MarsCon 2015 official announcement coming soon…

If all goes according to plan, we’ll be making our full official announcement & promotional push for the MarsCon 2015 Dementia Track sometime this Tuesday, January 13th. But if you can’t wait ’til then to find out some news, click the following in the menu bar above: “Schedule”, “Performers”, and “Other Events”.

‘Til Tuesday,

~ Luke Ski
Chair of the MarsCon Dementia Track

MarsCon 2014 Podcast Coverage Round-Up

What an amazing weekend it was. MarsCon 2014 was incredible, and everybody and their Mom was recording a podcast there. I’ll be posting links to all the podcasts either recorded at or reporting on MarsCon 2014 as they are posted.

– Luke And Carries Bad Rapport: Episode #100 – Live At MarsCon 2014
3/12/2014 – http://badrapport.com/2014/03/12/episode-100-live-at-marscon-2014

– Pros And Cons Podcast: Episode #75 – Henry Phillips via MarsCon, MN
3/13/2014 – http://prosandconspodcast.blogspot.com/2014/03/ep-75-henry-phillips-via-marscon-mn.html

– The Funny Music Podcast: Episode #196 (the first 23 minutes is about MarsCon 2014)
3/13/2014 – http://www.thefump.com/podcast_episode.php?id=1173

– The Flopcast: Episode #97 – MarsCon 2014 Part 1 – Let The Kornflake Win
3/16/2014 – http://flopcast.net/097.html

– The Flopcast: Episode #98 – MarsCon 2014 Part 2 – Flop About Toons
3/23/2014 – http://flopcast.net/098.html

– Kyle And Luke Talk About Toons: Episode 13 – Kyle And Luke And Kevin And Kornflake Flop About Toons Plus Bill
3/29/2014 – http://kyleandluke.libsyn.com/kyle-and-luke-talk-about-toons-13-kyle-and-luke-and-kevin-and-kornflake-flop-about-toons-plus-bill
(Note: This is Kyle’s edit of the same group conversation heard on Flopcast #98)

– The Flopcast: Episode #99 – MarsCon 2014 Part 3 – Power Breakfast
3/30/2014 – http://flopcast.net/099.html

– Luke And Carries Bad Rapport: Episode #102 – Overreacting Is Your Jam
4/9/2014 – http://badrapport.com/2014/04/09/episode-102-overreacting-is-your-jam/

Time-traveler T-shirt, 2nd Fund Raiser goal, Facebook, and more MarsCon 2014 Dementia Track news!

FUND RAISER HIT ITS INITIAL GOAL! SECONDARY GOAL: $500

Thank you so much to everyone who bought the album & ordered the new logo t-shirt! Thanks to your generosity, we’ve raised the initial goal of $1,000 to cover the hotel room costs for our out-of-town, non-Guest-Of-Honor performers! Huzzah and hooray! 😀

Our secondary goal is to raise an additional $500. This is to reimburse myself for other Dementia Track expenses that I have paid for out of my own pocket, including the dealer room fees for ‘Table 27’, the printing of the Fund Raiser CDs, screenprinted logo t-shirts, new signage, and other expenses. So if you haven’t ordered the 4-hour long 2014 album on CD or MP3 full of live concert tracks from MarsCon 2013, please consider picking up this year’s collection. It is available along with all of our previous year’s collections in the Fundriaser Shop.

ORDER THIS YEAR’S DEMENTIA TRACK CARTOON T-SHIRT NOW!

MarsCon 2014’s theme is “Time is the key”. So, I drew all the Dementia Track participants as time travelers from fandom and pop-culture and arranged them on a T-shirt. (see the image at http://tinyurl.com/MC14DTshirt ) You can get the shirt from Dementia Radio’s page at Spreadshirt: http://dementiaradio.spreadshirt.com . Remember, we will not have this t-shirt for sale at the convention itself, so if you want to have one to wear at the convention, you need to order it by about February 14th to ensure it gets shipped to your home in time.

Please note also that nobody (besides Spreadshirt) is making any money off of these shirts. They are not a part of the Dementia Track Fund Raiser, they are just being made because the fans wanted nifty shirts to wear. Special thanks to “Blasted Bill” Putt for setting up the shirts for us on the Dementia Radio Spreadshirt account. For a closer look at the individual drawings, visit the Performers page.

WEBSITE GETS MAKEOVER, NEW LOGO COLORED BY LINDSAY SMITH!

