“There are two kinds of music.  Good music, and the other kind.”
– Duke Ellington

And we’re looking for both.  Hi, I’m Mark Bernstein, and I’m in charge of Music programming at Detcon1.

Musician Tom Smith will be one of our Masters of Ceremony

Musician Tom Smith will be one of our Masters of Ceremony.

What’s your type of fannish music?  Filk?  Dementia?  Wizard rock?  Nerdcore? Afrofuturism? Anime-based?  Furry?  Something I’ve never heard of?  I’d like to know about it.  And it’s not just music – if you’re a storyteller, poet, theatrical troupe, etc., tell me about that too.  If you’re a performer (solo or group), tell us!  All you have to do is fill out the form.  Please include links to online samples of your work, audio or video.  My goal is to program a diverse set of concerts and shows, to attract an equally diverse audience.  I’m a filker myself (and yes, there will be circles at night), but I want this to be more than a “filk con within the con.”  (Please remember that filling out the form doesn’t guarantee you a concert.  There are only so many hours in the day, and I may get more volunteers than I can fit.)

For those of you who are professionals, let me lay out the practical aspects here.  We’re a not-for-profit, fan-run con.  I’m sorry, but I don’t have the budget to offer you anything more than the chance to build your audience and sell merch.  If you’d like to join us anyway, fantastic!  If not, that’s cool too.

John Scalzi, amateur musician

John Scalzi, amateur musician, showing his support for the Detroit NASFiC

Now, about that “other kind”.  I’m a big believer in the idea that anyone who wants to express themselves through performance should have the opportunity.  So I’m planning a series of program items specifically for those with less experience (including none).  I hope to have workshops on beginning voice, guitar, performance skills, and whatever else people volunteer for.  Filthy Pierre has kindly agreed to lead a songbook-based singalong.  There will be a chance for choral singers to learn and perform a piece or two, jam sessions and chamber rehersals for instrumentalists, a circle for those who work with voice alone, no instruments, and a circle for those who have little or no performing experience.

If you have ideas for music-related programming that I haven’t mentioned, there’s a form for that, too.

Any questions?  Feel free to write me at