By Alison Baumgartner
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.
When Nikola Tesla created his eponymous coils in 1891, he certainly did not foresee that one day they would become the lead instrument for the most dangerous rock band around today.
Though Tesla coils were originally envisioned as a tool to transfer electricity without crisscrossing the world with wires, most only know the coils as terrifying props in old science fiction movies. However, the creators of ArcAttack saw something else in the Tesla coil. They saw the future of music. By using pulse radio modulation, they made their Tesla coils sing.
With two custom-engineered, hand-built Tesla Coils, the Austin-based band throws out electrical arcs up to twelve feet long. Though this might make an ordinary man quiver in fear, ArcAttack likes to be right in the middle of it. 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. Click here to watch ArcAttack’s AGT quarter-final performance of 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 and ArcAttack invites families and music fans alike to join them for a show that Wired Magazine insists “don’t pass … up!”
Don’t want to wait? You can buy an Imagination Series Package, which includes ArcAttack and two other family-friendly shows, now—for an entire season full of great family entertainment.