10.31.2012

$10 in 10 Hours? We Can Do This!

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Hi Friends.

Only ‎10 hours to go and we just need $10 more bucks to hit the funding goal for the 11/17 HIATVS ROCK-N-ROLL HOUSE CONCERT.

That's just a $1 contribution from 10 people who love HIATVS and our vision for high energy fun rock in a party house concert setting, with fun peeps, great beer, and free food.

Or $5 from 2 people who want to come enjoy this awesome party (at a decent hour, at a house with clean bathrooms and comfy chairs, and a great band).

It takes literally < 2 minutes to login via FB and pledge (via Amazon).

Join us!

Even the band has pledged because we want to party with you too!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/476400861/hiatvs-rock-n-roll-house-concert






10.30.2012

The Final Countdown (The Chips Are LITERALLY Down)

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Less than 24 hours to go for HIATVS to hit our project funding goal, and surprisingly, WE CAN DO THIS! 

The last minute pledges to the HIATVS ROCK-N-ROLL HOUSE CONCERT have been rolling in beyond our wildest expectations, even from people who just want to support our genius rock-n-roll vi

sion to transform live rock-n-roll (even though they can't come to the show). 


Thank you all! 


But we are not there yet, and we need your help. 


Please at least check out the project at 
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/476400861/hiatvs-rock-n-roll-house-concert.

And if you can share this with 2 friends, that's good enough. Especially if they tell two friends, and they tell two friends, and so on, and so on, and so on... 


But we sincerely hope you will come party with us and make a pledge. We love you regardless, but if you pledge we will shower you with even more unbridled adoration.


You know in your heart that HIATVS ROCK-N-ROLL rules. Support it! 


Everyone wants to meet you at the funnest house concert ever!


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/476400861/hiatvs-rock-n-roll-house-concert

Rocking in the Free World (Our Zero Negative Ad Guarantee)

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There's not much time left for HIATVS to hit our project funding goal for the ROCK-N-ROLL HOUSE CONCERT on 11/17/12.

Tomorrow (Rocktober 31) is the last day to pledge and we need just a few more bucks.

Can you help?

We can do this, if we just have the collective will.

Consider this: you have no control over who the next President will be, because your one vote isn't going to swing any elections.

But you have complete control over helping make the world more ROCKING no matter who rules the free world going forward. Indeed, you can rock IN SPITE of them.

HIATVS rules the free world of house concert rock-n-roll, so come party with us on 11/17/12!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/476400861/hiatvs-rock-n-roll-house-concert

10.29.2012

Only 2 Days Left to Hit Our ROCK-N-ROLL HOUSE CONCERT Project Goal

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Please, please, please, please, please won't you help HIATVS hit our rock-n-roll house concert project underwriting goal by this Wednesday Rocktober 31.

The chips are literally down and we need a mad push to meet the modest $175 goal in the next 2 DAYS!

The band gets nothing, we just need to be able to break even on food and beer.

A suggested donation of $1 or whatever you can spare is all it takes.

And thank you, thank you, thank you sooo much in advance.

HIATVS

10.24.2012

Reflections

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I have a story for you.

It's the story of how HIATVS, a super funky fun rock-n-roll house party cover band, came to be.

It all began in late 2011. AquaMunkee had been in a band called PUPPET SHOW and I (Manwich) had been in GUPPY EFFECT.

At about that time, other band members in both those bands told us they wanted to go on a "hiatus."

In rock-n-roll band speak, this is a polite way of saying, "I quit."

So Aqua and I both found ourselves in a quandary. Each of us had a non-functioning partial band that was about as useful as a pile of sand.

So we had this crazy notion to abandon our other bands entirely and join forces to create a vision for the most awesome rock-n-roll band.

That band was JEEBUS PREEBUS. I know. I know. We had not yet conceived of HIATVS yet.

But JEEBUS PREEBUS was a transitional phase, like the pupa between caterpillar and butterfly.

