WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL MUSIC UNITY FREEDOM FESTIVAL WEBSITE!!!
3 DAYS AND NIGHTS OF LIVE MUSIC, VENDORS, AND CAMPING ON THE BEACH!!!
ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE AND MORE EXCITING NEWS AND INFORMATION COMING SOON!!!
Borde Room Entertainment, a Seabrook-based independent artist network and management company is proud to announce the Second Annual Spring Break Music Unity Freedom Festival. This festival will be held on Porretto Beach in Galveston, Texas durring Spring Break, St. Patricks Day, and SXSW, on March 16th, 17th, and 18th. Over 30 bands and DJs on 2 stages will be collaborating to offer a variety of genres for all types of music lovers, such as reggae, rock, bluegrass, folk, hip hop, dub step, electronic, and more. In addition to the live music there will be a large variety of vendors offering food, beverages, crafts, and activities, and we are excited to announce that camping will be allowed!!!
This one-of-a-kind event was a first for Spring Break in Galveston last year in 2011, offered by the community, for the community. Porretto Beach is clean and beautiful, centrally located, and privately owned. It is one of the few beaches that can offer alcoholic beverages, finally allowing the spring breakers and partygoers a better option than driving down to South Padre. This will give them a space to gather on the sand and have a blast enjoying the concerts, camping, surf, and sunshine!
Musicians are being confirmed and booked everyday and will be announced soon!
All local businesses that take the opportunity to be a part of this highly anticipated event will join in its financial success. There are vendor spaces available, ranging in size from 10×10 to 50×50 for an affordable sponsorship fee. Borde Room Entertainment will be happy to talk to vendors and sponsors in the following areas: food, beverages, arts and crafts, health and wellness, sports and activities, entertainment, clothing and merchandise, organizations, special interests groups, and more.
For vendor and sponsor information and other inquiries, please contact: email@example.com
Bands and DJ’s, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc Borde is excited to announce that he will be hosting an Open Mic starting in January 2012 at Cabo Bar in Seabrook. The event will take place on Monday nights from 10:30pm – 1:30am, and will feature the thrash-grass band Mama Tried throughout February.
Musicians: Bring your instrument and/or your voice. A microphone and guitar cable will be ready for you. If you require special equipment, please contact marc at 832.289.1001 or email@example.com to make arrangements. Sign up early to ensure a spot (sign-up sheet will be available at Cabo Bar at 9:30pm). Three song limit per set.
Ages 21 and up. No Cover. 2513 Nasa Pkwy. **$2 Drafts! $1.50 Wells! $2 Tacos!**
This time traveling by land, Mama Tried and The Crew took a trip to Matagorda for the Matagorda Boil Blast festival benefiting Matagorda’s schools. Matagordaville sponsored the live music portion of the entertainment and contacted TheBeeRoom to make arrangements. This was the first time the festival ever had live bands and Mama Tried and The Crew were happy to be involved. To show their appreciation, on arrival to Matagorda they played a surprise unplugged set at Matagordaville. The musicians were scattered throughout amongst the bar patrons playing their instruments and singing songs. It was a cool way to start off the weekend. Matagordaville provided exceptional hospitality, including lodging for the bands at fishing cabins within walking distance of the festival grounds.
The following day, the bands set up at the festival and had a great time playing music and hanging out. Our merchandise booth was very popular and fans were excited about the Music Unity Freedom Festival t-shirts we were handing out. There was a shrimp eating contest and an auction, both of which were very entertaining, and Ryan of Mama Tried competed in the horse-shoe tournament with team-mate Joe who came with us for the weekend to help out. At the end of the night we returned to Matagordaville to hang out with new friends.
Before leaving Matagorda the following day, we relaxed in the cabins watching the Texans game with our Matagorda friends. We almost brought some of our new friends back with us but decided to set up another show instead. We will be back soon Matagorda! 8pm, Sunday, November 9th at Matagordaville, to be exact. Thanks for a great weekend!!!
