I was reminded this week that I never got around to reviewing the best annual event in DC: the Mid-Atlantic Regional Finals of U.S. Air Guitar at the 9:30 Club. Whoops. Let's fix that.
As per usual, Bjorn Turoque and Hot Lixx Hullihan kicked things off with an air-eoke number:
The Fah-King Rocker was the first competitor, delivered a meh performance, but was allowed a re-do later in the evening (in which he was slightly less meh) because the organizers messed up his song (for anyone familiar with the organization skills of the U.S. Air Guitar gang, this is not surprising):
A random early highlight was this kid, whose stage name had something to do with Obama, which I'm sure you can clearly tell by his presidential Sesame Street pajamas:
Rockstache continued his reign as the creepiest of DC's air guitarists and sadly made the second round, making the crowd endure his creepiness for another 60 seconds:
Doug the Thunder Strook delivered a great performance in both rounds, ultimately coming in second. See video of his second round performance here. I thought he should have won.
Behold the ultimate winner The Shred, who was solid on the night. Video of his second round performance is here.
Now for the good stuff. This guy didn't make the second round. Why? Well, he didn't attempt to do much air guitar. He was too busy telling the judges that he was a robot and shouting Morpheus quotes at the audience. Interesting strategy.
Apparently Nordic Thunder spotted this dude in the crowd at the Nashville qualifier and told him that if that was his regular outfit, he had to compete. And it turns out he is good. No bells and whistles. Just a frantic wave of air guitar by an old man in a kilt. Sir, I salute you.
These people...oh, these people. They are my favorite. These people were blisteringly drunk and in the front row. They were so enthusiastic about everything that was happening. Eventually Bjorn asked them if they wanted to do a group performance. Of course they did. What followed was potentially the most entertaining minute of air guitar that I've ever witness. See this video for evidence.
Nordic Thunder delivered a fabulous halftime performance, natch:
And after The Shred won, we all air guitared to "Free Bird" to promote world peace.