Mega Man music concert takes over The Abbey on Saturday

A concert featuring bands that play music related to the Mega Man video game series will roll into Orlando on Saturday night.

The concert presented by Ongaku Overdrive, which last year hosted a concert with bands playing music from Final Fantasy, will start at 7 p.m. at The Abbey music venue at 100 S. Eola Drive.

The show will feature local rapper EyeQ, Tampa-based DJ RoboRob, hip hop emcee Richie Branson and Danimal Cannon, a video game music composer and chip tune rock artist.

Athens, Ga.,-based Bit Brigade will headline the show.

Tickets are available at the Ongaku Overdrive website.

Bit Brigade covers full game soundtracks while gamers play the blue bomber’s game on stage.

“The music of Mega Man is iconic,” said Kent Ward, the organizer of the event. “It’s most-likely the most remixed and covered game franchise of them all. And that’s a big reason why the games still remain beloved by millions of fans.”

Ongaku regularly hosts video game concerts.

In the fall, bands that perform Final Fantasy-related songs were in Orlando.

“I have loved video game music since I was a child,” Ward said. “I used to put down my controller playing games like Mega Man and Sonic just to hear the music.”

Ongaku has been around for about seven years but Ward said it wasn’t the first effort to feature video game music.

Other concerts, however, have faded.

“Video game music drives the action and enhances the emotion we feel when experiencing a game,” he said. “Game music is special because it started in a primitive state, but composers were able to create fun and even compelling melodies. And now we can hear that music with high level production, actual instruments, and even orchestras.”

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