The original YouTube cover band, Portland-based Rush-N-Disco reappropriates found media into an absurdly entertaining assault on the senses. Like a postmodern Elaine May and Mike Nichols, Greg Arden and Alicia McDaid commit fully to their invocations of failed pop stars, celebutante breakdowns, amateur pet videos, and exercise gurus. Acting as oral historians of our information-overloaded age, they flow each vignette into the next, creating an arc that takes the audience through an incantation, a birthing, a love story, a descent into betrayal and death, resurrection, therapy, insanity, religious zealotry, and finally, redemption—depending on the show.
Though material is mostly inspired by Youtube, Arden and McDaid create characters and situations that stand alone, regardless of one’s familiarity with the ‘Tube. While some audiences might recognize everything from “Talking Cats” to “Britney On Drugs,” those who have not seen any of the source material are still consistently engaged and drawn into the performances. From the brink of cable access stardom to the edge of sanity, Rush-N-Disco are the carnies of this hilarious yet poignant roller coaster ride of song, dance, and stairway-to-stardom castaways.