Alyzarian is safely docked at the Clear Lake Marine Center in Seabrook where The Crew started their “Guitar Strings & Sailboat Things” Tour. Marc Borde (Shark Attack), Ryan Beard (Shark Attack & Mama Tried), and Blake Plsek (Mama Tried) made up the crew that took Marc’s 26 foot sailboat “Alyzarian” down to Corpus Christi and back, playing 33 shows along the way in 38 days! The Crew is happy to be home and reports that the tour was an unforgetable experience, and a great success. They would like to thank all of their friends and fans for the support and good times.
For more information about their unique tour check out the Guitar Strings and Sailboat Things page.
Tuesday 8/2 Rockport – Matagorda
We woke up at 7am and sailed out. There was a good breeze and we used a medium sized jib with the reefed mainsail along with the motor. In order to make it to Matagorda before the sun set, we would need as much speed as possible. The crew all took turns at the helm, and we made it to Port O’Connor just after 3pm. We decided to push on through even though our ice was almost melted because stopping would jeopardize our arrival time in Matagorda. Good thing we didn’t stop. We made great speed motor sailing on a beam reach and reached the Colorado river locks at about 7:45pm. We followed a barge through and made it to Matagorda harbor about 15 minutes after sunset. The crew loaded up the gear and got a ride to Matagordaville with Bart and Boom-Boom. We immediately set up and started playing for an excited crowd. It was a great show, and everybody had a blast. We headed back to the boat with some friends and passed out soon after – exhausted.
Wednesday 8/3 Matagorda – Sargent
The crew left the marina before noon with fuel, ice, and supplies. There was a stiff breeze so we sailed without the motor, using a reefed main and a medium jib. We made good time and made it to Sargent well before sunset. We were greeted at pier 57 with cold lonestars before the boat was even tied up! We loaded the music equipment into the bar and then were treated with steak dinners. Pier 57 is awesome! We played a few sets to a small crowd and then hung out with them after. We ended up passing out pretty late.
Thursday 8/4 Sargent – Surfside
We woke up, ate breakfast and cruised out. We made such good time that when we approached surfside, we decided to take a little trip offshore. I wanted to test the conditions for a potential offshore sail to Galveston tomorrow, and we all wanted to do some fishing. We headed out the jetties and sailed to one of the rigs. We trolled lures and circled the rig a few times. No bites. Heading back into surfside was pretty rough, but very fun, and the boat performed great. We docked at the surfside marina and headed to castaway for our show. They were rude, but we played anyway and still ended up meeting some cool people. We got back to the boat around 2am and went to sleep. Long day tomorrow.
Friday 8/5 Surfside – Galveston
We got supplies from the ship store and left the dock at about 7am. We decided to make the run offshore, so we headed out the jetties. It was a great sail. I rigged up a tarp for shade and motor sailed with a medium jib. It was nice to not have to worry about water depth. I just followed the compass and relaxed. We sailed in pretty close to the seawall and saw big schools of stingrays. After sailing through the Galveston jetties, we pulled around to the Galveston yacht basin. We hot a ride to Yagas and started setting up. It was a great show with a packed house. People danced all night long and we had a blast. After the show I skipped out on the after parties to get some needed rest back on the boat.
Saturday 8/6 Galveston
Everybody did their own thing for the most part today. At one point Ryan and I met up with local legend Bert Wills and had an amazing jam session. Later, I moved the boat to joes crabshack where they had a slip for us, and we set up our gear for the show. We played a few sets and ate crabs. After the show we met up with some friends at another bar. Nice night.
Sunday 8/7 Galveston
Pretty much a repeat of yesterday with alot more beach time. We had some family and friends in town for the show, which made it extra special, and it was also the last scheduled show of the tour. We loaded the gear on the boat for the “last time”, and hung out with friends. I am pretty sure that Ryan and Blake are looking forward to their homes on land… It has been a long tour… 33 shows in 38 days, by sailboat and bicycle.
