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Difficult Listening: Outsider Music Video Night

A one-of-a-kind movie night of independent music, nontraditional music videos and eclectic interviews, curated by Adam Papagan.

Time to get down and get a little weird with an evening of curated outsider music classics!

Outsider music is music created by artists who exist far outside the music establishment. They are often self taught, poorly recorded, or even mentally ill. They are driven to create despite the extreme unlikelihood of mainstream success. The music ranges from silly to complex to hauntingly intense. The genius of an outsider musician is never deliberate and always unique.

Join Atlas Obscura for an explorative deep dive into this fascinating genre. We’ve scoured the internet, rare television appearances, and out-of-print official releases to bring together the best outsider musicians all in one place. The show will feature performance and interview clips of legends like Tiny Tim and Wesley Willis, as well as newcomers like Superstar and Star. There will also be DJs spinning hard-to-find outsider recordings and an outsider music record swap.

The program is curated by Atlas Obscura Field Agent Adam Papagan. Adam was host of Inside/Outside: The Outsider Music Show on KCHUNG Radio and has collaborated, or shared the bill with, outsider artists like David Liebe Hart, Jandek, and R. Stevie Moore.


  • VIP Tickets: These tickets grant purchasers priority seating as well as 1 free drink ticket.
  • General Admission: These tickets include first-come, first-serve seating and a cash bar.


  • Must be 21+ to attend.
  • Parking: Street parking or pay lot next to the venue.
  • All sales are final.


Email Adam Papagan at adam.papagan@atlasobscura.com.

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Advance tickets only. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges.