Canadian party-meisters Tom and Gary are touring North America, bringing the party spirit, dance music, boomboxes and banana costumes to party-deprived people.
Tonight at Pritchard Park. 8 p.m. to midnight.
Photogs and videographers, you know what to do.
The theme? STRICTLY BUSINESS. “That means you MUST wear Business Attire (suits, ties, cufflinks, glasses, nice shoes, sexy skirts, gel that hair, etc) and bring along as much business paraphernalia as possible (wheeled office chairs, briefcases, rolodexes, calculators, coffee machines+mugs, water coolers, filing cabinets, etc. get Creative and get Crazy). You can buy suits at Value Village and Salvation Army for like $10 so NO EXCUSES!”
DRESS LIKE THIS, BRING A BOOMBOX
Also welcome: ”Beach balls, balloons, mini trampolines, hula hoops, jump ropes, ROLLERBLADES, razor scooters, sound systems, Party lights, Large Cumbersome Objects To Party With, musical instruments, etc!”
What is a Decentralized Dance Party (DDP)?
The DDP is a portable, battery-powered Party System.
It was invented by Tom and Gary, two gentlemen from Vancouver.
It consists of hundreds of Party people, carrying boomboxes, and a DJ who wears a backpack, containing an FM radio transmitter.
All the boomboxes are tuned into the DJ’s master FM broadcast, resulting in a mobile, synchronized sound system. This portable dance Party roams the night, generating complete awesomeness, street by street and block by block, onto buses and subways, into public fountains and beyond. Inevitably interfacing with the public, together we create an infectious epidemic of fun. A roaming Party adventure that lasts all night long!
Right now, we are leading a Business-Oriented Party Convoy on a 20-stop Strictly Business Tour across Canada and the USA: http://goo.gl/bvZBg
This is the Strictly Business Tour. That means you MUST wear Business Attire (suits, ties, cufflinks, glasses, nice shoes, sexy skirts, gel that hair, etc) and bring along as much business paraphernalia as possible (wheeled office chairs, briefcases, rolodexes, calculators, coffee machines+mugs, water coolers, filing cabinets, etc. get Creative and get Crazy). You can buy suits at Value Village and Salvation Army for like $10 so NO EXCUSES!
In order to Maximize our Collective Party Potential, please share this invite with EVERYONE who knows how to Party, and join our:
Mailing List http://bit.ly/dUUP9U
Facebook Page http://goo.gl/ZybdP
(so we can share the starting time/location and other things)
THE BANANA TASK FORCE:
We’re recruiting Ten Elite Partiers in each city to round out our Elite Banana Task Force. All ten will be equipped with banana suits in order to help us prepare the boomboxes, facilitate the madness and other Elite Party Tasks. Want in? Send us a non-traditional resume: http://bit.ly/fn1TWs
THE STARTING LOCATION:
The Party’s Starting location will be announced THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT via Twitter, Facebook and Mailing List.
DDPs are hosted exclusively in public spaces and completely open and we take pride in creating the most inclusive Party possible. EVERYONE, of every AGE, BACKGROUND and STYLE is welcome.
People show up to DDPs with their kids and parents all the time. Homeless people join in. It’s all good. The more diversity the better. Music is the universal human language, dance is the universal human movement, and Partying is the universal human release.
We DO NOT encourage or condone alcohol consumption. But if you choose to disregard the law and our heartfelt advice, please be discreet (e.g. pop bottles) and don’t ruin this for everyone else. Thank you.
When we are Partying, be respectful of people and property and please don’t litter. We have worked hard to build a good name for ourselves and the DDP. We have also maintained a good rapport with police forces across the country and because of this, they have always helped us out and allowed everyone to have a good time. It is essential that we maintain these things if we want to continue to do these Parties. SPREAD THE WORD.
GET A BOOMBOX:
To tune in to our Party Broadcast. You can find them at thrift stores for $5-10 or on ebay:http://goo.gl/Bf31q
We will provide as many boomboxes as possible, but it’s first-come-first-serve and they always run out and the more the merrier!
How To Select And Prepare A Boombox: http://tinyurl.com/2bk2ulo
MORE FUN STUFF TO BRING:
Beach balls, balloons, mini trampolines, hula hoops, jump ropes, ROLLERBLADES, razor scooters, sound systems, Party lights, Large Cumbersome Objects To Party With, musical instruments, etc!
