Monday, July 15, 2013

Crestfallen

It's been a while since I posted anything here. The truth is, I was getting ready to unveil a big fundraising campaign to build a music stage and make some other major improvements to the space next to the bus. I spent about two months putting together a very unique, non-Kickstarter crowdfunding website, meeting with architects and city planners, brainstorming programming for the stage, planning a launch party and (prematurely) spreading the word about the project.

Rendering of the proposed stage and surrounding space
Everything seemed to be a go, but just before I launched it, a planner at the city pointed out a few small details that made the entire project fall apart. I won't go into the details, but suffice it to say the stage would be violating some very obscure regulations that most retailers unknowingly violate on a daily basis. While most people would (wisely) play dumb and just build the damn stage, I am way too cautious and rules-oriented to do something that I've been told not to do. Not to mention, I didn't want to put countless hours and my friends' money into something that would eventually have to be dismantled.

Thanks to everyone who helped me with the process: Reid Leslie, my friends at Las Primas, Jen Bernard of The House of Cards Music, Ben Hufford of Design Department and all the musicians who had enthusiastically agreed to play shows at my bus.

I'm currently letting my brain take a few weeks off from thinking about this, but I'll soon be working on a smaller, less complicated version of this plan. Stay tuned!


5 comments:

  1. Can you get around it by calling it "temporary event staging" and use it as other stuff when it isn't being used for "musical events"?
    Because really, a stage is just a nice deck/gazebo. I don't see how that's breaking rules. That is your space right there, and you ought to be able to have some wiggle room.

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  2. Sorry to hear the news. I'm expecting that this is a minor setback and you'll come back with another great idea that makes people happy.

    The bus, the band, the wonderful way you treat the people that come to your shows and bus... From what I've seen, you always put smiles on people faces.

    I'm looking forward to seeing how you figure out a way to make people happy. It seems to be what you do!

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  3. I am SO BUMMED to hear this, Erin. WTF? Welcome to the land of bureaucracy, eh?

    I know your natural ingenuity and creativity will render this "speed bump" highly navigable in due time.

    Thanks for the House of Cards shout-out!

    Jen

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