10/17/15 Midway Cafe (21+)
10/23/15 Middle East Upstairs (18+)
What’s that? Prizes?
Yes. Oh yes.
If you’ve entered our online auctions before (for studio time, guitars, or what have you), just use your log in information from that.
100% of the money raised for the New England Revolution tickets will go directly to the National MS Society!
You even have the option to simply scoop up this certificate in a “buy it now” situation. Head to the link, bid or simply buy!
I will either mail or personally deliver the certificate (with all of the instructions) to the winner.
To get you thinking about when you’d like to go, here’s the schedule.
If you’re friends with musicians, look around your social media feed(s) right now. Chances are good that you’re being swamped with photos and memorials for Rowdy Roddy Piper, the original pro wrestling Bad Guy. He was instrumental in the Rock and Wrestling thing that exposed many of us to the over-the-top wrestling characters. Piper was a big influence in my life as well, and quite possibly the reason I was able to survive a near daily barrage of threats and violence that today get lumped neatly into the word “bullying.” I had a jacket airbrushed with his logo and it became armor in a way for me. People left me alone, rather than try to figure out why I suddenly was sporting jacket that said HOT ROD in lightning script on my back. Later on, some of my very best friends were made based upon my ownership of a Piper T shirt. Roddy Piper had a lot to do with how things panned out for me…
More influential (especially on my pick of sun protection) was They Live, which featured this classic scene:
News of Piper’s death hit me hard, and last night, The Night Ridah and I started looking up some of the classic Piper clips online. Eventually, we came across the infamous “whack Captain Lou over the head with an award” clip.
What was the award for?
Fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis.
Captain Lou’s brother died of MS and Lou became very involved in fundraising, getting Cyndi Lauper involved as well. At the time of the whack, it was announced that they had raised over 2 million dollars for MS. In the 1980’s.
So, yeah. That was a time when there were no MS medications. None. The best a patient could hope for would be some IV steroids every so often for flairs and a sympathetic physical therapist. (Go ahead and make that steroid and wrestling joke.)
All of this comes on the heel (ha) of the first official lineup announcement for Crash Safely- 10/17 at the Midway Cafe.
The Midway, last night, hosted the B.L.O.W.W.- the Boston League of Women Wrestlers.
The Midway, where I used to write music reviews with fellow Roddy Piper fan Joe Coughlin.
Here are the details for 10/17:
Maybe someone will be cheeky enough to cover this tune:
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some answers to alter. Someone changed the questions again.
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?
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.
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.
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…
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.
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….
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!
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.
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!
Here’s where it even better! Pete’s fundraising earned him a ten position jump this year- he came in at #60!
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!
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.
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!
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…
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?
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!
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!
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!!!