First of all I’d like to thank everyone who supported us during our 1st season of Raw Travel. There are too many folks to thank individually but without their help, we’d never be where we are.
And where are we exactly? Well, in just about every major city in the United States effective with our 2nd season which begins Oct. 4th, 2014. We are in 50 of the top 50 cities and overall in 110 cities and almost 100 million homes on a variety of CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, CW & My TV affiliates all over the country. All while remaining 100% independent. No, it’s not easy in the least and it’s super rare but we are doing it.
And I think you will see the show is getting better each and every new episode. I hope so. Otherwise, what’s the point.
Our travel’s through Eastern Europe put us in touch with a plethora of punk rockers, misfits and general malcontents.
KRAKOW, POLAND: Things kicked off righteously in Krakow, Poland with “Brains All Gone” and a lovely acoustic performance from a trio of truly impressive young ladies who, in spite their band name, are very, very smart… and talented.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: From Krakow we traveled by train to the Czech Republic and hooked up with Woody of the psychobilly band Rocket Dogz who took us on a cool rockabilly & psychobilly shopping excursion at Lucky Hazzard in Prague. Man I was wishing I’d brought more luggage.
SLOVAKIA: Then we bussed it down to Bratislava, Slovokia where we hooked up with Kto Chce Co Chce (Do What You Like) for a kick ass rehearsal that rocked the old communist chemical warehouse that now host bands and artists from all over the city. The security guard flipped out at our cameras and the guys spoke zero English while we spoke zero Slovakian but we all spoke punk rock (well not the security guard, she just spoke “flip out”) and it all worked out.
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: From there we traveled to Budapest where my pal Rocco from the punk band Bankrupt met us out and show us around the city sites of Old Buda.
SERBIA: Then we trained it again, this time down to Novi Sad, Serbia and hooked up with our new pal Dasko and the gang of Red Union who were organizing a punk concert with various bands to benefit a friend’s sick child with mounting medical bills. Red Union kicks ass but even more inspiring was watching the different musicians banding together for a good cause.
Then it was on to Belgrade, where this time, after two years of skyping, facebooking and emailing I finally met Darko, formerly of UPS (Serbian Acronym for “Stand Against the System) and now with Kvazimodoa (Quazimodo in English), in the flesh. Darko came in by bus from his home town with his band mates, gave us an interview, a CD and then proceeded to show us around town before the guys had to bus it back home. It felt good to finally meet the famous Darko!
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA: Then it was off to Bucharest, another spot I’d been to in 2012. We headed over to the legendary Underworld Club owned & run by Gabby from the band Molotov Cocktail (and former sound man of CBGBs from the 90s until the bitter end). After interviewing the now legendary Gabby we participated in a music video shoot for my good pals, the horror punk band Raizing Hell, who, from the look and sound of things are really going places (stay tuned for their new music video possibly featuring a cameo by someone you know coming soon).
RUSE, BULGARIA: After hitting Transylvania and visiting Dracula’s castle (and an impromptu stop to help some herders milk their sheep) we headed to the border town of Ruse, Bulgaria and met the wild guys of Scroletics. These guys are intense and you won’t find them on facebook or twitter. They are 100% underground and you’ll only see them on Raw Travel and/or right here (or you can go to Ruse, Bulgaria.. a not altogether bad idea).
NEW YORK CITY: But we’re not done, our NYC Underground show is set to debut 10/24-10/25 and it’s got some killer rockabilly music from our pal Laura of the Screamin’ Rebel Angels and all her Brooklyn pals, as well as a freak show including sword swallowing from our pal Adam Realman in Coney Island. Jimmy, from the famed “Trash & Vaudeville” give’s yours truly a punk makeover and I have to say, it was as fun as it looks and a whole bunch more kiddies, you’ll just have to tune in.
So yeah, it’s going to be a great season 2 for Raw Travel which begins Oct. 4th in the U.S. with plenty of punk, rockabilly and underground culture to go around. I hope you’ll stay tuned. To reward your loyalty, here is a little taste of what you can expect!