It was through JEEBUS PREEBUS that we were able to test drive our rock-n-roll vision and conceptualize our ROCK-N-ROLL HOUSE CONCERT performance model.

You see, our previous bands were bar bands, playing late at night in dive bars for a handful of people who were mostly out to party, not to hear great music.

We'd put our hearts and souls into learning songs, hauling music gear all of the place to perform, only to suffer through abuse and repeated calls for "Free Bird" until the wee hours of the morning. [Shudder...]

Our only recompense for that blood, sweat, and tears was to then have to pile all our music gear back into our cars and go home. To add insult to injury, the local police in the small towns we played in would then harass us by pulling us over, thinking we were drunks leaving the bar.

Sure, we might get paid sometimes, but it wasn't about the MONEY.

All we ever wanted was to put on a kickass rock-n-roll show for a packed house full of people who were there to appreciate us. We also thought playing shows at bars starting at 10 PM at night was a dumb idea, if we wanted to attract the kind of high value people who appreciate a good time but don't want to lose any sleep over it.

So Aqua and I recruited a couple of friends who were new to the band scene, blank slates, if you will, and you will. And we powered up JEEBUS PREEBUS, learning a bunch of fabulous high energy cover songs to perform at a packed house of our own creation (our own houses!). No more of this being at the whimsy of finicky ornery bar managers or playing on a Wednesday night to 3 people.

So, on 11/11/11, we hosted our first ROCK-N-ROLL HOUSE CONCERT, a potluck style party with free beer from Capital Brewery, and invited all our friends.

It went really well, and we knew we had something. A ton of friends showed up to hear us. They loved the music and the free beer. Because it was hosted at a house (Aqua's), the accommodations were awesome - comfy couches and clean bathrooms. Since we performed at a decently early hour, people did not have to stay up to all hours of the night to hear us. They appreciated that.

JEEBUS PREEBUS eventually morphed into HIATVS, but we still maintain our dedication to high energy rock-n-roll music and house concerts.

Truth be told, our last two shows were at the Capital Brewery in Middleton, but still at a decent time of day (5 to 9 PM) and for a good cause (I think). We played there because we have a lot of friends who patronize the Capital Brewery and we think of them as kind of the unofficial sponsor of HIATVS. We always buy their beer for our house concerts.

Someday, I'll bet we will have the prestige and fan base to ask them to be our OFFICIAL sponsor. They can give us discounts on house concert beer and we will praise and promote them at every opportunity. Although, right now we do that anyway, so there is really no incentive for them to sponsor us. But if it comes up in conversation, put in a good word about HIATVS, OK?

HIATVS is a power trio of guitar, bass, and drums (The Hammer, formerly PREEBUS ROYCE of J.P., plays the kit). The drums are electronic. As a result, not only do they sound AWESOME (perfect, in fact, because they are digitally sampled) but they can do what no "real" drum kit can do. THEY CAN PLAY QUIETLY.

But not too quietly. We still want to rock at an appreciable volume. It's rock-n-roll after all. It is just that now, the volume can preserve the lining of your ear drums and not attract too much attention from the neighbors (and by association, the cops). Plus, not playing too late at night also goes over well with the neighbors. Many times, the neighbors are at the house concert.

So HIATVS is here to stay. We hope you'll give us a chance to prove we are different and better. There is no reason to be shy coming to someone's house for a rock-n-roll house concert. The hosts want to have the house concert. They want the great rock music. They want you to come. It's unconventional, and we want unconventional people to come.

Let's all get to know each other and make new friends while eating free food, drinking free beer, and rocking to free rock-n-roll at someone's house. It's an inviting atmosphere and everyone is welcoming and friendly. We are still not doing it for the money. We are doing it for the VALUE.

HIATVS has just as much fun at the house concerts as our friends do when they come. It is really a totally different experience than going to a crappy bar late at night to hear a band. You will get a new appreciation for rock-n-roll performances after you have seen us play.

