Letters From the Ghost Chief
Volume Whatever: A Universe with a Mustache
Let me just start by stating the obvious: A fact that is so blatantly apparent that not addressing it right off the bat it is going to make things get really awkward as we continue this letter. Kind of like when Brett has something in his mustache, like a big thing of orange juice pulp, you want to tell him, but it’s so mesmerizing that you don’t and then he just keeps talking on and on about Ken Wilber and the Integral Naked people, and now it looks like it’s going to drip off of his mustache, but it’s just hanging there, and he goes on talking and then you can’t tell him anymore because now it would be weird that it was bothering you for so long and you never said anything…..ANYWAY, no you don’t have orange juice pulp in your mustache… But the thing I have to tell you before this goes any further is:
EVERYONE LOOKS GREAT TONIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!! Seriously. Wow. Like, so fine! All of you! It’s pretty ridiculous.
So a lot’s changed since last I rapped at ya, but that’s the nature of the beast, as they say. Point being, this is going to be a nice and informative read for you. Why don’t we start with a quick thank you to our generous sponsors, listed in approximated order of generosity? Want to help us save the world? You can sponsor a rider’s trial membership for $25. And we’ll give it away in a highly publicized contest so that everyone will know that it was your organization that put their money where there mouth was to reduce intoxicated driving.
Ben Gleason aka Glucose Music (Donated a propane Bus named Captain Majestic)
Kappa Alpha Theta (Boulder)
Alpha Phi (Boulder)
Sigma Pi (Boulder)
Pi Phi (Boulder)
PAPER DIAMOND is playing Ogden Theatre 11/05/11
This promises to be of the most important shos of the season. Why? Well, if you saw the set at Re:Generation this summer, you would know the answer. This Veteran of the Colorado, and National electronic music scenes is throwing down at Ogden Theater this Friday, November 4th. We have listened to this his musical creations under many names, including the Pnuma Trio and Alex B, and now the newest incarnation of his musical mastery: PAPER DIAMOND. He will be accompanied by none other than Minnesota, Sorry for Partying, and Raw Russ. Get ready for the most refined electro/dub to blow your mind since a long, long time ago.
Reserve your bus spots here: http://bustoshow.org/?p=721
Listen/free download here: http://soundcloud.com/paperdiamond
Join the fb event here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=179198778818081
Buy tickets here: http://www.ogdentheater.net/
Oh, and Texas kids…so as not to leave you out of the conversation he’s coming to The Parish in Austin on Nov. 18th. Yeah, we’ll be doing party buses out of SM for this. See you there!
11/11/11 SAVOY with Polish Ambassador at Fillmore (Denver)
I remember back in 2008…or maybe it was 2007, hauling ass in a the Warrior after the Disco Biscuits at The Fillmore., trying to get back in time catch Chill Fantastic and Savoy at The Waka Winter Classic at Trilogy in Boulder…(Now Shug’s). We had most of Chill Fantastic’s fans on the bus, so they all piled in the door in time to vote, but there was nothing anyone could do to compete with Savoy’s soynd. They had spent the last several month’s in the Lab..quite literally in the Green Spirit Productions Lab, learing everything there was to learn about electronic music production from one of Boulder’s true seminal figures, Ryan Nelli.
LOST AND FOUND
Shirley, Brett has your skateboard. On Halloween, he used it to throw a mobile danceparty on that bridge that goes over highway 36 at the 1stbank Center after the Skrillex show. Yeah. He took a marine battery off the bus and hooked it to an inverter and then plugged in the speaker, and rolled that contraption up to the elevator to get on the bridge. Next thing you know, a get down was happening. It was pretty chill. You should probably pick it up before he takes his show on the road. If anyone else has lost anything on a bus, please let us know and we’ll do our best to get it back to you firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO DOES WHAT TO WHO FOR HOW MANY COOKIES – STRUCTURAL CHANGES AT BTS/TBF
Well, we lost Mike Johnston. I mean, he’s still alive and everything, but he just isn’t working directly with us anymore. What can I say? Mike started here because he is a good friend, and knew that he could help us get certain things of the ground. He always said that it would only be for a short time, but he stayed for over a year. In that time, Mike almost single-handedly developed our Community Integrations Department. Mike, thank you so much for all of the great work you did and all of the relationships you initiated on behalf of our organization. We wish you the absolute best in your pursuits. Of course his legacy remains, and if you are wondering about sponsoring a rider or a bus on behalf of your company, or hosting a membership drive, or working out collaborative promotions, you can still get in touch at email@example.com. And if there are any Headhunters or employers reading this, with 6 figure salaries to offer: hint, hint, wink: Mike Johnston is like a Star Trek Phaser set to AMAZE, and he is not afraid to shoot you in the face with it.
