Tour Van Diaries
The Big Heavy Tour Vans On the Road
Big Heavy World loans vans to Vermont bands because skinnydipping in the Pacific Ocean is every touring musician’s birthright. And sometimes it helps to build an audience in other states, or just move big musical stuff.
Big Heavy World makes tour vans available as a cooperative effort with Vermont-based musicians. Our first van came to us through a partnership with Good News Garage. Our second was purchased at auction at the University of Vermont. We’re down to one now, but make it available to Vermont’s musicians who couldn’t tour without a van like this. Big Heavy sends special thanks out to Dealer.com and Lake Champlain Chocolates for their support of the van in 2016!
We make as good an effort as possible to keep the vans on the road – that means that when resources are meager, the vans end up grounded now and then. Keeping them rolling with regular maintenance and insurance paid for is a cooperative effort between us and the bands that borrow them – see the agreement below and you’ll follow along.
If you’re a Vermont musician who wants to borrow a van or is willing to pitch in and make them possible by hosting a fundraising performance, please contact us.
Special thanks to Big Heavy World and the van that drove us 1700 miles safely and very comfortably in rock star style. We hated even turning the van in…. It’s like part of the family. The part we could not have done this tour without. In a group as big as Funkwagon it’s rare to all be in the same car.
Thanks so very much for support and use of the Big Heavy Van. Ryan Power March Tour powered by Big Heavy World. Jim Lockridge and his crew help make Burlington Vermont’s music scene come alive, we are honored to know and have such folks as friends.
— Ryan Power and band
Big Heavy World Tour Van House Rules
Big Heavy World makes its tour vans available to Vermont bands and arts organizations that wouldn’t be able to tour without this kind of support. Here are the hardcore house rules for taking it out:
- Take hi-rez pics of you guyz with the van on the road, for the ‘Van Diaries’ blog at bigheavyworld.com and send them to Big Heavy World, and when you’re back, email a bloggy note about the tour to go there, too, within 48 hours of return.
- Check the oil while you’re on the road and make sure the van gets back to Burlington, no matter what, with as much or more gas as it left with.
- When you’re back, detail the van at 56 King Street within 48 hours – make it pretty and smell good again. A vacuum cleaner, garden hose, and cleaning supplies are in the garage. Feel welcome to BBQ on the house grill while you’re there.
- Put a van benefit show together that will help with maintenance, repairs, improvements and insurance. Send details so we can post them on the web site.
- There is no alcohol or smoking (of any kind) permitted in the van. BHW vans are used by youth programs and straight-edge groups and cross international borders. Mess this up for us and find your own ride next time.
- There’s no guarantee if the van is reserved for you that it will actually be available. It might have repair issues etc. that are unexpected. Don’t blame Big Heavy if this happens – the van’s a freebie, and we’re not a corporate rental company. But you knew that.
- If all these rules don’t make you grumpy, represent for VT music / bigheavyworld.com!
Remember to take the time to check the van out before you go, make sure you’re psyched about it! It’s thirteen years old and you’re borrowing it ‘at your own risk’ (see the liability waiver, below).
“Jim at Big Heavy World lent us the van for a big move of equipment to Brooklyn NY. The fact that we even got the van is a testament to two things: 1.) The magic of social media, 2.) The magic of Burlington’s musical community. After looking at the prices of UHaul rentals, I posted on Facebook that I was in need of a van. Within minutes people told me about the Big Heavy van. I couldn’t believe it! Big Heavy World is so dedicated to seeing musicians succeed that they even help us with transportation? The van drove smoothly and made people smile along the way. In Brooklyn, folks stopped to take pictures of it with their phones. In a world where being a musician can really make you feel defeated much of the time, it’s a breath of fresh air to come accross Jim and Big Heavy World. Their dedication to keeping our “wheels moving” is nothing short of inspiring.”
— Myra Flynn
The Liability Waiver
I , (___(You___), an authorized representative of ___(Band or Organization)___ withhold from any and all liability and responsibility for injury, death, property damage, or other damages, costs, or expenses howsoever incurred that anyone may suffer as a result of use of the Big Heavy World van. Also, I agree to hold harmless and defend Big Heavy World and its staff and volunteers from and against any and all claims, actions, causes of actions, demands, liabilities, losses, costs, damages or expenses of whatsoever kind or nature.
