When will we hear who’s playing?

So, what’s new with Crash Safely? It seems like I haven’t been teasing you as much this year with updates and news, and there are a few reasons for that. So  I’ll start off by bringing everyone up to speed.  Sound good?

no spoilers!

Hint: This guy’s not playing any of the nights.

Q: OK, so who’s playing the shows this year?

A: How does this sound so far? The Luxury, Watts, Gene Dante and the Future Starlets, Muck and the Mires, Fireking, The Phil Aiken Army, The Sprained Ankles, Township, Gymnasium, Tom Baker and the Snakes and White Dynomite.  I’m still working out some other folks and who’s going to be playing where, when.

Q: That was my next question. When is this? 

A: Don’t worry, it won’t happen during Boston Calling, but there will be a date in mid-September (either 9/18 or 9/19), 10/17, 10/23.

Q: What’s the holdup? You’re usually letting me know all of the details by now.

A: Well, it’s a few things.  Some of it has to do with scheduling, but most of it has to do with my work.

Q: So, you weren’t working before?

A: No, I just wasn’t working for myself  before. Time is tight when you’ve got multiple clients and multiple deadlines.  I had a few desk jobs before, and that allowed me to sneak some CS work in between  bouts of unyielding depression  tasks.    I’ve also picked up managing the social media for the Midway Cafe, and just scheduling those posts can take quite some time.  Yes, I’m the person tweeting coffee memes at you every Monday.   #sorrynotsorry

I’ve also had some more medical issues I’ve needed to take care of, and that means scheduling, haggling, and generally taking on a third (fourth?) job as a professional patient, essentially. That’s another reason I’ve been working for myself.

Q: Oh.

A: That’s not a question.

Q: What venues will these shows be at?

A: I’ll confirm our definite dates:  September will depend on a few particulars.  10/17 is at the Midway Cafe. 10/23 is at the Middle East Upstairs.

Q: Can I dress up for the 10/23 show? That’s like, almost Halloween.

A: Go for it! Actually, if you do, swing by the raffle table and we’ll give you two free raffle tickets.  Maybe more if you manage to rock a perfect replica of Immortan Joe and/or Toecutter or an actual, classic Jem character.

Yikes.

Maybe even more if you manage the combo.

We shall not speak of that horrific live action trailer.

We shall not speak of that horrific live action trailer.

So there’s been a lot of things going on way behind the scenes. I’m hoping to have the lineups announced soon (it’s seriously very close).  After that, it’ll be back to the usual bombardment of show/band/prize/MS information.

I also promise to grab some pop culture references that are younger than 20 years old for the next blog post…

More things to win at Crash Safely this year!

Normally, around this time, we’re already busy telling you who’s playing Crash Safely, as well as where  and when those shows are happening.  We want to make our 5th anniversary special, though, so we’re keeping a tight lid on who’s involved this year for a little while longer.

Oh, that's a bit harsh.

Oh, that’s a bit harsh.

That said, we’ve already heard from some of our donors regard raffle and silent auction prizes!  Get a peek at who’s already donated prizes  and make your plans for how you’ll win them this fall.

We’re also going through some photos from all of the past shows to share with everyone.  Did you happen to take photos at any of them and want to share with us? Get in touch and we’ll be happy to share your amazing photography/videography with the universe! We have very photogenic bands at these shows, after all….

The In Out

Even when they’re not looking at the camera. Photo by Mick Murray.

 

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Prepping already!

Coming back from the BikeMS awards dinner is always energizing, as is MS awareness week  month. We’re still in awe of how much better we did this past year!   Things are rolling along, and we already have some stuff in the works with places and people, but as always, we need to know what you’d like to see! Because this poll doesn’t allow you to choose multiple things, we’re allowing you to vote as many times as you wish, so if you’re still really bummed you missed out on last year’s Les Paul Future Tribute, here’s your chance to speak up and let us know to ask vendors for more things like that.

 

 

Know of any companies that you think would be a good match for us?  Comment on this and let us know!

Thank you for your help!

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2015 BikeMS Awards Dinner!

We finally made it! The BikeMS NYC awards ceremony was rescheduled from January, owing to the snowstorm that was far worse in Boston than it was in New York.  Managing to climb the snow mountains that now occupy my sidewalk (at 8.5 feet high), making a trek in a southern direction was exactly what was needed.

 

That, and a buffet 35 floors above Park Avenue.

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Spot the Maybe Sump’ms team members! (Hint: the only guys in the photo wearing t shirts).

 

This dinner felt a lot quicker than years past- perhaps owing to having no real speakers and just getting right into the big reveal- team and individual fundraising achievements. Now, everyone who was invited to the event was part of the top 200 fundraisers for BikeMS NYC.  Considering the ride attracts tens of thousands of  participants each year, it takes a lot to get to the top 200!

No individual participant knew their rankings before this evening.  Pete and I had an idea where  the team would end up, but we ended up shooting up almost 10 places from our prediction!  The Maybe Sump’ms combined efforts landed us at #18 out of over 500 teams.   We made the top 20!

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We can dream, right?

Here’s where it even better! Pete’s fundraising earned him a ten position jump this year- he came in at #60!

 

Pete Hayes

 

What about Crash Safely? Thanks to all of the bands, venues, companies who donated awesome prizes and our even sponsors, we hit #20!

Crash Safely was the #20 fundraiser for the entire BikeMS NYC ride- and we didn’t even get on a bike!

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I’m a bad liar.