Our webmistress Sara Trice has given http://marscondementia.com an update, which includes our new tag-line “The World’s Longest-Running Fandom Convention Comedy Music Concert Series”. Also, I asked Lindsay Smith if she’d do a professional coloring job to the new MarsCon Dementia Track logo I designed, and it looks phenomenal! So check out what an awesome job they both did!

THE MARSCON DEMENTIA TRACK NOW HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE!

Why? Because internet! We’re currently at 95 likes, so please come by and ‘Like’ our page and join in the discussion as the excitement builds towards March 7th! It’s at http://www.facebook.com/marscondementia .

DEMENTIA RADIO ROOM PARTY STILL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

The folks of Dementia Radio .org are doing another room party celebrating their station, it’s DJs, and the comedy music it plays. However, they are in need of volunteers to help for a couple of hours each at the party. Nate Boi, the guy in charge of the party, said this regarding volunteering: “When I say “help for a couple of hours”, that’s pretty much what I mean. Just be in the room for two to three hours, check IDs, hand out drinks, and generally make sure no one’s doing anything stupid. I don’t need a *lot* of stuff from you. But I do need you to commit and show up.” People interested in volunteering should email me at thegreatlukeski@gmail.com . Thanks.

 

Order the MarsCon 2014 Dementia Track Fund Raiser album!

This year’s 3-CD, 4-hour-long album features highlights from all the main stage concerts of MarsCon 2013’s Dementia Track, plus some other bonus fun stuff! To read the full track list, click the link for the 3-CD set below.

FREE 30-MINUTE PREVIEW:
http://badrapport.com/2014/01/14/episode-096-5-marscon-2014-dementia-track-fund-raiser-preview/

Buy the 3-CD set with instant MP3 download for $30 here:
http://marscondementia.com/products-page/2014-cds/marscon-2014-dementia-track-fund-raiser-3-cd-set/

Buy the MP3 download only version for $20 here:
http://marscondementia.com/products-page/2014-cds/marscon-2014-dementia-track-fund-raiser-3-cd-set-download-only/

And don’t forget, our past year’s collections dating back to 2007 are also still for sale as MP3 downloads, and some as CDs (while supplies last), so if you like 2014’s collection, there’s plenty more where that came from! Just check the side-column underneath the caption “Fundraiser shop” at http://marscondementia.com.

Our initial goal for this year’s Fund Raiser is $1,000!
As of February 6th, we are 97% to hitting our goal! 😀

Why so high? This year, as well as covering the hotel room costs for all the non-Guest-of-Honor, out-of-town-living performers of the Dementia Track, we are also covering the hotel rooms for the crew of Meep Morp Studios who are filming at MarsCon as a part of their Dr. Demento documentary film. So just pretend we’re all hip like Kickstarter and please help out the fund raiser by buying an album today, and spread the word online to your comedy music loving friends.

AUDIO PROMOS FOR PODCASTERS & D.J.s:
Long commercial (7:19): http://tinyurl.com/MarsCon14adLONG
Short commercial #1 (1:20): http://tinyurl.com/MarsCon14adSHORT1
Short commercial #2 (1:23): http://tinyurl.com/MarsCon14adSHORT2

