Metricula

MetriculaMadison “Metricula” Roberts (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, clown, and entertainer from Raleigh, NC, with sets of material tailored to both all-ages or 18+ audiences.

You can cozy up with her at the Nerd Music Campfire and relive the summer camp nights of your youth with sing-a-longs and smores, but nerdier! Stream tunes from her debut EP, Songs for Gamers for free online or pick them up via Bandcamp.

Metricula is also a co-host of the All in the Reflexes geek culture podcast as well as a founder of the Social Justice Bards, a group of livestreaming musicians and artists on Twitch. You can catch her live (for free!) online doing music or hosting Nasty Woman Knitting Circle, where she knits… adult novelty items.

In her muggle life, Metricula is a scientist, DIY enthusiast, and avid coffee-drinker. She’s totally not mad that the cat loves her spouse, Richard, more than her.

Follow her online basically everywhere as @metricula or find her hub at metricula.com.

 

Angela Pritchett

Angela PritchettAngela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer, podcaster, and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, the Porkchop film trilogy, Pig Girl, and many others.

Angela is an avid cosplayer and has been making her own costumes for the last seventeen years. Her costumes have been featured in the Washington Post, as well as various Japanese magazines and coffee table books.

Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series, she has also been featured in numerous short story anthologies and books with essays on different topics in fandoms.

She also plays covers of geeky music on the ukulele on her YouTube channel Angela Plays Ukulele. Angela went to UNC Greensboro and has a BS in Music Education and a Masters in Liberal Studies and Ethnomusicology. She does the podcasting segment “A Geek Girls Take” that can be heard weekly on the Earth Station One Network, and when she has free time she spends it sewing or playing with her Pugs.

 

Dirty Metal Lefty

Dirty Metal LeftyA native of Richmond, VA, Dirty Metal Lefty comes “Straight Out of Nowhere” with an eclectic, heterogeneous blend of dark, soulful alternative rock with blues, metal, and jazz undertones. Acoustic or electric, this devil-may-care singer-songwriter is unapologetically raw and never fails to disappoint.

Official releases include: debut EP Nevá On Sundays, full-length follow-up See, What HAD Happened Was…, and single “FOBD (Ronin Vox Mix)”, a bass and vocal tribute to Soundgarden’s timeless classic, “Fell On Black Days.”

 

Catherine Asaro

Catherine AsaroCatherine Asaro has written more than 25 books in science fiction, fantasy, and near-future thrillers. She earned her doctorate in chemical physics and master’s in physics, both at Harvard. Her works The Quantum Rose and The Spacetime Pool are both Nebula® Award winners. Among her other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog Magazine and the RT BOOKClub Award for “Best Science Fiction Novel.” Her most recent books are Undercity (Baen) and Lighting Strike, Book II. Her latest book, The Bronzed Skies, came out from Baen. A former ballet and jazz dancer, Catherine has performed on both coasts and in Ohio. As a musician, she performs at various cons and jazz clubs. She has appeared at cons and other venues as a Guest of Honor or author guest in the US and abroad. For more information, see her Facebook page at facebook.com/Catherine.Asaro.

 

Library Bards – 2019 Music GOH

Library BardsTransforming Top 40 songs into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place, the Library Bards have become a staple in the new comic and pop culture convention scene. Traveling the United States, the dynamic performances of Bonnie Gordon (ABC’s The Quest; voice of R. Mika in Street Fighter V), and Xander Jeanneret (TBS’ King of the Nerds; voice of the Announcer in Divekick) bring life to the main stages of cosplay contests, panels, and concert performances.

 

The Gothsicles

The GothsiclesInternationally headlining globetrotting electronauts, The Gothsicles are “The Industrial Option What Now Hails From Boston.” It’s mostly four on the floor EBM for nerds.

 

Angel Metro

Angel MetroAngel Metro blends the elements of heartbreak and hope to create an electronic sound nestled in Dark Magic.

Based out of Charlottesville, VA she was the front woman for the fairytale gothic rock band Gild The Mourn and now creates dark electronic pop. The first album from the project, Dark Days Bright Lights, is set to release in the fall of 2018.

Angel is also the owner of the weekly goth/alternative club aptly named Goth Night that has hosted a variety of goth/alternative musicians and DJs from around the United States.

She finds her inspiration in horror, sci-fi, vintage Hollywood glamour, and high fantasy.

 

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart JaffeStuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings out the best in a variety of SF/F sub-genres. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows: one dog, two cats, three aquatic turtles, nine chickens, and a horse. As best as he’s been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens and the horse do not live in the house.

 

Nefarious Ferrets

The Nefarious Ferrets are Frank and Donna Parker of Gastonia, NC. Meeting each other in 2006, at ConCarolinas, they realized they had many things in common: science fiction, a love of music, and a love of ferrets. It was a match made in fandom and the following year at ConCarolinas 2007, they were married.

They started performing as the Nefarious Ferrets in 2009 at RavenCon. Since then they have performed at the Geek Gala in Charlotte, ConCarolinas Filk and Campfire Circles, and the Georgia Filk Convention (GaFilk in 2X10s). They were the 2017 Filk Guests at AtomaCon in Charleston SC, and are returning performers at RavenCon 2018, ConCarolinas 2018, and play numerous house filks in North and South Carolina.

At AtomaCon 2017, they “adopted” bass player D.J. McGuire, in his own words, “The second best bass player in my own damn band,” from the Dimensional Riffs. He makes a fantastic addition to the group.

The Ferrets are charter members, along with Larry Kirby of St Matthews, SC, of Filk Carolina, dedicated to spreading all genre of science fiction and fandom music.

Like the seeds of a dandelion spreading music through space and time, they are minstrels of the night.

Nefarious Ferrets

 

Rev. Billy C. Wirtz

Rev. Billy C. WirtzThe Rev writes:

Years ago, I aspired to be a cult figure in the entertainment world. I always dug cats like Bro. Dave Gardner, Lenny Bruce, and Lord Buckley. I wanted to combine old school Boogie Woogie piano with highbrow/lowbrow storylines. With songs like “Mennonite Surf Party,” “Roberta,” “Mama Was Deadhead” and a few dozen more, I’ve traveled the world Rockin’ on the Ivories and (hopefully) leaving them rolling in the aisles.

After several decades of touring, I still enjoy playing and also a syndicated radio show on NPR fills in my weekly dance card. Along the way I have developed a series of lectures that tell the story of Black music in America after WWII. Using Power Point and live music, the series is titled: “Your Roots Are Showing”. I’ll be bringing part one of the series: “Shake , Rattle and Roll” ( The Chitlin’ Circuit, WLAC and the Birth of Rock ‘N” Roll)” to RavenCon this year.