Hawthorn & Holly are a pop punk band that plays songs about Harry Potter. Started in 2007, these wizards hail from Charlotte, NC. Leah Schroeder and Christie Mowery weave gorgeous harmonies with Eddie Mowery on guitars and Dave Beaucar on bass. Visit them online at hawthornandholly.com.
Entering a realm somewhere between J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth and Grimm’s fairytales, Gild The Mourn has laid a path for you to travel to a world beyond your own. The fairytale-themed gothic rock duo hailing from Charlottesville, VA comes clad in armor and war paint to tell tales of battles long forgotten, worlds that have faded from the pages of memory, and the struggles of the human condition.
The band consists of husband and wife duo Gopal and Angel Metro. Gopal—a veteran musician—is also co-founder of the dark rock bands Bella Morte and Brighter Fires. The two strive to create a positive culture around their music, focusing heavily on inner strength and perseverance. Their motto “In the Darkest of Times, Find Light Within” represents finding fortitude within one’s self during times of hardship and strife.
Formed in 2014, The Vailix is a female-fronted hard rock band from Charlottesville, VA, who use music, light, and art to tell stories based on the sci-fi comic book series “The Tales of the Cloud Ocean”, created by guitarist/songwriter Rob Richmond. Powerful vocals soar above riff-heavy guitars, grinding bass, and thunderous drums as they turn narration and images into songs that drive just as intensely as the story from which they spring.
The Vailix is a unique, and heart-pounding experience from start to finish!
Devo Spice is a comedy-rapper from New Jersey who has become one of the most popular artists on the Dr. Demento Show. He was the founding member of Sudden Death, the comedy rap group that had the #1, #2, and #4 most requested songs of 2007 on the Dr. Demento Show. (“Cellular Degeneration,” “Getting Old Sucks,” and “Pillagers,” respectively.)
Devo Spice performs regularly across the country at music clubs, comedy clubs, and science fiction conventions. He has shared the stage with Dr. Demento, MC Lars, MC Frontalot, Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and many others. The live show features videos and animations synchronized with the music resulting in a hilarious show that goes over very well with a variety of audiences.
Devo Spice has released several albums including Gnome Sane? (2009), a best of Sudden Death 2-CD collection called Rhythms from the Crypt (2013), a Doctor Who concept album titled I Am The Doctor (2014), and his most recent release Herp Derp Ya Don’t Sterp (2014). His music is available on iTunes, Amazon, and The FuMP (the Funny Music Project). For more information please visit devospice.com.
Dimensional Riffs is a nerd rock band that was born from a joke at RavenCon last year. Our members include Jenny Hendrix as the lead singer and former member of Paradox Machine. Chuck Parker is lead guitarist and is the bass player for The Blibbering Humdingers. DJ McGuire plays bass, and Kat Sinclair is our other beautiful singer.
RVA native, Fabian Rush, is excited to make his third guest appearance at RavenCon this year. He’s still enjoying a long and successful career as a multi-talented artist/performer. After graduating from the VCU school of business at the top of his class in 2002, Fabian wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his first feature length horror film So Mort It Be, which, upon completion, was rapidly picked up for worldwide distribution.
Fabian’s passion for horror and science fiction fueled his desire to make more movies over the following years, gaining additional credits as production designer, visual effects coordinator, and director of photography. His subsequent film work—including the titles Dark Harvest, The Feeding, Pantheon Black, DWAM, and Alien Face Bashers—has been seen by audiences around the world. With a few appearances on the Syfy channel.
He is also the lead singer of the Richmond-based industrial metal band Synthetic Nightmare; a wild act in which he is known to don devil horns and wicked contact lenses. During the live shows, fans are transported to Hell as dancing girls blow fire and use power tools to shoot sparks into the audience.
Never resting, Fabian is now producing his next two horror films; Whitemeat, which promises to be his most shocking film to date, and Fhtagn: Rock Opera of Dooom, which is a hilarious heavy metal musical based on the mythos of HP Lovecraft.
The Misbehavin’ Maidens are a bawdy nerd-folk band comprised of four women from the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area with a love of feminist, sex-positive music, LGBTQIA+ representation, parodies, drinking, and fandom references for the 18+ geek crowd.
Performing in cosplay, pirate garb, and occasionally plain clothes, the group can be found at local theme bars and fandom conventions all across the country, entertaining those who are young at heart, but who have their minds in the gutter. The group has performed at Dragon Con, RavenCon, Wicked Faire, Nauticons, D.C./Baltimore area burlesque and variety shows, and local theme bars. They are very pleased and excited to be returning to RavenCon this year!
The band, which began rehearsing together in late 2012 and performed in public together for the first time in May of 2013, consists of four members: Flint Locke, “Lucky” Annie LeBlanc, Madame Rouge, and Saber Tompson. While all of the ladies come from a “pirate” background, they embrace a wide range of subcultures, offering musical tributes to everything from steampunk to anime.
After a wildly successful Kickstarter, their debut, independently-released album, Busted, was released August 15, 2015, and their second album, Sloppy Seconds, was released April 11, 2017. Both albums and the rest of their merch will be available in the vendor hall at their table. Make sure to drop by and say hello.
Destini is a rising star in the haunting and enchanted soundtrack and music venue. Destini’s background in vocals started in high school where she excelled as a lyrical Soprano 1 with a 3-4 octave voice. Destini has an emotive sound that mesmerizes all who listen to her. She was and is the youngest member of the world renown Susquehanna Valley Chorale.
In 2010, Destini released her EP album The Dark Masquerade with the horror soundtrack group Midnight Syndicate. She then produced a full-length album with the group in 2012 called A Time Forgotten.
Her song “Farewell Forever” was featured in the award-winning horror/soundtrack album from the 10th annual Rondo Hatton Awards.
In 2011, Destini was invited to her first international performance at the Svaneholm Slott castle in Sweden, and since then has been performing across the United States.
Her albums were featured on Rue Morgue radio, Dark Beauty Magazine, and are played nationwide on the award winning rock/metal radio show Rock Solid Pressure Show.
In 2014, Destini made the top 10 most popular digital album downloads from Amazon Music.
Destini teamed up with symphonic metal band Infinitus Mortus to release three singles, “Transcendence of Souls,” “Warrior Within,” and “Ascension.” “Transcendence of Souls” and “Ascension” won 1st place in an international artist competition through Talentcast.
In 2015, Destini was featured along with nine other top female metal singers to be featured on the cover of the Metal Female Voices Community’s 10th webzine issue, and ranked 18th in the international female singer competition.
Destini enjoys singing for theatrical soundtracks and looks forward to embracing more opportunities in this and other vocal commercial venues. She will be debuting her solo dark Celtic album Beyond the Forest Gates for 2016-17.
For over four years, Paradox Machine has been rocking out to your favorite geeky tunes. Whether Firefly, Doctor Who, Super Mario, or Zelda, we have it on tap. So pack your bowties, polish your wands, and power up your hyperdrives, because Paradox Machine is coming.