Our band lives to play music. We don’t particularly like doing press, most of us are fairly private people and we have social media for the band only reluctantly. Most of us generally don’t follow online criticism. Over the last year we have essentially lived our lives in a tour van and in music venues, playing over 130 shows. In that time we’ve met many amazing people and had many great conversations with people in person.
Over this time we’ve been listening, talking and having lots of valuable conversations with the members of the Vietnamese community about the name. Through this dialogue and hearing about what the name means to so many people, we have decided we will be changing the name of our band.
Art and music are about creative expression. However, our band name is not our cause, and we are not going to fight for it. This is not what our band is about.
There are many individuals more eloquent than us who have recently had a lot to say about the topic of the name and our appropriation of the name Viet Cong. For more insights into the arguments we encourage you to read some of these. We are a band who want to make music and play our music for our fans. We are not here to cause pain or remind people of atrocities of the past.
The truth is, we’ve been planning to change the band name for the next record for months; it has not been an easy decision by any means. We are a band of four people with four individual voices; this debate has been long and difficult for us and it took time for everyone to settle on a plan of action.
We don’t know what the new name of our band will be, and we owe it to our fans to honour the concerts we have booked. We rushed into our last band name decision, we don’t plan to rush into this one, but know that will be rolling out a new name as soon as we agree upon one.
We realize this won't satisfy everyone, but that's certainly not the goal of this band. We never expected this kind of attention in the first place and just want to return to playing music, which is the only thing we (kinda) know how to do.
We’ve had an incredible amount of support from fans, and we have to thank everyone who has said supportive words to us as we struggle with this. As always, we welcome people talking to us in person.
– Matt, Mike, Monty & Danny.
We are pleased to announce that the annual tradition of a Hot Air Balloon Event on Labor Day weekend in Colorado Springs will continue September 5-7 at Memorial Park.
The Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off will be produced by Hot Apple Productions, LLC. in affiliation with Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Company, Inc. and the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including: crew, concessions, hospitality, entertainment, parking, etc.
The event will include a spectacular array of 67 hot air balloons that will converge in Memorial Park and participate in competitions and balloon glows, drawing spectators from Colorado and beyond.
This balloon festival will feature a beer garden and VIP tent, live entertainment, and concerts on the big stage, food trucks, and a weekend full of lake activities including wakeboarding exhibitions, stand up paddle boarding and other activities at Prospect Lake.
The Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off is one of the largest hot air ballooning events in the nation and the largest in Colorado. Enjoy free admission and activities for the entire family!
Colorado Springs, CO – Dave Chappelle, known for his popular TV series ‘Chappelle’s Show’ and iconic character roles such as Rick James, will take the stage for one live show, September 16 at Pikes Peak Center.
Tickets to Dave Chappelle go on sale Friday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.PikesPeakCenter.com, all TicketsWest locations by dialing 520-SHOW or by visiting the Pikes Peak Center or Broadmoor World Arena Box Offices.
We are proudly offering pre-event dinners in the ANB Bank Room located on the Mezzanine level at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts. Call our concierge at 719-477-2102 to make your reservation.
In 2003, Chappelle debuted his own weekly sketch comedy show on Comedy Central called Chappelle's Show. The show parodied many aspects of American culture, including racial stereotypes, politics and pop culture. Along with comedy skits, the show also featured musical performances by mostly hip-hop and soul artists. He promoted the work of other black comedians as well, most notably Paul Mooney and Charlie Murphy.
Due to the show's popularity, Comedy Central's new parent company Viacom reportedly offered Chappelle a $55 million contract (giving Chappelle a share of DVD sales) to continue production of Chappelle's Show for two more years, while allowing him to do side projects. Chappelle has said that sketches are not his favorite form of comedy and that the characteristics of the show's format were somewhat like short films.
In June 2004, based on the popularity of the "Rick James" sketch, it was announced that Chappelle was in talks to portray James in a biopic from Paramount Pictures, also owned by Viacom. James's estate disagreed with the proposed comical tone of the film and put a halt to the talks.
That same month, Chappelle recorded his second comedy special, this time airing on Showtime, Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth, at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, where his idols, including Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robin Williams, had performed. He joked about the city being "the gayest place on earth," touched upon an encounter on a public bus, in a New Mexico Wal-Mart, smoking in a strip club, and cultural differences in food and other topics.
Wow! Worms in fresh produce!? Thanks Obama!
My Mescal always has one but I drink it anyway
Headline: First-World Problems Plague Stupid Americans!
Oh for piss sakes, this has got to be the stupidest thing I've read all day.
People are stupid and the media is even worse
I've been thinking of nothing but Talladega Nights for the past two days. I climb in through the window of the car to find a portly, red-faced driver waiting to greet me. "My name's Ricky," he says, his voice muffled by his helmet. "You ready to go fast?"True story. Last Thursday, we ventured to the Pikes Peak International Raceway for a media preview (I suppose I could call it the "Rev It Up Mixer" as they did) of three entertainment attractions available as of July 3 at PPIR:
Ice Cube & special guests
Coheed and Cambria
Drive Like Jehu
Explosions in the Sky
The Airborne Toxic Event
Bootsy Collins' Rubber Band
Babes in Toyland.
Eagles of Death Metal
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
De La Soul
The Dead Milkmen
The Lawrence Arms
Reverend Horton Heat
The Black Lips
The Get Up Kids
Less Than Jake
The Joy Formidable
The White Buffalo
Post Malone with FKI
The Bunny Gang
Fit For Rivals
The Moth & The Flame
Sleep On It
Cold War Kids
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