Video Games Live (provided photo).
Rescheduled from January, Video Games Live will return to Richmond tomorrow at the Altria Theater at 8 p.m. The last time the Video Games Live tour was in Richmond was 2009. The award-winning show comes to RVA on the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign that funded the fourth album, “Video Games Live: Level 4.”
This year’s show is all-new with new music and special pre-show and post-show activities free to ticket holders. A spectacle of video footage from a variety of games combined with the impact of a live performance from the Richmond Symphony and an added bonus of lighting, special effects, and stage production makes for a high-energy concert that gamers and non-gamers alike can enjoy.
The show was founded by video game composer, Tommy Tallarico, who also emcees each concert so expect to see him on stage tomorrow. Known for creating scores for famous game franchises such as Mortal Kombat and Metroid, Tallarico produces Video Games Live to support and further the developing art and culture of video games. Game music itself has evolved from the 8-bit scores people may remember from their Atari 2600 and Nintendo Entertainment System into original symphonic scores — even more modern genres of music is utilized today. In a press release Tallarico said, “This is an incredible opportunity for us to reach an audience that normally may not be familiar with how far video games have come and how amazing the music can be.”
Saturday’s concert will feature music from video game franchises such as Mass Effect, Mega Man, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Halo and many more. Dawn your best video game-inspired attire and get to the show early for a costume contest. Stay afterwards for the post-show meet-and-greet with industry designers, composers, voice actors, performers and special guests. Tickets are still available and run $20 to $70. (Tickets purchased for the previous date will be honored.) 800-514-3849 or altriatheater.com.