Acclaimed Live Performance DJ Headlines Opening Night Festivities
VIP Ticket Holders Provided Guraranteed Seating; 4-Day Ticket-Holders Provided Priority Seating
Norwalk, CT, September 8, 2011: Widely considered to be one of the best live performance DJs in history and the “godfather of mash-ups”, noted artist Z-Trip will provide a free evening of entertainment on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30pm for New York Comic Con (NYCC) attendees in the IGN Theater – Presented by Sprint at the Javits Center in New York City. The concert will be an opening night celebration providing music and entertainment for the thousands of fans who will be gathering for this year’s edition of New York Comic Con. The annual pop culture event, which attracts top talent and major artists from all areas of the pop culture universe including film, television, music, books, and gaming will take place October 13 – 16, 2011 at the Javits Center.
The opening night concert is free to all VIP's and 4-Day ticket holders thanks to the generosity of Sprint’s sponsorship BUT seating is first come, first served and will be extremely limited due to size of the auditorium and popularity of the event. All VIP ticket holders will be guaranteed to get into the show first; then, 4-Day ticket holders will be let in until the auditorium is full; the concert is open to all 4-Day ticket holders on a first come, first served basis and we cannot guarantee that all 4-Day ticket holders that want to attend the show will be able to get in! Fans who are interested in attending the opening night concert are encouraged to purchase a 4 Day ticket to NYCC and arrive early to secure their spot in line.
Meanwhile, show organizers have just announced that the exhibit floor for this year’s NYCC is sold out! Tickets for NYCC are now on sale via the website www.NewYorkComicCon.com. Or you can go directly to the Z-Trip newsletter link: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/Whats-Happening/Events-A-H/Kick-Off-Concert/
"This is the first time that we have kicked off New York Comic Con with an official evening of entertainment and I know that we will have a packed house," notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for NYCC. "We aim to deliver to our fans killer content from all strains of popular culture, and in Z-Trip we could not ask for a better alchemist to mash up all of those strains of pop culture and deliver a mind blowing kick off to New York Comic Con. And a special thanks to our concert sponsor Sprint which made this ground breaking concert at New York Comic Con possible!”
Z-Trip is considered to be one of the best live performance DJs in history, by both fans and peers. Fans voted him “America’s Best DJ” in 2009, beating out over 100 other DJ’s in DJ’s Times highly acclaimed readers’ poll. It’s a fact that many call him the “godfather of mash-ups”, as he is one of the originators of the genre. His worldwide sold out shows continue to set attendance records while drawing critical praise. “One of the great musical moments from Coachella (2002) was the frenzied set by turntable wizard Z-Trip. He had fans howling and bobbing, closing his set with a surprise appearance by Beck.” – LA Times. The LA Times review was well deserved as Z-Trip performed to a jam packed tent of over 10,000 that day.
He has crisscrossed the globe numerous times since Coachella 2002, chalking up tons of rave reviews along the way. He returned to Coachella 2010, for his 4th appearance at the festival headlining the Sahara Tent “Even against two of the biggest draws on the schedule, Z-Trip raked ‘em in, filling the Sahara with over 15,000 revelers.” – Daily News. His recent Detroit Electronic Music Festival performance to over 10,000 stole the festival receiving the lion’s share of press; “Z-Trip lit up Saturday night, first by jamming with RJD2 then following with a Detroit-saluting mash-up set.” – Billboard 2009. Most Friday nights you can find him at his new residency at Rain inside The Palms, Las Vegas. Entitled “Z-Trip’s Revolution”, he has thrilled crowds there with his genre bending skills and surprise guests including Too Short, De La Soul, Rev Run and Three 6 Mafia.
Worldwide sold out shows would be enough for most DJs, but not Z-Trip. Please do not call him a celebrity DJ. His career is too full of impressive producer/artist milestones for that. In 2009, Z-Trip appeared as an in game character in DJ Hero; for which he also supplied several original remixes and songs. In 2009 “Victory Lap”, his last album, did over 500,000 copies. “Victory Lap” (his homage to Obama) was reviewed favorably and recommended by Wired, Urb, BPM, and XLR8R to name a few. Z-Trip’s longtime friend and collaborator Shepard Fairey supplied the art.
Z-Trip’s major label debut “Shifting Gears” was given 4 stars by Rolling Stone – its highest honor in 2005. “Shifting Gears” featured Top 10 singles in the U.S. and abroad. With appearances from many of Z-Trip’s friends including Chuck D, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Murs and Soup of Jurassic 5.
“Uneasy Listening” was his first record to receive critical acclaim and helped propel Z-Trip to national attention in 2002. It made Album of the Year lists in Spin, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Wired and XLR8R.
For further information about all ReedPOP shows and activity, please visit Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.MediumAtLarge.net. Convention organizers note that many more guests will be announced over the next few weeks and fans should keep their eyes on NYCC’s website and blog for additional comics, entertainment and anime announcements.
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.