Featured Music Guest: Consortium of Genius
Dr. Z, Nurse Crumpett, Dr. Pinkerton, Dr. Sardonicus, and drumbot
Dr. Milo T. Pinkerton III
Specialties: EE (Evil Engineering), vocals, theremin, keyboards, guitar
Dr. Milo T. Pinkerton III is a proud graduate of Malign Master Mind University. After an evil childhood spent on a seemingly endless string of experiments on his friends, neighbors, and pets, this twisted genius decided to take over the world in the loudest manner possible. For this purpose he combed the earth assembling around him a team of the most evil geniuses he could find. After the afore-mentioned geniuses nearly succeeded in killing poor Dr. Pinkerton, he fired them all and recruited the others. He then constructed the C.O.G. Secret Lab, and now travels the world mangling the minds of millions with the most malignant melodies ever imagined…
Dr. Zaemon Abdul Siddartha Mohammad Achmell Tutmos Abram Ali Hermes Odin Mahatma Dahali Martin Luther Hussein Kali Rocka Babu Haegiegi III
Specialties: Sub-Atomic Meta-Physics, bass, vocals, xylophone
Sometimes preferring to be addressed as ‘Bob’, Dr. Zaemon Abdul Siddhartha Mohammad Achmell Tutmos Abram Ali Hermes Odin Mahatma Dahali Martin Luther Hussein Kali Rocka Babu Haghighi III hails from somewhere in the Mid-East, and is the C.O.G.’s resident specialist in subatomic physics, ion fusion and low frequency tone generation. He is also expert at such rarefied skills as ‘taxicab driver’, ‘haremologist’ and ‘convenience store clerk’. We are currently investigating alleged middle-eastern terrorist links, which could aid us greatly in TAKING OVER THE WORLD!!!
Specialties: Sarcasm, Wit, Dark insinuations, guitar, vocals
Dr. Sardonicus’s origins are unknown and unknowable. Gifted with a shadowy insight into what most fear, his bitter insights into the mind are cutting enough to leave the strongest willed humans quivering helplessly on the ground. He also happens to play quite a mean guitar… yes his guitar has been known to steal candy from helpless children. Dr. Sardonicus had originally sold Dr. Pinkerton the parts used to build Experiment F13, and stands behind the warranty to this day.
Specialties: Percussive Mechanical De-engineering, drums, vocals
Combining cutting-edge robotics with one of the spare backup brains of the Consortium’s own Dr. Procyon Lotor, the video-droid known as Drumbot is a revolution in percussion generation technology. Drumbot routinely gets more fan mail than all of the scientists combined, and correspondingly carries an attitude to match.
Other music guests
Cheshire Moon is the deliciously sinister stirring of dark fae child Lizzie Crowe and hill magic keeper Eric Coleman. Together on string and story they weave songs of old gods and new heroes, forgotten lands and magical creatures, and all with a dash of lovely mayhem. We’re all stories in the end. Come hear a few newly found….
Lauren Cox is a college student from the mountains of Tennessee who was always involved in fandom but stumbled into filk by sheer providence. Lauren is a nerd and geek who loves music. Filk combines those two things and also throws in a community of the greatest human beings this side of the universe. This being the case, Lauren has no desire to return to mundania ever again and will extol the virtues of dandelions for the rest of her days. She sings and writes songs, and since lugging around nine instruments isn’t feasible, she tries to stick to four: ukulele, mandolin, guitar, and banjo. This is her seventh con and first Confluence. If you want to experience something akin to a time warp, bring up cats, Steven Universe, or Stargate SG-1 with her.
Egomyth is a an original rock band based in Pittsburgh. Melding alternative, progressive, goth and new wave, Egomyth has a distinctive sound. With lyrics that are socially conscious and introspective, the band strives to be more than the average pop group. The Egomyth sound is powerful, evocative, mysterious, innovative, and challenging.
Originally formed in the late 1990’s by vocalist Michael M. Burkett, the band’s lineup transformed over the years. Bassist Darren Hammel joined in September of 2000. March 2013 brought the synths of David Rupp, also known as Metaluna, to what was once a guitar-driven band. Josh Weinel added his unique guitar stylings in October, 2013, and in April 2016, drummer Geoff Klein rounded out the lineup.
Egomyth has played notable places around Pittsburgh such as The Smiling Moose, Club Cafe, Howlers, Spirit, Hambone’s, and The Bloomfield Bridge Tavern. The group’s music, photos, and videos can be found on its website, Egomyth.
Marc Grossman has been active in Convention since the 1970’s. Filking since the 1980’s, Marc has written songs from as far back as then. Marc also supported Filk programs run by others and ran Filk programs for Lunacon in the past. As well,Marc operates a Filk Archive, containing nearly 24,000 performances both live and Studio produced and has had one of his songs made commercially available. Marc enjoys performing classic songs as well as crowd favorites and can be found in the Filk rooms of conventions local and national in scope. And even if Marc can’t sing a song you want and someone who can needs lyrics, Marc carries with him over 5,500 song lyrics to help others in the circle.
Maury is a Science teacher by day and a funny songster by night. He performs some rare gems plus the greats: Tom Lehrer, Weird Al, Dr. Demento-style songs, and often has the crowd sing along. He actually made a good living in the singing telegram industry. He and his guitar are known in filk and folk circles from one end of New York State to . . . the middle of New York State. He reminds you that laughing is good for your heart. You can trust that, he’s a science guy!
Tianna and the Cliffhangers is a wizard rock musician from Monroeville, PA. She has been writing and performing music about the Harry Potter series since 2009 and has been touring every summer since 2014. She has performed at the conventions GeekyCon 2016 and LeakyCon 2016, as well as presenting panels including “Harry Potter is Gay” and “The Beowulf of the 21st Century: A My Immortal Literary Analysis.” In her spare time she edits her YA novels and takes excessive photos of her cats Chyna, Cheshire, and Shmeow.
Find Tianna and the Cliffhangers at ispeaktree.bandcamp.com.
Judi Miller won the 2006 Pegasus for performance in filk, for her sign language interpretations of filk songs. She teaches troubled teens at a residential treatment center in Columbus, Ohio, and has happily been in Fandom for over 20 years.
Wreck the System
Wreck The System is a group that consists of four members: Lady J, Osiris Green, Cam3, and Twill Distilled. They are mainly a Nerdcore Hip-Hop band, but they blend other genres like rock, EDM, dirty pop, dubstep, chip tunes, and pretty much anything else they want into their music. While Wreck The System is known for their energetic and amazing stage shows, their fans also identify with their overall message, which is to “BE WHO YOU ARE WITHOUT FEAR” — encouraging listeners to be and love themselves and not just to follow trends and be sheeple in today’s society.
Darren Zieger has been writing music since age 10, songs since age 13, and the occasional good song since age 20. Has has been an equity musical director, composed theater scores — including a few that were produced, his first at age 17. He has done comedy improv, played keyboard for two rock bands that almost got signed by major labels, and released 2 albums that between them have sold in the double digits (thus the framed Felt Album on his wall). An elusive figure in the filk world, he has performed three concerts in the last 23 years. His book of odd collections of words, “Unchained Maladies,” is available through Amazon.com, where it has recently shot up to 23,015,918th on the site’s bestseller list.