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Nerd Nite 72: The Bizness

Where: The North Door

When: Wednesday Aug 12 doors at 7:30pm, talks at 8pm

Speed dating tickets are now available

Ambassador is open for registration 

[ASL interpreters will be present]

Pick up that dusty guitar and learn three chords. Now you can stake a claim in the Live Music Capital of the World!

But will anyone listen to your numinous noodling? Will you make any money? Ultimately, the music business will decide your fate. Good thing Nerd Nite is concerned about your future.

This month’s talks:


“The Bad-Ass Life and Music of Bobby Darin,” by Jeff Gross

At age eight Bobby Darin was stricken with rheumatic fever, resulting in a permanently damaged heart. Driven by his own time-clock, Bobby made smash hits, set and rejected musical trends, and said what he wanted to say before dying at the age of thirty-seven. Jeff will take us on a fast-paced journey through the remarkable life of the multi Grammy-award winning singer / songwriter / producer / publisher / indie-label creator / civil rights activist. His hits (“Splish Splash”, “Mack the Knife”, “Dream Lover” and twenty more Top 40 classics) as well as his forays into folk, country, and funk will be illustrated with well-known master takes, studio demos, session outtakes, rare interviews, and additional material straight from the vaults!

Jeff Gross began work on Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” as a nineteen year-old before jumping into film production on Disney’s “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.” He has produced and worked on studio pictures and film music for over twenty years. He is also a dedicated music archivist and expert on the work of singer/songwriter and film composer Randy Newman.


“ACL Fest Tickets: While Supplies Last,” by Connor McGee

A look inside the 2013 ACL Festival shows how promoters adapt when ticket sales are unexpectedly low. Look closely at the data, and you can see what it means for future festivals and the preferences of ACL customers.

Connor McGee grew up in Austin, has been an avid researcher since college, and has been writing non-fiction articles since last year.


“To the Left of the Dial: College Radio in the US,” by Elizabeth Hansen

When you hear the term ‘college radio,’ what does it bring to mind? Although it could technically apply to any university-owned radio station, the term is usually associated with student-run stations featuring eclectic programming, independent music and amateur DJs. But in our post-internet society, college radio’s role as a musical tastemaker is changing. Elizabeth will explore the history of university-owned radio, the emergence of “college radio” and the current state of student-run radio in the US.

Elizabeth Hansen is a museum professional and former college radio music director and DJ. She is currently developing the College Radio Archive (www.collegeradioarchive.org), a crowd-sourced collection of audio, video and images relating to college radio.



Want to get a jump on your nerdery? Form a covalent bond at Nerd Nite Speed-Dating before the show:

— or meet some new friends through the Nerd Nite Ambassador program:


Plus Plus!

Actual college radio DJ and UT scientist Nichole Bennett will flex on the wheels of steel!


Doors at 7:30, talks start at 8:00. As always, Nerd Nite is free.

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!