Monday 7/25 Corpus Christi & Port Aransas
A much needed day off. It was my sisters birthday, and her and Joel were in town. The crew went to lunch with them in corpus, and then they drove us to Port Aransas where we all hung out for Michelle’s birthday. We all ended up at the pool at island moorings marina where we partied til about 4am. The crew ended up staying on Captain Casey’s sport fishing boat “Barracuda”.
Tuesday 7/26 Port Aransas & Corpus Christi
We woke up to the sound of the “Barracuda’s” diesel engine at 6am. I went to the ship store for coffee, Dramamine, sandwiches, beverages, and cigs, and Michelle and Joel met up with the crew shortly after. We were going fishing!!! I passed out in the cabin for about an hour as we were heading out and woke up to the feeling of large waves. We were offshore and the waves were 4-6ft with some chop. Captain Casey had me drive the “barracuda” while he set up fishing stuff and I was stoked – it is a badass boat. I’m not sure if it was the hang over or sea sickness or a combo, but I was starting to feel queasy. We would drift fish and we would troll, and all of us caught fish. We caught mackrel, king fish, Bonita, and a mahi mahi. I eventually stopped throwing up and everyone was having a great time. Nobody wanted to head back to land, but the crew had a show I corpus christi at 6pm. We made it to the dock around 4pm, cleaned the fish, and then headed to corpus. We were late to the gig at Harrisons landing and they were pissed! We still played though and had a bad ass show. People danced, bought cd’s, and we had a blast playing (even though we were once again exhausted). They kept buying us beers and tipping us so we wouldn’t stop playing… So we didn’t! After the show we rode bikes back to the boat with our gear and passed out hard.
Wednesday 7/27 Corpus Christi
The crew slept in. We had thought about making the sail to Port Aransas, but we decided to stay another night so we could get rest and take care of some much needed boat maintenance. We also had a gig on the island at Docks that we needed to find a ride to. Jake hooked us up with a ride and even took us by west marine and guitar center. Docks was really cool and we played well. We made it back to the boat after meeting up with some friends at another bar in corpus. Supposedly there was a potential hurricane heading to Port Aransas…
Thursday 7/28 Corpus Christi – Port Aransas
The boat was ready, so we were able to leave the dock by 10am. Port Aransas bound with a reefed mainsail and medium sized headsail. We were close hauled the whole time with a good lean and punching through the waves. Blake drove the second half of the trip. We made great time, arriving at island moorings marina at about 1pm. The crew loaded up the instruments and got a ride from steve-o to Tarpon Ice House. We played out front and had a good time. When we got back to the marina everybody was talking about the Tropical Storm Don and the party we would be having for it at the marina. We passed out late.
Friday 7/29 Port Aransas
Everybody in the crew did their own thing today. Activities included swimming in the pool, hanging out at the “circle of nautical geniuses” table by the ship store, and surfing the building storm waves (way overhead when I surfed it). When the sun went down and the storm drew closer, we started grilling fish with everybody from the marina. We cooked our catch and other peoples too. It was delicious… Mahi Mahi, Mackrel, Ling, King Fish, and shrimp. Everybody had a great time and the crew performed an unplugged concert for the party. When the storm hit there were a few raindrops and some strong gusts of wind, but nothing major. We all went to sleep pretty late.
Saturday 7/30 Port Aransas
I woke up around noon and Ryan was hanging out with the captains by the ship store, and Blake was still sleeping. I caught a ride to the pier to catch some surf and it was amazing (chest to head high clean walls with power). When I returned to the marina, everybody was hanging out by the pool and the road crew with shark attack and mama tried members was on the way. We decided to rent a golf cart for the night to make transportation easier especially since all the musicians would be here (we figured it would be fun too). We loaded up the gear and went to the gig. Tarpon Ice House was a blast. Sound was great, crowd was great and everybody played great. So fun! All the musicians headed back to the marina. Most people slept on the boat, and a few slept on the beach.
