Since there's a whole lot going on at CRASHfest, and since getting from one stage to another from the restaurant, to the Foundation Room, to the main hall, we made a map to make it easier on you. These are printed and can be grabbed from the info table in the lobby of the main hall (where we'll also have some sweet swag for you to grab), but if you wanted to get yourself acquainted in advance, take a look here.
I'm not sure I've properly described how cool Drive by Press is. If you've searched through our site, you will have seen that the FIRST 50 PEOPLE in the door of the festival get a free t-shirt. That's a pretty rad perk just for showing up early (doors are at 4:30pm). But do you understand how Drive by Press actually creates these shirts? Well, watch this.
Have I convinced you yet that you NEED a CRASHfest t-shirt printed by these guys? How about when I tell you that they are donating 40% of all proceeds to our nonprofit organization, World Music/CRASHarts. That just makes them that much cooler. Plan on bringing an extra $20 with you!
You may not realize this. but CRASHfest is a HUGE deal to us at World Music/CRASHarts. For 25 years we have been presenting incredibly talented artists from around the globe to adventurous audiences in greater Boston. And on our 25th anniversary, and thanks to a very generous grant from the Wallace Foundation, we decided we needed to make our programming more accessible to a younger audience. And CRASHfest is that answer. CRASHfest hopes to introduce a new generation of music lovers to the amazing musicians that have inspired much of the music we all listen to today. Take Vampire Weekend, for example. Vampire Weekend has credited their sound to a mix of contemporary American indie-rock, Western classical music, and South African traditional music. And if you listen, you can hear those global beats and it's exciting and it's wonderful. World Music/CRASHarts brings you these influencers, to experience live direct from their countries around the world. It's time you expanded your musical horizons and discovered something new.
If you need more information, The Boston Globe totally gets what we do and printed this incredible article. To read it online, click here.
The Danger Booth is confirmed as our photo booth vendor for CRASHfest! It's this really neat open-air photo booth and we've just printed a pretty cool CRASHfest branded backdrop. Be sure to get your pic taken, and share it with #CRASHfest to see yourself up on the big screen between sets on the main stage!
And, a quick heads up, using #CRASHfest also automatically gets you entered to win tickets to future World Music/CRASHarts events. So do it. As much as possible. Tagging World Music/CRASHarts earns you extra entries.
Because we are expecting you to spend all night with us, enjoying these 10 incredible bands, we thought you'd need to be fed. But we didn't want to feed you just any normal chicken fingers and fries, we decided to stick with our theme of celebrating different cultures, and the chef over at the House of Blues restaurant came up with an incredibly delicious looking menu inspired by global street food items found around the world that will be available for sale during CRASHfest.
Is your mouth watering? It will be . . .
Chilled spicy sesame noodles with mango, basil, and peanuts
Bánh mì steak sandwich with cucumber, pickled radish, and white soy aioli
Roasted prawns with olives and romesco sauce
Chicken liver pate with pickled fennel on a grilled baguette
Whipped ricotta with artichoke and lemon cannoli
Wild boar bolognese
Short rib and manchego empanada
Corn and edamame quesadilla with cuitlacoche
For the foodie in all of us . . . rejoice.
International cocktail list to come.