Anime Blast Chattanooga Announces 3rd Round of GuestsSep 26th 2011
CHATTANOOGA, TN - September 26, 2011 - Anime Blast Chattanooga is pleased to present our third round of guest announcements. Voice actor/musician Eric Stuart, veteran cosplayer Jo Envel, and The Man Power, a self-described "comic book rock n' roll" band, will be joining the previously announced guests Todd Haberkorn, Colleen Clinkenbeard, and musical guest My Parents Favorite Music at Anime Blast Chattanooga!
Brooklyn born and raised singer/songwriter Eric Stuart has toured the country either on his own or with such rock legends as Peter Frampton, Ringo Starr, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He's also opened for such acts as Jethro Tull, Julian Cope, Hall and Oates, and Chicago.
His first full-length album, Curiosity, was released in 1996 on his own independent label, Widow's Peak Records, and was soon followed up in 1997 with Picture Perfect World (EP).
In the summer of 1997, Eric's classic rock & roll style was noticed by Ringo Starr who invited him to open The Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Tour, featuring Peter Frampton, Jack Bruce (Cream), Gary Brooker (Procul Harum), and Simon Kirke (Bad Company). That exposure served as a springboard for Eric to open for the Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Paul Rodgers Tour that same summer.
Since then Eric Stuart has been touring on a regular basis including two U.S. tours with Peter Frampton. In 2000 Frampton produced Eric's next album, Blue, Dressed In Black along with John Regan and Harvey Jay Goldberg. Now living in Nashville, Eric's songwriting talents have given him the opportunity to begin co-writing with some of Nashville's finest songwriters.
In 2004 Eric released the self-produced independent album Bombshellshocked on RevUp Records. In 2007, he released his next album entitled In The County Of Kings and In 2009 Eric Stuart Band released the next CD 'Empty Frame Of Reference', both on Widow's Peak Records.
In March 2001 Eric Stuart Band released their new album entitled 'Falls On Me'.
All this while continuing a successful voice acting/directing career, starring in hit shows including Pokémon (Brock, James), Yu-Gi-Oh! (Seto Kaiba), Slayers (Gourry), Viva Pinata, Ultimate Muscle, Dinosaur King (Dr. Z), Kirby, Slayers (Gourry), Chaotic, Sonic X, TMNT, GoGoRiki, in addition to voicing many national radio and TV commercials and audiobook narrations for Audible.com.
After winning Best Master at Ohayocon this year, Envel will be adding this award to her impressive list that keeps growing. She has won titles like Best Master at MTAC (2009 and 2010), Best Master at Ohayocon (2010 and 2011), Best in Show at Anime Detour (2007), and that is just to just to name a few. She has been going to conventions for 10 years and cosplaying 9 of those years. She also enjoys cake.
You can find her at American Cosplay Paradise (ACP)
The Man Power
The Man Power is the greatest comic book rock n roll band of all time. Hailing from Nashville, TN, the band has been forming a fan base through playing anime conventions, Japanese cultural events, rock n roll clubs, private parties, and anywhere that loves fun. The group's live show consists of a hight level of crowd interaction, undeniable charm, tongue and cheek stage gimmicks, and frequent celebrity cameos.
The musical style of The Man Power is a cross between glam rock, 3 chord punk, and Saturday morning cartoons. Their songs' subject matter range from girls to anime to just wanting to take a girl to Japan.
The band has shared the stage with such acts as 80s pop icon Tiffany, Japanese punk legends PEELANDER-Z, rock opera heroes The Protomen, and controversial dance rock act The Slants. The band has played at events catering to over 9,000 attendees all over the country, were voted band of the month at The Deli Nashville for April 2011, and have played shows with 3 separate Power Ranger actors in attendance!
The Man Power consists of Chris Sexxx on lead vocals and guitar and Cody Warhammer on drums and vocals. At many appearances, the band also features a revolving line up of Man Power Girls that act as hype girls and are the best mascots around! Lady Lauren and Anime Anna are the lead girls, but you never know which girls will turn up at a show with the boys.
After self releasing its first EP, "The Man Power," the band blew away the world with their debut full length record, "Hide Your Daughter and Get Your Earplugs Here Comes The Man Power," in 2011 on Man Power Records. The album is a representation of the band's roots and a glimpse into the future.
So what else is there left to say? The Man Power is your new favorite band! Don't miss the band when it is in your town because if you do you might never see your girlfriend again.
ABOUT ANIME BLAST CHATTANOOGA: Anime Blast Chattanooga will be held Nov. 4-6, 2011 at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN. Pre-registration for the weekend is $30, with a limited number of VIP packages available for $50. Details on the VIP package, as well as the registration form, can be found at www.animeblastchattanooga.com .