Captain Ambivalent is a satirical singer/songwriter/superhero with a sparkly gold accordion, cape, and boots. His glacial rise from obscurity to international obscurity began at the Front Porch Music open mic in Valparaiso Indiana and has grown to include Doctor Demento, The Midnight Special, South Bend Public Television, PierogiFest, GenCon, one-man shows in Fringe Festivals and alternative theaters, and even a brief cameo on America’s Got Talent.
The Captain’s not-so-secret identity, Dan Biemer (pronounced “BEE-mur”), spent 20 years as a Litigation Support paralegal before un-selling out to fight criminally boring music. His songs are comic takes on the entire human condition with a special fondness for the nerdy bits.
Learn more than you ever wanted to know about his musical back story in “How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love The Accordion.”
The Captain is available for concerts, one-man shows, variety lineups, open mic hosting, media, and private parties.
from original photography by Doug Hanson
Captain Ambivalent performs solo in the proud tradition of Weird Al Yankovic, Heywood Banks, Tom Lehrer, The Aquabats!, They Might Be Giants, and Calvin and Hobbes, half of which are actually duos. With this discrepancy in mind, his debut album, “Fear The Accordion” (2012), enlisted long-time collaborator Mark Frey of the 1990s Buffalo NY band “Riley” to help create a signature accordion, drum, and tuba based sound they thought about calling “oom-punk” but found it was too hard to say. His genre-defying second album, “Pirate Ninja Zombie” (2014), added touches of mariachi, bluegrass, easy listening, prog rock, hip-hop, old-time country, gospel, house, and even musical theatre. But the main focus is always the words. The 50th anniversary of GenCon brought a 10 song EP of extra-geeky songs called “Save The Orcs” (2017). Click the images below for details.
“This accordion-rocking Hoosier throws down some tasty rhymes that bridge the gap from the fields of Indiana to the deserts of Tatooine.” – James Zahn, The Pop Insider Blog
Increasingly theatrical concerts evolved into ~50-minute one-man shows for Fringe Festivals and other alternative theaters. “Pirate Ninja Zombie”grouped songs into the Captain’s lifelong quest to become a hero of some kind, “Laundry Night” delved into Dan’s lifelong quest to get the songs inside his head outside, “Fear The Accordion”explored the history of the future and internet dystopia, and “Captain Ambivalent Is In Denial”provided virtual fun in a time of pandemic. Click the images below for details.
“Captain Ambivalent’s catchy songs and clever insights will have you saying to yourself ‘oh yeah, that’s right’ before he moves on to the next part of his nerdy tale. A crowd-pleaser with an accordion, this show is definitely worth seeing…” – Elgin Walkabout
“The show is a tongue-in-cheek, satirical look at the American Landscape since we all fell asleep one night in 2016 and awakened in disbelief, confusion, and despair…The Show isn’t about the costume, the accordion (very well-played), vocals, or accompanying sound track and visuals. It’s about the lyrics. And that’s why you should go and listen to this show.” – IndyFringe Talks Blog
“…a real-life saga punctuated by recurring scenes of unrequited love, noisy neighbors, and a relentless flow of song ideas. Career biography, yes — but this show is all about the music!…You’ll dance, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh and wonder why.” – Elgin Review
“…packed with wit…” – Jay Harvey Upstage
“…never lets up on the clever wordplay.” – NUVO
“…amazingly funny songs, wild costumes, and wonderfully cheesy props.” – Plays with John and Wendy