Join us for Asheville Bites & Sips presented by Mission Health System: A casual evening celebrating local food and beer with a festival atmosphere. Tickets are $50 to enjoy food from 18 restaurants and beer from 7 breweries along with music and vendors.
Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro
French Broad Chocolate Lounge
The Lobster Trap
City Bakery Cafe
Early Girl Eatery
Vincenzos Restaurant and Piano Bar
Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian
The Green Sage
The Chop House
Gypsy Queen Cuisine
Highland Brewing Company
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company
Oyster House Brewing Company
Pisgah Brewing Company
Bring your I.D. with you; this is required to drink alcohol.
Bob’s Birthday Salute at Early Girl Eatery 5/23
https://www.facebook.com/events/272832896147132/Dine out at Early Girl on Weds., May 23 and a percentage of profits go to the Bob Moog Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to the legacy of musical pioneer and adopted Ashevillean, Bob Moog.
Asheville Food Truck Party at The Lot, 5/26
No details yet, but this is the grand opening of The Lot (food truck central on Asheland Ave), and marks the day that the trucks begin serving late. I AM SO GOING.
Just Brew It 2012 at The Wedge: $16 homebrew beer fest 5/26
At only $16 to sample 100+ beers from 55+ brewers; “Just Brew It” is BEER CITY’s Homebrew Festival! To attend “Just Brew It” visit www.justeconomicswnc.org and follow the links. Together we can make it “LIVING WAGE BEER CITY, USA”. You can also stop by Altamont Brewing Company or Brusin’ Ales, as you can get them there too. Just Economics encourages you to sign up as a member and support our mission: To educate, advocate, and organize for a just and sustainable economy that works for all in Western North Carolina.
Greg Engert beer dinner at Moe’s Original BBQ 5/28 $45
Join Moe’s Original Bar B Que in welcoming Beer Director from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group in Washington, DC, James Beard Nominee, Food and Wine’s Sommelier of the Year Greg Engert for a beer and food pairing.
Five Course Meal each with a beer pairing:
First Course: Southern Tomato Salad with heirloom tomatoes, black eyed peas, lima beans, crowder peas, corn, chives and topped with bacon in a balsamic vinaigrette
Second Course: Smoked Chicken, Sausage and White Bean Stew with fresh herbs and vegetables
Third Course: Meat Two Ways: Smoked Brisket cocoa, coffee and chile rubbed and sugar salt cured Braised Pork served with stoned ground cheese grits and collard greens
Fourth Course: Intermezzo – Watermelon Salad with dill, red onion, honey and a apple cider vinaigrette
Fifth Course: Dessert – Blueberry and Peach Cobbler with fresh made whipped cream on top$45 per person.
Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 828-505-8282.
Emerald Spring Market Supper 5/29 $30 (great price!)
West Asheville Tailgate Market presents:*EMERALD SPRING SUNSET SUPPER* with chefs
Brian Canipelli (Cucina 24)
Suzy Phillips (GQC)
Jeremy Hardcastle (Table)Family Style Italian Meal
Sourced almost entirely from the Market
Meat + Vegetarian options available
________________________________Tuesday, MAY 29th : 7pm – 9pm : $30
718 Haywood Road : Dining at the Market Parking Lot
White Duck Taco: Tasty Tacos and Tasty Brews, May 29
Starts:May 29, 2012 – 11:30 am
Ends: May 29, 2012 – 8:30 pm
Location: White Duck Taco Shop
Description: White Duck Taco pairs up tacos with Asheville brews all day long.
Thirsty Monk & Curaté present: The Thirsty Monk Wanders to Spain, May 29, $95
Description: Quench your thirst and wanderlust! A fun-filled exploration of Spanish beer, Belgian Trappist Ales, and Tapas. We’ll begin at 6pm with Spanish beer and hors d’oeuvres upstairs in the soon-to-be-open top floor of Thirsty Monk downtown — and then wander over to
Cúrate for Trappist & Tapas — four courses of Belgian Trappist Ales specifically paired with Tapas. Join the fun!
Eight beers, eight chefs. (6) oz beer samples, each paired with a small plate created specifically to match the beer. Chefs will receive their assigned beer one week before the event. Participating chefs and beers will be announced; chef dishes will not. It’s a foodie surprise!
That’s right! As part of Asheville Beer Week (new website launched!), Bruisin’ Ales and Zambra tapas are pairing up for an a la carte evening of Beer Cocktails on Thursday, May 31, when the lounge opens at 4:00 p.m. Better yet, we’ve brought in spirits from the distillers at popular breweries, Dogfish Head, New Holland Brewing, and Rogue Ales. No fixed price, just show up and hang with us at the bar!
