Dr. Kat Sinclair loves most everything in the sci-fi realm, but also real science. With a background in microbiology, she currently teaches a variety of college biology courses and is happy to share her thoughts and knowledge. She is also a singer in Dimensional Riffs, the nerd rock band, and loves combining nerdiness and music for pure entertainment.
Since 2004, Synthetic Nightmare have headlined regional shows as well as provided support for nationally and internationally known acts such as Bella Morte, 45 Grave, and Pigface, Sheep on Drugs, Nocturne, Hanzel Und Gretyl, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, W.A.S.T.E., and Alter Der Ruine. Synthetic Nightmare’s sound incorporates both harsh and melodic textures, with just enough progressive and experimental touches to keep listeners from getting bored. All of this is exemplified in their first full-length album Rot in Equality, which was self-produced and released in 2008. Synthetic Nightmare also aim to create the most entertaining live atmosphere possible. Shows have included firebreathing dancers, numerous scratch-built stage props, the onstage use of industrial tools, and Guapo (the Sleepytime Disaster Ape). With each show, the Synthetic Nightmare fanbase continues to expand, composed of people hailing from many different music scenes and subcultures, just as the band continues to refuse to be pigeonholed by the limitations of one specific rock genre.
This year we celebrate the introduction of RavenCon’s very own house band, the Shadow Balladeers! Come enjoy as they perform the music of the Rocky Horror Picture Show live in concert.
The red-headed stepson of “Weird Al” Yankovic and Eminem.
Mosquito Cabaret is a folk and world-music sextet hailing from the waters of Norfolk, VA. Forming in the summer of 2017, the group set out to make music that knows no borders; with a melting pot of sonic qualities consisting of equal parts folk, punk, klezmer, humppa, rembetika, and so much more.
On October 11th, 2017 the band released their official debut single, “River King” to the world—which is now available everywhere digitally such as iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, and more!
Mosquito Cabaret has made numerous appearances on radio and podcasts through WHRO’s Out Of the Box program with Paul Shugrue; WPKN in Bridgeport, CT with Cliff Furnald; KALX 90.7 FM in Berkley, CA, Rootsworld.org/Taintradio program; plus the FolkCast and FreakOuternational podcasts.
Mosquito Cabaret has shared the stage with the Atom Age, Maid of Ace, the Toasters, Agent Orange, and many more.
Never skipping a beat, the swarm is growing as Mosquito Cabaret continues to play more and more shows and is approaching releasing their debut album, The Modern Life of Insects.
Neil Lee Griffin has a lifelong passion for writing and performing music and his wife Jessica grew up singing constantly. In 2016 they created the joint venture Antler Hill Arts—specializing in many various artistic talents including graphic design, portraiture, movie scoring, crafts, and of course, live music. Antler Hill’s style can be described as “rustic folk rock” and is inspired by scarecrows, autumn, and the work of Danny Elfman. These two singers, with acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and banjo, perform live to the accompaniment of a full orchestral backing track and use the stage to bring awareness to the topics of stuttering and bullying.
Transforming 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.
Although recently seen in many screen projects & web series, Bonnie is most recognized for her time on ABC’s fantasy/reality show, The Quest, the Star Trek Geek & Sundry show “Shield of Tomorrow,” or the cyberpunk superhero show, “Callisto 6” on Geek & Sundry’s Project Alpha. If her face doesn’t seem familiar to you, perhaps her voice will… From video games to anime, some voiceover credits include Street Fighter V (Rainbow Mika); Mega Man (Bounce Man); Fire Emblem: Echoes (Silque and end credits vocalist); recurring characters on Cartoon Network’s Mighty Magiswords; Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock; Ikki Tousen; Akiba’s Trip; Guided Fate Paradox; Demon Gaze; and more to come! Her future plans include living off of cheese plates and world domination. You can find her on Twitter and IG at @BonnieBellG and at Library Bards @librarybards.
Xander Jeanneret is an actor, web personality, and professional roleplayer. He is best known for his appearances on Legendary Digital Networks, which include Geek & Sundry’s Sagas of Sundry: Madness, and We’re Alive: Frontier. Xander is also half of the nerd parody band The Library Bards!
Angel 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, was released at the start of the year.
Angel is also the owner of a 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.
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 2019, ConCarolinas 2019, and they 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.
D.J., Jenny, Chuck, Kat, and Drew started jamming—and soon realized they were pretty good at it. Now spread from Farmville to Chesapeake, they play tunes for geeks of all genres (Star Wars, Doctor Who, Firefly, Harry Potter, Pacific Rim—yes, you read that right—etc.), when they can get themselves in the same place at the same time!