GR8bit Live! is an annual video game music concert and charity in Grand Rapids, MI, benefiting the kids at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. After a successful kickstarter, this event will be FREE!! While the admission is free, there will be a suggested donation upon entering. ALL of the proceeds from the event will go towards buying video game equipment and board games for the kids at the children’s hospital. This year 7 bands will perform. This not just a concert. This time around, GR8bit Live will be a video game convention. There will be vendors, gaming tournaments along with a game room, and voice actor Matt Hill will be there.
Welcome to the second annual West Michigan Gaming Conventions! We will have a ton of gaming going on all weekend, including:
Saturday – 5k Standard Magic: The Gathering Tournament $30.00 entry
Sunday – Tiny Leaders $20.00 entry payout based on paid entries
Side events – WIN-A-BOX Firing all day – Standard/Modern/Legacy/Vintage/EDH
Booster Drafts firing all day
Open gaming at select tables
Doors open at 9am, event registration starts at 10am, Main Magic: The Gathering event starts at 11am.
Smash Brother events Sat and Sun
Theme fighting by Kingdom of the Northland Knights
We will have an amazing group of vendors selling:
Magic: The Gathering, used/collectable video games, toys, comic books and lots more! Full vendor list forthcoming, but confirmed vendors include:
The Gaming Warehouse
Golden Pawn – (E-Cigarettes).
AP DISC GOLF League (Disc Golf and Demos)
Local Artist – Nolan N Nasser
Smash Brothers Event – Hosted by Russell Williams
New Game Developers – Grid Factions
Tshirt Wonders – custom shirts on site, Gamers design your own logo shirt -Awesome company
BC Comics to TO 5k event and a vending booth to shop
Kingdom of the North-land Knights (Theme Fighting and Demos
I have confirmation that DR-E Cigs will be passing out Juice for all you e-smokers as a free sample for MTG players. DR.-E Is a confirmed vendor.
Youmacon is a popular culture event similar to most “Comic Cons”, however instead of focusing on comic books, Youmacon is a celebration of Japanese popular culture and its influence on our own culture over the past few decades. Common themes throughout the event are Anime (Japanese animation), Video Games, Japanese style artwork and comics, and the rising internet culture influenced by all of the above.
Youmacon brings a unique all-ages mix of interactive events, celebrity guest panels, and live musical performances to Downtown Detroit. One of its most popular events, “Live Action Mario Party”, emulates the video game experience – often filling the room to fire code capacity. Players participate in gameshow-like mini-games to help their teams advance and win.
Youmacon 2015 will be held October 29 – November 1 at two of the most iconic locations in Downtown Detroit: The world famous Cobo Center, and The Renaissance Center. Separating these locations is the beautiful Detroit Riverwalk.
Mark Lago, founder of GR8bit Live talks about the upcoming Video Game Music Concert and Gaming Convention which serves as a fundraiser. Learn about the bands and the events at this convention.
Mikal KHill (Charlotte, NC)
Mikal kHill is an emcee, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Charlotte, NC. He is the founding member of The ThoughtCriminals, as well as the co-creator of the Browncoats Mixtape and Syltherin House Mixtape with Adam WarRock. He has performed countless shows all over the United States with artists as varied as Ceschi Ramos, MC Frontalot, Louis Logic, Random, Tribe One, Astronautalis, Sole, Awol One, Schaffer the Darklord and more. Described as “the Elliott Smith of nerdcore” by Z of Wired’s GeekDad, his music is engaging and emotionally resonant, walking the line between progressive hiphop and nerdcore with musical competence and style.
Tribe One (Atlanta, GA)
Tribe One is a rapper from Atlanta, Georgia who writes smart, personal and emotional songs about things like comic books and video games. He’s a bit of a nerd and he knows it. Revels in it, in fact. Having worked as a public librarian for eight years before making the jump to rapping full time, he is acutely aware that he is on something of a non-traditional path to rap stardom. But it’s exactly this nonchalance when it comes to fitting into the hip hop mainstream that allows Tribe One to be the engaging performer that he is. Able to switch from lightning fast speed raps to heartstring tugging storytelling at the drop of a hat, Tribe One has devastated audiences all over the country on tours with mc chris, MC Lars, Ceschi, Louis Logic, Adam WarRock and Mega Ran among others.
Chip-hop Rapper Steffeny “Steffo” Messinger of My Parents Favorite Music talks about hip hop, video game influences, the Master Pieces (her albums), and using music as a platform to spread awareness about trans/queer gender & sexuality issues. Another fun interview to add to my ever growing list.
Chicago’s own VGM band that features a keytar and a violin thrown into the mix, was at GR8bit Live 3. We talk about video games and music in this casual interview. Learn about each of the band mates.