The yearlong pandemic has become one of the toughest external forces that the music industry has had to undergo.
But one local concert organizer has successfully pulled specialized bands together from across the country to keep his video game music concerts going.
Kent Ward recently hosted Virtua Ongaku VII on his Twitch stream, showcasing five performers – and paying them.
“It has been awesome,” said Ward, whose event raised nearly $1,000 for the performers. “We have no idea when live concerts or conventions that would book these acts will return so seeing fans step up to support the musicians has been a wonderful feeling.”
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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.”
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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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