Guests: Performers

RKO Army

The RKO Army is the shadowcast performing in the Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut, and southern Massachusetts area since 1981.  Known primarily for their legendary performances of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, they have added other fan-favorite productions including REPO! The Genetic Opera, Serenity, Dr. Horribles' Sing-A-Long Blog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Once More with Feeling", Firefly's "Out of Gas", and the Rocky Horror sequel Shock Treatment.  They have had on-going runs at two dozen cinemas over the decades, and they have also performed as guests at a long list of of theaters, conventions, universities, clubs, and parades.  In 2013, they threw the National Rocky Horror 38th Anniversary Convention in Providence.  The event hailed by many in the national community as setting a new standard for such events.

RKO Army is all about having fun, but they are very serious about that fun.  The cast's chief mission has also been their biggest reason for growth - Reaching out to people who feel the same. This has been accomplished thru three primary avenues - Contact, Venues, and Awareness.

The common theme within the Rocky Horror community emanating from the movie is "Don't Dream It, Be it".  RKO Army has put that theme into practice by enriching themselves thru association with similar communities who also do the same, most notably in the Cosplay, Steampunk, Gaming, Rave, Gay, Browncoat, Gothic, and Club communities.

No longer limited to just regular-run cinemas, the cast now has established itself as a highly functional road cast in multiple types of venues in Southern New England. They have become major parts of conventions and parades, and sometimes are called in as entertainment for local business organizations, causes, or even weddings! In addition to putting on scheduled performances, RKO's mission is to "seek out new life and civilizations" by hopefully adding to the social interaction offstage at all its events.

RKO Army's operational focus will always be awareness of its audience. While it will always be necessary to have fun performing, what will always supersede that is the relevancy of the entertainment to the audience. The RKO perspective is to never lose sight of the view from the seats you the audience are sitting in.

ChibiCon

ChibiCon

ChibiCon: The Traveling Cosplay Show, brings the elements of Drag, Cosplay, Theater
and the Circus together to create an exciting and unique experience!

Videri String Quartet

Videri String Quartet

vi•de•ri \vi-ˈdā-rē\ vb [Lat.] ​
1 : To be seen 2 : To see and understand
3 : A classically trained string quartet with a focus on performing
video game music​
Founded in 2012, the Videri String Quartet is a revolutionary ensemble dedicated to
performing the music of video games. A pioneer in both the video game and classical
music communities, Videri is committed to reinventing the string quartet experience for
the modern listener. The quartet utilizes a unique hybrid of aural and visual narratives,
often performing standard quartet repertoire, such as Haydn or Janáček, alongside
music from well video games, such as Halo and BioShock. Videri seeks to explore the
ways in which video game music impacts its listeners, discover the parallels between
traditional classical music and video game music, celebrate the dynamic link between

music and storytelling, and to use video game music as a means of expression for
children and young adults.

High Adventure

High Adventure

High Adventure is an American fan-rock band based out of New England. Since 2008,
High Adventure has gathered a worldwide following of fanboys and fangirls with their
passionate music about comic books, movies, video games and fandom. The band has
been featured on NPR, "The Force-Cast"; "Rebel Force Radio"; "The Indy-Cast";
"Fanboy's Guide To The Galaxy"; "The Star Wars Report"; "The Star Wars Talk Show";
"TechnoRetro Dads"; and have played such high profile shows as New York Comic Con,
Star Wars Celebration, Dallas Fan Days, Connecticut ComiCONN, Rhode Island Comic
Con and Boston Super MegaFest. High Adventure has released 4 albums of original
music, and has composed 2 film scores for the documentaries "The Force Within Us";
(2013), and "The Walkers Among Us"; (2015).

Steel Samurai

Steel Samurai

Since 2013, Baltimore-based Steel Samurai has dug up the most ancient, unused and
obscure video game compositions and re-forged them into brutal-yet-richly-textured
power-rock instrumentals with delicately layered guitar harmonies, jazzy organ riffs and
skull-pounding rhythms.

