Wouldn’t it be cool if music videos were real? Imagine a universe where a woman could be whisked away to an exhilarating animated world like the one in A-ha’s “Take On Me”, where Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat could really come together cuz opposites attract, and Lou Bega was actually able to convince one woman to sleep with him (let alone Monica, Erica, Rita, Tina, Sandra, Mary AND Jessica).

Though Slim Shady ultra-fan Devon Sawa currently remains un-suicided and Insane Clown Posse probably at least has an inkling how magnets work, some music video are real. Or at least they will be. Friday evening, The Fatty Acids and Sat. Nite Duets will let the NBA Jam-themed premise of their conjoined “Riverwest Side Story” contribution to the 2012 Torrential Zen split play out in real life. On the newly-installed court along the Artery Trail (3605 N. Richards St. in Riverwest), the two bands will settle their b-ball beef “like gentleman” for the sake of art. As part of the “Hoop Dreams” demonstration, the bands are encouraged to “bank a shot off [Vedale Hill’s] painting” to stress the function art has in everyday life. Temple will provide the soundtrack as the two bands ball.

Both the basis of Bandsketball‘s initial inspiration and the resultt of its production, more than a few people in the music scene are interested to see how this sporty video premise turns out off camera. The Fatty Acids’ front man Josh Evert seems confident. He says, that beyond it being “a cool initiative in getting at-risk youth involved in a positive project while also keeping them active,” it will also help the bands settle the score to find a real winner to a fabricated game.

“Will Matt ‘Ratt’ Pappas have his revenge on the dirty men who knocked him out on the court? Will Ben [Gucciardi] fall over and bleed again like the coward he is? Will Steve [Strupp] bring his impeccable moves to the game, or in the comforting valley of adulthood, hath his softness driven them to another boy in another town?” Evert says. Evert predicts a Fatties win “by automatic forfeit.”

After the game, there will be a Milwaukee-based trivia game and a pig roast. The three-on-three game begins at 5 p.m. sharp.

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.