Guests: Performers

Billy Tringali

Billy Tringali

You may have seen a tall, cape-wearing geek performing at any number of conventions up and down the East Coast - that's Billy!


Best known for his humor and improvisation, Billy Tringali is a performer, academic, and all-around fun-loving nerd.


His scholarly work has been presented both nationally and internationally, most notably at the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations National Conference and the Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference. His research interests focus on media, gender, and sexuality, but range from the figure of the vampire in popular culture to Haitian Voodoo!


Billy's comedic interests focus on the power of positive comedy, and ability to laugh at yourself, and he's so excited for the chance to perform at ConnectiCon for his third year in a row!


You can find him online at instagram.com/vegandeathmatch , and kawaiideathmatch.tumblr.com

See you there!
 

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.

Desiree Apolonio Bassett

Desiree Apolonio Bassett

Desiree Apolonio Bassett was born September 11, 1992 in New Haven, Connecticut and at the tender age of 3, she became fascinated with playing the guitar and singing. Her delighted parents, Daniel and Myrna Bassett, quickly realized that their little girl was clearly a budding protege so her father began formally teaching her. Her first lessons were on a half-sized Lotus guitar, but by the age of 5, Desiree was playing her dad’s full-sized ’83 Ibanez Roadstar II. Within a few years she was entertaining her family and friends with Joe Satriani tunes and performing in music competitions. When Desiree reached the age of 9, she began study at the University of Connecticut music program and went on to win Talent America’s Musician of the Year in 2005 in New York City at age 12. Desiree continued to hone her skills playing venues around New England in open mic jams where she was discovered by bassist Doug Wimbish who invited her to share the stage at his annual Wimbash in Hartford. She was also invited to play the side stage at Ozzfest in Hartford, Ct. Desiree performed with many outstanding and renowned musicians including Living Colour, Andy Aledort, members of the Allman Brothers Band, Johnny Vibrato, Pete Schneips Band and XY Eli Band. She had developed a rich portfolio of her own original music and went into the Pat Keegan Studios in Wallingford, Ct. in 2005 to start recording her first CD. Her first five tracks were all recorded with Desiree featured on all instruments. By the age of 13, Desiree was being invited to play multiple venues and she began traveling with her own band which included bassist David Stoltz, a former member of the Dickey Betts Band and drummer Robert L. Gottfried from children’s television. In December of 2005, Desiree entered the Olympics of Entertainment in N. Y. City where she won a finalist position. In 2006, Desiree was invited to play at the music industry’s annual NAMM show in California and came home with an endorsement from Peavey Guitars. Soon after, she was also endorsed by Daisy Rock and Schecter Guitar. Nova Sound Studios offered Desiree a production agreement where she began recording with Nova owner, Doug Wimbish. Her dad became her full-time manager and promoter and helped her put together her own band, The Time Machine. With the explosion of the social media world, Desiree quickly became world-known through videos of her performances on MySpace and YouTube. At age 14, Desiree returned to the NAMM show making contacts with a wider audience of musicians and was honored at a breakfast for the ‘Seven most influential women in the music business’. The following July, she was featured in the July issue of Guitar Player Magazine. At age 15, Desiree was a featured artist with the Marshall Tucker Band when they performed in Connecticut. Her first CD, “Power and Force” was nearly complete when she was asked to open for a Jimmie Vaughn performance and shortly after, she was asked to play lead guitar as a special guest with Sammy Hagar at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino. Desiree celebrated her 16th birthday with a formal CD release party and performance at the Capitol Theater in Willimantic, Connecticut and a few months later, she opened for a Rick Derringer performance in Norwich, Connecticut. In 2009, Desiree released her second CD, “Power and Force II” and it earned a full- page endorsement on CD Baby. As her music was quickly gathering world-wide attention, she dove into working on her third CD; all the while performing exciting venues with her band which included the Wolf’s Den at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino. She was invited to play at the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock where she had the privilege of sharing the stage with Geraldo Velez (Jimi Hendrix’s original percussionist) where they ended the night’s performance with Jimi’s famous “Purple Haze”. Desiree continued to be featured in various T.V. and radio programs as well as newspaper articles. At age 17, Desiree closed an amazing year by starring in her own packed-house, full- length show with her own band (including new bass player, Bob Laramie from New Britain, CT) at the Mohegan Sun Casino. She had reached a major plateau in her musical career and now had to decide whether she was going straight to Berkeley or accept the opportunity of a lifetime as lead guitar with the Cirque Du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson The Immortal” Tour. August of 2011 found Desiree in Montreal rehearsing and preparing for a musical extravaganza that would take her around the world for the next three years with over 500 performances. After the tour ended, Desiree returned to Connecticut to begin recording her next CD and perform with her band.

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.

DJ Hawk

DJ Hawk

DJ Hawk
(Progressive, Future, Electro)

CtCon’s very own Main Events Sound Guy finally gets his chance to play more than 30 seconds of music at one time! DJ Hawk will be spinnin’ the beats Friday with HipHop Throwback sound and Saturday with his mix of Future and Progressive House. And if you love him you should make sure to catch him every Tuesday Night 9-10:30pm when he’s streaming live on Twitch.Tv/DJHawk97.