Needless to say, Pete and I supremely excited and we’d like to up the ante this year!

 

First- do you want to join the team? You can ride New York sans cars on 10/4!

Don’t want to ride a bike, but want to help with fundraising? You can be a virtual rider!  That’s what Crash Safely technically is- an amorphous blob on top of an invisible bike.

Maybe with less hair.

Maybe with less hair.

Not so into bikes, but still wanna help out? Be part of Crash Safely! We can use help in a variety of ways, including getting your input as to who you think should play the shows this year!

 

 

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NYC (we hope) and planning for this year’s shows

So… the snow in Boston seems to never end.  We’re hoping that this won’t mean another delay/cancellation in our trip to New York for the BikeMS awards dinner, in which we find out how Crash Safely fared against the others who participated in the ride last year.

While we wait, the harsh Hothscape of Boston’s streets is keeping us occupied…

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As are streaming episodes of MST 3k.

 

In order to keep from going crazy, we’re starting to get things up and running for this year’s Crash Safely!  We already have one venue ready for us and one brand new band! As always, we invite you  to get involved in whatever way you’d like! Comment on this on or Facebook page or email Amanda and we’ll include you!

 

It’s our fifth anniversary this year, so it’s probably worth celebrating, don’t you think?

Prepping for the awards ceremony in NYC!

We’ve been quiet here at Crash Safely for a bit.  Why? Well, we’re changing around the main website (so pretty!) and we’ve been making more of an attempt to get out and see everyone instead of holing up for the winter, as usual.

The Maybe Sump’ms have once again been invited to the BikeMS NYC awards dinner, which is next week.  There, we will get the final numbers for our fundraising standings- not just for the team, but for the individual riders as well.  “Individual riders,” in our case, includes Crash Safely.  Our take from the shows, raffles and auctions in 2014 exceeded any of our previous shows, so we’re hoping to see a big bump in our standings!

There we are!

There we are in 2013!

 

The Cat Bike Gang will be making an appearance at the BikeMS NYC awards ceremony next week.  We figure it’s our duty to rep Daykamp Creative at the event.

 

We’re also already getting things ready for this fall.  It’s our anniversary, so we’d like to do some big things.  Interested in being part of it?  Email Amanda and and we can find a great way to include you this year!

Photos from all 3 nights

Here are some great pics from all three nights of Crash Safely!  Did you take some photos at the shows?  Please feel free to share with us!!!

 

Photos by SKMDC of Petty Morals

 

Auction News: Start the clock!

Time's running out....

Time’s running out….

Have you been waiting until our silent auctions are almost over to place your bid?  Well… that time would be now.

The auction for our Gibson Les Paul Future Tribute ends Friday, right as White Dynomite hit the stage.

If you’re at the Middle East Upstairs and you’re the winner, you can take that guitar home with you right away!

Need a day in the studio? You have until Saturday at noon to bid on our studio time options!

Need 5 days somewhere sunny? You have until Saturday at noon to bid on our 5 day/4 night Cancun vacation!

Romantic dinner cruise and a night at the Sheraton Boston more your style? Saturday at noon is the end of the line!

Don’t forget: you can opt to purchase any item using the “Buy Now” feature.  100% of the funds raised in these auctions will go directly to the National MS Society!

Unless you can travel backwards in time, you’re running out of it! Bid or buy before your chance passes!

stop looking at me like that.

stop looking at me like that.

Night 3 Round up!

Township

White Dynomite

The Field Effect

TRiPLE THiCK

Animal Hospital

 

All hosted by Jake Jampel and D-Tension!

 

Up for grabs ONLY at this show:

Jillian’s after work party for 20!
Grafton Street/Temple Bar/Russell House Tavern gift certificate!
OtterBox gift certificate!
Somerville Grooves gift certificate!
In Your Ear! gift certificate!
Artwork by Melissa Winter Weiss!
Tickets to the The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston!

 

 

 

Also:  The Alex and Ani bracelet set will be auctioned off tonight!

Alex + Ani set

The winner of the Gibson Les Paul auction will be able to take the guitar home tonight before Township’s set!!!

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The other auctions will continue through Saturday afternoon, so make sure you place your bids on:

Studio time, including full day sessions at the Bridge Sound & Stage, Q Division, New Alliance, Zippah, or with Matt Girard, music video production, time with Dave Minehan, and mastering at Peerless, New Alliance East or Galaxy Park.

Date Night:  A combination prize featuring Odyssey Cruises Boston and Sheraton Boston Hotel

What’s included in that prize?
A dinner cruise for two on the Odyssey (worth about $230!) and a hotel room for two at the Sheraton Boston (worth about $300!). You don’t have to use them on the same night. Also, you can give these as gifts if you happen to know someone who would really, really love these!!!

 

A trip to Cancun for 5 days/4 nights!!

 

Grab your tickets and plot your winning streak at the raffle/auction table!

Don’t forget!!!

All of the proceed for the ticket sales, raffle, silent auction and The I Want You’s single, “Blame It On Tomorrow” go to the National MS Society.

 

 

Meet the Studios: Galaxy Park

Galaxy Park Studios in Watertown is run by Richard Marr. For many Boston bands, he’s the go-to for getting their new record out!

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The Dents, Toxic Narcotic, Mach 5 and The Rudds have all done work with Richard, and you can, too!

Get 5-10 tunes mastered by Richard at Crash Safely’s silent auction!  Hurry!!!  This auction ends on Saturday morning!!!