The Arcade Bops live band features a 6-piece ensemble covering popular video game music in a jazz style. Arcade Bops initially started during the 2020 pandemic when the founder of the group (Carlos Mata) put together his own 20-piece virtual jazz orchestra to record and release on his YouTube channel. His first videos featured music from the popular game series “Animal Crossing”, eventually leading to over 25 new videos with music from over 20 different games over the past 2 years.
In 2022, Carlos formed a live small band version of Arcade Bops, performing numerous concerts in the Las Vegas area. The initial 4-piece jazz quartet featuring saxophone, evolved into a 6-piece ensemble adding exciting vocals and expressive violin. The group performs music from Zelda, Pokémon, Portal, Animal Crossing, Metal Gear Solid, Super Mario, Super Smash Bros., Donkey Kong, Earthbound, Kingdom Hearts, & more! You can follow and stream their latest releases on Spotify, Apple Music, & YouTube.