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Rigsketball; Basketball played on a hoop attached to a vehicle. The teams in this Rigsketball tourney are all local Portland bands.

Bim Ditson
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Bim Ditson

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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! 

Expenses breakdown!

-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!


  • YES! Anyone is free to come out and kick it during any of the games throughout the tourney.

    We will be posting the locations, dates and times of every game as soon as we have them locked down so check the updates for all the inside info on where and when bands will be facing off!

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  • First you have to back this project, if you are a backer then click on "Updates" and simply scroll down, and click play on the song you want to hear!

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    Pledge $10 or more
    About $10 USD

    7 backers Limited (41 left of 48)

    You'll get one of a limited print of Rigsketball 2011 full sized posters.
    These posters are very awesome because they're handmade using screen printing and letterpress techniques to create a poster unmatched!

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    Pledge $12 or more
    About $12 USD

    9 backers Limited (89 left of 98)

    This comp CD will be made of songs from competing bands because when you have this many bands in one event you just know the comp CD is gonna be awesome!

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    Pledge $15 or more
    About $15 USD

    5 backers Limited (93 left of 98)

    The complete video coverage of the 2011 Rigsketball Tournament!
    This DVD will include all the action! You can watch your favorite band make that three over and over again!

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    Pledge $25 or more
    About $25 USD

    15 backers Limited (33 left of 48)

    Limited print official Rigsketball 2011 T-Shirt!
    These shirts will have an awesome picture of the Rigsketball van on the front and the list of all the participating bands on the back!
    These things are going to be really awesome looking!

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    Pledge $40 or more
    About $40 USD

    2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)

    You get one of the official Rigsketball game balls signed by the winning team! We will be using several balls throughout the tourney and if you pledge this much you'll get one of them and it's signed to boot!

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    Pledge $80 or more
    About $80 USD

    3 backers

    We give you one of the signed game balls, one of the awesome Rigsketball 2011 shirts, one of the posters, a comp CD and the DVD of the full coverage of the event!
    You would have the dream package!!!

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    Pledge $500 or more
    About $500 USD

    0 backers

    We will put a functional regulation height basketball hoop on YOUR van if ya give that much green!

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    Pledge $2,000 or more
    About $2,000 USD

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    This is it! You get THE van! The one all the games were played on by all the great bands, the van that started it all, you get the And And And Van Van Van with hoop included!


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- (30 days)