Bit Brigade

Could it really make any more sense for the first announced act of Super MAGFest 2017 to be anyone other than Bit Brigade? No, my dear MAGFestians, it couldn't.

Chances are if you've been to a MAGFest or MAG event in recent years, you've seen this crazy crew perform their insane LIVE VGM + LIVE GAMING showcase, and with over a handful of different classic NES games at this point. That said, you've probably never seen them perform THREE FRIGGIN' GAMES IN ONE FRIGGIN' SET.

Come to Super MAGFest 2017 and you will. You're welcome in advance.

(Psst! Hey guys, is Mike gonna need an IV of fluids hooked up to him to survive drumming this? Uh, e-mail me abt that pls & we'll get it figured out in the rider...)

"When was the last time you attended a live music performance with a genuine element of risk involved? And no, going to a Gwar show with a white t-shirt on doesn't count. When Bit Brigade takes the stage your mind will frantically oscillate between "Oh! Agh!! Please don't die!!" and "YES! He's doing it!!" Combining the dread and daring of a live video game speed run with the spot-on technique of a live band covering the musical accompaniment to everything you're seeing on-screen in real time, Bit Brigade will have you swinging between the two mediums. From thrashing about to live renditions of your favorite stage themes, fingers yearning to the sky in a rock 'n roll parody of sea anemones seeming to silently plead, "Please, feed us more fretboard pyrotechnics!," to being locked in stock-still rapture as the infallible maestro of the d-pad, Noah McCarthy, takes on the final boss and risks his video game life under the threat of intense peer scorn (or the reward of night-long glory and a credits score). No matter the outcome, Bit Brigade must play on until the deed is done - which it always is - on the first (and last) try. Once Noah's NES buzzes on, there's no turning back." - Metalhead Mike of The Shizz, summer 2011