Ongaku Overdrive goes virtual for next video game-music concert

A group that organizes concerts of bands that perform video game music will go virtual this weekend.

Ongaku Overdrive, which has hosted video-game themed concerts in Orlando since 2013, will feature four acts on its Twitch channel.

Ongaku founder Kent Ward started hosting the events virtually in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic. This will be the third virtual event.

“We have enjoyed hosting online concerts during this time,” Ward said in a news release. “It has given fans something great to enjoy from the safety of their home, while also supporting amazing performers in our community.”

Past events have featured local performers like hip-hop artist EyeQ.

Orlando’s dj-Jo will perform a set during the free event, which starts Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

The bands include:

88 Bit – A Cleveland-based pianist who performs 8-bit Nintendo soundtracks.

Runaway 4 – A Canadian band that takes video game jams and adds a little rock to them.

dj-Jo – A DJ from Orlando who will feature Zelda-related remixes at the show.

Descendants of Erdrick – The Austin heavy metal band performed in Orlando last fall and is named after a royal line in the Dragon Quest games.

Orlando is home to a robust video game industry, which includes several development companies.

Ongaku Overdrive is the only organization in Orlando that focuses on the music of video games. The organization is a self-described advocate of “nerd music.”

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