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ArcAttack is an “electrifying” rock-and-roll show for the whole family
ArcAttack plugs high-tech wizardry into gee-whiz show biz to spark a family showcase of science plus entertainment at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Yardley Hall of the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College.
Tickets, which are $22 for adults and $18 for youth, are available at the college box office at 913 469-4445 or online.
In this spectacular show, two custom-engineered hand-built Tesla coils throw out electrical arcs up to 12 feet long, each one acting as an instrument with a sound reminiscent of the early days of the synthesizer. A robotic drum set accompanies the spectacle; its LEDs flashing bright colors with the stroke of each mechanically actuated stick, while ArcAttack's six members churn out rhythmic instrumental melodies. Live instruments meet drum loops and samples to produce rock, electronica and indie music. It’s a splash of punk and a dash of metal served with a side of pop. During the show, the emcee walks through half-a-million volt sparks wearing the relatively thin layer of his chain-mail Faraday suit.
ArcAttack is all about putting on a show that is not just a concert, but an otherworldly experience. In doing so with the technology they have created, the band hopes to inspire minds, young and old, to take up an interest in science and arts, to examine where they intersect and where they are going. They also encourage audiences to re-examine the work of past researchers and performers such as Nikola Tesla and Delia Derbyshire.
The crew consists of the following:
- Joe DiPrima is both the chief engineer and leader of the group. His passion for electronics and music were kindled at a young age and continue today. With some help from some friends, he has designed the majority of the Tesla coils and written the software that controls them. He plays guitar on stage.
- Tony Smith plays bass guitar and baritone guitar. Originally from Michigan, he has played in several bands since a young age. He also writes some of the group's music and is an energetic performer.
- John DiPrima has composed the majority of ArcAttack's music and plays drums during performances. When necessary, he is also the group's soundman, having worked for such acts as the Rick Reicht Band, One Eyed Doll and Monte Montgomery.
- Patrick 'Parsec' Brown was adopted into the group in Austin. He has a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling from the University of Texas, a stint as a carnival worker and a solid background in public speaking.
- Andrew Mansberger was the lead man of the incredible band Berwer and has played guitar for countless other bands. On stage with ArcAttack, he often plays the Moog keyboard or other analog synthesizers, sometimes trading them out for the guitar or bass guitar. Mansberger is also responsible for writing and co-writing several of the groups’ songs.