TOAD has been entertaining us all for over a year now, and has always been funded fully by the TOAD crew. We now have an armada of wonderful TOAD vehicles to delight you, including the Tadpole which we launched last year and the Chariot which basically will blow your fragile little minds.
NOTE: Check the FAQs for information on the use of funds and what the money is going to.
Toad is a large mobile art and music installation, pulled by a 5 person bike and housing a custom built 1000 watt sound system and mind-blowing LED lighting, fog and lasers.
Toad was born out of a desire to bring the first ever mobile sound vehicle to the Frostburn festival in PA in February of 2011. Toad was a huge hit at the festival and provided sound and lighting for the effigy burn.
Toad was the hit of the 2011 NYC Dance Parade and the Dance Festival which followed in Thompkins Square Park.
In June 2011, Toad roamed Governor's Island for the first time as part of the FIGMENT NYC annual interactive art event. Toad played music all day and delighted the crowds with his hinged opening mouth and bright red tongue.
Toad was a major participant in the 2011 & 2012 PEX Summerfest in Darlington, MD. For three days, Toad hosted a number of excellent DJs and created a roving dance party which moved all over the campgrounds and even visited the Pool.
Toad roamed the grounds at Escape2NY festival in Southhampton during August 2011, and was mentioned in Marie Claire, Vogue, the Huffington Post and other sources as one of the most unique elements of the festival, with Huffington Post declaring that the Toad "played some of the best music I heard all weekend".
Toad traveled all the way to Black Rock City, Nevada and camped with Kostume Kult in 2011 and 2013.
Every year, TOAD manages to be awesome at FIGMENT, Dance Parade, a bevy of local festivals, and of course That Thing in The Dessert where we all go to lose ourselves.
WHO IS TOAD
Toad is a collaboration between like-minded folk who love music, dancing and delighting people with the magic of Toad. They are:
Boris "Burning Elf" Connell - (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=619130948)
Boris is the creative mind that conceived and designed Toad and the sound system that rides inside it. Boris custom built the primary sound system for Toad, engineered to provide maximum clarity and volume with as little weight and power requirements as possible. Boris has been a DJ since the late 80s and has been involved in many events, festivals, parties and general mayhem. Boris is one of the Toad DJs.
Lori "Lollygoa" Connell - (http://www.facebook.com/lollygoa) Lori is the Toad "mommy" and personal stylist to Toad. Lori ensures that the Toad crew functions properly and that Toad is always appropriately fit and styled. Lori is a personal trainer and rehab specialist and has spent many years dancing, costuming, producing magical events and generally making people happy.
David Katz - (http://www.facebook.com/DavidFKatz) DK is a board member of Burners Without Borders, has served on the board of Kostume Kult and produces events for KK, including the 2011, 2012 and 2013 theme camp at Burning Man. DK is the publicist and booking manager for Toad as well as one of the Toad DJs. DK is an attorney by trade, although he is hesitant to admit it.
Risks and challenges
With great risk, comes great reward. Luckily for us, we kick ass and will continue to do so. TOAD will happen, as it always has, because we are slaves to the continued well-being of our Armada.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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