Nintendo cover band got game

By Lauren Hillery
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, April 15, 2004

Calling all self-proclaimed vido game geeks! The Multimedia Tech Fest will offer you everything you've ever dreamed of: a Nintendo music cover band, free video game playing and video game movie screenings.

Club Congress will host its first multimedia-type expo tomorrow. The concert portion will feature The Minibosses, I Hate You When You're Pregnant and the Okmoniks. However, the insanity doesn't end there. The expo will offer video game playing stations as well as screenings of the films "Tron" and "Super Mario Brothers." The show is also considered a kickoff party for the Arizona International Film Festival.

Although a few years back it hosted another type of tech fest, Club Congress manager David Slutes said the show is not based as much on the technical aspect like the previous show, which was more of an introduction to new technologies.

"This (one) is more fun. It's based around having a really great time. All these three things (music, video games and films) coming together - it's a geek fest," Slutes said.

The Minibosses, a Phoenix band that only covers classic Nintendo video game songs, will headline the show.

Although the band members have played video game convention shows before, they've never played a real show in Tucson. They find this opportunity enthralling and a perfect fit for them.

"We're really excited. I've seen a few shows and stayed there. I love Club Congress," said Aaron Burke, guitarist for the Minibosses.

The band admits that its music may not be for everyone, but its fans are drawn for two different reasons.

"The fans are either people who know the music and enjoy it for the nostalgia, or those who just get into it because they like the music," Burke said.

Although the band plays recognizable songs from the first Nintendo games, such as Metroid, Castlevania and Megaman II, it refrains from playing the classic Super Mario Brothers theme song.

"It didn't really lend itself to the way we like to attack things," Burke said. "It's not rock enough. It's too goofy."

Whatever the level of knowledge or ability to recognize the songs the audience may have, Burke said the band likes to put on a fun and interactive show.

"We try to make it fun. We don't just stand there and stare at our guitars, but we don't thrash around either. We like to engage the crowd with talking. I can't stand boring shows," Burke said.

The UA video game club, Video Game Extreme, will provide the five game systems for the show. It will be set up at different stations throughout Club Congress.

The show begins at 9 p.m. tomorrow and costs $5 for those under 21 and $3 for those over 21.