Hi, everyone-Alex here. If you’re new to the band, I’m the woodwinds guy. I play flutes, pipes, didgeridoos, all that fun stuff. I know we’ve been off the road for a while now, so as we prepare for this next tour, I wanted to share some of the things we’re thinking about.
We’ve always been a band with a strong sense of a mission. Coit has always had a spiritual center, and makes music that comes out of a sense of purpose, inter connectedness, and harmony with all living things. That’s why we’re so influenced by indigenous music, devotional folk music, and yogic sounds. With that in mind, we’ve ended up playing a lot of yoga studios, healing practices, and workshops. Nothing could make us happier.
As we start to draw bigger crowds at festival gigs and our more traditional concerts, we’ve been thinking about how to support our mission of promoting spiritual and physical wellness on the road.
A lot of this is drawing on things we already do. Yusuf and I make juice on a daily basis for the rest of the band: we’re sort of the juice gurus, with most of what we’ve learned courtesy of Start Juicing. The whole band starts our day with some juice, and that’s usually how we recover after the show, too. We also like to descend upon a local yoga studio wherever we’re playing to take part in a class before playing a show. All of us practice on our own, and we’ve found that taking these classes in each location helps us connect to the energy we’ll be feeling that night. We also encourage everyone to get moving however they feel they want to during the show. We usually play standing venues anyway, which makes it easier, but we want everyone to get their blood flowing, since that helps us when you give back so much energy.
So, with all that in mind, we’re going to try and go all-out this next tour! Here’s our ideal “event”, which will start earlier in the day, and go through the concert.
-Yoga class with soundtrack
Like I said, we usually end up at a yoga class before our concert anyway. We’re inspired by Michael Franti, who often does acoustic sets to accompany yoga sessions before his evening concerts. We thought, why not? Half of the music we play comes from traditional yoga soundtracks anyway, so it totally makes sense to partner with a local studio and offer a special musical class. We depend on you guys for a lot of our networking, so there will be a special request for yoga studio referral when we send out our tour update to the mailing list. We’d be looking to take over the place for the afternoon.
-Meditation space with juice
This is what we’re envisioning as an after-party sort of thing between the yoga class and the concert. We’re thinking of networking with a few local folks, juice makers, reiki healers, and artists to put together a meditation space and happy social zone for an hour or two. http://startjuicing.org/best-citrus-orange-juicer-reviews is where you can find our recommended citrus juicers.
Weirdly, this might be the most “far out” part of all of this. We’ve certainly never been to a potluck concert before, but the idea just makes sense to us. Our crowd is mainly like-minded people passionate about food, so why not share a meal together? It’s a great way for all of us to meet all of you, and for you to connect in your town. We’re going to have to figure out the logistics of this, but we’re hoping to have a potluck meal around each show.
We’ve also thought about trying to integrate the juicing with the concert, maybe instead of a bar? Speaking of which, we’ve decided to purchase a separate juicer for wheatgrass and we’re looking at some wheatgrass juicer ratings online. We’ve usually had a kombucha keg or two set up at our venues, but fresh juice would be a lot more intensive to get going, so we want to judge interest before we go down that route too far.
Why are we doing all this? We want to promote something that’s kind of a novel image. We’re calling it radical wellness. It’s something that’s come up again and again as we’ve talked about the music industry and entertainment as whole. We’re sold this idealized image of the wasted, junkie rock star, drinking and doing drugs like crazy, basically in a mad rush toward death. And we can’t help but think, what’s so rebellious about being addicted to cigarettes? Or overdosing and needing to stay in a hospital? Isn’t it much more “cool” or “inspiring” to be radically healthy? To be radically alive, instead of dying in some exhibitionist display? So that’s what we’re trying to create with these next gigs. We want to create a space where, for a few hours, all of us are overwhelmingly, radically alive.
How alternative is that?
Anyway, hoping you’re all well, and looking forward to sharing some new material soon,