I am writing this post here on my luxurious tour bus. YOU HEARD RIGHT MISTER! Tour bus. After years of renting minivans and driving myself around like a chump, on this tour we just loaded everything onto a giant bus and are riding from town to town like kings. We have couches and televisions!
But you know me: I’m a man of the people. I’m not going to keep this bus to myself like some power crazed egomaniac. No! I’m instead going to leverage it in a social media context, I MEAN share it with my fans. Before every show we’re going to do bus happy hours. Three randomly selected lucky show attendees (and their guests) will join me on board before the show for a happy hour featuring snacks and beverages and general bus luxury (technically it will not last an hour, and technically you don’t have to be happy).
It’s a contest you see: if you’re coming to one of these shows, tweet about that show and include its hashtag and link (use the table below). We’ll select three winners at random the day of the show. Schedules will vary, but generally we’ll try to start the party about a half an hour before doors open.
Never has spamming your friends been so potentially beneficial for you!
|11/25/12||San Diego, CA||Anthology||4:30 PM||#JoCoAnthology||http://bit.ly/JoCoHappyHourSD|
|11/27/12||Salt Lake City, UT||The State Room||TBD||#JoCoStateroom||http://bit.ly/JoCoHappyHourSLC|
|11/28/12||Denver, CO||The Soiled Dove Underground||TBD||#JoCoSoiledDove||http://bit.ly/JoCoHappyHourDenv|
|11/29/12||Tulsa, OK||The Shrine||TBD||#JoCoShrine||http://bit.ly/JoCoHappyHourTulsa|
|11/30/12||Austin, TX||The Parish||TBD||#JoCoParish||http://bit.ly/JoCoHappyHourAus|
|12/2/12||Dallas, TX||Granada Theater||TBD||#JoCoGranada||http://bit.ly/JoCoHappyHourDall|
|12/4/12||Nashville, TN||3rd and Lindsley||TBD||#JoCo3rd&Linds||http://bit.ly/JoCoHappyHourNash|
|12/5/12||Atlanta, GA||Variety Playhouse||TBD||#JoCoVariety||http://bit.ly/JoCoHappyHourATL|
|12/6/12||Charlotte, NC||The Visulite Theater||TBD||#JoCoVisulite||http://bit.ly/JoCoHappyHourChar|
|12/7/12||Orlando, FL||The Beacham||TBD||#JoCoBeacham||http://bit.ly/JoCoHappyHourOrl|
|12/8/12||St. Petersburg, FL||The State Theater||TBD||#JoCoStateTheater||http://bit.ly/JoCoHappyHourStP|
All tickets are on sale for the big Nov/Dec tour with the band. You should totally buy them!
This is my first ever bus tour, and I’m pretty excited about it. For those of you who don’t know how this works, and I was one of them until recently: you do the show, then get on the bus and go to sleep while someone else (a robot I think?) drives it to the next city. It’s a little more expensive than what it would cost to rent a van and a trailer and pay for hotel rooms, but it allows me to reach some cities I couldn’t otherwise get to by driving myself. And it means that when we start the show, we won’t all be strung out and exhausted from a 6 hour drive. Also probably hookers and blow I think.
One more thing: we’ve all noticed that the internet has lately gotten pretty crowded with people asking other people to come see things, or buy things, or kickstart things. Even I want the internet to shut up sometimes. The truth is, it’s harder and harder to get anyone’s attention these days. I can guarantee that some people are just hearing about these shows now, and some other people will not hear about them until after I’ve already played in their city. THIS IS A TERRIBLE CRIME! This doesn’t EVER need to happen here in 2012. So I’m saying this for all of us: if you know someone who would want to go to one of these shows, you should make sure they know about it. Spread the word: retweet, retumbl (?), re-facebook-erate (??), and pinterrupt (pretty sure that’s a thing) your friends.
I’m only trying to help you!
If you’re going to be in Seattle on October 29th, may I recommend this historic live event, of which I’m a part:
It’s a once in a lifetime intersection of several entertainment empires. Who knows what will happen? Distill all those different kinds of fun, put them in a beaker, agitate and stand back: KA-POW! We are renting special tuxedos, so you know that we’re serious. I can promise you that there will be songs and comedy and talking, lots and lots of talking…
Salt Lake City, the last ticket link for the Nov/Dec tour, has finally gone up. The reason for the delay was that we were working on the details of this experimental ticketing thing called Bring the Gig.
Here’s how it works. There are 40 funder slots available – basically 40 tickets that go on sale in advance of the rest of them. After two weeks (or sooner), these slots will theoretically be filled, and the rest of the tickets will go on sale. If you are one of these first 40 people, you get your money back if we get more than 160 people to come to the show.
It’s a pretty cool idea I think: get a core of fans to cover what you need to make the show happen, and then incentivize those to spread the word. It’s a little popup street team. In a world where I didn’t know that I was coming to Salt Lake City for sure, we’d set these funder numbers at a level to cover my travel and production expenses, but you know what, I’m still doing the show even if there are only 5 people there. I hope there are more than 5 people there.
So if you live in Salt Lake City and want to maybe see the show for free, go get your tickets now. And then tell everyone you know to get tickets too, and maybe you’ll get to see the show for free. Or not! Could be a disaster! Exciting! Honestly I have no idea if this is going to work, but as you know, I am a scientist. I like to watch what happens.
Either way, can’t wait to see you again SLC!