About

Ambivalent – having or showing simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings toward something or someone (Webster)


Captain Ambivalent (aka Dan Biemer, pronounced “BEE-mur”) is a nerd-rock singer/songwriter/superhero, boldly battling market forces since 2005. 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. 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.

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RECORDINGS

Captain Ambivalent performs solo in the proud tradition of Weird Al YankovicThey Might Be GiantsJonathan Coulton, 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.
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ONE-MAN SHOWS

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, and “Fear The Accordion”explored the history of the future and internet dystopia. Click the images below for details.

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Upcoming Events

Date
City
Venue
$
Sat 07/20
7:00 PM
Michigan City, IN
Open Mic Feature - Hosting Captain Ambivalent’s Every Kind Of Talent Show at The Nest
Pay What You Will
Sat 07/27
6:00 PM
Whiting, IN
Concert - hour long set at Pierogi Fest® (Polka Stage)
FREE
Sun 07/28
3:00 PM
Valparaiso, IN
Variety Lineup - 7th Annual Front Porch Music Festival at Central Park Plaza
$15 adults / $5 kids
Sat 08/03
10:00 AM
Indianapolis, IN
Concert - Hour roving halls– 11:00 AM Roving halls at Gen Con
Sat 08/03
12:30 PM
Indianapolis, IN
Concert - Hour roving halls– 1:30 Roving halls at Gen Con
Sat 08/03
1:30 PM
Indianapolis, IN
Concert - Half hour set on Exhibit Hall Stage– 2:00 PM EXHIBIT HALL STAGE at Gen Con
Sat 08/03
4:00 PM
Indianapolis, IN
Concert - Half hour set on Crossroads Stage– 4:30 PM CROSSROADS STAGE at Gen Con
Sat 08/03
5:00 PM
Indianapolis, IN
Concert - Hour roving Lucas Oil halls– 6:00 PM Roving Lucas Oil hallways at Gen Con
Sun 08/04
10:00 AM
Indianapolis, IN
Concert - Half hour roving halls– 10:30 AM Roving halls at Gen Con
Sun 08/04
11:30 AM
Indianapolis, IN
Concert - Half hour on Exhibit Hall Stage– 12:00 PM EXHIBIT HALL STAGE at Gen Con
Sun 08/04
2:00 PM
Indianapolis, IN
Concert - Hour roving halls– 3:00 PM Roving halls at Gen Con
Fri 08/09
7:30 PM
Chicago, IL
Variety Lineup - Three Cat Poductions’ Cabaret On The Lake at Berger Park Coach House
FREE
Thu 10/31
7:00 PM
Valparaiso, IN
Open Mic Feature - Halloween Open Mic at Front Porch Music
$3 play/$4 watch

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Past Events

Media Appearances

Concerts

Long sets alone or on a bill with other artists.

Variety Lineups

Short sets in festival or variety show settings.

Open Mic Feature

Curated hosting or showcase appearances at otherwise open mics.