Special LaZoom tour incorporating Asheville Beer History, hosted by Bruisin’ Ales, LaZoom & The Feral Chihuahuas.Hop on LaZoom’s iconic purple bus and find the funny side of Asheville Beer. Our city wide afternoon tours are historical and hysterical, feature outlandish comedy skits, entertaining tour guides, loads of Asheville information and … beer! You’ve never taken a tour like this before – it’s a show on wheels!
Both Asheville and Grand Rapids are being awarded the 2012 title.
“Based on the number of votes Grand Rapids and Asheville received and determining that a 3% or less difference between the number of votes the top vote getters received would be a statistical (estimated margin of anomalies) tie, Asheville and Grand Rapids will share BeerCity USA 2012 honors.”
2012 BeerCity USA Vote Counts
1. Asheville, NC 17,849 statistical tie
1. Grand Rapids, MI 17,849 statistical tie
3. St. Louis, MO 3,451
4. Bend, OR 2,270
5. Portland, OR 2,014
6. San Diego, CA 1,304
7. Milwaukee, WI 955
8. Fort Collins, CO 840
9. Denver, CO 809
10. Cleveland, OH 671
11. Durango, CO 670
12. Raleigh, NC 669
13. Madison, WI 668
14. Philadelphia, PA 599
15. Phoenix-Tempe-Scottsdale, AZ 596
16. Tampa, FL 581
17. Chicago, IL 563
18. Missoula, MT 402
The following cities each had less than 400 votes: Boulder, CO; Jacksonville, FL; Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN; Cincinnati, OH; San Francisco/Oakland – Bay Area, CA; Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Charlotte, NC; Boston, MA; Portland, ME; Dallas-Ft.Worth, TX; Washington, DC; Albuquerque, NM
Votes were cast from 90 countries. It’s not surprising that the top two states from which votes were cast were Michigan with 10,560 and North Carolina with 8,164. New Jersey, Missouri, Oregon, California, South Carolina and Pennsylvania voters all cast more than 2,000 votes each.
The creative spirit that distinguishes Grand Rapids extends to the region’s beer makers. Our local brewmasters take an artisan approach to their craft, conceiving and formulating unique beers full of big character and flavor.
Founders Brewing Co., located in downtown Grand Rapids, has earned international acclaim. In 2011, RateBeer.com named Founders the No. 2 brewery in the world. Two of Founders’ beers have been named among the planet’s Top 10 by BeerAdvocate. And Founders’ taproom is packed with people who travel from far and wide to lift a pint and grab some grub.
Christina I think Asheville & Grand Rapids should get together and have the Great Beer Summit of 2012! Much love to both cities and their super-supportive beer-drinking public! Hooray [LOCAL] Beer! Hooray LOCAL economies!
Charles Toles It ended in a tie, it’s time to meet on neutral ground for a beer showdown! I will be more than happy to judge
Dr. Cray A tie wouldn’t be bad, in fact it could have mutually beneficial results. Grand Rapids could exchange Beer ambassadors with Asheville & create an entirely new cultural exchange.
sethinstereo I live in Asheville, but I’ll be making a trip to Grand Rapids in the future. There are some beautiful beers that come from Michigan, and we definitely are lucky to get them here. I think what makes us Beer City, USA is the fact that we appreciate brews from all over the US, and the world. We are truly spoiled here in Asheville to have proprietors who promote beers from far and near. Bruisin’ Ales was voted #20 in the WORLD, #4 in the US best place to buy beer 2012 at ratebeer.com. Their foreign selection is only slightly smaller than their domestic craft brew, and the staff is well versed in beers of all styles and locales. Hops and Vines also provides a great selection of beers, as well as a strong root in homebrewing. Asheville is located in Buncombe County, NC, which is home to nearly 239,000 people. There are 10 microbreweries in Buncombe County alone, and that will increase within the next year. We also have Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Oskar Blues building distribution sites and breweries in the Asheville area within the next three years. Vote Asheville as Beer City, USA because we are beer-conscious, not beer-centric.
Tommy m Seems that the attention has came off of the beer and put on the rudeness, being from Asheville I’m pulling for us in the vote, being an American I’m proud of all our cities in the running. There can only be one winner but I don’t think there are any losers, just good beer, enjoy and good luck to all