LEETUP, THE WORLD’S FIRST LIVE NERD CULTURE CARNIVAL, SET TO LAUNCH “AWESOMESAUCE. LIVE!” FALL TOUR
July 17, 2012
KEVIN PEREIRA PLAYS HOST TO A NIGHT OF GAMES, LIVE MUSIC, NERD-CRAFT, INTERWEB STARS, COSPLAY, EXCLUSIVE DEMOS, OLD-SCHOOL ARCADES, PRIZES, INTERACTIVE ZONES, PODCASTS, DRAGONS & MORE…
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10-CITY TOUR KICKS OFF THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 IN SEATTLE
TICKETS ON-SALE BEGINNING TODAY
LOS ANGELES – July 17, 2012 – Following a groundswell of fan demand, Kevin Pereira announced live at Comic-Con 2012 plans for the inaugural leetUP tour. The “Awesomesauce. LIVE!” 2012 Tour is set to unleash the world’s firstLIVE carnival celebration of nerd culture upon 10 cities across the U.S. this fall. Rumors and speculation had been brewing for months following the debut leetUP event, which turned Los Angeles’ Club Nokia into a geek mecca for more than 1,000 fans last March. Designed as the ultimate party mash-up for geeks, gamers, nerds and pop-culture fanatics, the “Awesomesauce. LIVE!” 2012 Tour will kick off in Seattle on September 20, and touch down in Portland, Dallas, Austin, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Madison and Chicago. Tickets go on sale beginning today!
“We wanted to celebrate all that is nerd – a profound love for the internet, podcasting, tech, music, videogames – and remix them in a way that makes us social again,” said Kevin Pereira, one of the co-creators and host/emcee of leetUP, adding, “We’ve basically designed an elite playground for the discerning nerd that will constantly evolve.”
The two-fold LIVE event is designed to celebrate everything nerd: a pop culture carnival featuring non-stop action on and off stage. From the stage, Kevin Pereira will play host to a hotbed of LIVE action, audience games, live podcasting and conversation with geeky celebs and interweb stars including Epic Meal Time, Zack Pearlman and Ask A Ninja. Interspersed in the action will be a plethora of rotating and new special guest stars including Doug Benson, Paul Scheer, VJ Mike Relm and many more. Also, several times throughout each evening, select attendees will be pulled from the crowd to compete on stage for awesome prizes. Visit leetup.com for updates as new stars are being announced constantly and no two shows will be the same!
In addition, beginning July 17, leetUP will launch virtual “auditions” to find the best local DJs to perform two 50-minute sets at each tour date.DJ’s can submit their audition samples on Sonicbids beginning July 17th at www.sonicbids.com/leetup.
Off-stage features a multitude of experiential zones that include exclusive technology demos, an old-school videogame arcade, photo playsets, geeky art stations, giveaways, cosplay and other surprises that vary, depending upon the city. At the conclusion of each tour date, VIP ticket-holders are invited to an exclusive Meet & Greet and After Party where they can mingle with some of the on-stage guests and will walk away with some impressive, swanky gift bags!
leetUP was created in 2012 by Kevin Pereira, Charles Hirschhorn and creative collective, iam8bit, as a way for nerds to come together to interactively celebrate all things geek in a high-energy, entertaining and innovative environment. By pooling their collective experience and tech “know-how,” they bring a unique, first-of-its-kind experience to the world of the elite geek.
CONFIRMED “AWESOMESAUCE. LIVE!”FALL 2012 TOUR DATES:
Thursday, 9/20: Seattle, WA; Neptune Theatre
Friday, 9/21: Portland, OR; Crystal Ballroom
Friday, 9/28: Dallas, TX; South Side Music Hall
Saturday, 9/29: Austin, TX; Paramount Theater
Thursday, 10/4: Boston, MA; Royale
Friday, 10/5: Philadelphia, PA; Electric Factory
Sunday, 10/7: Washington, DC; 9:30 Club
Thursday, 10/11: Minneapolis, MN; The Brick
Saturday, 10/13: Madison WI; Barrymore Theatre
Sunday, 10/14: Chicago, IL; Vic Theatre
– For more information on leetUP and the events, visit: www.leetup.com
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since.
In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features.
He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced.
In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com.
Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s
“Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com,
Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official
Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many
others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows.
But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.