Sunday 7/31 Port Aransas
We were supposed to head to Rockport… That didn’t happen. Instead we hung out on the beach with the guys from Mama Tried. It was a beautiful day and there was still some small longboardable swell, so we caught waves and enjoyed the day. We probably should have been getting rest for the long haul to Port O’Connor, but we didn’t. We were at the beach til about 2am.
Monday 8/1 Port Aransas – Rockport
We were so exhausted that we decided to get more sleep, so instead of waking up at 6am as planned, we woke up around 10am. We gathered supplies and raised the mainsail at the dock for departure around 2pm. The shackle that connects the mainsail to the halyard broke loose and got stuck at the top of the mast. Not cool. I had to climb the mast… I wasn’t able to free up the halyard but I was able to rig up a mid mast light, which had been on the to do list since the beginning of the trip. We also replaced our spare halyard which we ended up using as a temporary main halyard. We got the main back up (reefed) and the spare halyard worked ok. We couldn’t get it completely tight though because of the placement of the block (pulley) at the top of the mast. It had to go around the side stay which didn’t allow the halyard to pull straight up and caused some chafing. Oh well… The sail was up and we untied from the dock, way behind schedule. We only had time to sail to Rockport before the sun went down and would have to make up for lost time another day. We did however, make good time. With the wind and waves coming from astern, we didn’t have to use the motor much and still kept an average speed of over 6.5mph. Mostly we used our big gennoa by itself. We got to Rockport before the sun set and pulled into key allegra marina. After getting hooked up to shorepower, we rode bikes to the HEB that was only a fee miles away, and bought supplies for the next run. The crew went back to the boat, watched a movie, and passed out (early, for once).
Friday 7/22 Corpus Christi & Rockport
The crew woke up and ate breakfast at Jasons house, and then he gave us a ride back to the boat. We spent most of the day coordinating the shows for the weekend and the arrival of Shark Attack and Mama Tried. We had decided that sailing the boat to Rockport didn’t make sense, so we started looking for a ride. Meagan from House of Rock wanted to interview us and offered us a ride. We did the interview on the way to Rockport and when we arrived, most of the band members were already there. Alice Fayes had a great crowd, and all the bands had people dancing. After the show, we got kicked out of another bar before we even made it in the door! I guess we were a little to rowdy… The next bar had already heard about us, but let us in anyway. Good times in Rockport! Everyone went to different places for the night, but the crew made it back to the boat at the marina in Corpus Christi.
Saturday 7/23 Corpus Christi
We woke up around noon and Blake and rode bikes to get coffee. Ryan went to the bike shop to pick up his bike – it was so rusty from the salt water that the chain wouldn’t move – but they fixed it. We rode around, got food, and ended up at House of Rock for load in at about 6pm. The club provided a Mexican food dinner which kicked ass… The crew (with friends), eleven fingered Charlie, and the supervillains all sound checked, hung out around the club, and filled their bellies til the show. House of Rock had posted a really cool interview with the crew on the website and people were talking about it. There was a nice 18 & up crowd. The crew played a 30 minute set, and eleven fingered Charlie was next. We weren’t able to stay because we had to make it to another gig on the island. When we reached tequila cove, there was another band playing, who the club owner thought was mama tried. Apparently there was a booking mix up, but we sorted it out. Basically, we didn’t play but got compensated for the mix up. After some drinks, we went to mile marker 207 for Johnny Loves birthday party. There was a stage set up on the beach, a huge bonfire, and hundreds of people jamming out to the music. Shark attack and mamma tried were supposed to play pretty late… It was already about 1:30am and there were still 2 bands before us. Shark attack ended up playing a short set at about 4am, and mama tried didn’t play. We had some issues with sound equipment. We made it back to the boat a little after the sun came up, and then got a call from Blake was neither with us or the rest of mama tried. Oops! He slept on the stage on the beach, and hunter picked him up later.
