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UPCOMING EVENTS +

Tecmo Bowl Tournament

Before Madden called the shots and NFL Blitz drew lines on the field, there was Tecmo Super Bowl, the classic 8-bit answer to console gridiron action. It was a simpler time for the NFL, and for sports games in general. However, the appeal of Tecmo Super Bowl endures, and the charm of the classic teams represented here are downright vintage at this point. As football season continues, Ground Kontrol would like to get in on the game, and we’re doing it the way we always do: old school. Starting Sunday, December 7th, we’re hosting an ongoing Tecmo Super Bowl tournament, and this is your chance at 8-bit football glory! Signups begin at 5pm, and the first kickoff is at 6, every other week. We’ll continue the tournament until our championship round, Sunday, February 1 – the day of the NFL’s Big Game. The tournament will take place using an original NES, single elimination bracket, best of three games. Enjoy food and drink specials, a great football atmosphere, and fierce competition in one of the all-time classic football games! You’ve been playing Tecmo Super Bowl for years, and now it’s time to take those skills to the big leagues – to Ground Kontrol. See you at gametime – Sunday, December 7th! WHAT: Tecmo Super Brawl – GK’s ongoing Tecmo Super Bowl tournament WHEN: Sunday, December 7th, and every other week after that, until February 1. Signups at 5pm, kickoff at 6. Plus, Ground Kontrol serves beer, wine, cider and well cocktails at happy hour prices ’til midnight! WHERE: Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch St, Portland Oregon

Black Sunday: DJ Nate C.

Definitive metal expert Nate C has got the knowledge, the records and the experience to truly rock your soul! You'll hear everything from Iron Maiden to Slayer while you game away, sip libations and chow down dogs!

Metal Mondays

Metal Monday is Ground Kontrol’s long-running metal night, and it is not to be trifled with. A host of Portland’s best heavy metal DJs haunt the halls of the arcade, merciless with their aural assault. Each week from 7pm to midnight, thrash your senses with metal movies on the big screen, drink discounts for those in the proper attire, and of course – more metal than one should probably ever be exposed to. Affirmative: every Monday it’s heavy metal, video games, and drinks. Hail! 21+ only

Killer Queen Arcade PDX League Night

Meet up with fellow Killer Queen fanatics to grab a drink and play some Killer Queen! Practice up for the next tournament, held every 3rd Monday at Ground Kontrol. Check out the competition and make some new friends or rivals! As an added bonus, Ground Kontrol offers extended happy hour to Killer Queen players, from 5-8pm. Check in with a Killer Queen PDX admin or team captain to find out more! Be sure to join the Killer Queen Arcade PDX Community to keep up with events and find out when players are headed to GK to get a game or three in: https://www.facebook.com/groups/killerqueenarcadepdx/

LIVE: Soul Veggies: Mega Ran X Storyville, Danimal Cannon, Mechlo

Ground Kontrol favorites Mega Ran and Danimal Cannon return on tour with Soul Veggies, a special collaborative project from Mega Ran and Storyville! Local chiptune hero Mechlo opens the show, for a full night of video game-inspired hip hop, chiptune and rock! The show starts at 8pm and it's just $5 to support these wildly talented independent artists in your favorite arcade-lounge. We'll be serving drinks from a full bar, so it's 21+ only. WHAT: LIVE: Soul Veggies: Mega Ran X Storyville, Danimal Cannon, Mechlo WHEN: Tuesday, February 3, 8pm. COVER: $5, 21+ only. More on the artists: MEGA RAN - A former teacher and freestyle battle champ, Ran's sharp and witty lyricism, cutting edge retro-styled beats and super positive outlook have resulted in unbelievable accomplishments since trading the chalk for the microphone. Ran now travels the globe delivering encouraging tales and face melting performances. More: http://megaran.com/ STORYVILLE - Inspiration, Experimentation, and Energy make Entertainment - And that's exactly what Storyville delivers. Inspired by the brightest joys and darkest pains life has to offer, Storyville channels his ideas into music and lyricism, ready to break any boundaries that might hold down his expression. Storyville literally redefines the concept of Hip Hop with his experimental style and surprising lyrical content. He then takes this same passion and energy, and applies it to his unconventional, but captivating and exciting stage performances. More: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Storyville/31588863854?sk=timeline SOUL VEGGIES - “It could be my most complete work ever, and I don't say that much,” Ran says of the project's progress. “We're both stepping outside of our comfort zones and creating really challenging and fun music.” The album will contain much of the fun that the two have exhibited on tracks like “UknowTheName,” and the musicality of tracks like “Push” into one concise package. “The timing was finally right,” says Storyville, aka Matthew Weiss. “We've been so busy, but we've carved out the time to dedicate to this project, and it shows.” Weiss has spent the last seven years engineering for some of the biggest names in music, including Grammy winners Arrested Development, George Clinton, and Ronnie Spector. "My career as an engineer really took off, but making this project with Ran called me back to my roots." More: https://www.facebook.com/TheSoulVeggies/ DANIMAL CANNON - Dan Behrens is a musician, producer, composer and recording engineer that releases music under the name Danimal Cannon. He composes music for video games and commercials, and his album releases has received accolades from the rock, electronic and even classical music scenes. Danimal Cannon has performed for audiences all across the world in venues as grandiose as orchestra halls to punk rock shows in a sweaty basement. His diversity and creativity is only surpassed by the intensity of his arrangements and performances. More: http://danimalcannon.com/ MECHLO - Mechlo started impressionable enough for the main theme of Mega Man 2 to be his first legitimately favorite song. Since then he’s been using 8-bit technologies to explore sound design, textures, and rhythmic elements, along with “noisy crap to make dumb songs”. More: http://mechlo.bandcamp.com/

TRONix: DJ Metronome

DJ Metronome provides a techno-oriented machine-driven soundtrack for your gaming pleasure.