Published on Jan 8, 2013
Big props to the following artists, filmmakers, and venues that made this video promo possible:
Jeff Larson- Animation
Zachary Bryon Helm- the Denver Hearse Association
George Segal (filmmaker)- La Cita, Los Globos- Los Angeles, CA.
Kevin Price (filmmaker)- the Bindery, the Filmore- Denver, CO.
Kyle Harris (filmmaker)- the Bidery, the Filmore- Denver, CO.
James McElwee (filmmaker)- 3Kings, the Mercury Cafe- Denver, CO.
Kim Shivley- Wazee Union (filmmaker)- Denver, CO.
Doug Woodman Atwell (filmmaker)- Vitus- Oakland, CA. Brick & Mortor- San Francisco, CA.
Enrique Jimenez (filmmaker)- Broadway Ave. Denver, CO.
John Hartman (filmmaker)- City O City, Sutra- Denver, CO.
Dean Nye (filmmaker)- the Gothic Theater- Denver, CO.
Press from a few of the shows featured in this video montage:
"The itchy-O Marching Band tore down the third wall (and the fourth and the fifth) in an all-enveloping performance that aimed to elevate the conscious mind. Tonight, we would realize all dichotomies are false. Nearly three-dozen performers roared from the stage and the dance floor. They weaved among audience members, making us part of the show." "Further blasting away the notion of differences, Itchy-O combined cultural forces: Taiko drums, mariachi getups, pseudofascist propaganda, Illuminati cultishness, cyberpunk splatter, alien space jams, full-face hijabs, even a Chinese dragon that writhed about the dance floor in wild abandon throughout the entire set. There was solidarity in our collective acknowledgement of the freakishness of our ways — all of our ways. Think 21st century drum circle, where cyborg bulls are slaughtered on the altar of Mystery Science Theater 3000." -- Jesus Angel Garcia, SF Weekly
"Like an Appalachian tent revival performing a Day of the Dead ceremony in the year 2500, Itchy-O's live performances have become infamous for a kind of digital spirituality, a bone-shaking sensory experience of complex instrumentation and feverish exigency." - Josiah Hesse, Denver, Westword
"On June 11 at the Uptown in Oakland, the sprawling 30-plus ensemble of brass players (Extra Action), drummers and leggy flag girls and boys seemingly met their unholy match in the form of Denver opener itchy-O Marching Band, whose members delivered loud sheets of throbbing electro-noise and dragged a lion dancer in their wake." -- Kimberly Chun, SF Chronicle
"In response, people were jumping up and down and dancing like they were at some kind of Voodoo ceremony during Mardi Gras. With pretty much a full drum-corps ensemble playing a hybrid of marching-band music and avant-garde who-knows-what, Itchy-O really brought out the kind of excitement in people that you rarely see at a show." -- Tom Murphy, Westword
"It's like a really good nightmare." -- Zachary Barr, Colorado Public Radio