Meet the Bands: The I Want You

Earlier this year, the I Want You made the Improper Bostonian’s Loud and Clear list of their favorite local acts.

They’re one of our favorites, too.  They even decked out in Teen Beat t-shirts at last year’s Crash Safely because they were sharing a bill with Cotton Candy.

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Top Notch and First Rate.

 


We’re excited to have them back, especially during  Pete Hayes‘ night!

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Even more of a reason to love them? They’re new single! Produced by fellow Crash Safely participant Pete Weiss, they’ve decided to donate all money that comes in through Christmas 2014 for the single to Crash Safely! Pay what you want for your copy and it will all go to help patients with MS and support research to help end MS, too.

Catch them on Night 1 of Crash Safely with that warm, fuzzy feeling of having already given to a great cause twice over!

All of the Silent Auction Links in one place

Because we have a bunch of silent auctions running this year, here’s a handy list of every single one, including when they end.

Studio Time Auction

Ends: 10/18 at noon.

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Date Night: Dinner Cruise for Two on the Odyssey Boston and a hotel room for two at the Boston Sheraton

Ends: 10/10 at 11pm (during Night Two).  We will announce the winners at the show, and we’ll give you the prizes if you’re there!

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Keurig Platinum Brewer and Case of Coffee

Ends: 10/10 at 11pm (during Night Two).  We will announce the winners at the show, and we’ll give you the prizes if you’re there!

A note on this one- the box is pretty large, so be prepared with a car/Uber/buddy if you win!

 

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Gibson Les Paul Future Tribute Guitar

Ends: 10/17 at 11pm (during Night Three). We will announce the winners at the show, and you’ll be able to leave the club with the guitar if you’re there!

The Les Paul comes with its own gig bag. Let us know if you’d prefer to hold onto the box it shipped in as well if you win!

 

 

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Cancun Vacation

Ends: 10/18 at noon.

 

 

The links are also found on the menu on both this site and on the blog.  Hooray for prizes!

Meet the Studios: Woolly Mammoth Sound

Chances are good that you know someone who’s recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound. Led by Neighborhoods singer and guitarist and sometimes Replacement Dave Minehan, Woolly’s been a welcoming place for all since its early days in the heart of the Fens.

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Here’s your chance to add to Woolly’s impressive roster of clients and an opportunity to ask Dave if he hung out more with Tommy Stinson or Paul Westerberg at Boston Calling.

Bid on 4 hours of studio time with Dave at Woolly and remember to share any tasty bits of ‘Mats gossip with the rest of us, OK?

Let the bidding begin!

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Tomorrow at 6pm, the silent auction for the Les Paul Future Tribute begins!  You’ll need to create a username and password for the site if you’ve never bid on auctions at 32auctions.com, so make sure you take care of that say, todayish.

 

The auction ends during the final night of Crash Safely and the guitar will be available for pickup right there that night!

 

You’ll be able to check out the guitar at every night of Crash Safely, but you’ll only be able to take it home on 10/17…. unless you choose the “Buy Now” option!

All the prizes!

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Check out all of the things we’ve got waiting for you to win at Crash Safely this year!  More keeps coming in, so this list is far from complete, but there’s still plenty of great things to choose from!

Meet the Bands: As The Sparrow

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What happens when you mix folk, swing, rock and big band?  As the Sparrow knows!

They’re bringing their unique blend of sounds to Crash Safely on night one this year, and maybe we can play this great Clue-themed music video there!

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Who knew they had a Tim Curry lookalike in their band?

They’re on WMFO tonight at 10 pm! 

 

Up for Grabs: Date Night!

Sometimes, you just want a nice night out, right?

Now, you can get away without getting out of town for a night!  Enter to win a Dinner Cruise for two on the Odyssey cruise and then retire to a comfy hotel room in the Sheraton Boston!

Check out the menu and figure out what fancy things you’re going to wear!

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Wear yourself out on the boat? Take advantage of the Sheraton’s spa, or lounge around their pool!

This prize will be up for grabs on 10/10, so make sure you get your tickets!!!

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!

Up for Grabs: Shake Shack

Few comfort food places can boast crazy lines in the middle of a heat wave during an outdoor music festival or intense public debates about their french fries, but Shake Shack is not your average comfort food stand.  Burgers, the aforementioned fries, hot dogs, custard, and of course, shakes, round out a pretty robust menu of goodies.

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cheese fries?!? They have cheese fries?

A $25.00 gift certificate will be up for grabs at Crash Safely this year.  May we suggest checking out the menu beforehand?

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Now, please excuse us.  We’re feeling a bit… hungry…

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Meet the Faces of MS: Tricia

We’ve interviewed a few MS patients already about their experiences, which vary quite a bit already.  Patients aren’t the only one who have to deal with the symptoms, doctor’s appointments and social oddities that come along with MS.  Tricia’s husband Rich has MS, so we asked her for her observations of life with Rich, Charlie (their adorable kid!) and MS. Both Tricia and Rich work

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1) What’s been the hardest thing for you in dealing with Rich’s MS?

There are a lot of things that are challenges, and most days I don’t think of them, because I’ve been working with these challenges for so long.
One thing that is difficult are the sacrifices that I have to make for my family that many people take for granted, such as turning down a family function because the venue isn’t wheelchair accessible, or not being able to take a vacation, because of the uncertainty of the accessibility of areas. So much of the future cannot be planned, because you never know when he will have an exacerbation, and booking things that are nonrefundable can be risky.

2) How has Rich’s MS altered your life?

Before I met him, I had a vision of what my life would be like. I’m sure everyone does! But I’ve had to alter that dream quite a bit, giving up moving out of the city, buying a fixer-upper home, going to the beach as a family, taking vacations to Europe. I’m not upset that things didn’t work out the way I had envisioned, I’ve just had to create new goals.

3) Do you find that other people treat Rich differently? If so, how?

 Absolutely. Rich speaks slowly and somewhat slurred, and people often assume he is unable to answer questions for himself. Quite frequently in stores or restraints, clerks will ask me what he wants. Or they will look at is both with confusion, as if they aren’t sure if he can order for himself. Sometimes if they start talking to him, and realize he speaks slowly, they will then change and start talking to me, because the assume he is mentally deficient. On our honeymoon in Canada, a hostess at a restaurant remarked to me that it was very sweet that I took my brother on vacation. I looked her dead in the eye and said “We’re newlyweds. This is our honeymoon.” She was very embarrassed, and she should be.
Just because a person is in a wheelchair doesn’t mean they can’t have the same relationships and experiences an able bodied person has.

4) Do other people treat you differently because of Rich’s MS? If so, how?

The thing I hear the most is “I don’t know how you do it,” and honestly, I just do it. Anyone would just do what they need to do to get through the day.

5) How hard is it for you to find support/similar people to get help from?

We are in a unique position because it seems to is that most other couples our age (late thirties) who have one partner with MS do not have the amount of accumulated disability that Rich does. When we’ve been to some “young adult” functions, I always felt like we scare people, because many people with MS at our age are newly diagnosed, and some may not be ready to face a potential future that Rich represents. Most of the MS spouses I meet are men supporting their wives. I think it is also hard being the wife of a disabled person, because you want to help your husband feel “manly” but it’s hard not to emasculate a person when your tying their shoes every day.

6) What would you like people who know nothing about MS to know?

People with MS have so very many varying symptoms from person to person, and sometimes from day to day. Some of those symptoms are visible, such as my husband’s inability to walk or use his hands without spasms, and some of them you cannot see or grasp quickly, like chronic pain, or balance issues. People with MS can appear drunk, but they aren’t.