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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

2:30 pm EST

Concert: The Gothsicles

Empire Ballroom, 2:30 pm EST

The Gothsicles roll in from Boston bringing an energetic performance of 20 years’ worth of industrial music and video with a comic flair about everything from the videogame Contra to the world’s most amazing animals. As COMA Music Magazine said, “The Gothsicles are one of the forerunners in industrial music for the nerdy masses.”

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

4:00 pm EST

Concert: Victor Sierra

Thomas (Virtual), 4:00 pm EST

Celebrated steampunk band Victor Sierra will be regaling us from Paris, France, with songs of the airship Hydrogen Queen and the adventures of its crew. The band invites you to go beyond the horizon line, to go for the strange, to be stirred in unison, and to live unpredictable experiences!

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

5:30 pm EST

Concert: Sassafrass

Empire Ballroom, 5:30 pm EST

Sassafrass is a singing group led by science fiction author and Pegasus-nominated composer Ada Palmer. They perform original a cappella music with fantasy, mythology and science fiction themes. Noted for their close harmonies and their intricate narrative lyrics, Sassafrass unveiled their Norse song cycle Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok at Balticon in 2013.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

7:00 pm EST

Concert: Amy McNally & Rhiannon’s Lark

Calvert Room, 7:00 pm EST

Amy McNally is that chick in a skirt and no shoes who sits on the floor with a violin and a stash of Pixy Stix. Yeah, that one, with the hair. She’s been hanging around jam circles like that for 20 years and playing fiddle for over 30 years now. Playing with multiple bands, singing with Lady Mondegreen, performing guerrilla accompaniment, and on recordings with assorted musicians and rogues, she does folk, Celtic, and historical music too, but considers herself a filker first.

Have you ever wanted to hear a Disney princess singing about the things you love–board games, ninjas, and krakens? Rhiannon’s Lark is happy to make your wish come true. This geek-goddess-girl tackles everything from T. Rex to moral dilemmas with insightful lyrics, gorgeous vocals, and gentle humor.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

Concert: Ben Newman

Thomas (Virtual), 7:00 pm EST

Ben Newman is a singer-songwriter and filker who writes songs on a wide variety of topics: science fiction and fantasy, religion (several), science and computers, and many more. He writes original melodies and borrows tunes from other songwriters, soundtracks, and media such as movies and video games.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

Thursday, December 16, 2021

11:30 am EST

Concert: John McDaid & Gary Ehrlich

Cabinet Room, 11:30 am EST

John McDaid is a singer-songwriter from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, who has been performing his geek-inflected songs for over 40 years. An award-winning short story author, he brings a writerly focus to his lyrics, complemented by a guitar style that draws on contemporary and traditional folk. Gary Ehrlich is a singer songwriter from the DC area. A structural engineer by profession, he often works architectural themes into his songs, be it designing whimsical hotels or dreaming of future cities.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

1:00 pm EST

Concert: Lawrence Dean

Thomas (Virtual), 1:00 pm EST

Lawrence Dean first encountered filk at the Brighton Worldcon in 1979. He wrote his first sci-fi song, “The Ballad of Arthur Dent,” in 1980 and is active in UK filk. Lawrence has written over 135 songs, nearly half of which are filk or filk-related. The rest are a mix of folk, country, and contemporary. His music has been performed and recorded by professional folksingers and fellow filkers across America, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Lawrence is the winner of the 2021 Pegasus Awards for Best Filk Song and Best Writer/Composer.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

Concert: Lynn Gold & Roberta Rogow

Cabinet Room, 1:00 pm EST

This is a pair of 30-minute concerts by Lynn Gold and Roberta Rogow. Roberta is from North Jersey. Lynn is a “naturalized” Californian. This will be a battle of the North vs. the South—of New Jersey! Watch two women correct each others’ pronunciations while making you laugh and think.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

2:30 pm EST

Concert: Ardamus & Ryako

Empire Ballroom, 2:30 pm EST

A pair of 30-minute concerts by Ardamus and Ryako. Time for some nerdcore rap! Ardamus is a DC local who summarizes the scope of his work as “music.money.sex.drugs.politics.spirits.comedy” but who can get real with deeply personal topics as well. Ryako, by contrast, is here from Belgium and follows up the screening of her new score for Metropolis (see the Wednesday schedule) with some SFnal music that includes her vocals.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

Concert: S.J. Tucker

Thomas (Virtual), 2:30 pm EST

“Without our songs and stories, we are nothing.” S.J. Tucker is the captain of her own independent music career. Named a vanguard of the mythpunk movement and even “the face of neo-tribal Paganism” by Witches & Pagans magazine, Tucker is the voice of lore at the campfire and the sharp laughter of modern myth. With one hand anchored in her art and the other held out to you, she is songs and stories, community and wit.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

