One good turn deserves another.
After the overwhelming success of last year's Rockage2.0 - which melds the forces of indie rock, retro video gaming, and related tech presentations - San Jose gears up for a third go 'round. This year, The San Jose State Student Union building plays host to the 3-day festival (Feb. 7th - 9th) and consequent celebration.
Many of the featured names and events remain the same, while a new crop of musical acts join the event.
Among the returning, local musical staples (eg. Cartoon Bar Fight, Gnarboots, Picture Atlantic, The Albert Square, and many more), new blood joins the ranks. The jazz oriented Ghost and the City, Cartoon Violence, Hawk Jones, Jean Baudin and PORCH (feat. Todd Huth of Primus) represent some of the new bay area bands involved in the soiree.
The same can be said for the electronic and chiptune bands on the bill. Acts like Bit Brigade (who'll perform to the retro classic, "Zelda"), crashfaster and Slime Girls return, while New York's Danimal Cannon, San Diego's Space Town Savior, L.A.s Space Boyfriend and The Megas join the bill.
On the local side of things, San Jose EDM act Petriform, SJ's Continuum Kingdom, SF's Together We Are Robots, and Oakland multi-instrumentalist, Matthew Joseph Payne (Glowing Stars) make up just a few of the bay chiptune gurus.
But music is only one aspect of the celebration. For a complete run-down of events, visit: http://rockagesj.tumblr.com/
Tickets still remain at $30 for all three days, or $20 per day (kids get in free). Visit the Rockage events page for more.
Special thanks to Eric Finali at Grand Finali Presents.