There will be TWO Wizard Rock shows at MISTI-Con 2019, both will be held in the Westchester Ballroom.
Thursday Night at 9 PM
with: The Blibbering Humdingers, Ashley Trix & the Wzrds, and Hawthorn & Holly
Saturday Afternoon at 1 PM
Grace Kendall, Muggle Snuggle, Abby Lynne, and Ludo Bagman & the Trash
(unfortunately, Tianna and the Cliffhangers will be unable to join us.)
These magical masters of musical hi-jinx and mayhem will wizard rock the tea towel right off your house elf! Their unique blend of 80s new wave, 50s do-wop, straight up pop rock and old-timey sing-songy comedy will leave you laughing and crying for more. They draw inspiration from the Harry Potter series, Dr Who, the SCA, medieval fantasy, science fiction and all kinds of delightfully, geeky fandomness.
Scott & Kirsten Vaughan began performing together in 1992 in the SCA, where they are known as Master Efenwealt Wystle and Maîtresse Aénor d’Anjou. With the release of ‘Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows’ in 2007, and upon encountering bands like Draco & the Malfoys, The Mudbloods, and The Moaning Myrtles they decided to form their own wizard rock act. They live in Cary, NC (under the name Sanderz) with two kids and a cat named Rosemerta. (That’s the cat’s name. It would just be silly to give both our kids the same name as the cat!)
When not out conquering the galaxy with her army of robotic wallabies, Kirsten creates steampunk/medieval/fantasy accessories for her online store, MyFunkyCamelot.etsy.com. And in order to protect his secret past as a renegade architect, Scott pretends to manage communications campaigns for clinical research studies at a small advertising/creative services agency (Merge, LLC). Their pal Chuck who often plays bass with them claims to be a mild-mannered government IT contracts coordinator, but we suspect he’s really a super spy.
Ashley Trix & the Wzrds
Ashley Hamel is a singer-songwriter, improviser, and wizard rocker based out of Connecticut. Her energetic live show combines her powerful pop vocals and rhythm guitar with strong songwriting and a commanding stage presence. A traveler at heart, she has played showcases in Indonesia, Malaysia, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, and Ireland. Her first full-length album, "WZRD" (released January 2019) is a wizarding radio concept album full of heart and a bit of a wink.
Hawthorn & Holly
Hawthorn & Holly are a pop punk band that plays songs about Harry Potter. Started in 2007, these wizards hail from Charlotte, North Carolina. Leah Schroeder and Christie Mowery weave gorgeous harmonies with Eddie Mowery on guitars and Dave Beaucar on Bass.
They have established themselves as a fixture in the wizard rock community, performing as featured artists at Misti-Con, Wrockstock, New York Wrock Festival, Dragon Con, Stellar Con, ConCarolinas, Illogicon, and the Charlotte Geek Gala.
Their albums are featured on iTunes and Bandcamp. They have songs about Harry Potter, Doctor Who and The Hunger Games, in addition to other fandom songs. Don't be surprised to find yourself dancing and singing along to their fun and infectious music, and falling in love with their ballads as well.
Ludo Bagman & The TRASH
Put on your best bag and get ready for Ludo Bagman and the Trash. The bag-wearing, wand waving, charm-casting, quaffle passing, deatheather blasting, Wit Beyond Measuring-ing Ravenclaw will get you out of the library and on to dance floor. As with all their shows this will be a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) event. Paper or canvas will do the trick, We just ask you please, no plastic bags over your head.
Grace Kendall (they/them) has been singing sad songs about books for over a decade. Armed with a ukulele, an acoustic guitar and a whole lot of feelings, their sweet vocals and clever lyrics combine to create a warm and intimate set. Grace will be playing brand new wizard rock, so come prepared for a collection of thoughtful folk songs that just might melt your heart.
Muggle Snuggle is Kait Weasley and Mermanda! From Pittsburgh, PA has Gryffindor courage & chivalry with Ravenclaw wit, utilizing nontraditional wrock instruments, such as: accordion, Autoharp, bodhrán, recorder, tap shoes, etc. Four full-length collections are available via their Bandcamp page.
Music - mugglesnuggle.bandcamp.com
Email - MuggleSnuggleMusic@gmail.com
Twitter - @MuggleSnuggles
Instagram - @MuggleSnuggleMusic
Abby Ritter is a wizard rocker (and a Hufflepuff) from Worcester, MA. She makes nerdy music about Harry Potter and being queer, and her single “ Intersectional” can be found at wizardrock.bandcamp.com. When she’s not a convention, Abby can be found working as a board-certified music therapist. Her interests include piña coladas, getting caught in the rain, and watching an unhealthy amount of YouTube. Ask her about her favorite podcast animatics.
Tianna & The Cliffhangers
Tianna is a singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh, PA who's been writing about Harry Potter being gay since 2009. Her favorite instrument is the banjolele. She's a Young Adult novelist and in school to be a librarian. She's also hitting her 14 year vegetarian anniversary at Misti 2019!