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The Nerd Music Festival also known as Nerdapalooza began and ended with a bang this year. Located at the Orange County Convention Center, the festival had three days of music, art, and video games. The event began in 2008 and was created for anyone who considers themselves a nerd. It is a two to three day concert/party for fans of nerdcore hip-hop, chiptunes, comedy rock, video game music, VG remixes, and more.
This year the event began on Friday which was free entry day and fans gathered around 5pm at the convention center to hear artist Benjamin Briggs start off Nerdapalooza with his tunes of video game remixes, punchy dance music with a side of video game sounds and melodic twists. He got the crowd up on their feet and none sat down again till the end of his set. Up next was artist Mega-Ran an impromptu “freestyle” MC, whose unique combination of fantasy and introspective hip-hop got the crowd bobbing their heads and swaying to the beats.
As the evening progressed, more artists took the stage and moved the crowd with their performances. Bands such as Gemeni, OverClocked University, Shinobi Ninja, and Urizen rocked through the night, while nerdcore hip-hop artists, Jesse Dangerously and Adam WarRock pumped up the crowd with their hot nerdy tracks. Professor Shyguy and DJ Cutman ended day one of the festival, with fans dancing to their beats all the way into the early morning.
All the performances were awesome, but the best one of the night was Shinobi Ninja. They had a stage presence that reeks of awesome rock energy which they released into the crowd. The band had attendees jumping up and down, moving from side to side, and even had a couple of fans moshing. The band was just as amazing offstage as they greeted and talked to fans and even took pictures with a few of them.
Saturday marked the official start of Nerdapalooza and it was a big one. From 11 am all the way to the early hours of Sunday morning, the festival was rocking with performances from 9K1, CarelessJuja, Emergency Pizza Party, Lords of Thunder, Beefy, The Runaway Five, My Parent’s Favorite Music, Marc with a C, and more. The biggest performance of the evening was They Might Be Giants and they didn’t disappoint. The crowd was going wild by the end of the night after hearing all of these great bands and performers. But the evening wasn’t done as the burlesque troop, Epic Win Burlesque put on an amazing show to end day two.
The last day of the event began with an open mic session and then proceeded with more performances from artists Death*Star, The Gekkos, Sci-Fried, MC Lars, Green Jelly, Nerf Herder, Under Polaris, Powerglove, and more as fans head banged, danced, and rocked out to the diversifying sounds. Aside from the music, vendors were on hand with nerdy memorabilia, handmade items, art, jewelry, and more for attendees to purchase. There was also video games for fans to enjoy.
Nerdapalooza 2013 was an awesome nerdy experience to behold. With bands from near and far, cool items to buy, and games to play, fans look forward with even more joy to what the festival has in store for the upcoming year.
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