Musical Guests of Honor
Dinofight! is a superpower trio from St. Louis, MO whose sound is a mind meld of surf drums, driving bass, and punky, mutated guitar fossilized together underneath vocals that range from catchy singing to primal rage. Their songs draw inspiration from the combined lore of comics, movies, games, and facial hair and feature hooks that will embed themselves in your brain like a raptor's claw. Unconcerned with genre, Dinofight! will appeal to anyone who likes their rock to come in thick, granitic slabs.
Musical Guest of Honor
Professor Shyguy can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop. His performance consists of him singing, playing guitar, keyboards, and drums, sometimes three of those things at the same time. He has toured from Baton Rouge to Chicago, including Atlanta, Orlando, St. Louis, Kansas City, Savannah , etc. and has shared the stage with Ellen McLain of Portal and Jonathan Coulton fame, opened for and performed with Samantha Newark of Jem and the Holograms. He has performed in venues of surprised and entertained crowds that range from the legendary dive bar Springwater in Nashville to a Microsoft conference for High Schoolers.
Musical Guests of Honor
Inspired by a mental image of a Dwarf sitting on the porch picking a banjo, The Lonely Mountain String Band has taken the lyrics J.R.R. Tolkien wrote for the songs of Middle Earth and set them to Old Time-style string band music with chocolate-and-peanut-butter results.
Japanese Culture Guests of Honor
Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial arts instructors, specializing in 16th-century samurai arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history.
With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain.
Beyond their martial arts skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled "The Way of the Samurai".
Daniel is also an author with several martial arts articles published, and he is currently working on his second full-length novel.
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