Years active 2007 to current
Founded by John "hex" Carter
Genre Nerd music

Nerdapalooza is an annual music festival, the first of its kind to invite all genres of the nerd music movement under one roof, including nerd rock, nerdcore hip hop, chiptunes, and video game music. The idea for Nerdapalooza was conceived by John "hex" Carter, who hosted a nerdy music themed radio show through KRFH, the student-run radio station at Humboldt State University. The word is derived from nerd and palooza, slang word for all-out crazy party, and is a reference to Lollapalooza.


Nerdapalooza Southeast 2007

Nerdapalooza Southeast was a branch of the nerd music festival centered in Central Florida. The show showcased nerdcore hip-hop over the other "subgenres" of nerd music. Nerdapalooza Southeast was the first Nerdapalooza show to be held, and was a charity event with the proceeds going to benefit "The Purple House" homeless charity. Organized by Rob Tobias.

Nerdapalooza Beta

Designed as a small show, it was sponsored by KRFH and was held in Arcata, California at the Kate Buchanan Room at Humboldt State University on September 22, 2007. Organized by John "hex" Carter.

Nerdapalooza UK

Nerdapalooza UK was the United Kingdom equivalent of the American nerd music festival. Unlike its United States counterpart, it consisted of fewer artists and was a free event. Although supported by Nerdapalooza US's creator, the creator and organizer of Nerdapalooza UK was Stephen "MisterB" Brunton.

Nerdapalooza Southeast 2008

A continuation of the previous years show, Nerdapalooza Southeast was again organized by Rob Tobias. However, Carter moved to Orlando, Florida in late 2007 to act as co-organizer. Michael "The Spork" Evans and Nicholas "Sir-Up" Carman were also key coordinators for the success of this event. The show was also hosted by 3 local radio DJ's from 91.5 WPRK. Josh Thew and Logan Donahoo of "Serious Business" along with Andrew Grey of "Talk Nerdy To Me". The event was to benefit Child's Play charity and had been the most successful of all of the Nerdapaloozas thus far, receiving press coverage from both bloggers[1] and print media,[2] including an article released in Blender Magazine.[3]

Nerdapalooza 2009

Held July 11 and 12, 2009, the first full Nerdapalooza showcasing all nerd music, it was again a charity show with proceeds going to Penny Arcade's "Child's Play" charity.[4][5] Carter became Executive Director, along with other key directors Michael "The Spork" Evans, Joshua Thew, and Aaron "Masurao" Yarhouse. Official presenters were the members of the Letters Versus Numbers podcast among them Nerdapalooza UK organizer Stephen "MisterB" Brunton.

This show was the first time that the four major players in the nerdcore music scene (MC Frontalot, MC Lars, mc chris, YTCracker ) all performed at the same event.[6][7]

Nerdapalooza 2010

Held July 17 and 18, 2010 at the Orlando Airport Marriott, this Nerdapalooza marked the first year that the festival operated as its own company managed by John Carter and Aaron Yarhouse,[8] along with press and talent directors Nina Talley and Josh Thew, respectively.[9] The events fund raising will once again support the Child's Play charity.[10]

This year the show was presented by Nerdy Show, the official podcast of Nerdapalooza that Executive Director, John Carter is a co-host of along with Brian Clevinger, "Triforce" Mike Pandel, and Cap Blackard.[11]

Event history

Dates Location Atten. Performers
August 25, 2007 Tim and Terry's
Gainesville, Florida
50+/- Bushido Stylus, Emergency Pizza Party, MagiTek, MC Koga, Ultralaser, Rocket Propelled Geeks, MC Wreckshin, mCRT, CSHC, Random, Sir-Up, Select Start, High-C, Krondor Krew, ZeaLouS1
September 22, 2007 Kate Buchanan Room at Humboldt State University
Arcata, California
100+ Dungeon Master, Josiah the Messiah, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the World's Greatest Ghosts, Category, and Pixelh8
June 14, 2008 Delius Pub
Bradford, UK
25+ Amy Fan Flyy, Superpowerless, Dan Plus Add, Combat Dave, Category, The CamPanulas, MisterB
July 4 and 5, 2008 Taste Restaurant
Orlando, Florida
300+ Architects of Fear, Captain Dan & the Scurvy Crew, chozo_ninpo, CSHC, DJ Snyder, Dual Core, Emergency Pizza Party, Former Fat Boys, funky49 and Redvoid, Harry and the Potters, Killer Robots!, Krondor Krew, Magitek, Marc with a C, Math the Band, MC Frontalot, MC Gigahertz, MC Inadequate, mCRT, Myf, Nora Ricci, Pixelh8, Random, Random Encounter, Rocket Propelled Geeks, Schaffer The Darklord,[12] Sudden Death, The House of Black, Uncle Monsterface, Whoremoans, Wordburglar, ytcracker, ZeaLouS1, Zombies! Organize!!
July 11 and 12, 2009 Holiday Inn Orlando International Drive Hotel
Orlando, Florida
500+ Captain Dan & the Scurvy Crew, Confuscious, Devo Spice, Dual Core, Emergency Pizza Party, Epic-1, Fred Lives, Funky49, HDNinja, I Fight Dragons, Krondor Krew, Marc with a C, MagiTek, mc chris, MC Frontalot, MC Gigahertz, MC Lars, mCRT, My Parents Favorite Music, Odd Austin, Schaffer The Darklord,[13] Scrub Club Records, The Grammar Club (Beefy and Shael Riley), The Great Luke Ski, The House of Black, The Megas, The Protomen, The Spork, Uncle Monsterface, YTCracker, ZeaLouS1
July 17th and 18th, 2010 Orlando Airport Marriott
Orlando, Florida
700+ MC Frontalot, The Protomen, Yip-Yip, George Hrab, Killer Robots!, Kirby Krackle, The Megas, Schaffer the Darklord, Super 8-Bit Bros., The Adventures of Duane and BrandO, Captain Dan & the Scurvy Crew, Devo Spice, Dr. Awkward, Emergency Pizza Party, 3P!C-1, Fred Lives, The great Luke Ski, HDninja, The House of Black, Krondor Krew, Marc With a C, The Ministry of Magic, My Parents Favorite Music, Positive Attitude, Random / Mega Ran, Random Encounter, Rappy McRapperson, Sci-Fried, King Pheenix, Mad Hatter, StarF, Shael Riley and the Double Ice Backfire, Worm Quartet, ZeaLouS1 and the Bossfights, Zombies! Organize!!


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