Thursday, April 9, 2015

That Post Halloween Show Feeling

Thanks

Thank you to all the performers at this year's show.  It has been great looking through all of the pictures and clips online.

Thanks to The Verge staff who were so accommodating with all the things that can come up when you throw a 9-hour show.

Special thanks to the volunteers and our stage and sound crew.  This show doesn't happen without your effort.

Finally, thank you to everyone that came out to support this year's show. 
It was an amazing year.

 

Pictures and Clips

Please continue to utilize the hash tags for pictures and video clips on social media.  If you haven't been using the hash tag, please update your posts to include it.  It really does make everything easier to share.
Here are the one's that we've seen so far, feel free to use any or all of them. Next year, we'll get this social media thing down.

#SacHalloween2015
#SacHalloweenShow2015
#HalloweenShow2015
 
Finally, please utilize the comments to post any links to Drop boxes, on-line drives, or YouTube clips from this year's show.  Let's make this, the place to go for everything from this year's show.
 
 
Thanks again for a great show!
 

Friday, April 3, 2015

The 2015 Halloween Show: It's Showtime


Saturday:  Bands should be at
The Verge by 4 PM, ready to play!
 

Details

Date:    Saturday, April 4th

 
Place:   Verge Center for the Arts
             625 S Street
             Sacramento, CA 95818

Doors
Open:   3 PM
 
Show
Starts:  4 PM Sharp
 
Cover:  $5 (cash) for everyone,
             including performers and volunteers
            larger donations gladly accepted

             Bring a valid ID if you plan on drinking
 

 Performing

  •  Bands will begin playing at 4 PM sharp.
  • The line-up order is released the day of the show.  Bands not ready to perform when scheduled risk being bumped from the show.
  • We will utilize a backline including drums, amps, and a PA.  All bands will be required to use the backline.
  • This year, there is a raised stage.
  • The time between bands must be kept to a minimum.  Bands should gather at the "on-deck" area prior to their performance.
  • Each band will have 12 minutes to perform.
  • With the large number of bands this year, it is crucial that everyone plays their allotted time.  Every minute your band goes over, you're stealing time from your friends' bands.
  • If your band will be using anything messy during your performance, be prepared to clean-up after the show.
  • No silly-string.  Sorry, it's just too difficult to clean up.
  • If there are any changes to your band, be sure to update the comments.

The Verge

The entrance to the show will be through the alley and on the side of the building.
 
The venue is located in a neighborhood, so outside noise must be kept to a minimum.  Large, noisy crowds in front of The Verge will draw the attention of the neighbors and the police.  If you're not inside enjoying the show, please hang out in the alley behind The Verge and keep the noise down. Security will be on hand to keep the front of the building clear.
 
If you are driving to the show, parking is available behind The Verge.  There is metered parking until 6 PM around The Verge and north of S Street.  Please be aware of all parking restrictions and do not to block anyone's driveway.
 
The AXIS gallery and all artist work spaces will be closed during the show.
 

Food and Beverage


The bar will serve $3 beers and $1 waters.  The bar will accept cash and credit.  Keep in mind, the door will only accept cash.

We will be carding at the door.  Please bring a valid ID or driver's license if you plan on drinking.  Also, to comply with our liquor permit, outside alcohol will not be allowed.

There will be two food venders arriving at the show about 5 PM.  Plan on visiting them in the courtyard.
 
 

The Fun Part

Set up will take place on the evening of Friday, April 3rd from 6-8 PM at The Verge.  If your band will be using special equipment for the performance, please attend the set-up.  Requests made the day of the show will be difficult to honor.
 
Clean up of the greenroom will take place immediately after the show.
 
Equipment pick up and a final clean up of the showroom will be Easter Sunday, April 5th from 12-2 PM. 
 
Volunteers will be needed for set-up, clean-up, and working at the door during the show.  If you're interested in helping, please update the comments or reach out to one of the show organizers.

Continue to use the hash tag #sachalloween2015 on Facebook and Instagram posts.  It'll make finding pictures on Sunday a lot easier.


The Bands

Special Guest DJ will play a set from 3-4 PM of NY/NJ hits.

LeaderBand/Performer
CodyLes Savy Fav
AmandaAlicia Keyes
Ted AngelThe Ronettes
VinceThe Strokes
Whittney Elyse KebschullPatty Smith Group
JaySuicide
Jessica BrownDionne Warwick
Andrew NaifyJohnny Thunders
DavyNeil Diamond
JoelThe Band
Candice PhillipsYeah, Yeah, Yeahs
GabbaThe Ramones
Dylan BarnesBilly Joel
JedSonic Youth
JJNew York Dolls
GabeLCD Soundsystem
GuphyThe Lovin' Spoonful
Amanda ChavezCyndi Lauper
NatalieCats
JimboHoly Modal Rounders
Chris HarveySimon & Garfunkel
Skott TastropheTalking Heads
NikkiSalt 'n Peppa
CarolineForeigner
AlBon Jovi
Heather ConwayEddie Money
MargauxDee Lite
FosterDavid Peel & The Lower East Side
 
Hope to see everyone there!
 
Final score from the blog survey:  New York 14, New Jersey 6

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Guphy: The Lovin' Spoonful

Why did you choose The Lovin' Spoonful?
Because I believe that the Welcome Back Kotter theme is one of the best songs of all time.  But now that I have dove deeper into LS, I now think every song (except fucking Summer in The City) written by John Sebastian is the best song ever written.
When did you first hear The Lovin' Spoonful?

