Our annual FutureStack15 conference in San Francisco this November 11-13, 2015, is not only the go-to gathering for the visionary data nerds who are building, running, and (re)defining the world of software, it’s also a place to have fun. In fact, this year fun will be mandatory.

That’s because we will be joined by a very special guest: Multiple Grammy-winning musical and comedy legend “Weird Al” Yankovic will bring his epic multimedia performance to the FutureStack15 kickoff party (in partnership with Rackspace) at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco!

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Mandatory Fun album cover


Now in the fourth decade of his career, “Weird Al” Yankovic is a living comedy-music legend, the creator of classic hits like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” and “White & Nerdy.” Mandatory Fun, his 14th studio album, debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart in 2014, and set the U.S. record for most tracks from one album in the viral top 10 at one time on Spotify.

Mandatory Fun parodies of some of the biggest hits on the airwaves, including Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (“Tacky”), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”), Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”), Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”) and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” (“Inactive”). “Weird Al” has played thousands of live shows with his band, and they’re now performing across the globe on their world tour, “The Mandatory Tour.”

“Weird Al” Yankovic – “Tacky” (parody of Pharell’s “Happy”)

“Weird Al” Yankovic – “Foil” (parody of Lorde’s “Royals”)

At New Relic we like to say, “We are all data nerds.” So who could be better to help us kick off our best and biggest FutureStack conference ever than the performer who has been the undisputed king of nerdy music since before we can remember?

Well, actually, some of us are old enough to remember. Truth be told, I just dug up my audio cassette of his Dare to Be Stupid album, advice I’ve attempted to take to heart for years. After hearing him way back when on the Dr. Demento show, it will be a cool bit of wish fulfillment for me to be in the crowd watching “Weird Al” live at FutureStack15. Plus, anyone who can get George Lucas’s permission to parody Star Wars—not once but twice (“Yoda” and “The Saga Begins”) —is an artist to be reckoned with in my book.

The venue for our epic party is also a legend—The Fillmore is the place that launched the careers of bands like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, and over the years has been the place to see everyone from Jimi Hendrix to the Who, Sonic Youth to Prince. And it’s about to get a whole lot more legendary…

Want to join “Weird Al” and hundreds of your nerdiest friends at the Fillmore this November for a memorable night of music, laughter, and fun? Register today to see “Weird Al” as well as our stellar lineup of speakers at FutureStack15 at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel, taking place November 11 through 13. Register by November 5 and save $600!

FutureStack15 promo


We can’t wait to party with you! Check out pics from last year’s party below:

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ok go at warfield

ok go at warfield

Note: Event dates, speakers, and schedules are subject to change without notice.


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