For the fourth year running, we're back at Midwest Gaming Classic setting up MGC Music for the thousands who attend. Including what we hope will be a crowd-pleasing weekend of live music with some of the best local bands and video game cover bands Milwaukee has to offer. The stage will again be located in the Vendor Hall but the event itself has moved to the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Lots more space and plenty more to do in the area during downtime. Here's the full line up for both Saturday April 14th and Sunday April 15th.
Saturday April 14th
Vocalist, Alicia Renée, combines her favorite elements of all genres of music and turns them into her own flavor of jazz. Along with her trusty ukulele, Alicia has been arranging covers for pop tunes, show tunes, rock classics and video game music. Alicia is thrilled to return to the Midwest Gaming Classic to share her nerdy covers of the awesome music from Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong and Zelda!
Epic dance music for an apocalyptic world. Heavily influenced by video games, 8 bit and electronica. A newcomer to MGC Music but highly respected amongst gaming and music fans and sure to be a perfect fit at this event.
A legend in the Milwaukee music scene and founder of the Breadking independent record label, Myles has played with Brett Newski, Temple, Ladders, Mouse Corn and The Zelda Routine among many others. Although The Zelda Routine are unable to make it this year to Midwest Gaming Classic, Myles plans to play a solo set of video game and anime covers on piano and acoustic guitar.
Catchy alternative/powerpop band. The three-piece outfit is heavily influenced by 90s alternative, grunge, and garage rock, which they blend with pop sensibilities to form their own brand of "pop fuzz". Their new EP, Dark Matter, is easily one of the best releases so far this year.
Swaggering riffs, powerful spitfire vocals and red-blooded explosive performances shot Tigernite to the forefront of the city's music scene. In the spirit of honest fun, the band draws inspiration from psychedelia, punk and rock opera, creating their own heavy brand of Glam Rock.
Video game jazz music with ripping guitar solos. Playing jazz/rock covers of gaming music. Returning for their second year in a row, last year they played under their former band name Secret Gaijin. Those in attendance will no doubt remember as they put on a blistering performance.
Mechanical Life Vein
Fresh off a gig representing Midwest Gaming Classic for Old School Video Game Night at the Milwaukee Wave game in February, Mechanical Life Vein is back again this year having never missed a MGC Music. They play classic video game music performed in real time. Video Game Jazz. Previously they’ve treated attendees to live playthroughs of NES classics Metroid and Super Mario Bros. 3. Find out what they have in store this year as the headliners on Saturday night.
Sunday April 15th
Kid Yuki and The Otakus
Kid Yuki and The Otakus is a rock band united under one mission: to bring your favorite anime and video game music to life. Their acoustic show features a list of over 100 songs for you to choose from - songs from anime like One Piece, Attack on Titan, and My Hero Academia; games like Kingdom Hearts, Nier:Automata, and Sonic The Hedgehog; and other nerdy series like RWBY, Steven Universe, and Scott Pilgrim.
Zac Shipley (DJ)
Started in radio in Baltimore almost 20 years ago, and is just as likely to play indie rock, classic hip hop, or video game remixes in any given set.
A collective of video mixing DJs. Stunning array of 8-bit and pop-culture, cut-up and found footage visuals for a mind-melting AV experience. Spinning only the finest Chiptunes, Synthwave, Retrowave, House, Industrial, EBM and more.