Tuesday, September 6, 2011

El Guapo Reviews Keith Apicary's Apicarnage Tour!

Read all about Keith Apicary and his Apicarnage Tour!

Anyone born with a brain and good taste knows that video games are pretty much the best thing that man has ever created. Forget the cure for polio or our trips to the moon, the real geniuses are the ones who asked millions to stop Dr. Robotnik or see if we could rescue Pauline from a giant ape who loves throwing barrels.

One of the best classic gamers out there is Keith Apicary, a 28 year-old classic gaming whiz from Woonsocket, RI. who loves the Neo-Geo, Sonic the Hedgehog, Rambo, Mad Max, the Virtual Boy and pretty much everything else that is awesome.

Keith's show "Talking Classics" is about Keith's love for classic gaming. Whether he's talking about the Neo-Geo, visiting a convention like E3 or singing about the elusive Dreamcast 2, he's one person who is not only funny, but makes you want to dust off your old NES to see if you can finally beat that stupid Battletoads game.

During the month of September Keith is embarking on his "Apicarnage Tour", taking his love for video games on the road. I had a chance to see Keith at his kick-off show at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles and his second show at Ground Kontrol in Portland, Oregon. And each show was better than the last.

Local chiptune artists are the opening act. Guys like 8-Bit Weapon in LA and Mechlo in Portland. Chiptune artists use classic game machines like old Game Boys to create their music. It's a really interesting and creative and I recommend fans of electronic music do some research and look for artists in your area to see.

And then it's time for your headliner - Keith Apicary. If you've never seen his videos or heard his music, here's one of his most popular songs, "Four Bright Buttons and Two Joysticks" or simply, the Neo-Geo song.

Keith gets setup (of course he's using the power of the Sega CD to play his backing tracks) then comes out in his crazy Virtual Boy suit that lights up like a Tron outfit.

After his introduction Keith starts to play his classics like the "Virtual Boy Song" and "Dreamcast 2 Song". He also likes to tell some really funny jokes and stories, including his encounter with G4. He even has a new song that isn't on the internet yet, but you're going to have to see him live if you want to find out what it is. Alright, here's a tiny hint...

Keith's shows are so energetic you'll be sweating as much as he is by the time it's over. Keith wants to make sure you're right there and demands that the crowd get as close as possible so they can sing alongside him. Sometimes Keith will hand the mic off to someone to finish the song for him while he climbs some structure in the building or gives a girl a huge hug. You will be entertained and if you're a fan of Keith, you won't be disappointed by his show. He has more energy than 500 Sonic the Hedgehogs and the dance moves to prove it. 

Each show is very reasonably priced (seriously, it's cheap) depending on the venue. Keith will be touring all month, stopping at places like UFO Arcade in Austin, TX. or Marvins in Detroit, MI. He'll be wrapping up his tour at Fun Spot in Laconia, NH. 

If Keith is stopping in your area I highly recommend going to see his show. He'll take pictures after and sign some of his cool merchandise for you. He'll even kick your butt if you challenge him to a game.

I want to thank Keith for putting on such great shows. I have a feeling that 2012 is going to be a big year for him and he ends up on Dancing With the Stars or acts alongside Tom Cruise in a live-action Sonic movie. I'm a huge fan of Keith. I mean, the dude loves classic games. What's not to like? 

Is this the biggest butt-kissing article I've ever written? Perhaps. But I'm a fan of anyone who goes out of his way to connect with his people who enjoy his work. He's a very talented guy and I wish him all the success in the world.

And if you're a fan of his music (d-uh, why wouldn't you be) then click HERE to purchase his songs. You can see all of his videos on his YouTube page or at Gametrailers.com

Speaking of videos, I'll leave you with one of my favorites.

Game on.

- El Guapo