Andy’s Greenvans Warped Tour recap
It has been about three weeks since I got home from a great summer out on Warped Tour 2011. Even though I’m a Warped Tour vet (this being my 6th year spending my summer living in a van cranking out over 25,000 miles) I have never worked harder in any two-month period in my life. There were certainly times when I wanted to jump on the next flight home and never look back, but the tour was an incredible experience for Greenvans that left me with some great friends and opportunities for the future. I’d like to first thank all of our rental customers who were dedicated enough to spend their summers living out of our vans. Many thanks to The Menzingers, The Blacklist Royals, A Shipwreck A Castaway, Arkaik Clothing, Freshdough Clothing, The Groundbreaking Ceremony, The Kiwi Schedule guys, Ken and Mike and all the Warped Tour bus drivers that hitched rides in the Greenvans support van, and last but not least, CHOONIMALS for being the absolute best dudes. Please check out all of these great bands and clothing lines. All of these guys are dedicated to what they do and are some of the hardest working people I’ve seen on the tour yet!
Four of our seven Greenvans out on Warped ‘11 this summer.
I’d also like to thank all of our sponsors who support Greenvans and have made so many things possible for our growth as a company. I had a great time spending my mornings parking our sponsored vans at the entrance lines for kids to see, handing out fliers, giving away product and getting kids excited about the companies who believe in Greenvans and are helping us get bands we love on the road. Please take a minute and check out our sponsors: Jensen loudspeakers, Steve Clayton Pics, GHS Strings, The Cool Music Network and Rockabilia Merchandise. All of these guys have some great products and merch that’s worth a look!
Hellogoodbye playing to a huge crowd, per usual.
Lastly, Warped Tour itself deserves a huge thank you for inviting us on as a sponsor and taking care of me and my crew. Kevin Lyman and his staff are great people who have accomplished quite an impressive feat in building this tour. It was a great experience for Greenvans and it’s an honor to be part of such a long-standing and successful tour. Also, thanks to Drew Pogue for being the MVP of my summer. This kid saved my life by driving all night every night, running errands all day, and being my general moral support! Check out his clothing line, Paradox Apparel and buy something so he can buy a new grille. I, of course, can’t forget about all the bands on the tour who made the summer tolerable with great music, good hangs, and most importantly, open wifi in their buses for the Greenvans mobile headquarters. Thanks to Moving Mountains, The Wonder Years, Hopeless Records, Hellogoodbye, Set your Goals, Larry and His Flask, Therefore Tomorrow, Bridge Nine Records, Topshelf Records and everybody else who kept good music in my ears.
The Steve Clayton Pics van gets a taste of Mile High.
Now that all the craziness of post-tour recovery has worn off, we’re looking forward to another busy fall and winter to close out this year. We already have some great bands going out in our vans in September and October — and November and December are booking up fast! If you’re in the planning stages of a winter tour, now would be a great time to get in touch with us to book a van rental before our schedule is full. We have a few very reasonably priced vans available for the winter if you book early!