Video Games Live: Off the grid on small-town tour

While the Australian tour has yet to be formally announced, Video Games Live has just confirmed its “Off the grid” tour, bringing orchestral video game music to a small town near you.

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Heading off the grid.

Rather than simply playing in the traditional big city venues, Video Games Live Creator/Executive Producer Tommy Tallarico explains that the group wants to play smaller towns, theatres and halls as well.

We continually receive thousands of e-mails a year from families and gamers who would love to experience our show, but find it hard to travel to major cities and have to deal with travel expenses, overnight stays, getting the kids out of school, etc. and we would like to try to accommodate as many people as possible to share in the experience.

Our goal from the beginning has always been to show the world how culturally significant and artistic video games have become. I wanted to create a show for everyone whether you’re a gamer or not. We always keep our ticket prices as low as possible so everyone can come out and experience what we have to offer… in some locations this year due to certain sponsorships the ticket prices are as low as $5 each!

This isn’t simply a one-off tour, either: Tallarico explains that he hopes these small town shows will become a regular fixture on the already-jam-packed Video Games Live touring schedule.

Reassuring fans, Tallarico also promises that there will be “little to no change” in the actual show experience, beyond necessary adjustments to accommodate smaller venues and stages.

We LOVE playing some of the older and classic theatres because it’s a much more up close and personal experience. You can really feel and hear every word from the crowd. It works GREAT for our show and the way we always include the audience interactively.

…so: Where do you want to see VGL? The orchestra wants your feedback! Sign up to the Video Games Live mailing list and include your city/state/country information, along with any games you really, really want to hear. These will be matched up, and your wishlist will help create the setlist for your local concert!

Get in fast though, spots on the 2012/2013 tour will be announced next month, made up of a list of the top 10 cities. Everybody who attends those 10 “small town” shows will receive a goody bag at the concert: A free poster, free collectible program, and even a Video Games Live album download, just for attending.

The Video Games Live “Off the Grid” tour starts this week at the following locations – for more information including ticket sales, head to

March 21: London, Ontario (Canada) – John Labatt Centre, 8pm
March 23: St. Charles, Illinois (USA) – Arcada Theatre, 7:30pm
April 4: Red Bank, New Jersey (USA) – Count Basie Theatre, 7:30pm
April 7: Bethesda, Maryland (USA) – Strathmore Music Center, 2pm + 8pm
April 14: El Dorado, Arizona (USA) – Municipal Auditorium, 7:30pm

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