Photos: Nerdapalooza 2012



The crowd during the Protomen Saturday night
  • The crowd during the Protomen Saturday night

Since it’s inception on the Rhyme Torrents forum in 2007 I have been a follower of Nerdapalooza. In fact its east coast start at a tiny café in Gainesville is what made me think moving to “Mousetown” that year might not be so bad after all.

From those modest beginnings the music/nerd culture festival has grown by leaps and bounds every year. This year was no exception. I have to say that Nerdapalooza 2012 has been my favorite to date. Like many, I was wary of the venue change to the Beacham. There was less room for vendors and sponsors and the lines to get in the first two days were killer. Where the Beacham really owned was on the stage. The bands sounded better than ever, had professional lighting, and were kept to a tight schedule ensuring that everyone got to play and the audience wasn't dead on their feet by the time the headliners came on.

This year was also a bitter-sweet one with the loss of Local Big Shot, Triforce Mike Pandel. There were many band and audience tributes all through the weekend. He had touched so many lives at Nerdapalooza throughout the years that every band tribute was heart-felt and honest.


Bit Brigade Playing Mega Man II
  • Bit Brigade Playing Mega Man II

Marc with a C
  • Marc with a C

Sci Fried's Triforce Mike tribute
  • Sci Fried's Triforce Mike tribute

Amanda Lepre of Descendants of Erdrick
  • Amanda Lepre of Descendants of Erdrick

Adam WarRock
  • Adam WarRock

Schaffer The Puppet
  • Schaffer The Puppet

Math The Band
  • Math The Band

Megaran and DJ RoboRob
  • Megaran and DJ RoboRob

No More Kings
  • No More Kings

Neskimos Guitarist
  • Neskimos Guitarist

The Protomen Perform Queen
  • The Protomen Perform Queen

Kilroy amping up the crowd for a Triforce Mike tribute during Queen set
  • Kilroy amping up the crowd for a Triforce Mike tribute during Queen set














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