Saddle up, Silicon Valley! The titans of tech and data centers, ordinarily hidden behind countless screens and labyrinthine cables, are about to reboot their reputation with a massive hootenanny slated for June 1. They're swapping their hardware for harmonicas, their motherboards for microphones, and their bytes for boot-stomping beats, as country music titan Coffey Anderson descends upon DC ConnX's biannual bash.
Famed for his strumming prowess and not his data processing abilities, Anderson is set to serenade the circuit-savvy attendees from 6 to 11 p.m. The gig is going down in a place where beer, bits and bytes intermingle: 2 Silos Brewing Co., situated in the resolutely rustic locale of Manassas, VA.
DC ConnX, known for hosting ping-pong matches over rack servers, is the premier networking group for data crunchers and tech wizards in the greater Washington area. The quirky pack of keyboard jockeys has found an unexpectedly harmonious intersection between their day job and their love for country music, proving that high-tech and high twang aren't mutually exclusive.
For those willing to fork over a cool $185 - which, let's face it, is basically chump change for the tech elite - a ticket includes more than just the sweet melodies of Anderson. It also grants you a lip-smacking dinner, copious libations, and a swanky, blue LED cowboy hat. Act now, because the first 1,000 buyers will also snag an exclusive concert t-shirt, offering a trendy way to show off your attendance at the most talked-about collision of tech and twang.
This isn't just a rollicking party, though. It's also a noble cause. The event proceeds will be channelled towards first responders, military veterans, and education – a true case of 'bytes and boots' giving back. Over its tenure, DC ConnX has powered up an impressive $135,000 for noteworthy causes including Loudoun First Responders Foundation, Chariots of Honor, and Operation Heal Our Patriots of Samaritan’s Purse.
Describing the event as "an epic blend of wires, WiFi, and Western swing," Allen Tucker, founder and CEO of DC ConnX, gushed that this is one gig the hard drives of the data industry will be whirring about for years to come.
Although Anderson's been touring since 2004, he's only recently begun to crack the binary code of the Virginia scene. The troubadour first enchanted the digital domain through his YouTube channel before snagging a family-focused Netflix show, “County Ever After.”
As an unexpected bonus, the event also features the Alley Cats, a rock and roll cover band born out of Northern Virginia's vibrant data center community in 2019. Who knew such melodious talents were hiding beneath those static-free lab coats?
Grab your tickets now at www.dcconnx.com, and prepare to experience a night that will redefine your understanding of a 'data dump.' Yee-haw, tech-heads!