Whenever a star explodes, it gives birth to new universes. And now we are blessed to receive a new universe. A new universe with a hilarious mustache that loves to dance and drive buses non-stop. His name is Brett Banfe, and he is the single-most unshakeable source of good moods and fun times I have ever met. He’s also pretty goddamn brilliant, and we’re really excited to see how he will apply his wealth of positivity to better our organizations. Brett’s Job Title: Director of Applied Consciousness. Love him well.
Right now, I am handling reservations, scheduling, and promotions and getting ready to work with Tawny on her new position within the community integrations department. Essentially, everyone’s favorite Dino-Costume-Wearing Party Mamma is going to be working hard to encourage companies and individuals to sponsor (pay for) trial and monthly memberships, so that these don’t get in the way of people making the decision to ride safe with us.
Oh yeah, and if you want to do stuff to people for cookies, hit us up, because we are hiring drivers: bustoshow.org/careers
What do you guys think of this idea for a slogan: “Now you can party the pounds away with WHOMPSERCISE!!!!!!! “ …Too much? Yeah? No? PJ Nutting, Godlazer, and Johnny Addleman, with help from the FLY GIRLS and K’s China and a slew of DJs are launching Whompsercise…our weekly dubstep aerobics session and donation-based fund raiser for The Basics Fund. It happens Fridays at K’s China during Face-Melt Fridays. Want to lead a sesh? DJ? Just rage with us? To stay up on changes email PJ@thebasicsfund.org with WHOMPSERCISE in the subject line.
WHY DOES BUSTOSHOW.ORG HAVE THAT LITTLE TWINKLE IN ITS EYE?
Because it just got LAID…out.. I mean, we just re-layed it out? We just gave it a new layout? Whatever, you get the point.
The most noticeable change is the listening column. This gives you the opportunity to listen to a featured track by the headliners of almost every show that is coming to town, all without ever leaving the comfort of the bus to show site.
Another change: the On-Board-Artist column. I know, I know, finally, right? Well, it’s not that we didn’t think of it a long time ago, because we did. It’s just that it’s hard to do all the things we think of as fast as we think of them because there’s so much other stuff that we already thought of that we have to do first. Anyway, now there is one. So you can link to listening pages for any of the artists that are playing our buses. And guess what else? You actually get to have a say in the matter. If you are checking to see who is playing on a bus, but we haven’t booked anyone yet, or haven’t gotten around to posting who we’ve booked yet, then instead of seeing a DJs name in that column, you’ll see a link to a form where you can vote for the artist you would like to have on board. This form has links to streaming files for most of the artists that play our buses frequently. There is also a column for OTHER, so you can write in a DJ. If you do this, please send us links to their work, because although we are pretty on top of who is making music in the area, you may as well make it easy on us. We also have a soundcloud drop box, if you search for the group called “DJ On Board” You’ll find it.
A link to our Schedule Details spreadsheet is now on the calendar….ON EVERY SINGLE ROW of the calendar, even though it’s the same link to the same spreadsheet, this little feature has already all but eliminated the need for us to have a phone line or even an email address for that matter. It’s been kind of boring though, not having the phone ring at 4 AM, with someone on the other end asking about what time the bus leaves. My bad for not doing this sooner.
Another link, in the Reservations column, exists so that if we haven’t gotten around to creating the actual reservations page, you can still fill out this form so that we can get in touch with you when the page is posted. This way, hopefully the bus doesn’t fill up before you check back.. …But check back anyway, because what if we forget to send the email? It’s not perfect, but it’s better and , it lessens the odds of you missing out.
Past Events Tab. Well, since we are putting so much more time into posting links to music, it would be a shame to just have it be deleted as soon as the show is done…especially for the on-board artists. Cuz we know they’re going to kill it, and you’re going to be like, who was that badass DJ on the bus last night…now you can go find out.
Reservations page: Well, we made it super simple and straight-forward. Also, now, if you’re reserving for a group of people, you don’t have to spend all day writing down everyone’s phone number. We just trust that you’re going to be the group leader and make sure you can call your friends if they get separated during the show.
SAVE A COWBOY, RIDE A BUS: BUS TO SHOW GOES TEXAN
So, we finally moved to Austin, Texas a week or two ago, me, my lovely bride, Laura, and my lovely cat, Fran-fran. The reason for this: part of our plot to take over the world and rid it of intoxicated driving forever by throwing raging busparties in every city of every state. AND THEN, BUILDING A PARTY BUS THAT IS BIGGER THAN THE WHOLE WORLD, so that everyone on the planet is constantly raging the biggest busparty in the universe.!!!!! Thanks very much to Austen Bailey, Nick Shirley, Julia Bentley, Jon Kahn, and Jeff Kahn, as well as Polaris Presents, C3 Presents, and Score More Shows, who provided us with the support, encouragement and inspiration to leave everything we’ve ever known and try to start it all again, here in the Lone Star State!
Alright, kiddies. There you have it. I spilled my guts for you. See you on the buses!
Love with every chamber of this 4-chambered Heart,
Bus to Show
The Basics Fund