We’re celebrating our tenth year in business with special events throughout the week. Read on for specifics!
Atari Party w/ TRON screening: Monday, August 24th, 7:30PM – ?
We’re hauling out our favorite Atari systems, games, controllers, and other 8-bit gaming paraphernalia from the early ’80s, with Intellivision and Colecovision likely to make an appearance, too. Take this opportunity to totally destroy your best friend in Combat, Kaboom, Warlords, or in any of the dozens of vintage home video games we stock. If you get hooked on the pixelated carnage, we’ll have refurbished systems on sale for you to take the fun home.
Console free-play begins with a screening of TRON, the classic computer adventure at 7:30PM. At 9PM, 8-bit inspired tunes will be jamming courtesy of DJ Beamrider, AKA Tony Cameron of The Punk Group.
Rock Band Battle: Tuesday, August 25th, 8PM
Rock Band Tuesdays at Ground Kontrol will hold an all-night, all-out Rock Band Battle with promotional merchandise from MTV Networks, Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, and Cinemark East 16 offered as prizes.
Groups of four players enter the competition by attending the weekly Rock Band Tuesdays event between 8PM and 10PM and performing a 2-song set of their choice, and judged by the members of the “house band” Mario Speedwagon qualify for the final round. At 10PM, the top four bands will face off in single-elimination competition.
Who will be crowned the best Rock Band band of them all? For full contest details, visit the Rock Band Tuesdays Facebook page.
Free-Play Party: Wednesday, August 26th, 5PM -2:30AM
There’s no need to worry about saving quarters for laundry day, because it’s FREE PLAY! Play all the pinball, and video games you want for five measly dollars. It’s by far the most exciting entertainment value in town.
This month’s FREE PLAY party is part of Ground Kontrol classic arcade’s tenth birthday, so we’ll be bringing out some special console games to add to our already fantastic lineup. Master Star Trek: Next Generation pinball’s Picard Maneuver and smash the top score on Tetris, all feel guilt-free!
Micropalooza ’09 Chiptune Festival: Friday, August 28th
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade’s Micropalooza festival series has been bringing “chiptune”– music made using specially-hacked video game hardware– to the Portland music scene since 2003. This year’s lineup showcases artists from the Pacific Northwest:
- Leeni (Seattle)
- Operation Mission
- Fighter X (Seattle)
- Square Wail (Seattle)
- also featuring DJ Ghostdad at 7pm
Just like your favorite video game soundtrack, this truly unique festival will send you away with infectious 8-bit sounds beeping in your head.
21+, $5 advance or $6 at door. Advance tickets available exclusively at Brown Paper Tickets. Service charges apply.