Our next house concert is in Madison WI on Saturday 11/17/12 from 6 to 10 PM. It is kind of a one year anniversary of the band, if you count the J.P. days. But it is also a birthday party for our host Stefan Chandler, whose house it will be at. He's actually the GUPPY EFFECT guitarist who went on "hiatus" originally in late 2011 and helped spark this whole crazy thing to begin with - see above - so it's kind of appropos, don't you think?

Stefan is going to perform a set of his solo acoustic music at the start of the 11/17 house concert. Back in 2011, he actually wanted to go on hiatus to focus on his song writing and working on a solo album. He's fabulous. Then HIATVS will perform after him.

So you get 2 great musical acts, all the free food and beer you can eat, and a fun time, all in a consequence free environment. We are asking for a $5 suggested donation to the party fund, but if you prefer to bring a dish of food or a 12-pack of beer to share instead, that's perfectly fine. A $10 donation gets you a retro GUPPY EFFECT or PUPPET SHOW t-shirt (while they last), in addition to food, drink, and rock.

We would really like an RSVP, so we have an idea how many people are coming.

You can do that via e-mail (info@hiatusrocknroll.com), or you can leave a comment below this post, or you can CLICK HERE (if you want to pledge a small donation to the fund by way of RSVP).

If you haven't been to a HIATVS HOUSE CONCERT yet, we really hope you will try it out. Get out of your comfort zone. You will really enjoy yourself.

Thanks.

MW

p.s. As of this writing, we only have 7 days to hit our party fundraising deadline. We'll still have the party if we don't hit it, but it really helps with the costs if you can make a small contribution of $1 or more.

10.22.2012

PLEASE HELP: Only About a Week to Hit Our Rock-n-Roll House Concert Project Goal

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Hello, my friends!

My awesome rock band HIATVS only has about a week to hit our project funding deadline for the rock-n-roll house concert we want to throw on Saturday November 17.

We gave ourselves the entire month of Rocktober to raise the necessary underwriting to put on a proper concert. If we don't raise it by Rocktober 31, we can't afford to do it. But we would really love to do it and rock all our friends from 6 to 10 pm on 11/17/12 in Madison WI, at a very nice house of a good friend of ours.

So we could really use your help in one of the following very easy and inexpensive ways.

1. Make a nominal donation of $5 or more and come eat and drink your fill at the house concert (check out the prizes for higher pledge levels). Visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/476400861/hiatvs-rock-n-roll-house-concert for deets and easy donating instructions.

OR

2. Donate as little as $1 even if you can't make it that evening, because you love our band and what we are trying to do. See also http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/476400861/hiatvs-rock-n-roll-house-concert.

OR

3. Tell some friends about it. All are welcome. Just share this website with them, or post it on your social media: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/476400861/hiatvs-rock-n-roll-house-concert.

OR

4. #1 and #3.

OR

5. #2 and #3.

HIATVS does not get a penny of this money. YOU DO! We are throwing this house concert because we want to rock all our friends in an inviting house concert setting where the seats are comfy couches and the bathrooms are clean.

Thank you sooo much for helping us do this!

HIATVS

10.15.2012

To Rock or Not to Rock? (That is the Question Only You Can Answer)

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It's Rocktober 15, exactly half way through our fundraiser for the rock-n-roll house concert we want to throw on 11/17/12.

But as of now, we are only about 25% of the way to our fundraising goal. We need to catch up!

Won't you take a few minutes to pledge as little as $1 to help us further our rock-n-roll vision to provide theatrical and entertaining high energy rock-n-roll in the comfort of someone's living room?

Everyone is invited to the house concert on 11/17/12. Don't be shy. It will be hosted by former GUPPY EFFECT guitarist Stefan Chandler, at his house. He is even going to perform a set of his awesome solo acoustic songs for you, and he wants you to be there.

If for some reason you can't come, but you still believe in us and our rock, PLEASE MAKE A DONATION to the tip jar so we can throw this pre-holiday house concert.

