After Friday’s festivities, Saturday saw me refreshed and ready for more music. I was up relatively early to make sure to catch MC Wreckshin, who, unsurprisingly, also performed with other members of Emergency Pizza Party. It might possibly have been a little early in the morning for a group like this at a generally family friendly event (I saw far more kids than I did at Nerdapalooza), but no one really seemed to mind. The afternoon sets also included Killer Robots (who put on a really fun show, complete with pool noodle swords for audience members) and Magitek, a group I really love to see live.
An absolute stand-out was, of course, Marc with a C, with the Expansion Pack. He played plenty of fan favorites, but he also managed to fit in a couple of lesser played songs like “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” and the “Bonus Feature” (i.e., encore), “Fighting for Love.” And it was not the last we would hear from Marc, either, but more on that later.
Schäffer the Darklord and Random (aka Mega Ran) also played on Saturday, both with stellar sets. They both ran in to some small scheduling issues, with Schäffer being cut off slightly early and Random starting late, but that didn’t make their sets any less great. Actually, Random even got to perform the beginning of “Avalanche” in honor of Nobuo Uematsu, who came on right after Random. That was particularly cool to see / hear! And the Earth Bound Papas really impressed me as well. I’ve said before that I don’t necessarily care about bands that play video game music, but seeing the actual composer of the music from some of my favorite RPGs (the Final Fantasy series) playing them was definitely really cool.
And now we get to the artists on Saturday that I’d really been looking forward to: Wordburglar and Kirby Krackle. ‘Burg played some older stuff that I’m not as familiar with as well as a few from the newer albums and EP’s (the whole set can be found here). He even got in some freestyle with input from the audience (including me). He truly does make words his.
I missed Kirby Krackle (well, I think it was just Kyle, actually) back in 2010 before I really knew them that well, and they’ve quickly become another favorite band since then. Their set was, of course, great, though I think Kyle’s vocals were a little low, but even better than that was getting to meet Kyle (who actually recognized me from my Twitter avatar!). A couple of my former students came down to see the band, and they told Kyle that I was the one who got them into Kirby Krackle. How freakin’ cool is that?