We put on a FREE show every month on the second Wednesday of the month. (Except for March!)

Doors for the main seating area open at 7:30. The show starts at 8:00.

Our regular monthly show happens at The North Door. Pueblo Viejo makes us tacos there.

It’s a pretty cool set-up. Be there and be square.


Next event: Nerd Nite 112: MUSIC!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

7:00ish– Alley entrance open
7:30– Seating area/main room open
8:00– Show starts

Speed dating is on hiatus until Spring!

Ambassador is on hiatus until further notice (please consider volunteering to help bring it back!).


Every March the city of Austin welcomes crowds of people to the city to celebrate, among other things, music! This special-edition Nerd Nite celebrates three musicians and their passions about sound! Come join us for post-SXSW (and post-crowd) music nerdery!

“An Improvisational Group Called Mongoose” by Christopher Petkus

Christopher will present us with a (very) short history of the musical group Mongoose and briefly explain the rule system called Cobra, complete with a demonstration with members of the group!

Mongoose came together to perform John Zorn’s Cobra in October 2009. Christopher Petkus has been the group’s conductor since its inception.

“Gradus ad Parnassum: Making Compositional Algorithms Based on 18th Century Species Counterpoint” by Dr. Thomas Echols

Species Counterpoint is the study of how to write more than one distinct melody that will form a cohesive whole within a traditional tonal context. It is perhaps one of humanities oldest existing algorithms. In this talk, which will include musical examples, I will discuss various computational algorithms that I have developed using MaxMSP, all of which are modeled on the precepts detailed in Johann Fux’s Gradus ad Parnussum (1725).

Thomas Echols is a classical guitarist, composer, song writer, producer, circuit builder, and synth fetishist living in Austin, Texas. He is a professor of music at ACC and he has multiple recordings that have garnered critical praise.

“Music for the People” by Mickey Delp

Building a large-scale interactive music and light installation. Or, How to get your dream commission and bring it in late and over budget! Gemini-6B is currently installed at Hopscotch. Mickey will talk about the four-year journey from idea, to proof of concept, to reality.

Mickey Delp is an electrical and computer engineer with expertise in analog and digital circuit design, embedded systems programming, IoT, synthesizers, and blinky lights. He is the founder and Chief Inventor at Delptronics, an instructor at dadageek, a boss at Nerd Nite Austin, and an electronic musician.


As always, Nerd Nite is free. If you want to, you can RSVP to our Facebook event, or just show up (or both!).

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a drink, tip your bartenders, and relax!

On months when available, ASL interpreters will be present and our awesome librarian friends from the Austin Public Library will bring books, too.


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 Free at The North Door on 502 Brushy St. Austin TX

Speed Dating is on hiatus until Spring!

In months we are doing speed-dating, you can buy tickets at buytickets.at/nnatx

(Ambassador is on hiatus! Email us if you want to help! nerdniteaustincentral@ gmail.com!)