2017 Music Guests

The Dandelion Conspiracy


Featured Music Guest: Consortium of Genius

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Consortium of Genius

Current faculty

Dr. Milo T. Pinkerton III
Tenure: 1996-today
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
Tenure: 2001-today
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!!!


Dr. Sardonicus
Tenure: 2014-today
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.


Nurse Trixie DeHavilland
Tenure: 2008-2009, 2015-today
Specialties: Hi tech prognostication, vocals

Lab Girl Trixie entered the C.O.G. Secret Lab by bizarre coincidence on the same day that her predecessor seemingly met with a strange and untimely fate. Her clear, piercing scream and familiarity with the most cutting edge technology made her indispensable around the Lab, though her strange mannerisms and last century colloquial utterances had given several scientists a source of suspicion… until she hijacked the Time Door in a desperate attempt to complete her mission of killing Dr. Pinkerton’s grandfather, thus removing the Pinkerton line from history! Fortunately for the C.O.G. however, she was unable to program the Time Door correctly and became stranded in history, only to reappear a few years later, none the worse for wear.


Drumbot
Tenure: 1996-today
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


Apocalypse Cow

Filk duo Apocalypse Cow — comprised of Darren Zieger and Anne Zieger — formed in 1990 in Hollywood, Florida, as a casual duo with benefits. In 1997, they made it legal, and have been filking respectably ever since.

Anne, a classically trained pianist, attended New England Conservatory and the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to classical music, she is well versed in musical theater.

Darren, son of an old Broadway song and dance man, wrote his first produced musical theater score at age 17. While working in professional theater, he honed his pop/rock/folk songwriting skills, and played in a number of rock bands, one of which was seriously considered for a recording contract by Sony.

Since the formation of Apocalypse Cow, Anne and Darren have collaborated on projects as diverse as a HealthIT consulting firm, a musical revue, and two children.


The Blibbering Humdingers

Music group The Blibbering Humdingers

The Blibbering Humdingers

These magical masters of musical hi-jinx and mayhem will wizard rock the tea towel right off your house elf. Their unique blend of 80s new wave, 50s do-wop, vaudevillian comedy, and straight up pop-rock will leave you laughing and crying for more. They draw inspiration from the Harry Potter series, Dr Who, SCA, medieval fantasy, science fiction and all kinds of delightfully, geeky fandomness.

Scott & Kirsten Vaughan began performing together in 1992 in the SCA, where they are known as Master Efenwealt Wystle and Maîtresse Aénor d’Anjou. With the release of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows in 2007, and upon encountering bands like Draco & the Malfoys, The Mudbloods, and The Moaning Myrtles they decided to form their own wizard rock act. Since then they have performed at conventions, libraries, bars and wizard rock festivals all over the eastern US and even in London, UK. They live in Cary, NC (under the name Sanderz) with two teenage boys, and a cat.

When not out conquering the galaxy with her army of robotic wallabies, Kirsten creates steampunk/medieval/fantasy accessories for her online store (MyFunkyCamelot.etsy.com). In order to protect his secret past as a renegade heating engineer, Scott pretends to manage communications campaigns for clinical research studies at a small advertising/creative services agency. Chuck Parker of Richmond, VA often joins them on bass. He claims to be a mild-mannered government IT contracts coordinator, but we suspect he’s really a super spy.


Cheshire Moon

Cheshire Moon

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

Lauren Cox

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

Egomyth

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.


Harold “Yaakov HaMizrachi” Feld

As Yaakov HaMizrachi, Harold has spent over 25 years in the SCA telling stories and singing songs of the “current Middle Ages.” In addition to getting all medieval on his performances, Harold has been writing and singing filk at science fiction conventions for even longer. Harold was Interfilk Guest at GaFilk 2009, and will be Listener Guest at OVFF 2017. By day, Harold is a lawyer doing telecom and technology policy at Public Knowledge, a D.C. based advocacy group.


Marc “Mithgiladan Herald” Grossman


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 Kestenbaum

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

Hi! I’m Tianna Mignogna and I write songs about nerdy things like books and my life for my wizard rock band Tianna and the Cliffhangers. I toured in 2010 with The Butterbeer Experience, in 2012 with The Whomping Willows, Lauren Fairweather, Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills, Tonks and the Aurors, and Snidget, and from 2014-2017 with Tonks and the Aurors. Most of my CDs are on iTunes, but my most recent CD, “Picking Up Where You Left Off”, is at ispeaktree.bandcamp.com!


Judi Miller

Judi Miller has been a long-time filker in the science fiction music community since the 1980s. Winner of the 2006 Pegasus awards, and admitted to the Filk Hall of Fame in 2017, Judi is best known for her sign language interpretation of the filk songs of fantasy and science fiction. She also sings, plays guitar and banjo. For her day job, Judi teaches English and writing at a behavior treatment center for troubled teens.


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.


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