Music & Concerts

In these dystopian times, we turn to music and the art of sound as a welcome respite from the everyday. We escape into other worlds of fantasy, we journey alongside heroes, we are inspired by the stories of ordinary beings in extraordinary circumstances. We are proud to be one of the best Midwest cons for filk (the music of science fiction and fantasy) and inclusive of all types of music that fans enjoy.

Our concerts this year range from Renaissance music to modern sounds, geeky/nerdy anthems to gaming glory, comedy to tragedy, and songs performed in multiple languages including English, Latin, Klingon, SQL, and American Sign Language.

We have a few special panels and events this year: Judi Miller’s Request Circle on Friday night, Beginning Home Recording, and Integrating Instrumentalists. These along with most of our concerts will be in Lilac A. Our larger performing groups will be on the main stage in Junior Ballroom B/C – please check the schedule for each concert. And don’t miss Dan the Bard roaming the halls/lobby on Saturday!

Our Open Music Circles and Dead Dog Circle welcome everyone who has something to share – accompanied songs, a capella singing, instrumental music, dramatic spoken word or poetry, and improvised jams. Of course, listeners are welcome, too! We ask that performers seat themselves closer to the center of the room and that listeners/crafters hold down the perimeter.

We tend to follow Polite Midwest Chaos in our circles (no designated direction or “turns” around the circle but fairness in giving all performers equal opportunity to share) but we can be flexible – there will be a designated Music Anchor in the circles to help this process along. At Windycon, there is often an unspoken invitation for other musicians or vocalists to join in with each other on familiar songs, but it is absolutely okay to request that no one play or sing along with you.

Friday

8:00pm
Concert: Moonshine
Moonshine is an acoustic ensemble playing pop, blues, folk, and original songs that radiate energy from the tension and synergy between a classically trained cellist, a rock-oriented guitarist, and a rootsy percussionist/blues harp player. Even when they play songs you know, you’ve never heard them like this before!
Margie Dziadzka, Pete Dziadzka, Jim Multra, Alfredo Uribe.
Junior Ballroom B/C

9:00pm
Judi’s Request Circle
Our Fan GoH Judi Miller signs her favorite songs played by the Windycon musicians of her choice. Her unique style of sign language interpretation is a spectacular treat and will be a performance you’ll never forget.
Judi Miller and Guests by request.
Lilac A/C

10:00pm
Open Music Circle
All voices, instruments, styles of music, and listeners are welcome!
Lilac A/C

Saturday

11:00am
Panel: Beginning Home Recording
Learn the basics of quality home recording from the pros who do it, who know what works, and what doesn’t.
Tom Smith, Dan Marcotte, Eric Distad, Jen Distad
Lilac A

12:00pm
Concert: Dan the Bard
Dan the Bard returns to Windycon with his unique Gamer Filk music played on Renaissance instruments as only a true Bard can. Attendance gives you +1 on your next encounter!
Dan Marcotte
Lilac A

1:00pm
Concert: The Faithful Sidekicks
This acoustic geek comedy duo enjoys spreading nerdy fun by performing their high-energy original songs about the geeky/fannish things they love.
Eric Distad, Jen Distad
Lilac A

2:00pm
Concert: Klingon Pop Warrior
Lieutenant Commander jenbom vestai-toQqul and her guitar-slinging Red Shirt are traveling the quadrant to bring you songs you thought you knew… in the original Klingon. Truly music honoring the Empire!
Jen Usellis, Joe Mizzi
Lilac A

3:00pm
Concert: Tom Smith
What can we say…it wouldn’t be Windycon without “The World’s Fastest Filker”! We never know what Tom will do on stage, whether it’s humorous, serious, or improvised on the spot, but it’s always a bright spot in our concert lineup.
Tom Smith
Junior Ballroom B/C

4:00pm
Concert: Erica Neely & Friends
The First Member has invited our Music GoH to perform her inspiring and insightful songs wherein “Not Everybody Dies”. Her music runs the gamut from serious to silly and ventures in unique directions that will undoubtedly inspire you despite the high body counts in her examinations of the human (and alien!) condition.
Erica Neely, Dave Clement, Amy McNally
Junior Ballroom B/C

9:00pm
Concert: Court And Country
An outstanding a capella vocal ensemble focusing on historically researched medieval and renaissance choral music, including folk songs, show pieces, and “not-about” songs in several languages.
Court And Country
Lilac A/C

10:00pm
Open Music Circle
All voices, instruments, styles of music, and listeners are welcome!
Lilac A/C

Sunday

11:00am
Panel: Integrating Instrumentalists
When inviting an instrumentalist to join you, what so you need to know to handle that collaboration gracefully? Lyrics? mp3s? Chord charts? Or even a [gasp] rehearsal in advance? Hear from two folks who have been requested to play with many and diverse groups of performers about what makes them say “Yes, I’d love to play with you!”.
Amy McNally, Jason Neerenberg
Lilac A

12:00pm
Concert: Dave Clement
“Decadent Dave” began playing filk back in 1985 as part of the duo that became Dandelion Wine (with Tom Jeffers) and recently received an Aurora Award (for Canadian music) for their third album “The Faces on Mars”. Dave’s smooth-as-silk voice and dynamic guitar work are a treat!
Dave Clement, Amy McNally
Junior Ballroom B/C

1:00pm
Concert: Leslie Hudson
Our music concerts conclude with a red-headed powerhouse performer! Leslie’s songs tell stories about archetypes, inhumans, and ordinary beings in extraordinary circumstances through her exquisite music and lyrics. Windycon is thrilled that she included us in her tour schedule and promise you’ll enjoy every minute of her concert!
Leslie Hudson
Junior Ballroom B/C

4:00pm
Dead Dog Music Circle
Play and sing ‘til you drop…we go later and later each year! All voices, instruments, styles, and listeners are welcome!
Cypress A/B