VIDEO PROMO FOR SHARING ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

~~~ BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE DEMENTIA TRACK NEWS! ~~~

  • DJ PARTICLE added to Main Stage concert line-up, Sunday at 1pm!
  • “TABLE 27” MERCH TABLE will be located INSIDE THE MAIN STAGE ROOM this year.

The following things have been added to the list of scheduled Dementia Track events:

  • “DEMENTIA SMACKDOWN WRESTLING” with Comm. J.P. Tuesday
  • “DEMENTIA WATER AEROBICS” with Kornflake
  • “THE DEMENTIA FAN SHOWCASE” with DJ Particle
  • “THE DEMENTIA RADIO ROOM PARTY” with the Almighty Nate Boi!
  • “SPACE ODDITY MUSIC CLUB & BREW PUB” room party
  • “THE DOV MAGY MEMORIAL KARAOKE CONCERT”
  • “LUKE & CARRIEs BAD RAPPORT: EPISODE #100” podcast
  • “THE FuMP JUKEBOX” concert
  • “THE DEMENTIA SMACKDOWN CONCERT” concert

Details on all these events are on the Other events page. Also…

“DEMENTIA RADIO” SEEKS COMMITTED ROOM PARTY VOLUNTEERS
The folks of Dementia Radio .org are doing another room party celebrating their station, it’s DJs, and the comedy music it plays. However, they are not going to be able to do it without volunteers to help for a couple of hours each at the party. Nate Boi, the guy in charge of the potential party, said this regarding volunteering: “When I say “help for a couple of hours”, that’s pretty much what I mean. Just be in the room for two to three hours, check IDs, hand out drinks, and generally make sure no one’s doing anything stupid. I don’t need a *lot* of stuff from you. But I do need you to commit and show up.” People interested in volunteering should email me at thegreatlukeski@gmail.com

Registration for a weekend badge for MarsCon 2014 is $65.00 which you can purchase at the convention. So make your plans and get psyched for our returning main stage performers…

  • POSSIBLE OSCAR
  • POWER SALAD
  • TVs KYLE
  • INSANE IAN
  • WORM QUARTET
  • CARRIE DAHLBY
  • DEVO SPICE
  • THE GREAT LUKE SKI
  • DJ PARTICLE
  • BETH KINDERMAN and the Player Characters
  • MIKEY MASON

…as well as MEEP MORP STUDIOS “Under The Smogberry Trees” documentary crew, DR. DEMENTO, and Music Guest Of Honor HENRY PHILLIPS at MarsCon 2014!

MARSCON 2014
Main convention website: http://marscon.com
Dementia Track website: http://marscondementia.com
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington-Minneapolis South
Bloomington, MN (Twin Cities area)
March 7th, 8th, & 9th, 2014

MarsCon 2014 Music Guest Of Honor Henry Phillips, as well as Dr. Demento & ‘Under The Smogberry Trees’ crew will be attending and filming the convention!

MARSCON 2014 announces:
MUSIC GUEST OF HONOR HENRY PHILLIPS

Also, DR. DEMENTO and “UNDER THE SMOGBERRY TREES” 
DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT “THE DR. DEMENTO SHOW” 
CREW WILL BE ATTENDING/FILMING AT MARSCON 2014!

What do you want me to do about it?

Since the late 90’s, comedian & musician Henry Phillips has been performing his brilliant satirical songs at comedy clubs all across the nation. As well the nationally syndicated radio program “The Bob & Tom Show”, he has also appeared on “Comedy Central Presents” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. His award winning semi-autobiographical comedy film “Punching The Clown” is currently available on Netflix and iTunes. He’s released a handful of albums over the years, which include such hit songs from “The Dr. Demento Show” as “On The Shoulders Of Freaks”, “Talking Again”, “Girlfriend”, “Alone Again”, “L. A. Dream”, and fan favorites “Sweet Little Blossom Of Mine”, “Fresh Out Of Blues”, “Guitar Pill”, and “Jerkin’ Around”. We’re very excited to have Henry Phillips as MarsCon 2014’s Music Guest Of Honor.
(http://www.henryphillips.com)

Wind up your projector!

We are also incredibly psyched to announce that the crew from “Meep Morp Studios” who are currently producing the documentary film “Under The Smogberry Trees: The True Story Of Dr. Demento And Mr. Hansen” will be attending and filming at MarsCon 2014. MarsCon’s comedy music track, named the ‘Dementia Track’ after former Guest of Honor Dr. Demento, has grown to become the biggest annual gathering of Dr. Demento Show fans and performers over the past decade, and we’re ready to show the Meep Morp crew how we celebrate our comedy music fandom! They’ll be doing a Q&A on the main stage and talking about production on the Demento documentary, so get your questions ready!
(http://www.underthesmogberrytrees.com)

UPDATE 11/5/13: DR. DEMENTO will also be attending MARSCON 2014!

Meep Morp Studios is bringing the good Doctor back to his home town of Minneapolis to film him where he grew up. So when they do their MarsCon 2014 main stage Q&A about the making of the documentary, Dr. Demento will be joining them on stage for your fan questions! He will also have a scheduled autograph session, so bring your LPs, CDs, and other mad music memorabilia. Yes, 10 Years after he was our Guest Of Honor, Dr. Demento is returning for a visit and to join in the fun of the MarsCon Dementia Track!
