I am coordinating a Basketball tournament played by thirty two Portland bands from all genres and levels of popularity.
I want to personally thank each and every one of our competing bands, they are what makes this event so awesome and I'm honored to be working for such a wonderful group of musicians!
A huge thanks to; Starfucker, Typhoon, And And And, The No Tomorrow Boys, Jared Mees and the Grown Children, Mannequinhead, SKELETRON, Aan, My Autumn’s Done Come, TxE, Monarques, Blast Majesty, Archers, Dirty Mittens, Radiation City, Sean Flinn and the Royal We, Ugly Flowers, Laura Gibson, Supermonster, Rabid Wombat, The Taxi Boys, Rocky & the Proms, Otis Heat, Animal Eyes, Surfs Drugs, The Woolen Men, Hello Electric, Charts, Youthbitch, Rock n Roll Soldiers, Lee Corey Oswald, Support Force.
So here I am with around thirty bands signed up to play. I can't wait to see the no-names and big-fames face off and more importantly get together to do something simply ridiculous and fun just because they want to do it. Leaving all their aspirations, successes, failures and stresses at the practice space because for now, it's time to ball!
This is not a normal basketball tournament though, every game in this tourney will be played not only by the unlikely competitors that are band members but on a regulation height basketball hoop attached to my 1993 Aerostar Van.
Having a tournament on a van lets us play anywhere we want to so we've decided to let the band in each given matchup with fewer MySpace hits on their band page pick the location where their games will be played.
For each game the bands will pick a spot to play and we'll park the Rigsketball van, put the hoop up and play!
We will be releasing the dates time and locations for each and every game right hear on our Kickstarter so keep in touch and feel free to come out and enjoy the fun with us!
We need money to get lighting for night games, gas to drive the van to and from every game (this will be a surprisingly huge cost given the number of games and how much it costs to get a van with a hoop attached to it with 2x4's from point A to point B) and we of course need to have prizes for the winners!
-Cost of producing $1,500 worth of awesome cheaply priced things you receive through donation =$500 (Screen Printed shirts, Screen Printed and Letter Pressed posters, DVD and CD packaging and media arranging, shipping and so on)
-Gas to get to and from 30 or more locations across PDX =$200 (If that seems high to you, you don't drive a van :)
-The materials for the hoop on the Rig (Lumber, hardware, hoop) =$80
-Outdoor mobile lighting for the night games (Fixtures, bulbs, power inverter to power the light via running van) =$100
-The six Rigsketball basketballs ($10 a ball) =$60
-Prize fund for winning teams! =$500 (1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100)
-Event coordination (Every free minute for the last three months working with bands' schedules, wants, ideas and needs for this tournament to be as awesome as possible for all involved), build of the hoop and lighting, promotion, active event responsibilities (Getting to each location with the Rigsketball van and making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible), and all sorts of everything else it takes to make sure 32 teams/bands, spectators and the tourney in general happens and is super awesome =$60 (What a deal!)
What we're doing for free! Shooting video, editing the media we gather, Rigsketball original songs for backers to listen to here on the project page, PBR on hand at every matchup, allowing anyone to come enjoy the games as they happen and much much more!