Sunday 7/24 Corpus Christi
Once everyone was reunited at the boat we went to subway for lunch. The mama tried guys headed back home and the crew rode bikes around town and then to Waynes house for a BBQ. The ride back to the boat was awesome – 4 miles downwind with sick downhill bombs in the dark. We made it to dr rockits at 10pm and got set up. This was probably our best show in corpus. We had great sound, played well, had a great crowd and sold lots of cd’s. After the show we rode our bikes back to the boat and passed out. That was our 22nd show in the last 24 days!
Tuesday 7/19 Corpus Christi
The crew woke up to people doing construction on the building the boat was pretty much tied to and they had unplugged our shore power so the boat was hot. We rode bikes to Whataburger, and then to the marina office to get set up with a proper slip. We decided to go ahead and pay for the whole week because it would end up saving us money. Jason from Weak Day Boyz picked us up and took us to our show at Scuttlebutts on padre island, which was fun, and then we hung out with friends. We made it back to the boat late with beer and cigs.
Wednesday 7/20 Corpus Christi
The crew decided to take our “day off” easy and slept in. Blake and I rode about 10 miles round trip to get our phones situated, and ended up getting a gig set up for later. We were to play at the seawall and they expected us at 8pm. When we got to the boat, Ryan was still resting and getting over being a little sick. The crew loaded up the bikes and headed to the show. Nice pick up gig! We all went to sleep early.
Thursday 7/21 Corpus Christi
The crew rode bikes around downtown Corpus Christi promoting and running errands for most of the day. We got invited to play a show with the Weak Day Boyz at Morgans so we headed up there around 7pm. We ended up playing two sets. They were both good, and the second one was in front of a packed house. After the show, everybody went to Jasons house for the after party. What a fun night!
Friday 7/15 Rockport – Port Aransas
The crew slept til about 10am. After all the laundry was done, we cooked some eggs and bacon on the boat and it was great. We left Rockport around noon and motored straight upwind toward port Aransas at about 4mph through the waves. We were able to put the main sail up a couple times which boosted speed to over 7mph, but mainly it was a slow cruise through beautiful water. It felt like we were in the carribean. We arrived at the island moorings marina in port Aransas at about 5pm. It is a fancy yacht club style marina with a pool, hot tub, bar, restaurant, and really nice facilities. People were cool too. We were invited to hang on other boats within an hour of our arrival, but we jumped in the pool to cool off instead. Nice. We quickly found out that we were already supposed to be playing music at the Gaff… Oops! We loaded up, hopped in a cab, and made our way to the show. Set up was quick, and we started jammin. The gaff is such a cool place – a real pirate bar. We had a good show, ate pizza, and drank a bunch of lonestar. We got a ride back to the boat, and Ryan and Blake walked around the marina (probably causing a ruckus), and I passed out. This is the start of a long string of shows with no days off… Rest will be hard to come by!!!
Saturday 7/16 Port Aransas
The crew woke up and went for a bike ride into town. We rode down the beach and then met up with Kip, the owner of the gaff, and went to a few bars. It was fun, but we had to get ready for our show so we met Wayne at the gaff and went back to the boat to get our gear. He gave us a ride to tequila cove and we started jammin. After the show we went to a beach party with the 207 locals. We saw the sun come up before heading back to the boat.
Sunday 7/17 Port Aransas
The crew was up and moving around by 2 in the afternoon. We slowly made our way to the gaff. We played at 6 and we all agree it was the best show of the tour so far. We headed back to the marina to prepare our next trip and get some rest.
Monday 7/18 Port Aransas – Corpus Christi
We were exhausted, so we woke up late… We wanted to leave by noon, but ended up leaving after 2pm. I wasn’t sure we were going to make it to our gig on time but once we were under way, we made good time. We were over 7mph the whole time with the genoa and motor on a beam reach. When the boat would surf waves, we would reach speeds of over 8.5mph! It was a fun sail and we got to Harrisons Landing in the Corpus Christi marina with 45 minutes to spare before show time. Nice! We played a good show and then hung out with friends. Somehow we ended up back on the boat without anybody falling in the water. The slip was kinda sketchy, but we had shorepower and AC, so good sleep.