The Grand Artique of San Diego are expanding the traveling General Store theatre into Frontierville @ Lightning in a Bottle.
The Call For Help:
Hello and Huzza! fellow Citizens,
We are the Grand Artique of San Diego and we are calling out to you for some help in expanding our interactive, traveling, art, music, bartering, trading and dance project called "The Grand Artique Store" at Lightning in a Bottle Music and Arts Festival (LIB). In the past we have begged, borrowed, or, in the cases of a few dumpster diving expeditions, stolen the things we needed to bring you the General Store to LIB and the Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival. This year, we are going big with a structure, our Town Hall, that is twice the size of the general store, a working stage open to the public, more amenities and offerings to our General Store Customers and live Bands every night, not to mention the shenanigans of all the Frontierville Citizenry and a Mayoral Campaign that will knock your socks off with satire that is not only outrageous but also borders on the bizarre.
So, reach into your pockets and see what you can whip out for Frontierville: A Town Square Extravaganza!
What is The General Store?:
The General Store is a solid, pallet-rack structure skinned with recycled, found or discarded wood and fixtures that houses the supplies for the 15,000 festival goers at LIB.
We carry the general camping supplies that are often forgotten such as pickled food, blankets, clothing, batteries, sun hats, tarps, tent stakes, petrol, camp kitchen supplies and more. And we have a pharmacy with homeopathic remedies for all sorts of maladies, advil, candy, motrin, and the like, essential oils, arnika, sun screen, aloe vera, etc. AND there is a gallery of oddities and knick knacks for customers to peruse and perhaps make a trade for, things like jewelry, and knives, gadgets that we have not yet identified, eye patches, ambers, and more. Everything is available for buy, sell, or trade, with many donation based items. Our specialty, however, is the trade, the bargaining, the haggle. A sort of braggadocios mating dance that is guaranteed to entertain.
What is Frontierville?:
Our proposed Frontierville is an interactive environment much like a living history museum that would create a town square environment completely alive with tongue and cheek re-enactments, live music, interactive photo booth, campaign grandstanding by the illustrious Mayor of Frontierville W.C. Thornbush. It would be comprised of two basic structures, a single story structure (the General Store) and a two story structure with promenade and balcony (the City Hall Saloon). In addition to these buildings we will have two bathroom attendants carts that will travel the festival grounds, several voting booths for election day at the festival, and a stage area for our house band, guests, cooking lesson, wrestling, and our full length production of "FRONTIER!" the musical.
What do we need?
With your donations we will be able to provide our project with the much needed items listed below:
-Food. We have an estimated group of twenty people for the weekend with ten of those showing up early and staying late for the load-in, build, strike and load-out. Our estimated food cost alone is $1700 for the week.
-Hardware. Nuts, bolts, screws, cafe lights, light bulbs, conduit, wire, cube taps, extension chords, cement, paint, it takes a lot of these things to make trash into treasure or scrap would into a City Hall.
-Gas and Truck Rental. Our operation is large to say the least and it takes a good deal of petrol and a big truck to haul everything out to Silverado from San Diego and Los Angeles.
-Lighting and Sound Equipment. To make the banjos and guitars sound their best we want to be able to buy the equipment we need, and W.C. Thornbush doesn't make a speech unless he looks good.
-Artist Compensation. We hope to not only get a lot from our performers for a weekend's worth of non stop improvisational American Satire and Folk Music but we want them to also be happily compensated for it. Don't you?
-Unique Costumes and Furniture. It's all in the details and we have so many things to acquire. Plus how are we going to make the saloon comfortable for our guests?
Every penny that we receive goes directly to making this experience like no other.
The Grand Artique is an humble store front on Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach in San Diego, California. It is owned by The Dolan Brothers, Shane and Breck. They sell antique merchandise and contemporary art along with unusual knick knacks and assorted fashion items straight from main streeet circa 1910. The Dolans are also the proud proprietors of Dolan Services, a bathroom attendant business.
In 2010 they were asked by the Do Lab event production company to provide Port-o-Jon attendant services for their Lightning in a Bottle event. So, they built, out of recycled and used materials, a special cart in the shape of an outhouse in which they could pedal all the useful necessaries for the festival attendees there. Toilet paper, mints, cigarettes, essential oils, cologne, etc.
It was that year that they met me, Westley, performance artist with Lucent Dossier Experience and Founder of Frontierville.
The General Store:
The Grand Artique was invited to return to Lightning in a Bottle to create a Trade and Barter General Store. By then we had a core group of twelve players that helped to build and run the store in addition to creating the townsfolk of "Frontierville"; The Boss, The Sheriff, The Drunk, The Prostitute, The Outlaw, The Black Toothed Beauties, and The Mayor, W.C. Thornbush. By a spate of luck we found ourselves in intense competition with the festival's own Mayor Tyler Hanson and were invited to the main stage to announce the victor of that year's election, a chicken named Penelope Peep. That venture was so successful that we decided then to expand our project to include a saloon.
We were soon invited to take our antics to The Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival where we were met with open arms by all of the eccentric music lovers. We set up an open air trading post and performed between acts with dancing and grandstanding and shoot outs between our famous outlaw and the world renowned sheriff.
Teaming up with Ian Xavier Event Productions and Television Producer Peter Stratte Jr. we are ready to bring you our dream of America. And if we raise beyond our goal we can be able to take this show to many more locations around the country and the world. Perhaps, to your neck of the woods.
Until the Victory Always,
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Ten dollars will get our donors A Thank You postcard from all the Frontillians to you, signed by Mayor W.C. Thornbush. He doesn't do that for just anyone.Estimated delivery:
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Our most popular level will receive A Thank you card and A Campaign Button showing your support for our Mayor W.C. Thornbush. It's nice to be popular.Estimated delivery:
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Donors at this level will be mailed A Thank You card, TWO campaign buttons and a Thornbuck wooden Nickel. See for only ten more dollars you got a wooden nickel and an extra campaign button. Winning.Estimated delivery:
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The Benjamins will get you Thanks, Buttons, Thornbucks, Bumper Sticker, AND A Certificate of Citizenship. All citizens are free to vote in the election as many times as they want and have access to the unmentionables of Frontierville backstage. Stay out of the Underwear though.Estimated delivery:
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Thanks, Buttons, Thornbuck, Bumper Sticker, Citizenship and a special gift from the Gallery of the Unusual.Estimated delivery:
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Well, for five hundred dollars the Mayor himself will personally mail out to you The Shwag Bag, plus a key to the City which gets you VIP Treatment 'cause let's face it, you deserve it. Grand Artique handmade leather cuffEstimated delivery:
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Those that back our horse at this level will receive not only a smug sense of self satisfaction but also The Shwag Bag, The key to the City and A Campaign Poster with your Face on it. plus a Grand Artique handmade leather cuff.Estimated delivery:
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Congratulations! You are running for Sheriff Deputy of Frontierville. Your name goes on the ballot and we give you a campaign poster and 15 buttons for your friends. Along with the Shwag Bag, GA handmade leather cuff, and a FREE ticket to LIB. No need to worry about your competition you are up against our incumbent an Old Boot.Estimated delivery:
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You have successfully infiltrated the ranks of shadowy figure pulling the strings in the back. We will publish a conspiracy based on you in our daily newspaper. Plus the Shwag Bag, GA leather cuff, a super pac advertisement by you for W.C. Thornbush, and 2 Free Tickets to LIBEstimated delivery:
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