More radio!

We haven’t even recovered for a supremely amazing night at the Midway last night, but we’ll be back on the radio tonight!

Join us with Dan Kopko from Watts as we talk Crash Safely Night 2 tonight around 11:15pm on Bay State Rock!

photo by Mike Oliver

photo by Mike Oliver

Listen online here or on 97.7 FM/  107.3 FM!

Meet the Bands: Watts

Watts have been super busy AGAIN!  In case you’ve missed it, they’ve just come back from New York, after a quick diversion into Portland (ME, not OR). They’ll be helping fellow Crash Safely band Fireking celebrate their vinyl release soon, too!

photo by Micah Gummel

photo by Micah Gummel

Crash Safely will be your chance to get up close and personal with the band before they are called away to another far-flung city in need of their rock services.  (Aren’t ALL cities in need of Watts, really?)

Grab your tickets to 10/23 here, and remember- you can also enter to win lots of goodies at our raffles! See you at the Middle East!

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?

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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…

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!

 

 

We’re back on Bay State Rock this Sunday with TRiPLE THiCK!!

We’ll be on Bay State Rock with TRiPLE THiCK performing live in the studio! We’re excited that we’ve been asked to return in between night 2 and  night 3 this year!

 

Most bands get to do a four song acoustic set- let’s see how many that translates into for TRiPLE THiCK!

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We’re going to guess 20.

This is always a fun time, so make sure to tune in!  This is TRiPLE THiCK’s first time on Bay State Rock, so make sure you tune in !!!
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hear it on TuneInstream from your computer, or ye olde fashioned actual radio (99.7/107.3)!

Meet the Studios: Bridge Sound and Stage

Part studio, part performance venue, The Bridge Sound & Stage lives in the former home of Fort Apache Studios.

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Carrying on the tradition of being a great space with an amazing vocal room, the Bridge has hosted a wide variety of acts, from Sheryl Crow, Moe Pope, WGBH, D-Tension (hey, we know that guy!) and Jordan Knight.   They even made the Improper Bostonian’s recent feature on up and coming local music acts through Dutch ReBelle!

Bet you never thought about D-Tension and Jordan Knight being in the same room until now…

Tour the facilities, and put your bid in for an 8-10 hour day of recording with them!

Meet the Bands: Township

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Township have been putting out a ton of great music this year. An EP a month (at least), with some pretty trippy videos to go along with them.

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We may have just hypnotized you.  In that case, think of sweet, sweet guitarmony and don’t forget to grab you tickets!

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These are the droids you’re looking for.

Up for Grabs: Death Wish Coffee Gift Set

Coffee.  It’s a favorite drink of ours and we’ve had quite a lot of it to share over the years.

This year, we have  the strongest coffee you can buy.

What are you trying to tell me?

What are you trying to tell me?

Death Wish Coffee has an awesome name, awesome coffee and awesome logos.  How could we possibly pass them up?

They take their coffee very, very seriously (as do we).

Death Wish Coffee presents The Janitor from Death Wish Coffee Company on Vimeo.

They also have a coffee from Zakk Wylde called Valhalla Odinforce Blend.

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Which also has awesome artwork!

Coffee+ Rock’n’Roll+Great Graphic Design.  You can get it all with our Death Wish Gift Set!  It comes with:

5 lbs of whole bean Death Wish Coffee

Ground Death Wish Coffee

Death Wish T Shirt

Death Wish Thermal Mug

Cool spoon rests, coasters and stickers

We may even see about brewing up some Death Wish for the Early Birds at one of the shows as well!

Death Wish Coffee- who needs sleep, anyway?