Andrew W.K. parties hard at Awesome Con and the Black Cat


Andrew W.K. headlines Saturday’s Awesome Con-cert at the Black Cat. (Jonathan Thorpe)

If Andrew W.K. takes anything seriously, it’s partying. The stringy-haired rocker has made the pursuit of a good time into a kind of fist-pumping performance art with raucous anthems like “We Want Fun” and “Party Hard.” Want to learn to party like the pro? After headlining Saturday night’s Awesome Con-cert at the Black Cat, W.K. will drop some wisdom during a motivational seminar at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Are you going to dress up for Awesome Con?
No. I’ll probably just dress up as me.

You have a pretty distinct look already. Do people ever dress up like you?
At conventions, in fact, I’ve seen it quite a bit. At a con called Dragon Con [in Atlanta], a group of about 20 people dressed up as me, and I saw pictures of it. It means a lot to me that people would choose that, of all things. My look is simple, which is one of the best things I have to offer as far as a costume goes. It doesn’t take a lot of elements to dress up like Andrew W.K.

How should we prepare for a killer Awesome Con party?
Assuming this will be in the tradition of all the great conventions, it’s all about going all-out. You have this limited amount of time, at a festival, to make the most of a truly overwhelming event. I don’t even think it’s humanly possible to take it all in. I’d almost train in advance: Build up your endurance, get plenty of fluids.

Comic cons attract the best of the geek world, but geeks have gotten a bad rap when it comes to party skills. Are you reclaiming partying for the geeks?
For me, [a geek] is just someone who’s really passionate about something they like. You can call it fandom, or superfandom. I’m a fan of being alive, and I’m a master fan of partying — I’m obsessed with it. I understand the feeling of wanting to immerse yourself completely in the thing you love.

There are some people who feel uncomfortable getting that into something, and they make fun of people who do. They’re just afraid to believe in something. In my opinion, if something makes you that happy, you can’t go too far with it.

Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW; Sat., 9 p.m., $20; 202-667-4490. (U Street)

Christina Cauterucci is Washington City Paper's arts editor.

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