Smart Bets: 8-Bit Brawl

For their Friday, July 20, show at The Mothlight, Asheville bands Plankeye Peggy and Battery Powered Hooker Boots are drawing inspiration from video game competitions. Titled 8-Bit Brawl, the evening is a twist on the usual Battle of the Bands format in which the two groups will be performing together in a series of three-song showdowns. “Rather than the opener/closer approach — so old-fashioned! — we’ll be provoking one another into musical battles, always in good-natured and, hopefully, musically interesting ways,” says Plankeye Peggy’s Dave Gilbert. Noting his “rivals’” creative incorporation of old video games into their songs, Gilbert is also weaving in visual artists and dancers for a full-on sensory experience. Video game character costumes are encouraged, though not required. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. $8. Image courtesy of the band


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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One thought on “Smart Bets: 8-Bit Brawl

  1. boatrocker

    As I believe in the cyclical nature of history
    (defined by a college prof of mine as ‘predictable
    patterns of human behavior which result in geopolitical change
    or stagnation’)…
    I’ll be the middle aged schlub who puts a curse upon millennials-
    “May you one day have grandkids who openly mock you for dressing up
    like characters from a video game for fun.”

    At least the Ren Faire or SCA types get a bit of exercise
    sweating in the ‘Middle Ages boob lady fairy costume’ or beating each
    other senseless with blunted weapons for fun.

    Battery Powered Hooker Boots is an awesome name
    as I have no idea how they work.

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