Five Years LIVE near WWDC
May 24, 2016
As WWDC season rolls around once again, I did the math in my head, on paper, and finally counted on my fingers to convince myself that this year is the Fifth Annual James Dempsey and the Breakpoints LIVE near WWDC show.
The show is at The Mezzanine again this year, one of the city’s finest venues for live music, plus close to Moscone West.
For full details please visit the event page.
The past five years have really flown by. In the midst of the rehearsals and preparations for this year’s show, I find myself taking a few moments looking back.
LIVE at WWDC
Starting in 2001, I wrote one song a year and performed it on stage during a WWDC session. Each song topic needed to fit in with the theme of the session in some way:
- Modelin’ Man, when Core Data was introduced
- Endian Reservations, about the endian switch from PowerPC to Intel
- I Love View, when Core Animation and layer-backed views were introduced
I set out from Apple soon after WWDC 2011. My final song performed at the conference was The Accessibility Song, encouraging developers to ‘share your app with the whole human race’. This song was particularly meaningful to me, since I worked on AppKit accessibility for a half a decade.
LIVE near WWDC
After all that time of playing an annual single-song gig, I wondered if folks might be interested in a longer show. We organized the first LIVE near WWDC show in 2012, put the word out, and hoped people would show up. We were thrilled to see the venue fill up with an enthusiastic audience that first year—we’ve been playing live near WWDC ever since.
I wanted to thank everyone that has made these shows possible through the years. A true debt of gratitude to the Breakpoints and Conditional Breakpoints who make the songs come alive with their amazing musicianship. A great appreciation of the amazing sponsors who make these events possible. And of course a thank you that goes beyond words to everyone who has come out and supported us as enthusiastic members of the audience.
Thanks to you all, and I hope to see you at the show on June 15th! •
James Dempsey and The Breakpoints, LIVE near WWDC
A WWDCGirls benefit for App Camp For Girls
presented by Capital One
Wednesday, June 15th, 7:00 – 11:00.
Event information and tickets
Can’t make the show but still want to support App Camp For Girls?
Click the Make A Donation button in the Buy Tickets section of the event page.