We all have those theme songs, that when you hear them, transport you to a more innocent time.Whether it’s from a favorite childhood TV show, movie, or even video game, everyone enjoys a good nostalgia trip. Gamers’ Gala is aiming to take audiences back to a time when hearing their favorite video game theme song, brought immediate happiness.
Happening one night only at El Club on Friday, August 31 at 8 p.m., the event will feature themes from classic Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, and Super Nintendo video games. Local bands Chirp and Doctor Pizza will start the party off, with Act Casual closing the night out.
Metro Detroit’s Act Casual are the masterminds behind this idea and have been trying to plan a themed night for quite some time now. The idea came when they wanted to use Mario Kart in a promotional video (the band has a Wii in their van), and then they realized how cool it would be to play video game music at a concert.
Their genre-hopping sound will certainly help them when they hit the stage this Friday night, but it has also helped them create some of the most catchy and upbeat music around. Their rock and blues flare combined with their electronic music beats creates dance-worthy music, and bass player Danny Flynn says that’s why their performances are always a good time.
“We try to bring a party and upbeat atmosphere to all of our shows. Whether it’s playing at more traditional concerts with three-minute songs or festivals at 1 a.m. where we can get experimental, we just want people to dance,” Flynn said.
They are hoping to bring that same upbeat style to their Gamers’ Gala performance this Friday night. Act Casual will be playing themes from Sega Genesis games, and although Flynn wouldn’t say specifically what songs they will be playing, he said to expect some themes from Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Bomberman, and even Street Fighter.
Chirp will play Super Nintendo hits featuring themes from Donkey Kong and Super Mario, while Doctor Pizza will play classic Nintendo 64 music from Super Mario 64 and GoldenEye. There will be plenty more themes than just those, but Flynn said that audiences will just have to come out and see what hits the three bands will tackle.
To add more fuel to the nostalgia ride, the performances will include a full light show, live painting, and even visuals from actual gameplay to go with the music. Live visual artist Dirty Dan will incorporate different levels of the games featured throughout the night, along with some visual flare, to make the experience complete.
For more information on the event, be sure to check out the Facebook page and El Club’s website. If you want to keep up on everything Act Casual, including numerous upcoming performances this fall, visit the band’s Facebook page.