If You Will It, It Is No Dream

Cruel Summer

“If You Will It, It Is No Dream”

Some of you may remember this line from The Big Lebowski, or if you are like me, you went to a Jewish summer camp named after the name who said those words originally and had them ingrained in your head like so much propaganda.

Well, I think it worked.

As hopefully a lot of you know by now, the television show I’m on, Freaky Deeky, has partnered with MPLS.TV and Bomp to throw a huge ass party at First Avenue this Friday. If you didn’t know, now you do. I have been involved in many shows, some big, some small. Some I’ve been the main planner/promoter, and some I’ve just helped out. I think it’s safe to say that the ultimate goal for any music-based entertainers in Minneapolis is to put on a show in the main room at First Avenue, and that goal is finally being acheived for me on Friday. It’s pretty amazing how fast this has all happened.

It all started on December 4, 2010. My Freaky Deeky crew and I had just put on a show in the 7th Street Entry the night before. Despite the fact that it snowed at least 8 inches and was the first big snow of the winter, we still had about 150 people come. I was very pleased with that turnout, considering the circumstances. But when I woke up the next morning, I felt unsatisfied. I knew we could do better, snow or not. The idea hit me then – main room or bust.

Later that day, I met up with some MPLS.TV cohorts to shoot UnKahnventional Kahncepts. I knew Freaky Deeky alone was not big enough to pull off the main room, yet, and since we already worked so closely with MPLS.TV, it made sense to throw the event with them. I brought the idea to Chris Cloud, and he was on board right away. These things don’t happen overnight though, and we figured it would be late Spring before we could get an event like this together.

Originally we went for June, but that didn’t work, and so we ended up with a late August date. We originally were going to do just bands in the main room, no dance party, and no show in the Entry. But we decided to partner with Bomp, and the plan was to have bands in the main room before it turned into a dance party, and bands in the Entry all night. Then it turned out having bands AND a dance party in the main room wouldn’t work out. And that’s where we are today. It’s not exactly what we wanted, and it’s not perfect, but it’s a show in the main room god dammit, and we are the stars!

Well, this post might seem self-celebratory, and sure, it is, but my point is about 9 months ago, I had a dream. A BIG dream. 9 months of hard work and a few let downs later, the dream is coming true. Hopefully our story will encourage you to start yours. Maybe some day we can switch roles, and I’ll be out in the crowd enjoying the show that YOU put on!

Cruel Summer is Friday at First Avenue in the main room and the Entry. More details here. RSVP here for reduced cover