Did you catch those puzzles revealing some unannounced bands for Skate and Surf? Any of those artists have you excited? Front Porch Step certainly should! Front Porch Step is Jake Mcelfresh from Ohio, and he recently released his debut album “Aware” through Pure Noise Records. If you like sad acoustic songs about girls and heartbreak and death, look no further. You’ll find it all here. This up and comer has been winning over his local scene for years, and now he’s out with the best charming new fans everywhere he goes with his heartfelt songs.
Front Porch Step has been in constant rotation in my headphones over the last few weeks, so I was very excited to see him added to Skate and Surf this week. After wrapping up a run on the Acoustic Basement tour with Hit the Lights, Transit, and Brian Marquis, he doesn’t have a whole ton of shows confirmed in the area, so make sure to catch his set at Skate and Surf!
This does seem a little redundant, but welcome back game changers!The excitement level has definitely kicked in the last week, so we wanted to take some time to re-introduce ourselves to you.I am in charge of keeping you up to date with all information “game changer” with writing the “This Week In” articles you see here every week.It’s my job to find the juicy information and share it with the masses.I’m also excited to see your reactions to the new ideas were putting to paper this year, like #midtownmonday.We only aim to please!
Now let’s talk about the Skate and Surf Festival lineup.I don’t think I ever imagined seeing all of those reunions in one place at one time!I’m the oldest here, and probably much older than most reading this for that matter -_-, so for me, these bands have meant something for a very long time.The excitement of seeing Midtown in New Jersey again, or the importance of Anthony Green reuniting with Saosin hits home to us older folk.Not that I think that should stop you younger fans from coming this year.Yes, the wow factors Monday were these reunions, but let us not forget, this is only half the lineup!John caters to every fan; he really does care about everyone’s opinion.I’m very excited to see what the second half brings to the table.Not to mention, there is still a headliner to be announced!I’ve heard some rumors and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that one might be true!
#iamagamechanger was started by fans for the fans.That’s a cheesy line, but it’s true.We’re here because we love the bands that play this festival, support John and his crazy but amazing ideas, and love attending these festivals.Please feel free to talk to all of us; we are just like of all of you!Thanks for reading and supporting us Game Changers!
What a week it has been Game Changers!The lineup announcement last week certainly got the Skate and Surf Festival buzz started! And what a line-up so far!Yes, that’s right, I said so far.This is currently only half the line-up.The rest of the artists playing Skate and Surf will be announced March 17th!
Our fearless leader John D did an interview on The Gunz Show this week.The interview was very informative, here are some of the key points John and Gunz talked about:
There was a lot of talk about last year’s festival.John basically informed everyone that there was one person who would not approve the stage permits, causing a lot of last year’s chaos.As for the move to Six Flags, he pointed out something very valid.Had the venue not been changed, with all the setbacks the festival would have lost Fall Out Boy due to how late they performed and town noise ordinances.I don’t think that is something a lot of the nay-sayers have thought about personally.
Sunday’s mystery headliner will be revealed in March.
John is extremely content with the festival being smaller in comparison to past years.He’s very happy to bring it back to its “roots”, because what the fans want, they get from him.
Run Around:John announced he would be doing a more pop oriented tour coming up.There is little to no pop acts playing Skate and Surf and this is how he is going to fill that void for fans.My guess is that it will be a tour of the Six Flags on the East coast.
The metal/harder bands and DMX will all be playing in the hockey arena.
All acts on the main stage are receiving full set times.
Stage breakdown: a party stage, two stages by a skateboard demo area, and the hockey arena will be a stage
John ended the interview with Gunz saying now that he finally got Midtown to reunite, he’s aiming for an Acceptance reunion for 2015.Hopefully, that wasn’t a joke.
In the interview John talked about how there will be shuttling from the venue to the Middletown train station this year.The parking at the train station is free for fans, and should only be about a two minute ride.Since Wednesday, this photo was released of the shuttling route:
Lastly, here are some other pieces of information that I have put together for you game changers:
Like I said, the rest of the line-up will be revealed March 17th; single day passes for the festival will go on sale the next day.
