Let's get one thing straight: Nerdapalooza is NOT the biggest nerd party of the year in Orlando.
The biggest nerd party of 2010 is Star Wars Celebration V on Aug. 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center.
But if not for Celebration V, Nerdapalooza would definitely be the geekiest party of 2010, hands down.
The fourth annual Nerdapalooza, a celebration of all things related to the nerdcore lifestyle — Linux, ASCII, having an opinion on who was the best Doctor Who — will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Orlando Airport Marriott, with musical headliners MC Frontalot, the Protomen, Yip-Yip and many more. There's wizard rock, chiptune, statistically significant gangsta rap and plenty of other geeky musical genres.
A primer on nerdcore, for anyone who's skipped the last three Nerdapaloozas: If you put hip-hop, video games, Battlestar Galactica fan fiction, wizard beards and a box full of mad computer skills into a blender, you'd get nerdcore.
Nerdapalooza has turned into one of the must-geek-out-about events on Orlando's social calendar. The two-day fest features so many costumed events, video game contests and feats of brazen YouTube high jinks that it's hard to know where to turn.
"Newcomers need to see Schaffer the Darklord, Killer Robots, MC Frontalot and the Scrub Club Records showcase," said Tampa nerdcore rapper Steve "funky49" Rush, who will perform with his band, Emergency Pizza Party, at 12:10 p.m. Sunday.
Truthfully, there are so many concerts, parties and events connected to Nerdapalooza that you'll just have to dive in. Wired's Geekdad blog has a good roundup at tinyurl.com/32jpsxf.