Sweaty and Warped

Trip Start May 31, 2006
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Finally a day off! I have discovered the exhausting event that is the Warped Tour. Basically every show has been really hot and we get really sweaty. The last few days are kind of a blur since we've had a show every day and then drive 4-9 hours after the show to get to the next city. You can check www.warpedtour.com to see the massive drives. Tomorrow night we go from Nashville to Jacksonville, Florida, which is something ridiculous.

So this tour is much different from the DMB shows. It's back to back shows all day long in the sun and heat. We've got two tents. The ONE tent and a Lokahi tent doing voter registration, Greenpeace, and Oxfam (which is a part of ONE) stuff. We wake up around 7, meet around 8 and then drive to the venue to set up. We get some food from catering and then head back to the tents to make sure everything is done. We haven't really had volunteers so far which has put more pressure on Brande, Arron, and I to meet our goals. Money is much harder to raise, but we've managed about 800 signatures per show. It really is amazing the amount of people we reach in any given day between talking to them or the stickers and handouts we have. So we basically work from 11, take lunch around 12:30, which takes forever since there are about 600 people on tour being fed. Lunch is interesting because you sit around trying to figure out who is in a band and who isn't. I also feel naked as I don't have any tattoos. Don't worry though, there's a tattoo artists travelling with the tour doing work backstage and only for the people touring. Send me your ideas for my sleeves. haha.

After lunch we basically take shifts handing out stickers and drawing people into the table. Doing this may not sound tough, but this is in 90 degree heat with our without humidity. I'm sucking down tons of water on this tour. By about 6:15 we break down and hit catering for dinner. By about 7:30 we're usually out and on to our drive for the next city. I've been sleeping in the car or watching episodes of 24 and Brande drives. Then I sleep the additional time spent in the hotel until about 7AM when I have to wake up. This morning we got into Nashville at 5:30 as the sun was rising. That kind of sucked, but we had the day off.

I spent a couple hours downtown with Prachi and the Tennessee State Museum. Lots of Civil War stuff happened in and around Nashville, including birth of the KKK in 1865. Go Tennessee. They also have Old Glory at the moment since the Smithsonian needed some place to put it while they renovate. Tonight the crew left over from Bonnaroo and the Warped Tour converged to have dinner with a new intern also. We had a whole team of people who always get the same reactions when we're carded for alcohol (since we come from all over the country). So Arron, Dan, Prachi, Brande, Kara, and I had dinner, while Amy who I have yet to meet stayed at the hotel and another guy will be joining us tomorrow to resume Warped. Then the guys split to do Warped and the girl start Pearl Jam.

Warped is by far the hardest shows I've done, but I've met some cool people. I was talked to Jesse who works with Anti Flag the other day in line for catering. I've also randomly met two Kiwis that don't know each other. One, Mike (or is it Matt?) is from Auckland and he walks around all day with a sign and sells cameras. I'm not sure what Shane does, but he's from Palmerston North. I also met two girls working with a Milwaukee based label yesterday. I can't remember the first's name, but the other one was named Yvonne. It's a bit harder to get to know people since they're all on buses and we drive ourselves. So far I've seen Joan Jett and her crusty looking drummer around a couple times, but she seems to lay low. She sounds amazing though. I didn't realize Helmet was on this tour, but I'm glad because I've been meaning to listen to them. Now I get to hear them live quite often and I've seen the guitarist around, but not Page. I'm slowly gaining an interest in some of these bands and they vary from MTV crap punk to the more quality stuff. It's also amazing to see how young the crowd is compared to DMB and other shows.

I'm off for a while. Don't know how long it'll be until I can update again because of exhaustion/lack of internet/lack of time.
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