2016 was a hard year. Not just personally but nationally, globally and spiritually. I have found myself growing roots for too long and try as I may to inspire others I have failed to maintain any kind of focused crew. I also feel a form of writers block has become entrenched although in the past few weeks I have felt sparks of creativity flourishing in little nooks and crannies of my mind.
I remember in 2012 I felt a similar urgency and I put together a troupe called The Revolution Circus. It was made up hastily of a talented assortment but not entirely committed individuals and although it was an amazing time, it still did not live up to my expectation which was more along the lines of Apocalypse Theatre, the band I had co-founded that had home bases together in several cities but mostly spent years as homeless road warriors.
Now I am considering starting something new. I’m imagining a mini-caravan/traveling show that streams live events including our own music but not exclusively every morning/brunch time & evening from different locations with special guest, live performances, interviews and bonfire conversations from all across the country. I’m thinking of launching this concept full steam in the Spring of 2017. We will set up local events at small venues to raise funds and set up an online shop to sell various treasures we find along the way.
I don’t just want to cover music and art but protest movements like “Standing Rock” which may participate in the very very near future and “Black Lives Matter”. I also want to feature local shops and musical artists, speakers, comedians and whatever seems interesting and relative to the spirit of a road trip/quest that takes us to all the lower 48 for many months sometimes staying in 200-400 square mile regions for weeks. This is the basic idea. I will develop it over the next few months and if I can pull of a few short road trips and have found a few people to join me I will launch it then.