Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Interactive Rail Tour


  Man oh man, it's been quite a while!  Well, I've been scribbling things like "ALX 11:02" and "#98 PHL" and the like on scraps of paper.  So I have an excuse!


See, it goes like this.  It's official - I'm going on tour.  

I've waited years to type that!  Here's what's up.  On September 7th, I'll be boarding an Amtrak train, and playing street music in seven cities over two weekends.  It'll be old-blues style, traveling by train, playing the street corners and byways, singing with an acoustic guitar.  (I've gotta learn "Crossroads!")

It'll be new style in the fact that I'll be broadcasting the whole thing over social media!

Now, a lot of musicians go on tour, so you could rightly say "BIG DEAL."  BUT: here's why it's way cool, and different.  

It will be completely interactive.  Everyone has a story to tell.  The world is made up of us ordinary people with extraordinary stories.  In the past, it was only the people with the stage (musicians, actors, poets, etc) who could share, interpret, and inspire.

Now, it's everyone.  That's right, I'm taking you on tour with me.  It's the world - on tour.

So how do you do this?  It's simple.  During the weekend of Friday 9/7 to Sunday 9/9, and again the following weekend (Friday 9/14 to Sunday 9/16), tag your view of the world with the hashtag #JURT (Josh Urban Rail Tour) back to Twitter @dontjoshme, Facebook.com/OfficialJosh , Instagram @JoshUrban , Google + @ gplus.to/JoshUrban , SoundCloud @JoshUrban , or YouTube.com/poodlemanjosh  

My audience will be your audience, and vice versa.

What should you tag?  I've gotta come up with a theme for each day (I'm thinking a different color for each day), but really, it's a platform for you to tell your story, your view of life, and your way to contribute to the snapshot in time.

At the end of the tour, I'll be taking all the media, and making a video out of it.

Make sense?  Let me know if you've got any questions.  I'm envisioning quite an event here...Just think:  People running a power plant could share with photographers in London.  California girls could Instagram the sunset, and skaters in Japan might put a video up of their art of defying gravity.  Meanwhile, I'll probably be trying to talk to a nun on a train.

Now, if I'm in your city - I'll be playing street music.  You should TOTALLY come jam, or at least say hey and hang out!  Here's the tour dates:

Alexandria, VA 9/7
Charlottesville, VA 9/7
Charlotte, NC 9/8
Richmond, VA 9/9

Washington, DC 9/14
Philadelphia, PA 9/15
New York, NY 9/16

It's gonna ROCK!

So, tell your friends that you're going on Tour with the #JURT, get 'em involved, and get ready to rock the world!  Ya with me?

And dig this groovy poster (thanks to my brothers for standing around for two hours to get this shot!):

See you on the road!  The rail road!

- Josh