Rest in peace. She was a 1995 Chevy G-20 van with more guts than brains, questionable gas mileage, and a non-existent suspension system, and we nicknamed her Tonya Harding (because, you know, she was so damn tough). She took us across the country three times and has been to nearly every state in the continental U.S. Now, at nearly 300,000 miles, Tonya is no more.
Hello there. We're the Taxpayers, a DIY (Do It Yourself) band from Portland, Oregon that plays a sort of jazz-americana-punk rock. We're about to embark on our 9th national tour, and with every show along the way already booked and a month until the tour starts, our trusty van fell to pieces. After doing the math, we realized we'll need roughly 3,000 dollars to cover a van rental and gas money for the 3 week period - and that doesn't even cover the food, lodging, or any other expenses needed to keep 7 people alive, breathing, and playing music for 3 weeks. But we've never given up before, dammit, and that's why we're here!
To give you an idea of why we think a DIY Tour is one of the last honest and pure art-forms that exists, and why you might want to consider helping financially, let me break down what one looks like:
After months of emails, phone calls, attempts at persuasion, and stresses upon stresses, we will have booked a tour. We will have done this all on our own, without the help of a manager, booking agent, or record label, because we believe in DIY with an almost religious fervor. It'll be anywhere from 3 weeks to 4 months (4 months is our current record), and the shows will be at anywhere from a house, a park, a bowling alley, a train stop, a warehouse, someone's kitchen, or...well, pretty much any place you can think of. From the start, this is what happens in a day: we'll all wake up 8 am, drive 8 hours to the next show while tired and hungry (eating nothing but corndogs and ramen noodles along the way), and then pile out of the van in, say, Kalamazoo to go meet the folks that set up the show. Things will get started and we'll meet a bunch of new friends. At 11 pm we'll finally play and will get so excited and sweaty while playing music that we remember why we do this God-forsaken thing in the first place. Afterwards, we'll go to one of the aforementioned new friend's houses, sleep on their floor, and then wake up the next day and do it all over again. And again. And again.
The reason I'm describing this is to illustrate why I think this kind of thing is so important: Free from the constraints of contractual obligations, lawyers, managers, fame, and fortune, you can make some damn interesting and inspiring art. You don't make a cent doing it (in fact, you end up paying a hell of a lot of money out of your own pocket to do it), but you don't care because you're doing it because it drives you, because it's what you love, and because you'd be a broken person if you didn't do it.
And at the end of the day, that's the most important thing, right?
Please consider helping.
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Here are the dates:
- Wed, June 15 - OLY / Seattle
- Thurs, June 16 - Spokane
- Fri, June 17 - Missoula
- Sat, June 18 - Bismarck (Day Off) <—- we’re gonna drink a bunch of beers and go fishin with Andrew’s dad. YEE-HAWR!!!
- Sun, June 19 - Minneapolis
- Mon, June 20 - Minneapolis
- Tues, June 21 - Minneapolis
- Wed, June 22 - Milwaukee / Chicago
- Thurs, June 23 - Chicago
- Fri, June 24 - PIX FEST
- Sat, June 25 - PIX FEST
- Sun, June 26 - PIX FEST (WE PLAY!)
- Mon, June 27 - St Louis
- Tues, June 28 - Lincoln / Omaha
- Wed, June 29 - Denver / Ft Collins
- Thurs, June 30 - SLC
- Fri, July 1 - Reno
- Sat, July 2 - San Fran / Oakland
- Sunday, July 3 - NAKED IN OUR BEDS AT HOME!
- (20 days)