johno: (Consonance 2007)
Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013
http://consonance.org


All our Guests have arrived safely and are looking forward to this weekend. We are going to rock the Crowne Plaza.

All the last minute details we learned as we arrived.

Reg hours: Friday opens at 2pm, Saturday and Sunday at 9am
It will remain open until things slow to crawl. At least 8pm on Saturday.

Dealers room: Friday 3pm to 6pm, Saturday 11am to 6pm and after the GOH concert Saturday night, and Sunday 11am to 3pm

Sign-up sheets for 2x10s and other events will be found here.

Sorry no streaming feed, the costs are prohibitive and bandwidth is limited.

Unless you have a voucher, the breakfast buffet costs $16.95 full, $9.95 continental.

Hours for the buffet: Friday 6am - 11am, Saturday & Sunday 7am - Noon, Monday 6am - 11am

Bar service on the 12th floor: 5pm - Midnight

Remember to mention you are a member of Consonance to get 10% discount on food & beverages at the hotel.

I found another set of restaurants a little beyond the Milpitas Square (Ranch 99) shopping center, several with late night hours.

Ding Sheng Restaurant till midnight
Thai Cafe Restaurant till 11pm
China Palace Restaurant till 3am
England Rose Garden Coffee & Tea Restaurant till midnight (maybe)
Trying Thanh till 2am
ABC Seafood Restaurant till 9:30
Top Cafe till 3am
Family Delight Cafe till midnight
FF BBQ till 2am

I stopped by on Monday evening around 10pm and several of the restaurants were full.
johno: (Consonance 2007)

Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013
Http://consonance.org

Meet Ookla The Mok, Guests of Honor

But first, some announcements.

The complete Program Book has been posted on the website.

The program lists the breakfast buffet as being from 10-Noon on Saturday and Sunday. It will actually be opening at 8am. It will also be operating on Friday and Monday with shorter hours. Hours will be posted at the info desk.

If you are not staying in the hotel, you can also purchase the buffet. Price will be posted at the info desk.

If you don't plan on using your breakfast vouchers, please drop them in the jar in the consuite. They will be given to our GOHs or your fellow fans in need.


Now on to meeting Ookla the Mok

You notice an antique nickelodeon near the door. Having a nickel to spare, you deposit your five cents and turn the crank.

Tick. Tick. Tick tick-tick-tick-tiktiktiktiktiktik...

A flickering image of a strange creature appears. Body of a man, but the furry head is fringed by a striped mane and fangs protrude from the mouth. A raccoon-like mask of dark fur surrounds the eyes. He opens his mouth and tilts his head back, evidently roaring, and a title appears below the picture:

OOKLA THE MOK!

The name seems familiar somehow.

The creature’s image cross-fades to a picture of a three-piece band. Two guitarists with artistically-trimmed beards flank a handsome fellow seated at a drum kit. The sub title remains, however, and adds another exclamation point. Then a second line appears:

Rock Music for Nerds.

The band goes into action, playing furiously while various images flicker in, animate a bit, then fade out, in the background: flying saucer, several super-heroes, a cowboy, the starship Enterprise, an astronaut, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a pirate, mathematical equations, a tandem bicycle, and monkeys, oh my dear Lord, so many monkeys. The only thing out-numbering the monkeys is the parting couples, usually featuring a pratfall during their separation.

Consonance marks the release of the BRAND NEW CD: Vs.Evil!”

Ookla the Mok, has been getting filk audiences on their feet for over 20 years, and shows no reduction in energy yet. Since they’re from Buffalo, the Bay Area is about as far from home as they perform, yet they've played more concerts at Consonance than at any other single con. This is their fourth appearance at Consonance, and -- after an unreasonable amount of time off from the con circuit -- they couldn't be happier to make their return appearance here.


Thanks to Paul Kwinn for Ookla's bio.
Read the full version in the program book.

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johno: (Consonance 2007)
Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Meet Merav Hoffman, Interfilk Guest of Honor

Merav an excellent and accomplished filk gardener. She will, when
the need arises, moderate a circle without people even realizing she's
doing it, consciously encourage those that need it and redirect those
who need that, all while never losing her sense of manners.

She pays attention -- and so will often notice and encourage
hidden talent in a circle before anyone else knows it's there.

Merav is an accomplished performer. One can see it in how she
acts, how she dresses (often), and always, always in her performances.
Her songs are always fun to listen to (or harmonize with), her voice
is gorgeous, and when she raises her own voice to harmonize with yours,
the result is always better than the sum of its parts.

Thanks to Joshua Kronengold for Merav's bio.
Read her full bio in the program book.
johno: (Consonance 2007)
Sorry, this is a day late. The ipad app said it posted and I never had chance to double check.

Consonance 4 days to go!

Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Downtown Freddy Brown, International Guest of Honor

Fred’s parents knew from a very early age that he would be involved in music. When he was only 2 years old he crawled up the aisle after a church service to where the musicians were and picked up a violin…and started to blow into it. He was fascinated with all kinds of music and instruments as he got older. He took trumpet lessons when he was 8, guitar when he was 12, french horn in high school & sang in the choir.

So, how did Fred end up with a slightly perverted, twisted sense of humour and a passion for parody? Good question! I think we have to say he was cracked from the get go and fell into filk quite by accident. A friend invited him to Toronto Trek V. "What do you get for $35" he asked? Panels, Dealers room, Movie room, ... the beer was free?

On his way to the dealers room, he heard a guitar being strummed in a room off the corridor. He stuck his head in and found a couple of ladies playing some songs (who? read it in the program book...). He ran and got his guitar and was welcomed into the filk circle and has never looked back since.

Thanks to Downtown Freddy Brown for providing his bio.

Read Freddy's full bio in the program.
johno: (Consonance 2007)
5 more days
Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Meet Scott Snyder our Toastmaster

Scott likes RPG games a lot. He also writes music for several video games, performs superbly in a band or two, and works on the albums of other excellent musicians. One of which is Captains of the Chess Team, a band of game industry musicians based in Austin. This group rocks hard, and you can listen to Scott’s “Bit Torrent of Love” at their website and check out several youtube videos.

Scott was a Broadcast Journalist for the US Army and did “everything from Program Management of a radio station in Monterey, to drive time FM Radio on-air personality, to television and radio spot producer, and station graphic artist in charge of station imagery for AFKN (American Forces Korea Network).” .

Those of you lucky enough to have met him know he is a funny, kind, and talented guy.

His song, “Feygrass” was nominated twice for a Pegasus Award in 2005 and 2009. “Secrets” was nominated for a Pegasus in 2012. He has also mastered albums for several filkers and performed in them, Talis Kimberley’s brilliant Queen of Spindles being one of them.

Speaking of albums, His filk music is it is difficult to get ahold of. Bardic Lug was released on tape in 1997. We need more Scott! Luckily, he is currently recording a new album with Jeff Bohnhoff.

Thanks to Dr Mary Crowell for Scott's bio. See the Program book for His full bio.
johno: (Consonance 2007)

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