Last night, I was lucky enough to witness the very first gig for Flipside, a 7-piece band that covers video game music. One of my coworkers is in the band, he plays the trombone. The other members play percussion, guitar, bass, trumpet, saxophone, and piano, but are also very versatile and switch instruments in the middle of songs to play maracas, create a beat on the music stand, or jam on bongo drums (not to mention a bit of perfectly harmonized a-capella). They played some of my favourite classic hits, such as “Butter Building” from Kirby’s Adventure, “Bob-omb Battlefield” from Super Mario 64, and “Pirate Ship” from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, among many others.
The band performed at Felicita’s, a pub on the campus of the University of Victoria which is well-known for giving opportunities to local bands or musicians who are just starting out or aren’t too well-known quite yet. Flipside performed for a full house, and was well-received by everyone listening. This event was the perfect combination of some of my favourite things: video games, music, and supporting local artists/people I know, and on top of all that, it was free! I would definitely go and listen to them again in the future, and it seems like that will be a reality because they were so popular that Felicita’s requested them to perform again on a busy Friday night.