Walk-thru: 2016 Houston Arcade Expo

haagI am just getting back from the 2016 Houston Arcade Expo (known as HAAG). This is one of my favorite events of this type. It’s not as big as the Texas Pinball Festival or others, but that’s what’s cool about it. It’s intimate. Everybody knows everybody. This is the 15th year they’ve done this as far as I know, and it’s a fun, quirky festival in the Houston suburbs.

I was also on a panel discussion this year, which was a lot of fun. I usually prefer to be behind the scenes and not in front, but at the same time, it was good to call attention to my PinChurch and Mystic Krewe projects and very rewarding that people are becoming more and more aware of these things.

So enjoy this walk-thru… I don’t think I show the tournament area, but most of the main area….

Behind the scenes: How much work goes into making the arcade games you enjoy playable?

It’s not easy maintaining a collection of games – there are always things to repair…. I thought I might take a quick walk through our arcade space and discuss what I usually do after a party and what happens to the machines and what needs to be done to the games to get them working for the next event. Some machines hold up; some break down. Take a walk with me and see what work needs to be done?

Promoting Pinball with Music: “Live at the PinChurch”

Believe it or not, I’ve actually begun learning and playing with video editing. My videos are typically famous for being very “low fi” and un-edited, and I’m not sure I want to change that or else I’ll hardly ever have time to post, but as part of our new arcade/studio project, we are hosting popular artists to perform and recording and videotaping them in the arcade setting and releasing high-quality edited videos of the performance. Here are the first two tracks from our debut show… I hope you enjoy them. Soon I will be posting more repair videos!

Tommy Malone Live @ the PinChurch

malone_showLast Wednesday we did our first live show…. The pinball arcade we’ve been building in the New Orleans area isn’t just about pinball. We’ve incorporated a state-of-the-art recording and internet broadcast studio into the space. Using the pinball games as a unique backdrop and the arcade as a very special, interesting place to be.

Check out the actual live cybercast here. We will be releasing a high-quality HD video of this soon.

Pinball + Music

This week has been so much fun I just had to share it with you all.

My new workshop, the “PinChurch” is becoming pretty popular now. In addition to having the South’s largest collection of vintage pinball, we’ve also built a state-of-the-art studio and performance space, and this has attracted a wide variety of really cool people.

This week the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been in town and the whole city is rocking with great music and parties. We’ve had people come in from all around the country, and we’ve had some great artists & musicians use our space. Not the least of which is the incomparable Tommy Malone and the Subdudes.

Here are a few camera-phone videos of their rehearsal… hope you enjoy! 🙂

The band does their twist on the Chi-Lites classic:

Later this month we will actually be hosting a live performance in the venue and streaming it online — stay tuned for that… you will have a chance to watch the event live!