Magnifico @Midnight, Pong @10:00pm – $10 at the door @9:30pm. No advance tickets. 21+ only.
Magnifico is Austin’s premiere Queen tribute band. Guaranteed to blow your mind! Zach Hall, Adam Sultan, Aaron Dugan, Brian Grothues, Margaret Myrick
Emerging from the ashes of seminal Austin band Ed Hall in the late ’90s, guitarist Gary Chester, drummer Lyman Hardy, and bassist Larry Strub joined forces with guitarist Jason Craig and keyboardist Shane Shelton to form Pong. Eschewing Ed Hall’s post-punk guitar excesses and turning their collective ear in a rhythmic, pop direction, Pong emerged as a whole new musical animal; a mighty retro-futuristic fusion of melody, beat, lights, and vocal effects. Talk boxes and banks of keyboards supplanted the traditional rock instruments audiences had come to expect, and dance floors began to give under the weight of ass-shaking punk rockers rediscovering their inner groove, reveling in the mix of electronics, punk, post-punk and humor.
Along the way singer Kerri Atwood joined the Pong fold, making the band’s sound grow fuller and curvier, and their stage presence more colorful and freaky. Embracing and paraphrasing classic rock convention with a side of rave histrionics for a post-rock world, Pong established themselves as a world of fun.