4:00 pm EST

Concert: Sutton & Burnside Clapp

Empire Ballroom, 4:00 pm EST

Just a blink ago, Bill and Brenda Sutton were a wild, romantic, crazy, young singing duo. Now they’re a grizzled curmudgeon and a silver-haired granny, still belting out songs. Their sets are always lively and filled with the unexpected. T.J. and Mitchell Burnside Clapp are a Pegasus-Award-winning wife-and-husband team that performs filk songs ranging from funny to heartfelt.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

5:30 pm EST

Concert: Dr. Mary Crowell

Empire Ballroom, 5:30 pm EST

Dr. Mary Crowell is a chanteuse who teaches piano and composition for a living. She loves RPGs, and sings about gaming, love, lust, and whatever else strikes her. She’s been known to go from sultry to silly in the blink of an eye.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

7:00 pm EST

Concert: Wreck the System

Empire Ballroom, 7:00 pm EST

Wreck The System is a DC-area nerdcore hip-hop band who blends other genres—including rock, EDM, dirty pop, dubstep, chiptune, and pretty much anything they want—into their music. Wreck The System is known for their energetic and amazing stage shows. Their fans identify with their overall message, which is “Be who you are without fear!”

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

8:30 pm EST

Concert: Heather Margetson

Thomas (Virtual), 8:30 pm EST

Heather Margetson (formerly known as Heather Borean) is a singer-songwriter from Canada whose music will tug at your heartstrings.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

Friday, December 17, 2021

11:30 am EST

Concert: Kathleen Sloan & Merav Hoffman

Cabinet Room, 11:30 am EST

After spending years listening to music and singing the occasional harmony, Kathleen started solo performing after she moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1989. Since then, her clear soprano has braced many filk cons. Her award-winning songs are guaranteed to delight. Merav Hoffman lives in New Jersey and while best known for her harmonies is a marvelous solo performer as well. She is an accomplished songwriter and her concert is guaranteed to delight.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

1:00 pm EST

Concert: The Chromatics

Empire Ballroom, 1:00 pm EST

For 25 years, The Chromatics have been a high-energy vocal band on a mission to delight audiences with a full spectrum of songs about science, technology, life, and their intersections. They have taken their astronomically correct a cappella songs (a project called AstroCappella) from coast to coast, and their CD has flown in space (for realz!). Here on earth they’ve captivated young and old alike in many places, including the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

2:30 pm EST

Concert: Seanan McGuire and Dead Sexy

Empire Ballroom, 2:30 pm EST

In addition to being a professional author, Seanan McGuire is an award-winning singer/songwriter and an active member of the filk community. She says, “This is both because I love music, and because I have always specialized in acquiring way too many hobbies.” Seanan’s songs range from serious love songs, to sultry ballads about mad scientists, to educational songs about epidemiology. Come to this lively concert to hear Seanan and her backup band, Dead Sexy, perform songs by Seanan and others.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

4:00 pm EST

Concert: Carla Ulbrich and Joe Giacoio

Empire Ballroom, 4:00 pm EST

Carla Ulbrich and Joe Giacoio are married singer songwriters. Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist whose biggest musical influences were Sesame Street, camp songs, and cat food commercials. She has a love of the absurdities of ordinary life, a somewhat twisted viewpoint, and a way with words. Joe Giacoio has won a number of awards for his unique guitar-playing style and quirky songwriting.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

5:30 pm EST

Concert: Blibbering Humdingers

Thomas (Virtual), 5:30 pm EST

These magical masters of musical hijinks and mayhem will wizard rock the tea towel right off your house elf! Their unique blend of 80s new wave, 50s do-wop, straight up pop rock, and old-timey sing-songy comedy will leave you laughing and crying for more. They draw inspiration from the Harry Potter series, Doctor Who, the SCA, Medieval fantasy, science fiction, and all kinds of delightfully, geeky fandomness.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

Concert: Devo Spice

Empire Ballroom, 5:30 pm EST

Devo Spice is a nerdy comedy rapper from New Jersey who has been called “the red-headed stepson of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and Eminem.” Over funky beats with crisp, clear vocals, Devo raps about technology, Doctor Who, life’s daily frustrations, and even ridiculous suggestions sent in by his fans. His synchronized video just adds to the hilarity. He performs regularly across the country at science fiction conventions, music clubs, comedy clubs, and any place that has a sense of humor.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

7:00 pm EST

Concert: KIVA

Empire Ballroom, 7:00 pm EST

For 30 years the DC-area band KIVA has been entertaining and enthralling audiences with their percussive, acoustic, worldbeat ensemble, celebrating the magic of nature and ancient bardic traditions with music that opens the heart and heals the spirit. The band combines strong vocal harmonies with rich and diverse acoustic and electric instrumentation, performing originals, traditionals, and covers. The musicians are inspired by many cultures, spiritual disciplines, and musical styles.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

Concert: Tom Smith

Thomas (Virtual), 7:00 pm EST

“Weird Al” with more books, Jonathan Coulton with more jokes, Carlin with more Cthulhu. Since 1985, Tom Smith has been breaking hearts, minds, and laws of propriety and physics with his insane blend of sf/fantasy, life with computers, pop culture, politics, and puns. More than 20 albums later, he maintains the best is yet to come.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

