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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….

Friday’s just about spoken for…

The weather outside is perfectly springish.  Seeing as we’re in the habit of skipping seasons, I’m OK with skipping right to the end of summer/beginning of fall with news about the Crash Safely shows.  Last year featured 5 bands each night (well, OK, 5 1/2, there was a mini Figgs set on Friday).  While that was an amazing amount of music, it left little time for the raffle and silent auction. That was a shame, because we had some great stuff up for grabs (as the folks who won can attest to).

The shows were a big success!  The entire Maybe Sump’ms team landed in the top 20 for fundraising, rubbing shoulders with the financial giants who probably force people at gunpoint to ride have the cash to spare to match donations. Our scrappy little team is 100% friends, family and fans.  The shows helped the team more than double the amount we raised the year before.  If you went to the shows, you did that.  If you played the shows, you did that.   If you sent in a donation, you did that. You’re Maybe Sump’ms, too!

We’re an “elite” team now, which means..

Duc D'istortion

It's cool, right?

…maybe we should get the Upper Crust to come along and serenade us in the super special team village this year. They played Store 54, after all…

I’d love to see the looks that would get.  Sweaty riders coming in, being greeted by this:





Speaking of the Crust, Jackie Kickassis has penned a tune that’s being recorded at Woolly Mammouth Sound thanks to the silent auction from last year. Really.  I’m hoping to get a sample of the dirty little ditty to share here.


In the meantime, we’ve just added our buddies The Dirty Truckers to the mix!  They wanted to play last year, but couldn’t make the dates work. I’ll be adding a video of them to the main page soon.