Bill (RJ's Dad)

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  1. Would you pay to get Regina to do a show for us?

    Hi Everyone- Just a brief update. I did speak with Regina's management today briefly and they suggested that at this point I need to speak with Regina's booking agent to see what her availability is BUT that her new tour, whch wil pass through Australia and Europe and Asia would be going through the Spring so it would probably have to be after that. I did take a look at her scheduled tour dates and it seems she MIGHT have some time somewhere in there for this if she wanted to and if her management and booking agent asked her I think it is still a possibility. I spoke with her booking agenct's office and they asked me to submit the proposal in writing. My real hope is that Regina herself might see this thread and want to do it because basically the industry is driven by contracts and competition and profits and this would not be a huge money maker for anyone: it would be more a giving back to her most devoted fans and supporters and her NY hipster community. And she gives plenty already so I would not want her to feel put upon by this request and offer from the Stixers if it isn't her thing just now. But she said in an interview recently something like it is best to just say what you believe (Talking about "Laughing With" and whether she had concerns about negativity due to the spiritual themes on "Far") because censoring ourselves leads to darker more foreboding things. And I believe she would love doing a small show for people who love her and support her and turn people on to her as much as Brumstix folks do (and she is always so nice to Stixers after the shows). So I figured it should be said. I know my two teenage kids would do whatever it takes to see such a show. So I will compose a proposal to her booking agent in the next few days and see what happens. I will ask them to let Miss Spektor know about this thread and see what she thinks. I know she is busy and probably frazzled preparing for a world tour, so no worries, folks. If she wants to do it it might still be possible. It might not be until the Spring, though so Keep Hope Alive! Cheers Bill
  2. The thread of spontaneity.

    *alas, it's raining here Oh well, we saw some last night EDIT: This is Raph, I just didn't notice that my Dad's account was signed in
  3. Would you pay to get Regina to do a show for us?

    quote: Originally posted by Sgtcampsalot: If you end up actually being in need of a sound guy, I'm friends with a great great sound person who actually tours with bands on a regular basis, but he always seems to have time on his hands for one-off things. If there's a date set at any point, and this ends up being an issue, I could talk to him. Just so ya know who is actually in or near nyc?
  4. Would you pay to get Regina to do a show for us?

    Hi All - a quick update--- I spoke with the venue owner today and the space is still available so I plan to check in with Miss Spektor's management in the next day or so. Right now we are still trying to figure out how to accept payment (since there is currently no credit card apparatus owned by the venue) and what we need for the sound/lights system and what kind of out of pocket expenses there may be. So if you are all still into it we have to figure out how best to take reservations and get whatever resources are necessary in place to make it happen (like renting a sound system etc.) It is a very small venue and so the sound needs are pretty minimal. Regina and a keyboard and a piano stool might be just fine for most of us - but she or her people may want more. So I am bracing for an answer in the next two days whether this is all a dream gig/concert or a cool special event for the Brumstix peeps. I will let you know. Pretty soon. Keep the faith. Begin to hope. peace all
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    quote: Originally posted by SugarDrive: it's nice if you want to stop and sight see along the way, but yeah...i'm all about efficiency. I do not like to fly myself and amtrak is very cool as a way to see the country. But trains are not for everyone.
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    quote: Originally posted by Bill (RJ's Dad): quote: Originally posted by NYCstargirl: I just wanted to say that I am very interested in this show. It sounds like it would be an amazing experience. And Im pretty sure I know what theater you are talking about since I live right across the street from it and can see it out my window now So yes Im interested! shhhh. Do you know the owner? He's a quaker and is a presence down there (usually has a quaker hat on. We like to go to Odessa to eat and hang out (down by Tompkins square) Great perogis and corned beef
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    quote: Originally posted by NYCstargirl: I just wanted to say that I am very interested in this show. It sounds like it would be an amazing experience. And Im pretty sure I know what theater you are talking about since I live right across the street from it and can see it out my window now So yes Im interested! shhhh
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    take some personal days it is a great trip and would be worth it
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    quote: Originally posted by SugarDrive: does the amtrack run that direction i wonder? it might be cool to pick people up on the train on the way out. would take more time than a flight though...so might not be feasible. You can take train from milwaukee to chicago (the Hiawatha) and then from there straight to NYc. If you get a one week pass or a two week pass it is pretty cheap (like $350) and you can get on and off anywhere and sleep on the train too and go both ways for that price. Goes through cleveland and you could visit the rock and roll museum even! check out the amtrak online thing and look for the weeklong passes or more. I did it last summer to Denver from the East Coast and it is a double decker train with scenic cars and lots of interesting travelers from around the world. Much btter than flying.
  10. Would you pay to get Regina to do a show for us?