(http://www.drdemento.com)

The Music Guest Of Honor Henry Phillips as well as Meep Morp Studios’ and Dr. Demento’s attendance are being brought to MarsCon 2014 due to a very generous donation from the comedy music streaming internet station, Dementia Radio, in particular this year from benefactor Wayne ‘WildCard’ Garmil. So please thank him and Dementia Radio for sponsoring MarsCon’s Music Guests Of Honor for 3 years running.
(http://www.dementiaradio.org).

UPDATE 11/24/13: Also performing in the MarsCon 2014 Dementia Track:

POSSIBLE OSCAR
POWER SALAD
TV’S KYLE
INSANE IAN
WORM QUARTET
CARRIE DAHLBY
DEVO SPICE
THE GREAT LUKE SKI
DJ PARTICLE

BETH KINDERMAN and the Player Characters
MIKEY MASON

Currently pre-registration for a weekend badge for MarsCon 2014 is $50.00. The price will increase on February 1st, so get your badge before Midnight on January 31st, 2014.

Stay tuned for forthcoming updates. For now, get your badge and get psyched for the “Smogberry Trees” documentary crew, Dr. Demento, and Music Guest Of Honor Henry Phillips at MarsCon 2014!

MARSCON 2014
Main convention website: http://marscon.com
Dementia Track website: http://marscondementia.com
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington-Minneapolis South
Bloomington, MN (Twin Cities area)
March 7th, 8th, & 9th, 2014

MarsCon 2013 podcast round-up!

Well, MarsCon 2013 has ended, and it was arguably the best MarsCon ever. Several podcasts recorded segments at MarsCon, and others have done or will soon be doing post-con reviews of the event. I’ll be posting links to them as they are published, so we can all relive the awesomeness that was MarsCon 2013.

Luke and Carries Bad Rapport
Episode 80: Retainer Container (3/10/2013)

The Flopcast
Episode 44: Mars Con 2013, Part 1: The Flop of Destiny (3/10/2013)

The Flopcast
– Episode 45: Mars Con 2013, Part 2: Bad Flopport (3/17/2013)

The Scope
– Episode 138: How Does Johnny Hot Dog’s Beet Garden Grow?
(3/18/2013)

Pros and Cons Podcast
Episode 25: Mars Con vs. MadiCon (3/20/2013)

The Flopcast
Episode 46: Three Angry Turkeys (3/23/2013)

Flat 29’s Big Book Of Everything
Episode 46: America (3/28/2013)

Blasted Bill and Moonbeams Pod Of Destiny
Episode 44: Bill’s Trip To Mars Con 2013: The Flop Of Destiny – Part 1
(9/2/2013)

Blasted Bill and Moonbeams Pod Of Destiny
Episode 45: Bill’s Trip To Mars Con 2013: The Flop Of Destiny – Part 2
(9/3/2013)

As MarsCon 2013 draws closer…

…we have a few more bits of updated news trickling in…

  • WORM QUARTET & STEVE GOODIE CANCELLED 😦

Unfortunately, due to a death in his family, Worm Quartet has to cancel his appearance this year. And Steve Goodie regrets to inform us that he has to cancel because it’s too far a journey to make on Murray the riding mower.

  • KOBI LACROIX ADDED TO THE LINE-UP! 🙂

Kobi LaCroix was nominated for a Logan Award this year, so he managed to find a way to make it out to the convention to perform at the Logan Award ceremony! He’ll be taking the concert slot vacated by Steve Goodie, so be sure to catch Kobi LaCroix live on the Main Stage on Friday at 9:45 pm!

  • THIS YEAR’S T-SHIRT IS HERE!

Go check out this year’s image and get the order link at  the T-shirt page!

  • SPACE ODDITY MUSIC CLUB & BREW PUB INDIE GOGO

Help Beth & company throw their annual room party by donating to their Indie Gogo campaign!

  • FuMP JUKEBOX LINE-UP ANNOUNCED!

Carrie Dahlby, DJ Particle, Beth Kinderman, Dave Stagner of the Feng Shui Ninjas, Jeff Reuben, & Brett Glass!

  • DEMENTIA WATER AEROBICS with KORNFLAKE!

In this new event, get some exercise in the pool to your favorite funny tunes with the one and only Kornflake! (Sat. 9am & Sun. 10 am)

Details on all these can be found on the Other Events page.

  • NATE BOI SEEKS CRAFTY DEMENTIA FAN TO MAKE ROOM PARTY DECORATIONS

Are you an arts-and-crafts type of person who also loves the genre of comedy music? Well the almighty Nate Boi is throwing a Dementia Radio Room Party at MarsCon 2013, and needs someone to make decorations based on an idea of mine. I want someone to create a timeline of the history of comedy music, with page-sized info sheets about all of the great acts of Dr. Demento Show history, leading all the way to the 21st Century with the FuMP and MarsCon. I have sent my notes on this project to Nate, so all Nate needs now is some eager beaver with time on their hands between now and March 1st to take on the task. So if you’re interested in helping out with this neat, fun project, please contact me, and I will put you in touch with Nate Boi.