We have a lot to get to today as we get ready for one of the biggest festivals in the south, Nerdapalooza 2011.
Hold on, I hear you ask. What on earth is a Nerdapalooza? Well, for the long answer, you’re more than welcome to read this. It will give you a detailed feel for the festival and overall atmosphere involved therein. For a shorter answer, allow me to present that to you via the Nerdapalooza website: “Nerdapalooza is a Nerd Music Festival in Orlando, Florida. A place for anyone who is proud to be a nerd. It is a two-day concert/party for everyone who is a fan of nerdcore hip hop, chiptunes, comedy rock, video game music, VG remixes, and more.”
That may require some more explanation in and of itself, for the uninitiated. We’ll start with the terminology: “nerdcore hip-hop” is exactly as it sounds - rap music presented by those of the nerdier persuasion. Names such as MC Frontalot, MC Lars (to a lesser degree), Schaffer The Darklord and Random (aka MegaRan) would be perfect examples of representation. Chiptunes consists of using 8-Bit “Nintendo” sounds to compose music, either in part or in full. VG Remixes is a shortened form for Video Game Remixes, taking compositions from video games and transforming those via a different musical genre into something familiar yet altogether different.
If that sounds like music made by and for a bunch of nerds, you’d be 100% correct. That’s exactly what Nerdapalooza is - the biggest nerd music festival in the country. This year, the festival is hosted by the Epic Win Burlesque crew. Imagine a full-on burlesque show with themes such as Ghostbusters. Or Batman. Or one of Epic Win’s biggest shows, Star Trek vs. Star Wars. Those are the sort of burlesque shows Epic Win performs, those with a bent toward more popular sci-fi/comic themes. This year, they will not only perform at the festival, but they’re also hosting the entire gig.
So, aside Epic Win and a general description of musical styles, what else can be expected at this year’s installment? Who’s showing up this year to help the nerds rock out? Below is just a taste of some of the performers to appear at Nerdapalooza 2011. There are over 40 total acts over the two-day festival on July 16 and 17, and to feature all of them would require a book; certainly more time than you have to read and more than I have to be able to write it. Nonetheless, here's a cross-section of some of the music to be heard at Nerdapalooza this year.