Archive for August, 2013

Somewhere even further beyond

Reposted from Kickstarter

Thank you to everyone who came out to see us perform at the Meadow City Music Festival on August 9!!!  We were overwhelmed by the turnout and the response.

Rachel Hixson.  Photo by Diego Romero.

Rachel Hixson. Photo by Diego Romero.

So many people were there to see the “goth orchestra.”  Many were there because they knew Craig and I, but many were there because curiosity got the best of them.

Julietta Rabens Moore.  Photo by Diego Romero.

Julietta Rabens Moore. Photo by Diego Romero.

About 5 minutes into the set, the entire crowd was hooked and everyone cheered as the string section blazed through the virtuosic passages at the end of “Someday, Somehow, Somewhere,” and the rest of the orchestra joined for the song’s thunderous finale.

Lee Harvey, Jim Martinez, Pecos Singer.  Photo by Diego Romero.

Lee Harvey, Jim Martinez, Pecos Singer. Photo by Diego Romero.

The energy of the audience propelled us through the remaining two hours of music.  We ended the evening with a cabaret rendition of “Somewhere beyond the sea” (the DSO song, not the Bobby Darren one), and a cover of “Head over heels” by Tears for Fears.

Craig Winston, Julietta Rabens Moore.  Photo by Diego Romero.

Craig Winston, Julietta Rabens Moore. Photo by Diego Romero.

It’s been odd walking around Las Vegas after the show.  Strangers say to me, “You’re the guy with the orchestra, right?”  They come up to me at local coffee shops and shake my hand or hug me just because they attended the show.   I’m a minor celebrity in the middle of nowhere.  The location doesn’t matter though.  What’s important is that DSO has given people a new perspective on music and the possibilities that exist beyond the boundaries of this little town.

Mike Campbell.  Photo by Diego Romero.

Mike Campbell. Photo by Diego Romero.

To the future.  I am packing my suitcase for a journey to another unheard-of southwestern town: Paonia, CO.  I’ll be there for the next 30 days composing something for The Dead Superheroes Orchestra.  By something, I mean the remaining music for “Beyond the farthest star,” and music for another story I’ve been daydreaming about for the past year.  When that time is up, I’ll travel back to Chicago, where DSO will be rebuilt again to begin performing by the end of October.

Photo by Diego Romero.

Mark Winston. Photo by Diego Romero.

I’d like to leave you now with photos from the show on August 9.  We posted these on Facebook.  These photos were taken by Diego Romero of Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Thank you again for your support.  We couldn’t have done this without you.

– Mark

This one goes out to you

Reposted from Kickstarter

It’s show time.

We put everything we could into this event, and it’s paying off.  The Orchestra sounds amazing, and Las Vegas is abuzz with talk of the “goth orchestra from Chicago.”

This week I talked about DSO on KLVF Radio in Las Vegas, and KBAC in Santa Fe.  New Mexico newspapers also took an interest in our performance.  The Las Vegas Optic printed an interview with me on Wednesday, and the Albuquerque Journal and Journal North printed articles about DSO and the Meadow City Music Festival this morning.

Amazingly, this nearly impossible idea of rebuilding the Dead Superheroes Orchestra in a dusty, forgotten old west town, is turning into the largest event DSO has ever done.  As of yesterday afternoon, circa 1pm, the show was 75% sold out, meaning roughly 375 tickets were already claimed.

We take the stage at 9:30pm.  I hope to see you there.  If you can’t make it, don’t worry, we hired a film crew and photographer to document the whole thing.

I have to finish rounding up cables and amplifiers now.  I’d like to leave you with the image of the poster for the show.  This is the one I’ll be sending to backers soon.  This was designed by one of my best friends, John Patrick Garcia.

Thank you for your support.  This would not be possible without you.


Poster illustration and design by John Patrick Garcia

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