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CASAA CONCERT SERIES: Gulf Coast

Postby Webby » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:39 pm

Here in the sunny south, it doesn't get very cold until January. This means Nov/Dec is very much shorts weather. My company runs several city sites in Mobile and the Dir of Parks is a good friend (and e-cig user). I approached him with an idea to have a "Concert in the Park" sponsored by CASAA to be held in Bienville Square, Downtown Mobile, Alabama.

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He loved the idea! Next I approached another friend of mine about having his blues band, The Eccentrix, play. After reminding the boys in the band just how great a time they had on my balcony at Mardi Gras (extortion is such an ugly word) we got ourselves a band!

Last I spoke with WKRG (CBS Affiliate that ran our earlier pro-e-cig piece in April) and they said they'll send someone out to cover the event. If we make it big enough, all three networks will have to cover it too.

I have a second band in the works, but it looks like our first public event is well on its way! I am encouraging ANY Gulf Coast vapers to join in and contribute to the event or just show up with as many friends as you can. The date hasn't been set yet (Nov/Dec?) If you live outside the area, we'll most likely webcast in live, so stay tuned to this thread for more details or go to www.casaa.org in the next few weeks.

I will continue to try to get sponsors, local news coverage, bands and other businesses involved but the approval of the city and the locking in of The Eccentrix was a major coup for CASAA and the e-cig community as a whole.

More to follow!
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Re: CASAA CONCERT SERIES: Gulf Coast

Postby halfevildruid » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:46 pm

Great Webby! I spent a summer many years ago in Muscle Shoals and some time in Mobile working on a golf course and playing in Tunica, MS on a few weekends. Maybe the boss lady will let us go... I had quite a bit of fun out there, but of course I was single without children, and had a nice candy apple red 87 Pontiac Trans Am 305 HO back then. Now I would have to bring my minivan...
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Re: CASAA CONCERT SERIES: Gulf Coast

Postby Webby » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:52 pm

:lol: I just bought one myself... :cry:
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Re: CASAA CONCERT SERIES: Gulf Coast

Postby mtndude » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:59 pm

Hope my wife doesn't catch wind of this.. she'll be looking at beach houses down that way...

hmmm... what were those months again??
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Re: CASAA CONCERT SERIES: Gulf Coast

Postby Webby » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:22 am

Still in play - probably Nov/Dec

I'm really liking this...

I don't have any pull with the airlines, but I'll work on HUGE discounts for hotels in the area for anyone who thinks they might be able to come down for the day long event. It's the first really major public event for the e-cig community and CASAA can lead the way.

For anyone who needs an excuse to make it a family mini-vacation

USS Alabama and Pensacola Blue Angels Navy Air Museum
Tons of Civil War history and walking tours
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
20 minutes from the Biloxi casinos (Hard Rock, Beau Rivage, etc.)
2 hrs from New Orleans
30 minutes from the beaches (yes, it's still 80 degrees here until January)
CASAA HQ (at least temporarily) is located right across from the square
Dozens of downtown restaurants and bars - Mobile is a VERY pro-ecig community
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Re: CASAA CONCERT SERIES: Gulf Coast

Postby kristin » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:24 am

That's awesome Webby!! Kudos!
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Re: CASAA CONCERT SERIES: Gulf Coast

Postby Webby » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:36 am

I seem to remember several big health organizations being against e-cigs (which really surprised me) but I can't recall which ones. One angle would be to have this as a benefit for one of the ones (that would be willing) and announce "all proceeds go toward the ____foundation"

Mobile is a seafood city and a gumbo cookoff would pay for itself with groups that would vie for the best gumbo award. This may all be too ambitious for the time allowed, but DAMN - if we could pull it off.... 8-)
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Re: CASAA CONCERT SERIES: Gulf Coast

Postby kristin » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:45 am

I know a pediatrics association just called for them to be banned.
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Re: CASAA CONCERT SERIES: Gulf Coast

Postby halfevildruid » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:51 am

posted the article in new clippings
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Re: CASAA CONCERT SERIES: Gulf Coast

Postby Thulium » Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:35 am

I'm probably too poor to make it down there, but if I can find a way to make it happen I will--I think I still have some family in AL.

If this is something we'd like to do more often, I have some connections that could be very useful: My friend and former roommate, Ted Bruun, is the director of 'the eXtreme tour' that travels the country (mostly in the summer as many of the events occur outdoors) putting on free concerts as an outreach to "at risk" youth. Mind you it is a faith-based ministry, but considering that when I was helping Ted in Idaho with what evolved into the tour, we had a designated "smoke break" during our church services, the odds that we could get some support are quite good. ;)

Before anyone can even object that I'm referring to a religous organization, I'll also point out that the majority of the artists that perform on the tour on not explicitly religious (Think P.O.D.--they've appeared on the tour, actually). Alternately, if we simply wanted to set up a merch/info table to go on the tour, I can make that happen. The one sticking point would be finding someone who could go on the tour or someone who is already going and willing to man the table, but I know how to overcome that.
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