Festival Activities for San Fran Show


Events to Include Meet & Greet With Over 25 Game Composers, Designers and Talent From Popular Franchises Including Mario, Zelda, Sonic, Final Fantasy, Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Myst, Warcraft, Quake, GoldenEye, The Sims, Kingdom Hearts and Many More!

Plus Costume Contest, Playable Games, Guitar Hero™ II Competition, Classic Arcade Competitions, Free Gifts, Raffles, Acoustic Performances, Spectacular Prizes, and More


LOS ANGELES – March 6, 2007 –  Renowned video game composers, Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, announced the pre-show festival events planned for the first ever San Francisco performance of the world's most successful video game concert, Video Games Live.  Presented by Intel and the Game Developers Conference, Video Games Live will be taking place Friday, March 9th at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.  Created and produced by Tallarico and Wall’s production company, Mystical Stone Entertainment LLC, Video Games Live features music from the most popular video games performed by top orchestras and choirs around the world, combining exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussion and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. 

This special closing ceremony event will mark the return of Video Games Live to the Game Developers Conference after a sold out performance in 2006.  To commemorate the event, Video Games Live is pulling out all the stops and opening the doors early to present a pre-show festival from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. which is FREE to all ticket holders.  Tickets for the event are priced from $38.50 to $65, and are still currently available at LiveNation.com.

The popular pre-show festival includes game competitions with Guitar Hero™ II and Space Invaders on a customized Dream Authentics arcade cabinet.  Prize giveaways include a Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS Lite and Guitar Hero™ II sponsored by Advanced Media Network and over 250 classic arcade games donated by Dream Authentics.  Other pre-show festivities include an acoustic lobby performance by Jonathan Mann (creator of the Mario Opera) performing his most popular Nintendo folk songs and a costume contest where audience members will come dressed as their favorite video game characters.  Finalists to be judged on stage by the audience.  Sonic the Hedgehog, Zelda and Link will also be present to meet and take pictures with the audience.  1UP.com will have a special booth in which they will be supplying personalized ID’s and a chance to win a signed Nintendo Wii.  Other show sponsors and prizes provided by Intel, Ex’pressions College, the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), Music4Games.net, the Grammy/NARAS P&E Wing & ASCAP.  

Prizes will be given away throughout the evening during several audience-interactive segments, starring one of the most beloved classic arcade games of all time, Frogger, as well as a live Space Invaders contest.  This unique interaction with a live symphony has only ever been attempted and performed at Video Games Live.  Grand prize includes a $2,500 Intel Toshiba Satellite Notebook.

The post-show Meet and Greet, where fans can interact with renowned game composers, designers, performers and talent will take place in the lobby directly after the event with more than 25 industry luminaries, including:

Tommy Tallarico
(Earthworm Jim, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Metroid Prime, Advent Rising, Aladdin, Cool Spot, Spider-Man, Time Crisis, MDK, Unreal 2 & Tournament, Blood Rayne, The Terminator, NFL Blitz, Prince of Persia, Pac-Man World,  Knockout Kings, Madden Football, Twisted Metal)

Jack Wall
(Mass Effect, Myst III, Myst IV, Splinter Cell, Jade Empire)

Koji Kondo
(Mario, Zelda, Starfox)

Jun Senoue
(Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes)

Russell Brower
(Audio Director - World of Warcraft)

Clint Bajakian
(Monkey Island, Outlaws, Indiana Jones, Day of the Tentacle)

Peter McConnell
(Sly 2 & 3, Psychonauts, Monkey Island, Grim Fandango)

Michael Land
(The Dig, Monkey Island, Sam & Max, Day of the Tentacle) 

"Larry the O"
(Escape from Monkey Island, Jedi Knight, Rebel Assault II, X-Wing vs. Tie-Fighter)

Gerard Marino
(God of War, God of War II)

Tim Larkin 
(Myst series, LOTR: Two Towers, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Far Cry Instincts)

Tom Salta 
(Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, Need For Speed 2, Cold Fear)

Cris Velasco
(God of War, Dark Messiah, Marvel Ultimate Alliance)

Sascha Dikiciyan 
(Quake Series, Dark Messiah, Splinter Cell 4: Double Agent)

Richard Jacques 
(Eight Days, Pursuit Force, Battlestations: Midway, Headhunter, Outrun 2, Jet Set Radio, Samba De Amigo, Sonic R.)

Alexander Brandon
(Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Gauntlet)

Spencer Nilsen
(Ecco The Dolphin, Sonic CD, Batman Returns, Daytona USA)

Rod Abernethy
(Star Trek: Legacy, Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows,  Blazing Angels,
Marvel VS, The Hobbit)

Jason Graves
(Star Trek: Legacy, Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows,  Blazing Angels,
Marvel VS, The Hobbit)

Burke Trieschmann
(Pandemonium, Gex III, James Bond: Agent Under Fire, LOTR: Return of the King, The Sims/Urbz)

Lennie Moore
(Outcast, Dirty Harry, Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring, D&D: Dragonshard)

Ray Muzyka
(Co-founder of Bioware - Mass Effect, Baldur's Gate I & II, KOTOR, Neverwinter Nights I & II, Jade Empire)

John Romero
(Quake, Doom, Wolfenstein 3-D)

Ken Lobb
(GoldenEye, Donkey Kong Country, Perfect Dark, Crackdown)

Martin Leung
(The Video Game Pianist) 

Chris Kline

Laurie Robinson
(Soloist - Advent Rising)

Dee Baker
(SpongeBob SquarePants (TV), Teen Titans (TV), Viewtiful Joe, Halo 2, EverQuest II, Doom 3, Tales of Symphonia, Arc the Lad, Final Fantasy X-2, Metal Gear Solid 2, Kingdom Hearts, Spider-Man)

About Video Games Live™ (www.videogameslive.com)
Created by two industry leading video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, Video Games Live™ (produced under their company Mystical Stone Entertainment, LLC) is the front runner in the field of live game music performance.  Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event celebration featuring music from the biggest video games of all time.  The debut performance launched on July 6th, 2005 at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with the LA Philharmonic with over 11,000 people in attendance making it the largest video game concert in the world.

About Live Nation (www.livenation.com)
Live Nation is the world’s leading live music company, annually connecting more than 60 million fans with their favorite performers at over 30,000 events.  They are the largest producer of live concerts in the world, the second-largest venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence.  Live Nation creates superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay.  Globally, they own, operate and/or have booking rights for more than 170 venues, including House of Blues-branded music venues and prestigious locations such as San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena.  Live Nation’s websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.”