A few months ago, our good friend Lindsey Ballo asked us to participate in the planning and hosting of a new music festival in Madison, Wisconsin (our home turf). On December 9th, we all get to see the fruits of our labor. As you can see by the flier above, there are a ton of artists and organizations involved. We are lucky to be one of them.
As for our contribution to the festival, Corey and I have been working largely on the artist side of things (our own band, Fambly Fun!, will be performing). The always-wonderful All Tiny Creatures will be headlining the show, and you can also expect great sets from The Count, The Choons and the band formerly known as Fishhooks.
On top of that (and other miscellaneous planning and consulting tasks), Corey and I are putting together a very special release featuring tracks from the artists playing this show. These CDs will be available for purchase at the event, and proceeds will go t0 SlaveFree Madison.
If you haven’t heard of Stumptown Printers, we want to take a moment and ask you to go check them out (their website can be found here). They were nice enough to donate 100 of their Arigto Packs to our project. I’ve been a long-time fan of their eco-friendly packaging, and there was no doubt in my mind that we should use their product. In fact, the idea that I could release music on my own came to me when I first saw a CD packaged in the Arigato Pack – I spent ages tracking down the artist to find out where he got these things. The first release I ever did on my own was actually in Arigato Packs, too.
I’d also like to mention that the awesome art you see on that poster is by Joe Ludwig. He’s an animation student and the brother of Fambly Fun!’s saxophonist. He was nice enough to donate his art to the cause, and the name was inspired by this very piece. You can check out more of his work here.
If you’re in the Madison area on December 9th, head on over for some great free music and support a great cause. We’d love to see you there!
~ John & co.