    quote: Originally posted by SugarDrive: you got your own account!!!!!! now i can officially say...welcome to the stix. kurt and i did stage crew for quite some time for a small local band. if that is needed, we'd be more than happy to help. also...when i said that i was in, i meant i as in we (kurt and i). this will obviously depend on the day of the week as Kurt and I will both be in school this coming semester. i can't help but think how cool this would be. i'm trying to not get my hopes up though. Hey - would you be coming from milwookie Wisconsin or are you closer?
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    quote: Originally posted by sweetness in my lungs: I so hope this will happen... =) don't forget about me just because I'm new on the stix!! I'm a bit afraid I won't be included... but I did post my name earlier. And I think you guys are so cool. I have a feeling it wont turn elitist this time. And Bill. Thank you so much for the effort! I'm also trying not to bring my hopes up, but I can't help it. If this wont happen I'm still very very grateful to you. Thanks. =) Thanks back. You all will not be forgotten. The way i think about it all is that it is worth TRYING to do even if it does not appeal to Regina - at least i tried.My son Raphael tends to be sort of a dreamer and he comes up with these ideas and I may be sharing too much when I say he is homeschooled and taught himself to read Russian and is now teaching himself to play the violin because of Regina's influence. As I mentioned above my father was friends with Marc Chagall who was a eastern european/Russian artist (it gets kind of murky as the area he is from changed hands a lot) who fled the pograms and ended up for a time in NYC where he painted the incredible murals on music at Lincoln center and the Metropolitan Opera house. My dad helped him escape the nazis who would have sent him to Auschwitz if he had not escaped probably. Anyway, Miss Spektor's music gives me the same feelings as looking at some of Chagall's paintings and stained glass: sheer joy and exuberance but also humor and sadness and anger at times. And crazy/beautiful imagery! So I had to at least try to make this happen. For my kids. And you guys who are so warm to each other (most of the time)
  12. Would you pay to get Regina to do a show for us?

    quote: Originally posted by SugarDrive: you got your own account!!!!!! now i can officially say...welcome to the stix. kurt and i did stage crew for quite some time for a small local band. if that is needed, we'd be more than happy to help. also...when i said that i was in, i meant i as in we (kurt and i). this will obviously depend on the day of the week as Kurt and I will both be in school this coming semester. i can't help but think how cool this would be. i'm trying to not get my hopes up though. Thanks for the welcome. Hope this can happen. I will probably post my own intro to Regina (my daughter Maia who's now a college radio station DJ) on one of the stories threads. I was a radio DJ in college community run station for years (as was Maia's mom) so "On the Radio" was really one of the first songs that made me laugh because I used to do the all night shift and would fall asleep sometimes. Me and maia bonded on Regina a lot closer listening to her when she was doing her driving lessons and I was teaching her (or trying to) to drive a stick shift. And the line about eating only boxes of tangerines or smoking certain kinds of cigarettes and then her boyfriend od'ing (twice) really hooked me. Since I had lived near Union Square in NYC and worked as an actor near there and spent a lot of time in the east village (all over really) her images were so authenticate: her colors remind me of the Korean groceries with flowers and fruits galore and the pleasant hyperactive rainbow chaos of downtown NYC around Greenwich Village;all the characters and the fun and vitality... She is a truly lovely talent...
  13. Would you pay to get Regina to do a show for us?

    quote: Originally posted by dalite: Hi everyone! I've been registered here for a long time & I must admit that I lurk around quite frequently, though I rarely, if ever, post anything. This opportunity, however, is too good to pass up! I've already responded to the poll that I would be willing/able to pay $101-$250 to see this type of benefit show & I would like to bring with me definitely 1 and possibly 2 friends (who would also pay in that range), but who are not members of Brumstix. I live in the area & I would be able to help out in any way that is needed. I do have some experience in event planning. Many thanks to Raphael & Bill for coming up with the idea & for having the connections & kindness to (hopefully) bring this to fruition! dalite Thanks Dalite Right now if everyone who voted brought 3 friends the seats would be almost filled and if everyone could chip in what they said they could then we MIGHT have enough to make the proposal look attractive to Regina and her management. My own background in this area is mostly in organizing art and theater and music events (nonprofit but having to raise money to make them happen) as an actor and writer and musician who lived and played in NYC a lot off and on. For me the East Village played a really big role in shaping my cultural awareness and life and knowledge and music. There is really no place like it on the planet. I also have a fe friends (including the venue owner) who live and work in that neighborhood including the granddaughter of surrealist artist Marc Chagall (he was a friend of my dad's). When I read that Regina's videos in part use Chagall and a few other surrealists for ideas I understood now why I kind of think of Regina's lyrics and vocalizing as reminiscent of a magical surreal aural Chagall tableaux for the heart and the ears. Raphael told me she does not like to be compared to anyone but as an artiste I cannot help but think of their surreal and beautiful magical artistry as being similar (and I plan to invite Chagall's granddaughter, who is an artist in the Village to the show). She is the only granddaughter of Chagall whose mother escaped the nazis in France, so I know she will love regina's music and lyricism. That is part of the reason i wanted to do this. Thanks for offering to help. We will probably need it.
  14. Would you pay to get Regina to do a show for us?

    quote: Originally posted by jesse: the idea sounds good but also kind of bothers me because of the space limitations. people who post here will be "considered first." considered by whom? if this is a group of people who are going to be chosen to receive seats (VERY similar to people being chosen to receive songs) then that sucks. the few lucky people feel happy and everyone else is very hurt and very bitter. also, i am broke, so a confirmation ASAP as to whether or not this is for rich-stixers-only would be appreciated. This would be first come first serve and every effort will be made so that even those without dough can attend (volunteer etc) if enough other stixers can chip in. Right now it looks like that will be a good possibility for a few folks here who may not have enough for a spot. I did explain this earlier in this thread. It really all depends on Ms. Spektor's management though and Regina herself if she is cool with this whole approach.