We do it this way because we want our house concerts to be driven by YOU. A ton of work goes into putting on a house concert, behind the scenes stuff that no one sees. The band doesn't make any money at these, it all goes to the host and underwriting the party.

We just love to rock-n-roll.

Do you?

Then CLICK HERE.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/476400861/hiatvs-rock-n-roll-house-concert

Do it for yourself or do it for the children (it's an early family-friendly event).

Or do it for the DAWGS!


10.08.2012

Why HIATVS?

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Cover bands are popular and that’s why there are a ton of them out there.
But most of them are pretty much adhering to the same tired schtick, playing a bunch of generic bland cover songs in crappy bars to apathetic crowds, in order to sell more beer for the music venue.
That gets old. And more importantly, the world does not need another generic cover band. Very few, if any, cover bands are trying to do something different and cutting edge. When you have seen one, you have seen them all.
Then there is HIATVS.
Shunning crappy dive bars and apathetic people, HIATVS is a more exclusive and innovative cover band, performing cutting edge, high energy, theatrical rock-n-roll house concerts that attract a more selective and fun loving type of person.
The house concerts take place in someone’s house, a much more inviting environment than a crappy bar full of idiots, because the person is willfully inviting awesome rock-n-roll and fun people into their home. The people at the house concert are there by choice, because they want to hear a great rock-n-roll performance hanging out with fun, like minded people, and consuming free food and beer. It's win-win.
The price of admission is just a side dish or some beverages to share at the house concert (or a $5 suggested donation, in advance, if it’s too much truck to bring something to share).
The beauty of rock-n-roll house concerts is that they are about the people and the music, not selling beer for the music venue. HIATVS does not get any money for performing house concerts, but what they get is VALUE - the camaraderie and loyalty of friends and fans who appreciate being able to hear great live music in a warm and inviting social environment, where everyone is there to enjoy the music and each other, the chairs are comfortable, and the bathrooms are clean.
Won’t you consider coming to a HIATVS ROCK-N-ROLL HOUSE CONCERT?
We love you.
HIATVS

10.02.2012

Happy Rocktober!

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It's Rocktober, so I am just going to give it to you straight.

HIATVS needs more partygoers if we are going to make this ROCK-N-ROLL HOUSE CONCERT happen on November 17th.

If you love our irreverent high energy theatrical rock-n-roll and want to watch some of it (while eating pizza and drinking good beer with a bunch of new cool friends), go here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/476400861/hiatvs-rock-n-roll-house-concert

There is no other rock-n-roll band that does what we do (house concerts) as well as we do (always good beer and a bunch of tasty food, great music, fun people, free parking, and clean bathrooms).

We know we are ahead of our time, but that doesn't mean you have to miss the bus.

Don't be shy. We guarantee you will leave the party fully satisfied and happy, with a bunch of new friends and an appreciation for ROCK-N-ROLL HOUSE CONCERTS.

We do this for YOU!

NOTE: HIATVS does not get any of the suggested donation money. We just like to party as much as you do. All the donations go to beer and food. That's it.























10.01.2012

HIATVS ROCK-N-ROLL HOUSE CONCERT on 11/17/12

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Hi Friends.

The next HIATVS ROCK-N-ROLL HOUSE CONCERT is on Saturday November 17th, 6-10 PM at GUPPY EFFECT ex-guitarist Stefan Chandler’s house in Madison WI (deets and directions provided with RSVP).

Beer and pizza too! And you know it will be good beer and greasy pizza.

Social hour is 6 to 7 PM.

Then Stefan will perform some solo tunes (7-8 PM), followed by HIATVS rock-n-roll awesomeness (8 PM on), all in the comfort of Stefan’s living room with a few good friends.

We are trying something different this time to see if enough people are interested in attending the concert. Check out the Kickstarter project and video we just launched.

We only want to have a party if you do too!

Win-win.

So let's get this party started. RSVP NOW! (Deadline to RSVP is Rocktober 31.)

We hope to see you at the most rocking house concert party in Madison WI!