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The Van Diaries Blog:
Photo by James Lockridge. Video by Jim Brayton / Magic Hat. Thank you Magic Hat and everyone who made Heavyfest 7 real or came to enjoy it and support Big Heavy World! With special thanks to the Magic Hat crew; van artist Tooth; bands Soule Monde, Hayley Jane & The
Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photos courtesy Lake Champlain Chocolates. Lake Champlain Chocolates Supports Sweet Sound of Vermont-Made Music BURLINGTON Lake Champlain Chocolates, the handcrafted, gourmet chocolate manufacturer based in Burlington, VT, has contributed a $500 grant in support of Big Heavy World’s Tour Van Program. The funds will
Words and photo by Red Summer Sun. “Thank you to Big Heavy World for allowing us to do what we love to do; play music! Lots of coffee, pizza, and good times were shared on our short trip to Providence RI, Hamden CT, and Poughkeepsie NY. It truly is a
Words and photo by BETTER THINGS. With over 5,000 new miles and 76 hours of driving under it’s belt, Heavy 3 has returned to Vermont. Better Things (alt-punk/emo from Burlington) spent the last two weeks hitting the road for the opportunity to play shows in New York, DC, South Carolina,
Words and photo by VOICES IN VAIN. On February 19th, Vermont metal band Voices in Vain embarked on their first tour that spanned longer than four days: the ‘Straight Outta Vermont Tour.’ With the help of Big Heavy World, we played shows in various states throughout New England, and even
Words by James Lockridge and Brian LaClair. Photo courtesy Better Things. Big Heavy World’s cooperative tour van program is on the road again with the third incarnation, HEAVY3. The 1999 Ford comes to us as a donation by the music fans of the University of Vermont Recycling and Solid Waste program.
Photos by James Lockridge and a puppy. Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme perform at Bailey Spring & Chassis’ Essex Block Party today, with Nicole D’Elisa and members of Tar Iguana & Grundlefunk. The blur in the pics is a a contribution of the artful puppyhead. Thanks to McKenzie Country Classics,
Words and photos by James Lockridge. ‘HEAVY 1’, the first of the BHW tour van fleet, has found its home in the sky. HEAVY 1 was respectfully loaded up by Armand Rathe and given its final rest at Rathe’s Auto Salvage last week. Big Heavy sends big thanks to everyone who helped
Ryan Power & co. after watching social psychologist Amy Cuddy`s TED talk “Your body language shapes who you are.”
Quiet Lion on the way to Asheville, NC in HEAVY1 Words by tommy alexander. Photo by Quiet Lion. 10 days ago Quiet Lion set out on a musical journey. After two days in Philadelphia, and a great show in DC we headed through Virginia to North Carolina. A night in
The Big Heavy World Tour Van is BACK IN ACTION, thanks to Dan and the wizards at Bailey Spring & Chassis in Essex Jct., VT! HEAVY1 got a workover — fresh suspension, brakes, a whole lot of luvin’ from some of the nicest and most talented people we’ve ever met.
“Josh Panda and the Hot Damed saddled up HEAVY2 for a roll west down I-90 to open the Rochester International Jazz Festival with none other than the night tripper himself, Dr. John. Great weather and great vibes made for a sea of people at the downtown Rochester main stage. Josh
Words by Kat Wright. The majority of Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band set sail for our New York City debut last Friday! With six of us in the van and all our equipment (bass, bass amp, Fender Rhodes + amp, Hammond B3 organ + Leslie amp + full
Photos by James Lockridge. Thanks Tooth and capes1 for spending Heavyfest at Magic Hat giving “The Jet” some swagger!
The Big Heavy Tour vans will get a boost on Wednesday, February 13, 7-9 p.m. at The Skinny Pancake when Josh Panda, Brett Lanier, and Steve Hadeka perform to fundraise for them! The Big Heavy tour vans are loaned to VT musicians so they can bring VT music everywhere, and