When: Sun., Feb. 14, 7 p.m. 2016
Now six years into its mission, the Chili-Synth Cook-Off—otherwise billed as the “Sonic Interpretation of an Artist’s Chili”—still remains as cryptic, outside-the-box, and flat-out wacky a concept as it was when experimental/noise artist Brett Naucke and DJ and producer Beau Wanzer hatched it in 2011. But because February remains a desperate time and chili so often soothes the frigid soul, the pair’s concept of pairing homemade chili with analog-synth compositions—no laptops allowed, Poindexter—has developed into a popular and fun annual chow-down, albeit misunderstood by those bum-rushing the line to get at the Crock-Pots. Here are the brass tacks: contenders whip up appetizing chili, contenders transport appetizing chili to Chili-Synth Cook-Off, contenders each play original synth-focused work that best represents his or her appetizing chili, attendees consume appetizing chili at the same time as performance, attendees vote for favorite (and most appetizing) chili-synth combo. Last year’s champion, Tyson Torstensen, returns to defend his crown against musicians Jim Magas, Mike Broers, and Suit & Tie Guy, each of whom probably knows his way around a Minimoog. Bring an appetite and an open mind.