Sacramento Air Guitar sells out! (in the good way)
June 8th was a perfect night for air guitar - the venue was SOLD OUT, the judges were
incredAIRble, and the talent was out of this world. Lt Facemelter said it best when he said “This
is US Air Guitar at its absolute best. Their production is an art form. Their competitors were
Nationals worthy. The crowd was fucking AMAZING.”
Sweetness, Rockus, and Kitkat started the show out right with an intro heavily inspiAIRed by
Ready Player One and Airnidette and featuring video game sound effects, confetti canons, and
of course - plenty of dick jokes. The evenings Emcees, Rockus and KitKat, could barely hear
themselves introduce the competitors over the roar of the crowd.
Saucy Stasi (AKA Aphrodesia Savic) took us to the Danger Zone when she started out the
show with a signature costume reveal and some true badassery. Foxy Frets stole everyone’s
hearts with a delicious rendition of Foxy Lady complete with hair and tail whips, earning her a 17.0 and a place in round two.
Cameron Axl Rose gave us fun, frenetic strums while leaning into the dad bod vibes. Thunder Thor earned best costume of the night when he took the stage in a light-up cloud tutu, a very well-placed lightning bolt, and well… not much else.
Shout out to the following rookie competitors for stellAIR performances. Whole Lotta Rose –
who strutted onstage swigging from her box of Franzia; Dynamite Kicks – who had looney toon
levels of energy; and Aireal who performed a punk version of under the sea and only lost out on
points for too much dancing. All air guitarists know that the dance to air guitar ratio is a difficult
one to perfect. We’re expecting Aireal to come back stronger than ever next year because of her killer stage presence and acrobatic proclivity.
The judges of the evening kept the comments constructive and the show moving fluidly. Tarra
Sissom – the fierce Cannibal Queen from B Street Theatre’s 2018 production of Airness; Dave
Pierini – the director of Airness and our favorite Artistic Associate at B Street Theatre; and, air
guitar royalty – Cold Steel Renegade.
Fan Air Nation, air guitar’s #1 fan, performed a cut of Take on Me that had the whole audience
singing along and that earned him a 17.3. Veteran air guitarist Blaze Badaxxe moonwalked his way masterfully through a Billie Jean cover eliciting cheers of “6.0” from the crowd and earning
Sacramento Air Guitar has never seen anything like Tyrannicus before. His commitment to character, his technique, and his ferocity placed him firmly in first place with 17.5 going into Round 2.
Mr. Universe performed a sultry little number and promptly impregnated the first three rows of
onlookers. Airmerican Icon commanded the stage with unbridled joy and athleticism. Strap
Tease delivered a technically gratifying performance all while rocking patent leather booty
shorts and a truly jaw-dropping body harness. Our favorite Wookiee, Chewrocka, finished out
the 1 st round and used the Force to bring the house down, earning him a spot in round 2 and a
score of 17.1.
If you’re ever feeling the slightest bit gloomy, do yourself a favor and watch the halftime show.
There is something magical about Cold Steel lunging deep into a slow jam while our very
special surprise guest, Dry Ice, bounces up and down behind him in a star costume. It
vanquishes all unhappiness effective immediately. Side effects include highly contagious bursts
of laughter and artificial turf burns. Call your doctor if effects persist after 6 hours.
All of the round 2 competitors were phenomenal but two in particular displayed true ~Airness~.
Fan Air wowed the crowd when he jumped into midair splits without missing a single beat of
Jessie’s Girl. But the show was stolen the second that Tyrannicus drew the number for Gay
Bar and took off his jacket to reveal a leather harness that would make Strap Tease proud and
would make Mom Jeans blush. He played like he knew the exact cut, his hair whips were
flawless and the crowd lost their collective minds.
It was our pleasure to crown Tyrannicus as Sacramento’s 2019 Air Guitar Champion and it will be our pleasure to welcome him back all the way from LA in 2020 to defend his crown with all
that ferocity we’ve come to crave.