Electrifying music and robots comes to Lincoln Center

PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE LINCOLN CENTER.

What do you get when you bring together a rock band, robots and Tesla coils? You get ArcAttack, one truly “electrifying” experience that will leave you and your family in awe on Sept. 29 at the Lincoln Center.

When Nikola Tesla created his eponymous coils in 1891, they were difficult to control and he certainly did not foresee that one day they would become the lead instrument for the most dangerous rock band around today. However, with the advent of transistors, people could master the electrical arcs that vibrated the air and created sound waves. This new use was exactly what caught ArcAttack’s attention.

“When I saw that, I thought it would be a cool thing to use as an instrument,” says ArcAttack Founder Joe DiPrima. Though they now use Tesla coils up to 20 feet high throwing off bolts of almost 30 feet, their first singing Tesla coil was only about 15 inches tall and was hooked into an old Casio keyboard.

Their two custom-engineered, hand-built Tesla Coils might make an ordinary man quiver in fear, but ArcAttack likes to be right in the middle of it. “The most exciting part of the show,” says DiPrima, “is the lightning bolts.” ArcAttack’s show is quite literally death-defying as they play guitars and keyboards alongside their trusty robot drummer, King Beat, while lightning surges around them.

This bold spectacle led them to become semi-finalists on America’s Got Talent, where they played “Iron Man,” about which judge Sharon Osbourne quipped, “The next time you do ‘Iron Man,’ I know somebody who can sing it for you.”

But ArcAttack is more than just a rock concert. It’s also a science experiment. ArcAttack invites families and music fans alike to join them. They even bring audience members on stage to experience what it’s like to be in the middle of their man-made thunderstorm.

ArcAttack plays the Fort Collins Lincoln Center at 2 and 6 p.m. Sept. 29. Seats are $15. Tickets available at LCtix.com.

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