Art the Hypnotist

Art the Hypnotist

​Arthur Lee Daniel (CH), (a.k.a. Art the Hypnotist) has been a regular at ConnectiCon for
the past Fourteen years, entertaining the convention crowd with standing room only
shows. Originally trained in Hypnosis in 1990 while he served in the Navy on a
Submarine, doing book work underway and one on one training with his mentor when in
port to get his original certification with the National Guild of Hypnotists, Art has over 28
years of individual, group and stage hypnosis experience. Art also has other additional
certifications including stress management, neuro linguistic programming, pain control,
quantum focusing and parts therapy.
Art did his Hypnosis act on Television on the Jenny Jones Show back in 1996.
In addition to quality comedy hypnosis shows, Art also offers other hypnotic and
hypnosis services.
Art published his first hypnosis CD, "The Hypnotic Power Nap", a Several years ago.
Art also has a program put together called "Building the Fortress of the Mind, Self
Hypnosis for Business and Corporations" that teaches Self Hypnosis and how a
company?s employees can use it for Stress Management, Self Confidence and Self
Esteem, Motivation, Goal Setting and Personal Change.
You can contactArt the Hypnotist at
(INFO@ArtTheHypnotist.com)
(860)405-5536
Or join his Facebook Fan Page.

Ardent Media

Ardent Media

Ardent Media is a collective music media project created by guitarist Daniel Salvetti, and Drummer Tyler O'Brien that includes 6 other musicians. This project includes covers from various fandoms as well a showcase featuring two bands the members take place in (The Heavy Calm, and Fateless) Stylistically there is common theme of blending deep melodies with metal/hard rock whether it be in covers, or the original music. The Heavy Calm aims to create cinematic lyric themes through each song and showcases a cross between soul, and hard rock, blending along with piano,violin and guitar harmonies. Fateless is a progressive metalcore act that blends fast grooves and heavy breakdowns with soaring guitar melodies and orchestral backing. This group also features a mix between both harsh and clean vocals. Throughout all the projects each member showcases technical skills and a passion for the music they perform, whether it be covering music from fandoms they take part in, or their original music. This creates a collective group of individuals who love the music they are performing and work hard at perfecting their art form. 

1974

1974

Hailing from Newington, Connecticut, 1974 is a five-piece progressive rock band that conjures up the massive and powerful emanations of a bygone era. Since 2007, the band has been awing audiences with powerful guitar driven riffs, rich vocal harmonies, catchy melodies, and high-energy stage shows. With a flair for the dramatic, guitarists Mike Forgette and Adam Clymer harmonize guitar leads and throw solos back and forth at each other from across the stage. Bassist Gary Dionne’s playing has been described as an eccentric, bombastic, and virtuosic manifestation. The rich vocal harmonies and impassioned keyboard of Parker are a beautiful compliment to drummer Tim Moore’s soulful vocal style which adds an empathetic layer to the music while his progressive-influenced drumming drives the band into powerful and uncharted territories. Released in February of 2011, 1974 & The Battle for the Lazer Fortress garnered mass critical praise from fans and the media. Though the band took its time crafting complex time signatures and punchy guitar riffs, the music is sweetened by layers of catchy melodies that evoke several modern indie rock influences. The interwoven rock and pop facets created a recipe which propelled 1974 & The Battle for the Lazer Fortress into CT.com's list of 2011's Top 15 albums. In 2012, 1974 took a break from their progressive sci-fi musical storytelling and intense performance schedule to release two EPs. The Return was applauded by CTindie.com as “a unique mix of softer sounds and bang-your-head-to-this interludes...They're [1974] clearly setting out an ambitious project for themselves.” The Hartford Advocate celebrated 1974’s performance and song writing on The Return while predicting that the band “has a chance to stamp the CT music scene into broader national consciousness. This album, just like the full-length before it, deserves the listener’s immediate and undivided attention.” The second EP, A Soldier’s Tale, was released at the end of 2012. CT.com had only praise for the EP, calling it “an album [EP] that not only raised the bar, at least locally, for what a band could do with a concept album, but also re-introduced the listener to one of the most talented bands in the state.” 2013 saw the band performing at larger venues and to broader audiences. 1974 made their first appearance at CT’s famed Infinity Hall, performed at the annual Daffodil Festival, and earned a spot on the annual Vision & Grit Festival. Tireless in their pursuit of realizing their collective visions, the band also recorded and released their sophomore full-length album entitled 1974 & The Death of the Herald. Always well-received locally, 1974 would start to see immense praise on an international level, receiving positive reviews from as far and wide as Sweden, Brazil, Japan, and England, to name a few.

REAKT

REAKT

REAKT is a Japanese singer from Tokyo, Japan currently touring in North America. His music is a mix of Japanese Pop, EDM, Hip Hop and Anime songs. His musical purpose is to spread his sound and message to the world.