It’s only been five months since PAX East 2018 in Boston, where I had the amazing opportunity to catch Video Game Orchestra (VGO) perform the Final Fantasy XV soundtrack. The “rockestral” group features multiple talents: beautiful vocals, fully-equipped brass instruments, strings, and percussion, and of course the unforgettable shredding of Masato Itoh.

Image from PAX East 2018

Shota Nakama, the producer and composer, is ready to wow us again with Capcom Live at the Gramercy Theatre and then in November at Youmacon in Detroit! The set-list will feature time-honored classics from Capcom’s biggest titles:

– Ace Attorney®
– Breath of Fire®
– Devil May Cry®
– Dragon’s Dogma®
– Final Fight™
– Ghosts ‘n Goblins™ / Ghouls ‘n Ghosts®
– Mega Man®
– Mega Man® X
– Monster Hunter™
– Okami®
– Resident Evil®
– Street Fighter®

Capcom Live at the Gramercy Theatre
Image from PAX East 2018

VGO has been performing video game music since the late 2000’s, recreating entire soundtracks with a heavy rock and orchestral influence. They have also impressed the likes of Nobuo Uematsu and other prolific video game composers.

From my own experiences with this group, I have never felt such immense joy and nostalgia watching and listening to their music. Much like Capcom Live, VGO’s shows are not only about the music, but also the visuals during the performance.

Capcom Live at the Gramercy Theatre
Image from PAX East 2018

Cut-scenes and footage from the games being performed are displayed on a large screen for everyone to be immersed in as the music takes you on a journey. The musicians are very interactive during their shows too. Shota himself is always sure to involve the audience, talking about the next song or what a particular song means to them as not only performers but gamers as well.

Capcom Live at the Gramercy Theatre
Image from PAX East 2018

Capcom Live Happening This Weekend!

So if you’re in the New York area and want to be blown away by Video Game Orchestra in their Capcom Live performance, the show at Gramery Theatre is this Saturday (September 29th) at 8pm. I hope to see you ComicsVerse fans there!

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