Memphis, TN – To celebrate the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the ninth entry in the Pokémon series, the Memphis Music Room is hosting Pokécon Memphis, an event which will reach far beyond the city. Pokécon Memphis promises to be The Pokévent of the Season, featuring video game and trading card game competitions, vendors, special guests, and plenty of great entertainment. Headlining the three day event, to be held November 18-20, is Jason Paige, the original singer of the Pokémon Theme Song.
Whereas most Pokémon events focus solely on competitive play between players of the card game or video game series, this convention goes far beyond that. Of course, there will be large scale tournaments for players to test their skills against their opponents, but there will also be panels featuring several of the people behind the Pokémon franchise. Veronica Taylor, the original voice of Ash Ketchum, and Stuart Zagnit, the original voice of Professor Oak, will be there to ask any questions you might have about the anime. Plus, they’ll be signing autographs, so be sure you bring your cards and memorabilia you’d like to have signed.
In addition, to the panels, autograph signings, and friendly competition, The Memphis Music Room is planning other entertainment. True to the venue’s name, they are bringing out several local performers to provide excitement to the event. Memphis’ resident DJ Stringbean will be battling it out against DJ Dett in the first ever PokéMIX Dance Party, a battle on the turntables. Popular Twitch streamer 88BitMusic, also known as Trevor Alan Gomes, will be playing music from the original video games on concert piano. Saturday night, brings a truly special performance with Jason Paige performing Pokemon music and a few originals with Memphis Youth Symphony.
“This is the region’s largest Pokémon-themed convention. Whether you’re a fan of the anime, card game, or video game, we have something for you,” says organizer Wes Upchurch. The event has everything from a Trainer School, where new players can learn to play the Trading Card Game to activities for die hard fans. Wes Upchurch is part of Team Triforce TCG, a trio of content creators. “Our mission is to provide a fun-filled experience for the whole family,” he says. At the event, he’ll be attempting to break a Guinness World Record – Pokemon Video Game Marathon. The current record is set at 36 hours, but this event is three-days long, so he’ll have plenty of time to grind it out and prove he is the very best.
Pokemon is all about being the very best, Veronica Taylor says. Much like the games these kinds of events inspire generations and challenge guests to live up to that motto, whether that be as a TCG player, video gamer, or a cosplayer. Pokecon Memphis takes place November 18-20, 2022 at the Memphis Music Room.