Gibson Les Paul Future Tribute guitar

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 get that out of the way first.

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 on the 32auctions page.  Then, it’s all yours and you don’t have any anxiety about losing out to that guy who outbid you by $0.99.

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!

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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!

 

 

 

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

 

They’re on WMFO tonight at 10 pm!

 

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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!!!

 

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8-10 hour day of recording

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!

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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.

 

 

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.
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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.

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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.

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Up for Grabs: ArtsEmerson Membership!

There are a few Emersonians behind the scenes here at Crash Safely, and we were excited to get this donation from our alma mater.

Restored old theaters? A crazy variety of theater, movies other special events,from Shakespeare to Monty Python?

Yes, please!

 

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You can enter to win a membership  to ArtsEmerson this year! Membership includes:

  • One free ticket annually
  • No box office fees!
  • 25% off all film screenings
  • $10 discount on all tickets
  • Members only preview events

 

We’ll see you at the Paramount!!

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Meet the Bands: Animal Hospital

Long a hidden treasure in Boston recording circles as a freelance recording engineer and a trusted electronics fix-it man, Kevin Micka has approached Animal Hospital over the last 9 years in the nooks and crannies of his schedule.

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During performances, Micka buries himself in a pile of electronics-shelves of effects, mixing consoles, amps and delay units-while patiently constructing a layered nest of loops consisting of live drum beats, guitar chords, scrapes, chucks, chimes, and melodies resulting in anything from more conventional songs to meticulously crafted ambient movements on to full on improvisation. Since the winter of 2011, a large ensemble version of his music has been realized with performances consisting of up to 30 musicians at times.

To date, Animal Hospital has released 3 studio albums on Mister Records, Mutable Sound and Barge Recordings.

Kevin has consistently toured the world (recently Japan, Australia and South America) winning followers from all corners of the music world, including spots with acts as diverse as The Jesus Lizard, Beirut, No Age, MAIN, Thrones, Dosh, Os Mutantes and Codeine.

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He’ll be sharing the stage at the Middle East on 10/17 with  The Field Effect, Township, White Dynomite, TRiPLE THiCK  and host D-Tension at Crash Safely this year, and if you haven’t had a chance to see Animal Hospital live yet, prepare to be mesmerized!