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Jason Hayes’ Critical Hit and Nobuo Uematsu’s The Earthbound Papas Co-Headline at Orlando Nerd Fest 2014

Two powerhouse bands led by renowned videogame composers from the World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy franchises will perform live on August 9


Los Angeles, Calif. – March 27, 2014 – Critical Hit, the all-star videogame music tribute band led by composer Jason Hayes – best known for his work on the acclaimed World of Warcraft soundtrack – will co-headline Orlando Nerd Fest 2014 with Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and his band, The Earthbound Papas. Home to over 50 unique performances, the multi-day festival is aspiring to be the world’s largest nerd culture based music festival and will be held at the Orlando Airport Marriott from August 7-11, 2014. 

Critical Hit is scheduled to perform live on August 9, 2014 at 10 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Stage A and will entertain attendees with electrifying original arrangements from the most celebrated videogames of all time, including Skyrim, Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Pokemon, World of Warcraft, Tetris, and more. Following their performance, Nobuo Uematsu and The Earthbound Papas will take the stage to deliver another solid set list that includes exhilarating classic rock music from Final Fantasy and other popular Japanese games. This exciting collaboration between both all-star bands is credited to Shion Francois, Founder and President of Babel Entertainment.

"To represent the best from the East with The Earthbound Papas and the West with Critical Hit is a dream come true, but to have them both co-headlining on the same night is truly special,” said Shion Francois, Founder and President of Babel Entertainment. “Expect something very exciting from both bands come Saturday night!"

“As a fellow fan of Nobuo Uematsu and his timeless scores, I am honored to co-headline our first Orlando Nerd Fest with his high profile band The Earthbound Papas,” said Jason Hayes. “We cannot wait to share what we’ve been working on with gaming enthusiasts and music fans attending the show.”

Today, Critical Hit is also pleased to release their third music video, featuring an original arrangement from the classic videogame Tetris. Musicians in the video contribute to a staggering list of credits, including The Annual Primetime Emmy’s, Cirque Du Soleil, American Idol, and more.


Visit Critical Hit’s official website to purchase its debut album, Critical Hit Volume 1 and to subscribe to the mailing list for all the latest news and giveaways: http://www.criticalhitband.com   

·         Digital download (iTunes, Amazon, Loudr) on sale for $9.99

·         Physical album on sale for $14.99

Album is mixed and mastered by Grammy award winning audio engineer Gustavo Borner and feature Musicians Hall of Fame inductee David Frank Paich, pianist of the legendary band Toto and co-writer on hit titles Africa, Rosanna, and Hold the Line.

For more information about Orlando Nerd Fest, visit: http://www.orlandonerdfest.com


About Critical Hit

Critical Hit was founded in 2013 by videogame industry veterans Jason Hayes and Michael Gluck. Their passion for videogames, music composition, and live performance led to the formation of Critical Hit, a band featuring the best musicians in the industry. Their debut album, Critical Hit Volume 1, is currently available. 

Learn more about Critical Hit on their official website: http://www.criticalhitband.com 

Follow Critical Hit: Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube

About Critical Hit’s Founders

Jason Hayes, Co-Founder, Keyboard/Percussion

Jason is an award-winning composer and member of Blizzard Entertainment's development team, where he works on titles in the popular World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises. While his stirring videogame scores have reached millions around the globe, his desire to get closer to game music fans led to the formation of Critical Hit, a band that performs engaging arrangements of gaming's greatest hits.

Follow Jason Hayes on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasonhayesmusic/    

Michael Gluck, Co-Founder, General Manager

From 2003 to 2007, Michael performed videogame and anime music piano concerts under the stage name “Piano Squall” to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  In 2008, he toured Brazil as part of the orchestral game music concert series Video Games Live, with performances in Brasilia, Curitiba, and Rio de Janeiro. He is the first independent musician to publish a videogame and anime piano solo album, entitled GAME. His music has been featured on major entertainment websites and publications, including IGN, MTV, Destructoid, and Newtype Magazine. 

Visit Michael Gluck online at http://pianosquall.com/  


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