davis square theater



Alright, fine- It’s a yard sale, technically, and there will indeed be BBQ.  Q Division’s Yard Sale is tomorrow and a bunch of Crash Safely folks will be there.


Ronnie Lane

And we’ll be hungry!


I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while, now, but I just got a new computer and the monitor is, well… overwhelming. Everything I type looks like it’s appearing across the street from me, which is a little disorienting.


huge monitor

Go ahead, try to spell correctly!


The Q Yard Sale is a lot of fun, and at last year’s event, the fun started on the red line on my way there.  While I’m not looking for anything in particular this year (in fact, I’m looking to give someone some music), I will probably leave there with some treasures. Unlike last year, I’m not in the process of moving the shows from one venue to another or changing dates.  I am simply waiting for the first round of the artwork!

Should you be wanting a quick rundown, here are the details as they are today.  Keep in mind these shows are in September, so be flexible with your iCal, ok? Ticket links are on the way as well for most nights. It’s not even July. I’m organized, but I’m not quite that good. Go ahead and give me some cute names for nights 2 and 4 as well.

Crash Safely Night #1: Packed with Hits!!

18+, $15.00
OBERON 2 Arrow Street Cambridge, MA

DJ/VJ Craig MacNeil of Videodrome Discotheque
The Upper Crust
John Powhida International Airport
Parlour Bells

Crash Safely Night #2

21+, $12.00    TICKETS
Davis Square Theatre  255 Elm Street Somerville, MA
The Nickel & Dime Band
The Duckbills (members of the Figgs)
Mount Peru
Tsunami of Sound

Crash Safely Night #3: Plonkfest!

21+, $10.00
Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington Street Jamaica Plain, MA
Corin Ashley
The Unholy III
The Phil Aiken Army
Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One

Crash Safely Night #4

21+, $10.00
Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington Street Jamaica Plain, MA
Sidewalk Driver
Gene Dante and The Future Starlets
My Own Worst Enemy
The I Want You
Cotton Candy

Soon, there will be posters.  Soon, there will be news of what goodies can be won in raffle and silent auction, too!

What a weekend!

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I’m still recovering from this weekend! Check out just a few of the photos Mick Murray took both nights! There are a TON more, and a bunch from other photographers as well!

Our silent auction for studio time ended on Sunday at 8pm and the winners have all been notified.  In case you’re wondering who to get friendly with really quickly, it’s:

Four hours at Woolly Mammoth Studio with Dave Minehan

Mike Oliver, ‘Hoods fan extraordinaire, won the Woolly time.

A Day in Studio B at Q Division with Ed Valauskas
Two songs mastered at Peerless with Jeff Lipton

Well planned bidding earned Ken Rothman and his band studio time, not only at Q Division but at Peerless as well!

A Day at Zippah with Brian Charles

Frank D’Urso(aka FrankD from the Noise Board) clicked away with Zippah time!


Thanks to all of the bands, the Davis Square Theatre and all of the folks who donated raffle and silent auction items!
Thanks to all of the fans who came out, and to new friends met both nights!

MS doesn’t rest, so neither do we.  The ride is 10/21 and next year’s shows are already being planned.

The Upper Crust by Amy Fairchild


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Did you make it out to Crash Safely last night?

If you did…why are you awake? I left before a bunch of folks at 2am. Put your smart phone down and go back to sleep!

We had so much fun last night, I can’t even begin to describe it!  Photos are forthcoming (we had many talented photogs running around last night), but know that EVERYONE had an amazing time!

If you’ve never seen the Phil Aiken Army, you need to remedy that ASAP.  They are a phenomenal bunch!

You also owe it to yourself to see the Dirty Truckers more often, and you need to check out the Unholy III. The Deelinquents seem to get more and more amazing every night as well. As for the Gents… I can’t even begin to describe the power they brought to the stage- Ducky Carlisle is a drumming master.

So, how will tonight go?  Well, check out what Lord Bendover had to say to the Globe.

Many thanks to all of the bands who make Crash Safely the amazing set of shows that it is!

We’ll see you tonight!!!


About a month away…

It’s getting closer to show time!  I’m still getting raffle and silent auction items coming in (as well as questions and rejections, which are just part of the process I suppose), and I’ve just concluded a summer class.  I’m super tired, but there’s still a lot to do for the shows!


Posters are in- you should start to see them around town soon.  There’s a very limited number of the silk screened posters, so keep an eye out for them! If you like them and part of  you thinks that no one will notice one poster going missing around town… just email me instead. I’ll give you one if we have extra.  Seriously.


In a week, all folks who are interested can begin bidding on studio time online.  Here is all of the info for those items:

woolly mammoth sound logo

Four (4) hours of studio time with Dave Minehan


Zippah Studios Giveaway Flyer

A Day at Zippah with Brian Charles


Q Division logo

A day in Studio B with Ed Valauskas


peerless logo

Two (2) songs mastered at Peerless by Jeff Lipton


None of these are small places looking for exposure; You’re pretty much not going to get this sort of caliber of studio prize options without having to get picked for the Rumble.  Even better? You don’t have to endure getting knocked out of the running by having a bad set or vindictive judge. This is the first time I’m running the silent auction online, so I’m hoping that it works out even better than last year.


You’ll be hearing more from me, as well as the Night Ridah, very soon!  I’m really looking forward to two days in the Davis Square Theatre.


More raffle items


Let me just say this first: the idea of a raffle came from Pete Hayes.  He wanted the shows to be more interactive and fun, because pretty much anyone can get their friends together to play a benefit, but not everyone can get a Djembe.

It was offered as a raffle prize before we had the shows. Maybe it’ll be offered up this year?  I leave all of the drum equipment stuff to the expert.

As you may have seen, there are already two prizes ready and waiting for forever homes in September.  The first is from Brian Charles at Zippah. That’s more of a silent auction item, so get your pens ready for that.

Our first raffle item came in almost as quickly as the request went out: two $50 gift cards to Redbones.

Redbones folks love bikes, and they’re neighbors with the Davis Square Theatre, so it makes all kinds of sense. I don’t know if it affected the decision to be involved or not, but I did mention a little factoid in my request: The Night Ridah! and I got married at Redbones. Then we had corn fritters.