I have heard them my whole life, we didn't have an FM radio station in my little town until I was in junior high, so up to that point it was all sweet bubblegum AM radio in the woody station wagon, which is the kind of groove that LS fits right into. (Except, of course, fucking Summer in The City.)  But the secret real answer is that "Do You Believe in Magic?" was covered by Shaun Cassidy and I was crazy about everything he did ever. I first heard Da Doo Ron Ron from a Shaun Cassidy album as well. It's embarrassing but not as bad as the fact that I heard the soundtrack to the movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band before I heard the Beatles. My parents were a bit square, obvs.

What's your favorite The Lovin' Spoonful song you're not playing at the show?

Darling Be Home Soon, I think, but there are a ton of good slash ridiculous ones, like Nashville Cats, Jug Band Music or the friggen amazing Younger Generation which features such lyrics as these:
And "Hey, Pop, my girlfriend's only three
She's got her own videophone and she's taking L.S.D.
And now that we're best friends she wants to give a bit to me
But what's the matter Daddy, how come you're turning green?
Can it be that you can't live up to your dreams?"

Aside from The Lovin' Spoonful, who are you looking forward to seeing?
Si and Gar, Talking Heads. Diamond. Springsteen of course.
Finally, pick one:  New York or New Jersey.
Jersey. I have my reasons.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The 2015 Valentine's Day Show: Say What?!

Say What?!

A Celebration of Spoken Word & Children's Music



Calling a Band
With the overwhelming interest of performing in this year's show, calling a band will be slightly different.  Rather than posting  in the comments the name of the performer you'd like to cover, participants can call their band at the end of a scavenger hunt.
 
The scavenger hunt begins at 6 AM on Tuesday, April 21st at The Sunflower in Fair Oaks. 


All participants should bring a camera, a light snack, a first aid kit, comfortable shoes, a jacket, a flashlight, a swim suit, a hammer, gloves, at least $20 in cash, a pocket knife, and a lighter.  Don't forget sunscreen.

All participants will be restricted from driving their own vehicles, however, there are no rules against the use of public transportation, walking, or biking.


(Note:  Valentine's Day Show organizers strongly discourage hitchhiking or car jacking.  The organizers will assume no responsibility for any injuries or damages from either activity.  Plus, with the blindfold, those activities will be really dangerous.  We're not saying don't do it, we're saying you shouldn't.  I guess it's just how bad you want to be in the show.)

Accommodations will be made for participants that cannot swim or have a shellfish allergy, but a time penalty will be applied. 

Keep in mind, a waiver of liability, proof of insurance, and a list of emergency contacts are required.


Only the first 25 finishers will have a guaranteed spot in the line-up, all other finishers will be placed on a wait list.  Competing alone will not guarantee you a spot--you have to win to play! 

 The Rules

The same rules from previous Valentine's Day shows apply:
  • Scavenger hunt finishers can call only ONE band that fits this year's theme.  It's Raffi meets Rollins in a show that is sure to be remembered.
  • No more than nine members of an existing band should be in the same Valentine's Day band.
  • Participants should limit the number of bands they will be performing in to 6 acts.
  • Valentine's Day bands will be limited 45 minutes of performance time.
  • Rules or restrictions may be added as the show comes together and bands fall apart.

 The Venue

Neither the date nor the venue have not been finalized.  Possible options include Sleep Train Arena, Sleep Train Amphitheater, and several Sleep Train stores.  Stay tuned, details will be released here prior to complaints on social media.
 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Amanda: Alicia Keys

 
Why did you choose Alicia Keys?
When Alicia Keys (whose real name is actually Alicia Cook!) came onto the scene I felt an immediate kinship with her. I love how she merges classical, jazz, and hip hop so that she has an old school feel but fits into contemporary music flawlessly. I feel like her musical influences mirror my own and she has a vocal range that is very comfortable for me to sing within. I love that she has a toughness to her while also singing about emotional and vulnerable subjects. It’s sadly rare to get to see women in pop culture appear as fully formed multidimensional beings. Strength and vulnerability are equally worthy attributes to me.
When did you first hear Alicia Keys?
I heard Songs in A Minor when it dropped in 2001. At the time if I tried to sing aloud in public I would be reduced to tears and my body would physically not allow sound to exit my mouth due to extreme social anxiety and stage fright. Around the time Alicia’s first album came out, I started taking vocal lessons in order to force myself to get used to singing in front of another person. Her songs were some of the very first songs I chose to sing in those vocal lessons.
What's your favorite song by Alicia Keys that you're not playing at the show?
You Don't Know My Name is a great tune. It would have been fun to do that telephone dialogue about the hot chocolate, but of course there isn't time for that kind of nonsense.
Aside from Alicia Keys, who are you looking forward to seeing?
I won’t budge from my front row spot. I honestly am so excited about everybody! I'm especially excited that Amanda Chavez is doing Cyndi Lauper! I sure hope I play before Bon Jovi because I will definitely lose my voice after screaming along to every word.
Finally, pick one:  New York or New Jersey.
New York.
There’s nothing you can’t do.
Jersey hairdos will always have a place in my heart though.