#LifeIsBetterWithABeat

Astro-Cat

Astro-Cat

Astro-Cat is an electronic music producer/dj/remixer from Massachusetts. With over a decade of experience Astro Brings energy, creativity, and awesome music to every event he preforms at. Using a wide range of different musical genres, and styles ranging from edm to rock. Astro puts together some really ear catching and inspiring mashups. From Deep house to Trap and everywhere in between, you know that when he steps behind the decks that you are about to witness something special. As a producer/ remixer Astro has 5 top 10 placements in remix contests, and a large collection of original tracks. This past year has seen Astro-Cat's demand skyrocket as clubs, conventions and parties have started to catch wind of his exciting and energetic preformance. A few notable sections from his set are his mashup of Porter Robinson's song (Language) & Daft punks' song (harder better faster stronger) and then to the opposite extreme we have him dropping a filthy mashup of Bassnectar's remix of Metallica's song (seek & destroy) and Eminem's (rap god A Capella ) Just to name a few. Influnced by the 90s rave scene, Chicago house music, hip hop, trance, and drum & bass, and pop music. Astro began producing music focusing mainly on rap/hip hop, and then eventually moving on to electronic music production fulltime in 2010. He has released over 20 remixes and multiple albums worth of music. Astro takes influence from producers such as, Deadmau5, porter Robinson, & Don Diablo to name a few. Traveling from Massachusetts to Connecticut Astro is making a name for him himself in the northeast area as a must see DJ, and is sure to just keep gaining momentum as his name spreads. Make sure you come out and see him preform live because his energy is infectious and you will definitely not be disappointed.

DJ Token

DJ Token

@DjToken860 #RealDjs #MoneyNem #J.M.E #RR #NATURALPROGRESSION oovoo dj_token Find me on soundcloud Dj Token nuff said

Stephanie Stardust

Stephanie Stardust

Stephanie Stardust is a DJ with Variety of musical tastes. Everything from 70's disco to todays EDM and everything in between. Stephanie just received her first award for best wedding DJ in Hartford magazines readers poll.

Bennyhana

Bennyhana

Surname: Bennyhana Chris started Djing in 2010, when he fell in love with electronic music, over the next few years through friends and discovering the clubs in New York City, Chris realized that he wanted to work with house music, which soon became his passion. He started heavily producing house and techno in 2015, with current and upcoming releases on Therapy Music, Indigo Records, and Burnt Leather records.

The Asterplace

The Asterplace

The Asterplace “座・アスタープレイス” 〜JAPANESE ANIME ROCK x TOKYO STYLE POP PUNK BAND〜 How many people have seen their energetic Live Rock concert before? How many people have shared crazy J-Rock moment before? The most entertained J-Rock Band” THE ASTERPLACE” is coming back to Conneticon 2017 “ The Asterplace is a New York City based from Tokyo, Japan. They perform worldwide at Rock festivals & Anime/culture conventions, mostly in North America & Europe. They also have excellent language skills, speaking fluent English, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and needless to say, "Japanese” as their mother tongue. In 2016 January They finally released their 2nd second studio recorded album "Venus" with full of musical variety. “The Asterplace” can be defined as creating beautiful music, much like the beauty of a flower blossoming each year, representing the beautiful melody the band’s music creates. As the sun shines upon the world, as the moonlight upon the atmosphere, The Asterplace projects their music to the world. So far The Asterplace has been rocking out world widely at more than 70 conventions as musical guests, such as Napoli Comicon (Italy) , Japan-Tag (Germany) TNT Mexico (Mexico) Anime NEXT, Kotoricon, Zenkaikon, Tribeca film festival, are a few of their musical endeavors thus far. In order to create their compositions with a whole new energy, they use diversity to produce each tune. This group’s tremendous dedication to their work is evident, as they are constantly working, practicing, and thinking about new pieces. They are never satisfied until perfection is reached. The mixed cultural and newfound movement of The Asterplace's music constantly surprises their audience. Their sound deletes the barrier between ethnicities and other common boundaries, leaving an everlasting impression. With a variety of style, they rock each show away, each time becoming more unique. Believing in “live” performances, The Asterplace includes everyone in a way that will get you involved in their phenomenal show throughout the entire day!
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 eleven 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 certification with the National Guild of Hypnotists, Art has over 27 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 few 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.
This year, Art has 3 shows scheduled for ConnectiCon:
Friday
Main Events (the big stage)
4:30pm - 6:00pm
 
Saturday
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dragon Theater
 
Sunday
Special Events (the secondary big stage)
1:30pm - 3:30pm


To join Art’s Facebook Fan Page, look up Art the Hypnotist (Entertainer) and become a friend or to contact Art about using him for one of YOUR events!

(INFO@ArtTheHypnotist.com)
(860)405-5536