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.
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It was a night of celebrating Final Fantasy at The Abbey.
Hundreds of die-hard fans swarmed the venue Saturday to check out live music related to the classic series.
Rapper Mega Ran kicked off his set with one of the signature songs off his “Black Materia” album, “Avalanche.”
Continue reading Watch: Rapper Mega Ran Performs Final Fantasy VII song ‘Avalanche’ at Ongaku Overdrive
Want to hear a rock band perform a medley of Final Fantasy VI songs?
Of course you do.
The Returners are a rock band from Austin, Texas, that specializes in covers of video game songs.
They have done their treatment on game music from titles including Legend of Zelda and Ico.
On Saturday, they were one of four bands to perform at The Abbey in Orlando during Ongaku Overdrive, a salute to Final Fantasy music.
Continue reading Watch: Final Fantasy VI medley by The Returners at Ongaku Overdrive
Lauren Liebowitz was perhaps destined to be in a band, since her mother was a piano teacher.
But the lead singer of The Returners likely couldn’t imagine as a young girl that her dad’s video game obsession would also play into her music career.
The Austin, Texas, based band specializes in “nerdcore,” playing cover songs of the music in popular video games like Majora’s Mask, Ico and the Final Fantasy series.
“Everything we play is because one of us loves it,” Liebowitz told The OVG on Saturday. “We are doing this because we love it.”
The Returners were one of four bands to perform at The Abbey on Saturday for Ongaku Overdrive, a celebration of performers who specialize in video game music covers.
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It started with the
A young Raheem Jarbo sat
in his living room in Philadelphia, gobbling up pellets in Pac Man and jumping
pits and running the jungles of Pitfall.
That became an
obsession with the Super Nintendo and then PlayStation, which ultimately led to
Final Fantasy VII, as it often did.
Now, Raheem Jarbo, AKA
Mega Ran, travels the country performing his rap songs based on the giant video
In a far-reaching interview, we talked about his obsession with the game and some of his rap influences.
Continue reading From Atari 2600 to rapping about Final Fantasy VII. A chat with Mega Ran.
Performing in Orlando will be nothing new to Raheem Jarbo, the Philly-born rapper who goes by the stage name “Mega Ran.” The 41-year-old has been spitting his video game-related rhymes to Central Florida audiences for nearly a decade.
During that time, he has seen the genre of so-called nerdcore music expand.
“We have an interesting thing going on,” Mega Ran said in an email interview with The OVG. “We’re too experienced to be called a new genre, yet not accepted or noticed by the mainstream, but I’m able to come to cities like Orlando and see packed houses for our concerts. It’s pretty amazing. (It’s) very special to return and see old and new faces rocking out.”
Continue reading Mega Ran to bring video game rap to The Abbey