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.

 

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.

 

George Hrab

George HrabMulti-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, story teller, science advocate, producer, composer, and heliocentrist George Hrab has written and produced six independent CDs and a concert DVD; published two books; recorded over five-hundred and fifty episodes of an award-winning podcast; emceed countless science conferences; was a TEDx speaker; has been the drummer and musical director with The Philadelphia Funk Authority for over twenty years; and has even performed for President Clinton. He’s traveled to four continents promoting critical thinking, science, and skepticism through story and song. George is considered one of the preeminent skeptic/science/atheist/geek-culture music icons currently living in his apartment.

 

Misbehavin’ Maidens

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, several D.C./Baltimore area burlesque and variety shows, and local theme bars, most frequently at the Limerick Pub in Wheaton, MD.

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.

Misbehavin' Maidens