SaikouCon 2015 Adds Take Away The Ugly to Musical Roster

SaikouCon 2015 Adds Take Away The Ugly to Musical Roster

Pennsylvania-Based Punk Rock Trio Brings High Energy Performance to Convention's Cosplay Concert


4/24/15 Bethlehem, PA – SaikouCon, which means "best convention”, is the Lehigh Valley's first and only large scale, annual anime convention. Boasting a dedicated staff of longtime Japanese anime and manga fans, SaikouCon is excited to be the only annual convention dedicated exclusively to anime, manga, and Japanese culture and pop culture in this area of Northeast Pennsylvania. The convention grew out of the now defunct, but soon to be relaunched, webzine Anime Ate My Brain Magazine; the sibling webzine to Tastes Like Rock! Music Magazine. Both journalistic endeavors fall under the newly renamed Nerdy Rock 'n Roller Publishing, which will be growing in diversity in 2015.

The convention promises to remain very hands on and attendee friendly every year, while also maintaining a safe atmosphere for attendees to enjoy the convention to their carefree fullest. As always, Cosplay =/= Consent is a very important issue to the staff of SaikouCon, and the same rules and regulations that made SaikouCon 2013 and 2014 a safe haven for cosplayers will be enforced just as strictly at SaikouCon 2015. SaikouCon 2015 will feature many diverse and entertaining panels, workshops, activities, events, screenings, gaming tournaments, and much more!

SaikouCon is happy to announce the inclusion of Take Away The Ugly to the 2015 Cosplay Concert during this year's convention. The punk rock trio has an intricate story and sound built around story tropes from old school horror movies, with the aim to get people out of their zombified and tech obsessed stupor. Helping people remember what it's like to get up, get out, and party without a screen in front of their faces! Their beginnings were inspired by vintage horror movies combined with every genre of music they could find. Setting an idea in motion that will inspire all musical fans the world over! Filled with 3 uniquely talented players, who are known for not subscribing to any specific genre or sound. Each song is another genre in itself, demonstrated clearly on the bands 2nd album "Operation Fun". The bands name is derived from the movie "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly", whereas the band quickly realized there was far too much Ugly in popular music. Auto-Tune was being used over real voices. Drummers replaced by engineers pushing buttons. The degredation of music as we knew it had been taking place. Listeners were being turned into "Zombies" and it is these three musicians who have chosen to cure them all.

SaikouCon is still looking for a DJ to spin at their first DJ Dance Party. SaikouCon decided earlier in the year to throw an all ages Dance Party on SaikouCon Friday so everyone under 21 would have a something to party at while Featured Guests Cosplay Burlesque present their 21+ show in the main concert ballroom of the Best Western Lehigh Hotel & Conference Center. Visit www.saikoucon.com/events.html to review the application and details of spinning at SaikouCon 2015! The DJ Application closes on May 8, 2015 at 6 PM ET. The following week the chosen DJ will be announced!

SaikouCon 2015's list of Guests to date is as follows:

Guests of Honor:
RuffleButt Cosplay (Jessie Pridemore)
Leah Clark, Voice Actress
Danielle McRae, Voice Actress
Tia Ballard, Voice Actress

Featured Guests:
The Gamer's Edge Comics & Gaming
Sci-Fi Photo Guys
Cosplayer Hazel Dayze
Cosplay Burlesque

Musical Guests:
The Adarna
Mike P
Adam WarRock
Take Away The Ugly

Special Guest:
Koralene Cosplay

For more information on all of SaikouCon's Guests, visit www.saikoucon.com/guests-of-honor.html.

To Pre-Register as a guest of SaikouCon 2015 visit www.saikoucon.com/guest-registration.html and make sure to note the new designations for Teen and Adult badges to attend the convention, the new designations do away with the need for parental consent forms for SaikouCon guests age 13-17, attendees 12 and under still need to be accompanied by a chaperone age 18 or older at all times, while family friendly, SaikouCon is largely PG-13 so tweens and little ones need accompaniment. Pre-Registration for 3 Day and 1 Day Baisc Attendance Packages ends on August 14, 2015 and Pre-Registration for Deluxe and VIP Attendance Packages ends on July 17, 2015 at midnight; the Deluxe and VIP badges will not be available for At Door registrations, Group Rates also are for Pre-Registration only and end with their corresponding badge types and levels. To book a room for SaikouCon Weekend 2015, call the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel Conference Center, SaikouCon's new home located at 300 Gateway Drive, Bethlehem PA 18017, at 1-888-222-8512 or 1-610-866-5800 and request a room in the SaikouCon block of rooms for the discounted rate! The Best Western is offering SaikouCon attendees a block of 50 rooms available until July 25, 2015 or until the block is booked solid. There will be limited overflow rooms available for booking after the Best Western block is filled at the Hampton Inn right next door to the Best Western. Amenities from both hotels are open to attendees that book sleeping rooms at either hotel including the Best Western's outdoor pool and the Hampton Inn's indoor pool as well as gym facilities at both hotels.

The convention will always feature some of the best live entertainment themed to Japanese culture and pop culture, as well as the best in J-Rock, J-Pop, and nerd/geek culture musical acts from all over the US and beyond.

All of this plus top creators, writers, artists, distributors, industry insiders, English dub and original Japanese voice talent, some of the best cosplay talent, shows, masquerades; and so much more!

To get the latest up-to-the-minute updates follow SaikouCon on http://www.saikoucon.com, http://facebook.com/SaikouCon, http://twitter.com/SaikouCon, http://saikoucon.tumblr.com, and SaikouCon's listing on animecons.com: http://animecons.com/events/info.shtml/5461/SaikouCon_2015

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