Song Fight Live 2017 in the SF Bay Area CA USA!!!

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Song Fight Live 2017 in the SF Bay Area CA USA!!!

Postby Lunkhead » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:02 pm

UPDATE! We have settled on having SF Live 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, USA. Dates are still TBD. Original plan was second weekend of August but discussion is ongoing about potentially moving it later in order to have it at a really good venue.

Things are slow around here, and I noticed that we hadn't gotten the ball rolling on the discussion of where to host SF Live this year. Last year was in New York, so, West Coast this year? If it's in June or July, we may not be around to host or attend, but we could probably do host or attend in August if folks wants to come to SF/Oakland/Berkeley. Or maybe the LA/Seattle/Portland folks would like another crack at hosting? Or a new player?
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Sober » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:21 pm

Might be able to help make things happen if Houston sounds interesting to anyone. I'd imagine the guys at Edgewater Studios would be willing to help out, as well.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Caravan Ray » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:25 pm

Would only consider myself a 10% chance at this stage - but if the work situation picks up - I may be a chance.

If that happens - Qanatas has direct flights from Brisbane to both to LA and Dallas - so LA would be my choice, but I have never been to Texas - so Houston sounds good too.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Sober » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:17 pm

For reference, the weekends of June 10 and 24 are out for me. MBA classes begin for me sometime in August - I'll know more in May. Also, we'll be closing on our new house sometime in August. Either way, I have one spare room I could open up to a traveling songfighter, and could perhaps persuade the wife to open the couch as well.

We usually do these as Friday + Saturday evening events, right? If Houston is a serious contender, we can look at:

June 16+17
June 30+July 1
July 7+8
July 14+15
July 21+22
July 28+29

I'd rather not commit to any August dates at this point. We would also want to cross reference these dates with major sporting events, as this city becomes a nightmare whenever sportsball is played.

Pros and cons for Houston:

Pros:
  • Great craft beer scene. A brewery would be my first choice for one of the nights
  • Great food. Houston is the most diverse city in the country, and the food reflects this. Second only to NY for US cities imo
  • Relatively cheap as far as big cities go (Houston is the 3rd or 4th largest city in the US, depending on which metric you use)
  • Hobby Airport recently expanded flight operations, meaning cheaper, easier access. Southwest Airlines is a fantastic option
  • Uber works quite well in this city, though Lyft does not operate here
  • Access to studio space and backline instruments/PA
  • On the above note, I'm pretty plugged in with some industry folks down here. Depending on how we structure this, we might get some big Houston names involved, or at least get y'all some facetime with some of them

Cons:
  • Hot as fuck
  • Seriously, it's so fucking hot here
  • Parking and traffic is apocalyptic. I'd almost recommend Ubering everywhere rather than renting a car
  • Not exactly Trump country, but coastal eliteTM songfighters may experience some culture shock

Thoughts? Do we have any other Houston songfighters? Or do any Austin folks want to chime in here? By the way, I'm not 100% committing to this yet. I'd want to have a chat with someone who has coordinated one of these before to get an idea of my financial exposure, etc.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby roymond » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:06 pm

I'll also cross august off. July generally works best for me. And yes, Houston in the summer...hot as fuck is an understatement. But hell, you have a bunch of it in hand so I'd go. And, it's awful nice for your wife to sleep on the couch ;)
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby glennny » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:59 pm

I won't be able to make it to Texas. I can make Bay area (home), or LA or Portland. (oddly enough New York is easier than Portland, and far easier than Texas).

My vote is for the Bay.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Rabid Garfunkel » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:05 am

Not available to help with a PDX SFL this year, alas. Family commitments, &c.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Caravan Ray » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:44 pm

roymond wrote: Houston in the summer...hot as fuck is an understatement.

Sober wrote:[*]Hot as fuck
[*]Seriously, it's so fucking hot here


Pfffft...pussies. Try Queensland in the summer if you want hot as fuck.


And of course - I'll also lodge my annual bid for Toowoomba as a venue.....
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Chumpy » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:57 pm

I'd love to visit LA, just sayin'.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby MicahSommer » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:42 pm

I wouldn't be able to travel outside the midwest. I don't know how many other midwestern Songfighters there are. Is it true that SF Live was in Madison, WI at one point? That's barely an hour from me. But Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul are happenin' cities too. Not that I know anything about anything, really.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Lunkhead » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:30 pm

Madison has been talked about but Madison SFL hasn't happened yet.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Lunkhead » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:31 pm

And for those curious about what it takes to host, and who haven't seen this other thread, we've got an FAQ thread here:

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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Sober » Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:57 pm

Lunkhead wrote:And for those curious about what it takes to host, and who haven't seen this other thread, we've got an FAQ thread here:

viewtopic.php?f=19&t=9658


Did not realize I'd made the most recent post in that thread. Not much has changed in ~16 months, I guess.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Jerkatorium » Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:54 pm

Chumpy wrote:I'd love to visit LA, just sayin'.

I could help someone else host a SFL in Los Angeles, but there's no way I can take the lead on it. I have no venue contacts, I don't know anyone with a drum set or a PA or even a truck, my day job requires some travel... I'm just not the right guy for this, there's just no way. But I would be glad to help if someone else in L.A. wants to host.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby jack » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:15 am

If it's in the Bay Area, I might show up with Eric and brody. We played a live show last month in SF. I'd hate to see this fine, long standing tradition die a slow, apathetic death here.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby fluffy » Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:19 pm

Texas doesn't work for me, I need to be able to pee without getting arrested or shot.

I don't think any of the Seattle contingent are up for hosting but I'd totally go for Portland or SF Bay Area again. Also are any of the Long Beach folks still around? That might be a nice Left Coast change.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Sober » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:41 pm

fluffy wrote:Texas doesn't work for me, I need to be able to pee without getting arrested or shot.


:cry: We tried our best in Houston, and in fact succeeded for a few months. We'll get there.

I don't think any of the Seattle contingent are up for hosting but I'd totally go for Portland or SF Bay Area again. Also are any of the Long Beach folks still around? That might be a nice Left Coast change.


Seems like Houston is out. I can probably travel wherever. I have family in Orange, so that part of CA would be interesting to me.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Lunkhead » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:47 pm

Seems like Sober's is the only solid offer to host so far? BSS could host in the SF Bay Area but our preference would be for early August, first weekend or two. Anybody else want to throw their hat into the ring? We should maybe set up a poll very soon, so, if anybody else wants to make a serious bid, do so now.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Niveous » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:10 am

I'm unsure if I'd be able to do a SF Live in Houston seeing as I'm going to be living down there for a month starting in a few weeks. I may have hit Houston overload. (Or maybe I'll craze coming back. Who knows?)

I'll throw NYC's hat back in the ring. If you wanna do here 2 years in a row, I can make it happen.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Lunkhead » Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:15 am

Niv, what time frame would you be able to host in NYC?
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Niveous » Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:44 am

I would have to check with Somer, the booker at Sidewalk, but seeing as it's not even May yet, we are probably still pretty flexible for July or August.
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Re: Song Fight Live 2017 in ... ???

Postby Lunkhead » Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:49 am

OK cool. I just heard from Ken and he said the first weekend in August is out for him, so, BSS could host the second weekend in August. I guess I'll start a poll to try to get a better sense of what works for the most people ... ?

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