Classical musicians have been trying for years to figure out how to hook younger generations. They might want to give Jackie Rodriguez a call.
The clarinetist and
"We had the idea to do it after seeing a full orchestra perform while synched to
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But when she was contacted by the directors of Florida Supercon, the Miami Beach convention celebrating geek culture, to perform with her orchestra, Rodriguez was excited yet hesitant. "To get 60 or 70 people in such a short notice would have been too crazy," she says. So with the help of 8 Bit Wave's other
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Again, they were met with a packed house. The audience at Supercon went nuts for renditions of "Chemical Plant Zone" from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and "Dearly Beloved" from Kingdom Hearts, and everyone went ballistic for a Super Smash Bros. medley that encompassed all four games.
While the group mulls over offers to play at other conventions, 8 Bit Wave is hard at work in the rehearsal studio preparing for the next performance. This Thursday, the band will play a two-hour show, with an intermission, at Open Stage Club in Coral Gables. "It's going to be really cool. There are TVs all over the restaurant, so you can sit anywhere and eat your meal while watching the
Afterward, a photo shoot will capture all the cosplayers who show up as their favorite