The First Music and Comic Con Tour Kicks Off With Shows Planned Throughout the U.S. in 2016.
LOS ANGELES, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Wizard World, Inc., the predominant producer of Comic Cons across North America, which is set to provide Philadelphia comic con fans with unparalleled access to the hottest talent from Chris Evans (Captain America),Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Tom Hiddleston (Thor) to Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future) and David Duchovny (The X-Files), announced today the launch of the first ever music concert series to accompany a comic convention festival. Presented by Wizard World, Inc., known for events that celebrate pop culture, movies, TV shows, gaming and technology, the music concert series will make its debut in Philadelphia on June 3, 2016 featuring headliner and award-winning singer, songwriter and producer, Grimes.
“Wizard World Comic Con already presents the best in celebrity meet and greets, movies, television, science fiction and comics and we believe that including music is the next logical progression to provide a great experience for our fans,” said Randy Malinoff, COO of Wizard World. “These live music events are a key component to the continued growth of our brand. We’re excited to present the concert series debut with Grimes, and to bring our fans the latest and best headliners and emerging musical talent nationwide.”
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Grimes’ musical style carries a wide array of influences, ranging from electronica to pop to hip-hop and even R&B. Her explosive career has garnered praise from the likes of The New York Times, hailing her third studio albumVisions (2012) as “one of the most impressive albums of the year so far.” Her fourth studio album, Art Angels (2015) landed her inclusion in Billboard’s “25 Best Albums of the Year,”Pitchfork, Paste, and Spin Magazine’s “50 Best Albums of 2015” and The New York Times“Best Albums of 2015” lists, to name a few.
The music concert series presented by Wizard World Comic Con will bring top, breakout musical talent to several cities across the U.S. during its inaugural run this summer and fall. The series will also include alternative pop singer HANA, who is opening for Grimes on June 3 in Philadelphia. Other artists include the stunning and provocative singer, songwriter, Melanie Martinez performing this summer. Further show dates, performers and cities to be announced soon.
Wizard World’s music concert series has also commissioned acclaimed Los Angeles-based pop artist Kii Arens to create and design all eight of the limited edition, exclusive art rock posters for each artist performing at the shows. The artwork will be included in the limited VIP package for each concert in the series. Arens’ portfolio includes a remarkable 300 pieces created and designed for distinguished artists such as Radiohead, Beck, The Pixies, Lana Del Rey, The Beach Boys, and more.
To purchase tickets to an upcoming show, please visit: www.wizardworldmusic.com. Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 14 at 10 a.m. EST.
Grimes, the multimedia project of Canadian artist Claire Boucher, will kick off the live concert series at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on June 3. Her new album ‘Art Angels’ had prime placement on basically every 2015 End of Year list, with No. 1 spots from NME, Stereogum, Gorilla Vs. Bear and others. Jon Pareles of the New York Times called the album “a solo tour de force,” Stereogum said, “In 2015, nothing sounded better” and Rolling Stone called it a “triumph.” Time Magazine named “Flesh Without Blood” the No. 1 song of the year while iTunes named ‘Art Angels’ the No. 1 Indie Album of 2015 and it finished out the year at No.1 most added on CMJ Radio. In 2015 alone, she graced the covers of The FADER, Nylon,Dazed and Confused, NME, Flare and more. She is currently featured in Vanity Fair‘s Disrupters portfolio alongside Michael B. Jordan, Spike Jonze, Dakota Johnson and A$AP Rocky. She is currently on the cover of the UK’s AnOther Magazine.
About Kii Arens
Kii Arens is an American contemporary pop artist, graphic designer, photographer, director and musician, with a focus on Rock-N-Roll. Never formally trained, this St. Paul, MN native grew up with a fascination for album covers, band logos, and font styles. He credits Saturday mornings in the 70’s spent watching Sid & Marty Krofft as his main inspirations for color. Kii is the owner of Los Angeles-based La-La Land Gallery, with over 300 pieces created for artists such as Radiohead, Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Dolly Parton, Devo, Diana Ross, Lana Del Rey, The Pixies, Glen Campbell, Tame Impala, The Beach Boys, The Replacements and many others. He also has created prints for various All Tomorrow’s Parties events, Bonnaroo, and Coachella. Arens’ direction of work includes the music video, “What We Do,” for DEVO, which began to broaden his creative endeavors. Most recently, Arens co-directed the video for “Vampyre” of Time and Memory, a track from Queens of the Stone Age’s latest album. He also directed the last videos for the legendary Glen Campbell. As 2016 moves into full swing, Kii is setting his sights on solo art shows and new ground breaking exhibitions.
About Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched the new music concert series, the Wizard World Store, CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™, and ComicConBox™, a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.
Wizard World 2016 schedule available at: www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html.