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The first three notes of the Super Mario Bros. theme song might be the most recognizable in the world. Seriously. Vocally ping out those three notes in a crowd and see if you aren’t joined instantly in blooping out that sweet Goomba-stomping music. Video Games Live will give the soundtracks of button-mashing glory the rockstar treatment on March 8 and 9.

Video Games Live takes video game music of all eras out for a symphonic spin and matches it with the dazzling visual flurries that eight-bit games aspired to and that current titles have to spare. Fans can pre-game with a costume contest, a classic arcade competition, and a meet-and-greet with composer and VGL founder Tommy Tallarico.

Video Games Live powers up at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams Street, with an additional performance at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $15 to $200. For more information, visit

Sat., March 8, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 9, 3 p.m., 2014
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Jose Gonzalez