s retro, it can be 80s and 90s pop, rock, dance and alternative. When it’s darkwave, expect goth, synthpop and industrial. And for burlesque, toss her the theme and she’ll run with it. Chances are, though, you’ll probably get a little something you just didn’t expect at one of her gigs.
She is no stranger to conventions either, having appeared at Chattanooga’s ConNooga, Minneapolis’ CONvergence, and her beloved DragonCon in Atlanta. Current and past residencies in Charlotte include the fetish event Purgatory, Retroactive Reunion, Bats II: Electric Boogaloo, Big Mamma’s House of Burlesque, Sprockets and djing for the Charlotte Roller Girls. She is ridiculously honored to have been voted “Charlotte’s Best Party DJ” for 7 years (2006-2011, 2013) by the readers of Creative Loafing. Regardless of the size, Spider’s goal is always to make any night the best experience possible for everyone there.
True Facts: DJ Spider is one of the founding members of the Charlotte Geeks, and was one of the original 9 at our first meeting at the back of the Caribou on Park Road!
In her free time, Spider can be found pretending to sleep, crafting costumes, indulging in various geekery and maintaining a number of pets. And, yes, she really is that tall.
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.
Madison Metricula: Musical Guest
Podcasting’s Rich Sigfrit: Master of Ceremonies
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. He is currently a co-host on the long running Geek Radio Daily podcast.
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.