the upper crust


Getting ready…

We’ve been busy behind the scenes- coordinating equipment, load in times and press related talks.

During this time, an email appeared from Cleveland. Crash Safely was granted a pair of tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum!

You’ll have to get yourself there (yes, I did try to get airfare as a raffle item. Obviously it didn’t pan out). It’s a great excuse to go on a trip, though.  The tickets do not expire.  The only restriction is that they won’t work during a special event, so you won’t be crashing next year’s induction ceremony using these.

You can also pretend to be in Spinal Tap, which was my first reaction:

 

Also, I was able to extend the silent auction that’s currently running online until 8pm EST on 9/30. Studio time is still at quite a bargain right now, so get clickin’ and you can make your masterpiece without having to use Kickstarter.

You’ll also be able to purchase the new Unholy III CD on Friday as well.

 

These are gonna be big!  Make sure you’ve got your tickets!

 

 


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.

 


Moving day? 4

Moving day. No matter the reason, the actual act of moving can be both good and bad at once.

Sometimes, bad news can lead to a dramatic positive change. Bad news in this case had to do with internal situations at Church. I didn’t want to deal with the major changes they decided they need to go through with.  My unhappiness about that situation lead me to wonder aloud, “where else can I go at this point?”

Charlie Brown

I have a lot more hair, though.

That somewhere, it just so happened, was the Davis Square Theater (the artist formerly known as Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway).

Except… they didn’t have the same dates I had booked originally for this show. They did, however, have a Friday/Saturday reserved for a friend of mine two weeks later.

Here’s where it get interesting.  Did you know that BikeMS NYC pushed back the ride from September 30th to October 21?  I booked Crash Safely thinking it was going to be closer to the ride than it ended up being. The theater had also hosted another MS event last year and mentioned that they’d like to host Crash Safely sometime.

All of the bands were/are able to move to the new dates, two weeks later.

New ticket links are on the way, but the change in venue comes with a few pluses:

First of all, there are seats.  While this may not matter for most rock shows, seating can be a make-or-break thing for MSers.  Last time I was at Church, there weren’t many chairs left on the club side.

Secondly, the parking/Red Sox/general weirdness of the Fenway is now in the past.  Spend enough time in that area, and even the most hardcore Red Sox fan will become loudest voice of dissent against them.

Third, the 21+ thing. That goes hand in hand with the strangeness of the Fenway.  Last year, the shows were 18+.  This year, they would have been 21+ by default, as the city has decided the club is in a residential area and….I guess they blame 18 year olds for the mayhem generally caused by drunken Sox fans?

Moving to the theater means new ticket links as well.  Don’t worry if you’ve already bought tickets; those are still good.  The nice thing with the new ticket system is that you’ll be able to make a donation as well as buy the tickets (after all, the tickets are donations to the National MS Society). There are also a lot more options in terms of how you get your tickets (will call, print at home, on your smartphone or mailed to you).  I’m looking forward to seeing how many different ways the tickets will be ‘printed.’

 

While the details are still be (re)worked out, know this:

Crash Safely is being held on 9/28 and 9/29 at the Davis Square Theater in Somerville, MA.

The only thing that’s changed is the date and the venue.

S’alright?

Duc D'istortion

S'alight.


Really, 10 bands?

Last year, I said I wanted to keep the two nights to a smaller set of bands, just to keep the mayhem behind the scenes down (this includes equipment sharing and such.  All very un-rock’n’roll types of things that won’t be discussed here).10 (well, 10.5 bands, really) is a lot to juggle in a two night show.

So what did I do this year?

5 bands each night, so…10 bands.  Again.

Instead of being worried about how it’s all going to work out this year, I’m actually really excited.  I’m happy that I’m able to include a whole bunch of people who wanted to do it last year but couldn’t, people who played last year in some form who are coming back, as well as new people to the shows.  That most of the bands playing both nights know each other is a huge plus as well (the whole equipment thing I mentioned before). It’s on the main page, but just so I can say it here, this is the actual, final lineups for both nights:

 The Gentlemen

Friday, September 28th:
The Unholy III (Kevin Stevenson from the Shods’ new band)
The Dirty Truckers
The Gentlemen
Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents
The Phil Aiken Army

The Upper Crust

Saturday, September 29th:
The Upper Crust
Sidewalk Driver
TRiPLE THiCK
Thick Shakes
Cotton Candy

 

The more I type this, the less often I’ll have to refer to a calendar for the correct dates…

 

For both nights, it’s $10 in advance, $12 day of.  There’s also the two night pass at $18. Do note that the ticket links may not be updated just yet.  Don’t worry!

21+, get there around 7:30 to catch everyone.