WesFest 8 Featuring Brendon Small's Galaktikon
Galaktikon is the critically acclaimed side-project of Brendon Small, the creative mastermind behind the smash-hit animated TV show Metalocalypse and the band Dethklok. Galaktikon will headline an all-star lineup for WesFest 8: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship at Berklee College of Music at the Roxy in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, March 3, 2013. The show marks the live debut of the project, and the event is sponsored by Gallien-Krueger Amplification, Mike Lull Custom Guitars, D’Addario Strings, Studio Instument Rentals (S.I.R.), and Epiphone Guitars.
The scholarship fund honors Wes Wehmiller (1971-2005), a 1992 Berklee graduate and highly accomplished bassist, athlete, and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January 2005. Established by his family and friends, the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wehmiller showed as a bassist and as a human being. The WesFest concert series and related fundraising drive has raised more than $150,000 over the past seven years.
Before Metalocalypse and Dethklok’s runaway success, Brendon Small, a 1997 Berklee alumnus, began his career in animation as the co-creator, writer, voice actor, composer and musician for the TV show Home Movies. Small has also lent his voice to a number of other shows including The Venture Bros., Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Reno 911!, and Frisky Dingo. He then reprised his cocreator/writer/voice actor/director/ producer/ music-composer role for Metalocalypse, which premiered in August 2006 and just completed its fourth season on Adult Swim. But in April of 2012, Small branched out to write and produce Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, a self-described "high stakes intergalactic extreme rock album.” The long-awaited side project was inspired not just by modern metal, but also by Queen, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and Weezer.