ArcAttack

When: Fri., Nov. 18, 8 p.m. 2011

The instruments of the band ArcAttack pretty much reinvent one of Nikola Tesla's electrical experiments. The so-called "singing Tesla coil" premiered at South by Southwest in 2007, after which the five-man crew of musicians and inventors formed a touring band. The performances could be described as an experience akin to Tesla introducing alternating current at the 1893 World's Fair while auditioning for America's Got Talent. At JCCC's Yardley Hall (12345 College, Overland Park, 913-469-4445), Tesla coils shoot 12-foot electrical arcs to an MC, who conducts them with MIDI controllers that his hands use to trigger enormous compression waves in the air. To the listener, it will sound like a screaming synthesizer. Behind him, DJs and guitarists help the glowing MC play erratic genre crossovers, covers of Black Sabbath and the Doctor Who theme, naturally. Tickets cost $18 for students and $22 for adults. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Kent Szlauderbach

Price: $18 students, $22 adults

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