Could it be? On top of the mischief conjured by thousands of cloaked fans, a world-class parade, and all the other out-of-this-world shenanigans not fit for print that went down at Dragon*Con this past weekend, one of ATL's great ska bands was playing in the midst of it all?
That was my first thought when I saw two set times for SS Vendetta buried in the laundry list of happenings for the 26th annual Dragon*Con conference. My second, is this really the SS Vendetta I know, or some off-beat reference in the realm of the Con I’m just too out of touch to understand?
With a layover between Alice Cooper’s talk on horror flicks and an undead Mr. Rogers hitting the stage on Sunday night, I set off to search the lower levels of the Hyatt (between five hotels, it got a little confusing) to find out for myself.
Sure enough, there they were.
I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to work. SS Vendetta played a lot of fast, get-up-and-move tunes with an edge during their Mass Ska Raid gig a few weeks back. There was flying hair from head banging on stage, and flinging bodies in the pit, but the Hyatt was a little different: carpeted, relatively quite (minus the dull roar of the conference in the background), and pretty low-key. But the band knew how to work the crowd.
Strumming away on their acoustic guitars, the number of people stopped to watch the show continued to grow. When the horn section and drummer busted out a rendition of the Star Wars “Cantina Song,” the crowd went nuts. I’ve never seen a band sell out of CDs so fast.
A conference official eventually came over the speaker and made everyone squeeze together. The crowd was impeding the constant flow of foot traffic, a Dragon*Con no-no.
It was a fun and relatively brief set, and one of this Dragon*Con noob’s conference highlights.
And here are a few pictures to remember it by:
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