8:30 pm EST

Concert: Chris Weber

Thomas (Virtual), 8:30 pm EST

DisCon III is pleased to provide the occasion for Chris Weber’s first filk concert for a convention in many years. Long a fixture of the West Coast filk scene, Chris has written and performed songs inspired by the fiction of Gordon R. Dickson, Philip Jose Farmer, Tim Powers, and others.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

Saturday, December 18, 2021

11:30 am EST

Concert: Matt Leger and Mary Mulholland

Cabinet Room, 11:30 am EST

Mary Mulholland and her husband Matt Leger are talented musicians and songwriters hailing from the Atlanta area. Mary is a songbird. Matt copes with the mundanity of existence and his own attention-deficit disorder by writing songs, alternately funny (he hopes) and serious (the sad outcome of early exposure to the oeuvres of Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, and Percy Faith).

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

1:00 pm EST

Concert: Mark Bernstein & Blind Lemming Chiffon

Cabinet Room, 1:00 pm EST

A pair of 30-minute concerts by Mark Bernstein and Blind Lemming Chiffon. Mark Bernstein is known for his tongue-twisting tales. Blind Lemming Chiffon is known for his wry sense of humor and his instrumental prowess. Be prepared to be amused and entertained!

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

Concert: Sara Henya

Empire Ballroom, 1:00 pm EST

Sara Henya is a singer-songwriter and harpist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her music can best be described as fantasy pop, combining the fun of pop music and the ethereal sound of the harp. Sara incorporates imaginative, fairy-like visuals that allow her audience to feel completely immersed in her colorful fantasy world. Though passionate, she never takes herself too seriously, incorporating humor into her music and performances.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

2:30 pm EST

Concert: Kenny Young and the Eggplants

Empire Ballroom, 2:30 pm EST

Claiming to be from Brooklyn (but possibly from outer space), Kenny Young and the Eggplants are a not-easily-described semi-acoustic trio who perform intergalactic folk-and-roll songs about giant squirrels, scary bits of cheese, malevolent washing machines, and Martian garden gnomes, among other important topics. Perhaps the most entertaining description comes from The New York Times, which said that the band gives “eloquent voice to the multifaceted neuroses of prolonged adolescence.”

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

4:00 pm EST

Concert: Night Watch Paradox

Empire Ballroom, 4:00 pm EST

The musical equivalent of Treasure Island, Baltimore steampunk band Night Watch Paradox brings the audience along on a participatory journey of musical performance and storytelling as they travel in their imaginary steam-powered airship through time and space.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

5:30 pm EST

Concert: WASD

Empire Ballroom, 5:30 pm EST

WASD is a DC-area metal project taking inspiration from classic PC-game soundtracks and making rock covers of your favorite computer game tunes. Coming soon to a LAN party near you.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

7:00 pm EST

Concert: Kim the Comic Book Goddess

Empire Ballroom, 7:00 pm EST

Kim the Comic Book Goddess plays a mean keyboard, is like a cross between Tom Lehrer and Meat Loaf, and sings with a voice like Natalie Merchant about many more topics than just comic books. She’s the surprise around the corner, but not in your cereal box, because she never really liked chickens anyway.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

Concert: Marnen Laibow-Koser on Theremin

Thomas (Virtual), 7:00 pm EST

Massachusetts’ Marnen Laibow-Koser is a computer geek who has been studying and playing music since the tender age of three and composing for nearly as long. He’s a multi-instrumentalist performing mostly classical and Anglo-American folk music, and when he’s not streaming a theremin concert to a convention like this, he can be found playing at numerous contra and English country dances.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

8:30 pm EST

Concert: Batya “The Toon” Wittenberg

Thomas (Virtual), 8:30 pm EST

Batya “The Toon” Wittenberg is a self-described successful transplant to New York City. As a lyricist she has a sharp wit. Batya’s songs can bring you to tears— tears of laughter, tears of joy, tears of beauty. Her songs span a wide range of genres, from folk to rap and beyond.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

10:00 pm EST

Concert: Summer Russell

Thomas (Virtual), 10:00 pm EST

Summer Russell is a lifelong lover of music and poetry, myth and magic, science and nature. . Her voice and instrumentals bring to bring a richness to songs both new and old. Lyrically, her themes range from myth and magic to science, nature, and the wonders of the heart.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

Sunday, December 19, 2021

11:30 am EST

Concert: Harold Feld & Marc Grossman

Cabinet Room, 11:30 am EST

A pair of 30-minute concerts by Harold Feld and Marc Grossman. Both of these performers have been active in the Society for Creative Anachronism and will serenade you with everything from ancient song to futuristic filk.

Type: Concert
Tags: Music

1:00 pm EST

Closing Ceremonies

Regency Ballroom, 1:00 pm EST

Closing Ceremonies

Type: Concert
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