The hours for Skate and Surf are as follows: 2pm-11pm Saturday, 1pm-10pm Sunday.
There are no “VIP” bundles this year, however according to the official website; a gameLOUD app that is coming soon will allow game changers to earn points for a “VIP” pass.
Headlining acts will get a minimum of 75 minutes stage time.
John’s most cryptic tweet of the week: “I have been talking with the dead too much the past two weeks…..” Hmm, that’s interesting to me…
There ya go Game Changers!It’s all only just begun!
Howdy. We’re back. You can tell by now we’re back, since Dani and Sharon beat me to the punch in posting today. Whoops. I had furniture to move after a long hard day of napping.
I hope you guys are ready for us to be back in full effect (Speaking of full effect, I saw Reggie and the Full Effect last night in Asbury Park. That was cool. Anyone else there?). I know you’re all very excited about Midtown’s two night reunion, as well as Hidden in Plain View, Saosin, and the rest of the lineup. I’m curious as to what other bands John has yet to reveal, considering this is a very strong start. I’ve heard a few rumors myself, but I’m going to keep tight-lipped about all of this. I don’t want to get anyone too excited for any particular band if it turns out not to be true.
It’s been an interesting year since Skate and Surf 2013, guys. What have you done? I did a mini tour with my band last summer. That was cool. I can confirm now that we won’t be playing the festival. Sorry to get your hopes up. Maybe next year? (John, let’s talk. I’ll just hang with Greg the Poet and be a total beatnick about it!)
Welcome back Game Changers! I am definitely feeling that ‘as you get older time moves quicker’ syndrome, but for the next 3 months that is okay! We waited a long time for Skate & Sruf news and now it seems we are thrown right into it with extremely exciting news (MIDTOWN FINALLY!). The rumors and hints are flying quickly, trying to make up for lost time I suspect. If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, what are you waiting for?
With the announcement of Midtown it just seems impossible for the rest of the lineup to top that, but I’m betting it will. With the delayed start of things and everything else, I’m betting this years line up will be excellent. Obviously not everyone will be thrilled with it, not everyone likes the same bands. But you can’t argue that the effort isn’t there. Getting Midtown back couldn’t have been easy, we’ve been waiting on them for years. And whatever the other acts are, it seems John D has really got his heart in it this year to prove he can make dreams come true.
Stay tuned Game Chargers, we’ll try to keep you informed and entertained the next three months.
Hey Game Changers! How have you been? Time seems to have flown by since last May. I can’t believe it’s Skate & Surf season again! Yet, at the same time, it seems like forever since we’ve updated this blog! I for one am glad to be back. Usually we start up in January but since things got underway a little later this year, we took the extra few weeks off.
For the most part #IamaGameChanger will be run the same way as it has in the past. We still have the same staff (me, Mike, Meg, and Sharon), and for now all the same standard features (editorial, photo, video, poll, and this week in…). We talked about changing things up a bit, and we still might add a few things along the way, but for now just the basics. However, if you have any ideas for things you want us to try or you’d like to see on our blog, please message us! We love to hear your ideas. After all, you’re the ones who make our page what it is, so we want to do what we can to make it the best for you!
Now that I’ve explained what’s the same, there is one special thing we are introducing. If you didn’t know, I love Midtown and absolutely can’t wait to see them in May. Skate & Surf feels like an eternity from now. Knowing that I am not alone in this, I came up with the idea of #MidtownMonday. Basically every Monday between now and Skate & Surf, we will be making a special Midtown post. This could be a video, photo, song, interview–basically anything we find and want to share. We are all so thrilled to have Midtown back and we wanted to do something special to prepare ourselves and the fans for their epic sets at the festival. Obviously, we’re not the only one’s excited, so if you have a favorite Midtown video, photo, or even just a Midtown story you want to share, send them to us! We want to see them and would be happy to share it with our followers on a #MidtownMonday! Share in our excitement!
Aside from that, I don’t know what else to say. I don’t have any fun or exciting stories to share. Grad School has basically been consuming my life since August!
if you have any questions or anything, message us, or you can contact me on any of my personal accounts. I’m always happy to hear from you all!