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!


I am excited to announce the venues and acts that are going to be participating in our four nights of shows this year!

Make sure you clear your schedule on the following nights to see all of these amazing folks:

9/13, 9/14, 9/20 and 9/21

Where are the shows taking place?
OBERON               Davis Square Theatre              Midway Cafe


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DJ/VJ Craig MacNeil of Videodrome Discotheque          The Upper Crust           Parlour Bells  

John Powhida International Airport                                Township                       Mount Peru

The Nickel & Dime Band                                               Tsunami of Sound         The Titanics

The Duckbills (members of The Figgs)                         Corin Ashley                  The Unholy III

Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One                                      Phil Aiken Army              Sidewalk Driver

Gene Dante and The Future Starlets                           The I Want You               My Own Worst Enemy

Cotton Candy


4 Nights. 3 Venues. 2 Weekends. 1 Cause- a Cure for MS!

See you in September!

Music from last year’s Crash Safely 1

Music -and some video- from last year’s show!

Video by the fabulous Mick Murray!


Gene Dante and the Future Starlets: In Lieu of an Overture


The Unholy III: Strychnine


Easy Action: She Ain’t My Girlfriend


Titanics: My Demon



The In Out: Stupidity





Pete Hayes’ Rock Shop: Iraq and Iran


John Powhida International Airport: Rhode Island






Jason Bennett: Goodbye to the USA


The Russians:

Good news, the Rumble and Kevin Bacon

It’s always good to be able to update with positive things, and positive surprises are even better.

First off, Thick Shakes got the wild card for the next Rock’n’Roll Rumble round! They join a well heeled group of Rumble veterans at Crash Safely, including last year’s winner, two of  last year’s semi-finalists, both of the runners up in 2009the winners in 2002, participants in 2008, participants from last yearparticipants from 1988, participants from 2001,  and a member of the band that won in 1989, as well as members of bands from 1999.  Now that I’ve put more hyperlinks in one sentence than a human normally does, thus sending this into the spam-alert zone, I can also mention we got some love from the third band to win the Rumble as well.  There were 10 bands that played last year and about the same amount getting ready for this year.

Now that should keep you clicking around the internet for a good amount of time.  While I never set out to ask Rumble bands to play these shows, it turns out that many of them have the Rumble in common. It also points out just how many people are affected, in some way, by MS. In a way, it makes sense; It doesn’t take long to be within six degrees of anyone.  We have friends, family and coworkers; our friends have friends, family and other coworkers etc., etc. No wonder you’ll be within 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon; the number of people these folks know is astounding!   If you’re feeling particularly dorky, check out this lecture where Harvard Professor David Malan talks about Facebook and the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon and actually uses some small (for Facebook) numbers to see exactly how that plays out.

Kevin Bacon

and now your Bacon number just went up.


We’re a lot more connected to each other than we’d like to imagine.

There’s more good news, but it’s still in process.  Being a believer in chance, I don’t want to mention what those things are until they’re a bit more solid, but trust me… it’s really amazing.  Not as amazing as bacon, perhaps, but amazing nonetheless.


The Amazing Bacon Dispenser.

So really, who’s playing?

Spots on this year’s dates filled up fast. There were folks who wanted to play last year but couldn’t, so as a result, we’re just getting some details down right now.   Looking at last year’s emails..we’re a full month ahead of schedule (and can nearly beat the Rumble in terms of announcing who’s playing).  When the specifics are finalized, You’ll see the full list here, as well as links for tickets, donating to and joining the Maybe Sump’ms and more.  Last year’s Friday headliners were a reunited Titanics; that crew is on for this year, although they haven’t decided if they will be the Titanics, the Satanics, or as the pre-Upper Crust band The Clamdiggers. Don’t know the Clamdiggers?

Nat Freedberg

Maybe you’ve heard at least this song by them:

or perhaps you’ve seen Nat elsewhere….

but chances are, you’ve never seen him with these guys.

At least, you haven’t seen that…yet….