The Video Games Live summer tour will bring great game music to China, Brazil, Dubai, Mexico and numerous venues across the United States.
The Video Games Live concert series debuted in 2005, bringing music from games like BioShock, Halo, Skyrim, Metal Gear Solid, Myst and many others to audiences around the world, performed by local musicians and orchestras. This summer, it will hold more than 30 shows that will take it to venues both old and new.
Highlights of this year's tour include a performance with the Houston Symphony to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the first-ever show in Orange County, California with the orchestra that recorded the Diablo 3 soundtrack, two shows with the Grammy-award-winning San Francisco Symphony and a free show during the San Diego Comic Con sponsored by Amazon and Ubisoft which will feature "15 very special game composer guests from around the world."
Internationally, Video Games Live will perform two shows in Shanghai and Beijing featuring the music of Blizzard Entertainment (you've heard of them, right?), a show with the United Arab Emirates National Symphony at the Dubai World Trade Center and a "massive" tour across Latin America, with stops in Chile, Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Mexico.
Video Games Live also plans to launch a Kickstarter in early July that will fund its next project, with multiple tiers for backers ranging from exclusive game music to signed sheet music, "hang out sessions" with composers and even a Video Games Live show in your own community, although I imagine that won't come cheaply.
The Video Games Live summer tour begins on June 29 in Omaha, Nebraska and wraps up its U.S. leg on July 26 in San Francisco before jetting off to China. A full schedule of tour dates, plus links to tickets and other information, can be found at videogameslive.com.