Music is a force powerful enough to calm a baby, soothe a wild beast, or compel the two to dance with each other. Be overcome by this GrouponLive deal to the 2012 Cosmic Convergence Festival at The Sugar Mill on Friday, December 21, from noon to 2 a.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $55 value, including all fees).
- For $49, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $99 value, including all fees).
The 2012 Cosmic Convergence Festival descends upon The Sugar Mill on the day of the reported Mayan apocalypse in tongue-in-cheek hopes that its head-bopping tunes, atmospheric grooves, and vintage rock ‘n’ roll will stave off the end of the world. The 12-hour music extravaganza, hosted by Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, the star of History Channel's Ancient Aliens, is fueled by local food trucks. 22 acts take over two aptly named performance spaces: the Mothership Stage and the Satellite Stage. At midnight, headliners Ghostland Observatory transport their inimitable blend of psychedelic rock and electronica to the former. The duo, who has been described as “Freddie Mercury-helms-Daft Punk,” cranks out their infectious beats against Aaron Behrens’ funky falsetto and a flurry of lights timed to the rhythms of audience members’ heartbeats.
The one-man band and puppeteer that make up Quintron and Miss Pussycat dazzle onlookers with their frenetic, interactive set on the Mothership Stage beginning at 10:50 p.m. As Miss Pussycat boogies with handheld puppets and lends her vocals to songs such as “Shoplifter” and “Place Unknown,” Quintron simultaneously commands the microphone, keyboards, and drums in a feat of dynamic multitasking.
Earlier in the day on the Satellite Stage, The Local Skank, a mostly all-female ska band from New Orleans, charms audiences with their musical genre’s staple blend of trombone and trumpet, upstroke guitar, and walking bass lines. Also making a celebratory appearance at the fest are local horn collective Hot 8 Brass Band, blues man Derrick Freeman, and MC Trachiotomy, an enigmatic entertainer who fuses spoken word, psychedelia, and puzzling references to throat surgeries. Attendees can rock out knowing their admission prices went to a good cause; a portion of the fest’s proceeds benefit the Peter Mayhew Foundation. Founded by the actor famous for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, the charity develops programs to help children who are at-risk or have special needs.
Ghostland Observatory singing “Glitter” on their 2010–2011 tour
Quintron and Miss Pussycat live at Memphis’ Gonerfest 4
The Local Skank performing “Confused”
The Sugar Mill
Perched in the bustling Warehouse District near the Mississippi, The Sugar Mill beckons myriad acts and entertainment to its sprawling event center. Corporate conventions, elegant weddings, and music festivals can each take over the space, which boasts a 22,000 square-foot main floor and a 15,000 square-foot outdoor courtyard where local squirrels can toast to the lucky couple or boogie along to live music.