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311 Fan Spotlight – Jp Prater! 3-30-15

March 30th, 2015

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Welcome to this groove my excitable friends! New week means the new 311 fan spotlight! So lets get this party started – meet Jp Prater!

Jp was a young boy when he first heard 311, he was only about 6 or 7 when the blue album was starting to become popular. His dad was loaned a copy from one of his old Air Force buddies. “The way the music sounded was unlike anything I had heard at that point, especially Chad’s drums and SA’s voice. It just stuck with me for years and when I was about 12 or 13 I bought a copy of the blue album for myself and the obsession started.”

Jp has attended three summer Unity Tour shows in Cincinnati and then one fall show at the Louisville Palace in December of 2011.  The fall show was his favorite by far. “30 songs and not to mention they played BOMB THE TOWN! Plus I met a lot of the Familia , most memorable having beers with Adam Salomon.”

All time favorite song of Jp’s is “Don’t Dwell.”  “Song is just sick as hell and it was always my favorite from Evolver. That song alone is the reason I decided I wanted to play bass.” Narrowing down his favorite lyrics is more difficult. “Oh how about all of them. The entire Evolver album is basically about growth so I like it. I also like the chorus to Boom Shanka.”

Jp grew up in Lexington and Richmond, Kentucky, although he was born in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He’s also lived in Gypsum, Colorado, Guyton/Savannah, Georgia, and Bluffton, South Carolina. He’s played drums since 1995 and guitar since 2004. 2005 was the year he started playing bass and has been doing so ever since. He’s just starting up a new project of piecing together material from lo-fi cell phone recordings of himself jamming.

Jp credits his father for his musical diversity in both his listening taste and playing style. “He owned around 300 CD’s, and every time that I would ride with him it was a different genre every day. One day 311, next day Prince, and then Metallica and so on.” Jp also has a two year old daughter Jaine and he’s passing on his love for 311 to her. “She can sing along to most of Stereolithic and even My Shadow Pages (Nick Hexum Quintet).”

The diverse music choices mean that Jp loves many different artists. Some of them are The Beastie Boys, Weezer, Beck, Prince, Dead Kennedys, Offspring, Green Day, Hopsin, Del tha Funkee, Homosapien, Greydon Square, The Clash, Isotopes, Screeching Weasel, Descendents, Eminem and Sublime.

Jp was once in a heavy metal band and he says he totally didn’t fit in. “It was like putting Pnut in Metallica. Just not going to work.” He also plays multiple instruments but says he is best at the drums and bass. “I’ll more than likely be the only contributing musician on my EP when I finish it.”

Remember the song “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls? That song is Jp’s guilty pleasure. “I don’t give too much of a **** what anyone thinks about this, but when I hear ‘Wannabe’ by the Spice Girls, I just get really happy. I don’t know if it’s because of nostalgia or what, but I would totally bust that song at karaoke.”

To the band Jp would like to say, “Thanks for all the years of good music. Not many bands can stick around for so long, especially keeping the same five guys around for us to grow with.”

To all the fans his message is a simple one:

“Stay positive and love sex, 311 and food.”

There you have the story of Jp! Hope you all enjoyed it! Oh and by the way, Jp is the guy who has all sort of rarities from 311 on YouTube – check out his page! :) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuLVrPIlqf6ORZrB0zz_1-g

Thanks as usual for reading and remember to keep spreading the message of love, positivity and unity.

Much love! – The Runt

311 Fan Spotlight – Stan Price – 3/23/15

March 23rd, 2015

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Another happy Monday to you all my excitable friends! The time has come once again for the new 311 fan spotlight. It’s time to meet Mr. Stan Price!

The fall season of 1999 is where Stan’s story begins. He and some friends were out to lunch during his senior year of high school. One of his friends popped in Soundsystem. “And the rest is history, I was in love!”

Stan has been to 21 shows since 2002. His favorite one he said was when The Waiters opened for them during the 2006 Unity Tour, although he thinks all of the openers 311 has had are decent.

The song that stands out as his choice for which one means the most to him is “Flowing.”  “That song was what sold me, I had my friends repeat it at least five times for me lol.” His favorite lyrics though come from the song “Purpose” – “They say love is a stream that will find it’s own course.”

Stan grew up in Orem, Utah, but now lives in Santaquin, Utah. He once went on a two year Mormon mission during which he didn’t hear any 311 songs! During his Mormon mission he lived in Seattle. He has an amazing photographic memory, which he says, “Can be a blessing and a curse at the same time lol.”  He also said he’s been told he’s a really good cook and he loves making restaurant inspired dishes. “I love the art of cooking and food.”  His guilty pleasure are the T.V. shows “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Friends.” He owns all of the seasons for each show on DVD.

Some other musicians Stan loves are Incubus, Bob Marley, Slightly Stoopid, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Linkin Park, Korn, Stick Figure, Tribal Seeds, Rebelution, Pearl Jam, The Foo Fighters, The Beach Boys, and Jack Johnson. He also really likes old school hip hop.

If face to face with the guys, his words would be these:

“THANK YOU so much for letting your music be a big part of my life!”

To all the other awesome 311 fans in our community:

“Stay positive and love your life! :) Take care of yourself and someone else.”

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There you have the story of Stan Price! Hope you enjoyed the latest edition of the fan spotlight. Thanks as always for reading! Keep spreading the love and good karma my friends.

Much love! – The Runt

311 Fan Spotlight – Em Mathewson – 3-16-15

March 16th, 2015

collage Hey hey 311 nation!! Happy Monday and happy new fan spotlight day! Let’s get to know one of our slinky sisters. It’s time to meet Emily Mathewson!

The year was 2000. Emily’s age was 16. Emily and her friend Brittany were walking into a tanning salon when her friend handed the blue album to her and told her to listen to this amazing band 311 while she was in the tanning bed. “When I came out, I have to sadly admit that I told her all the songs kind of sounded the same (I know, I can’t believe I said that).” Brittany reacted by saying, “NO!!!!!” and telling Emily to give them another chance. She gave her a few more CD’s and they also listened to some of the music together. Brittany and another friend Dustin asked her to listen to the creativity, harmony, and amazing lyrics of the songs. She started to become fascinated with the band then and she credits Brittany and Dustin for, “Showing me how to break down the music and listen, feel and experience it. They are why I listen to 311 today.”

Emily went to a concert with a guy when she was 15 of some bands she didn’t know. While she had fun she admits she didn’t really listen to the bands much, she mostly just messed around with her friends and didn’t pay attention to the music. “Can you believe that the show was 311 opening for Incubus?? I shake my head at that now, those being my favorite bands to date and not even paying attention then lol.” So that was Emily’s first 311 show technically, and she’s seen them about 15 times total. She tries to see them at least once a year. Her favorite show hands down has been Pow Wow. “I have never been to a 311 Day, cruise, Vegas, or anything so I can’t say it was the best for everyone, but for me it was epic. A lot of people complained about the heat, bugs, or whatnot but it was the most magical time I ever had.  I met some amazing life long friends in our “tribe”, the atmosphere was filled with positivity and love, and it just really felt like our own world there.  I loved camping, the heat, the sweat, the spirit of Suwannee, the sweet tea river, just all of it!  And you can’t top that 311 played Transistor in it’s entirety!”

California is where Emily was born, but much to her chagrin she wasn’t raised there. Her parents moved her and her older brother back to Michigan when they were still babies. She moved around the metro Detroit area a lot until the age of 21. She credits the strong music scene in Detroit for shaping her to have a very open minded and well rounded liking of music. “My heart will always be there, and my experiences and the friends there made me who I am today.”  At 21 Emily and her mother packed up and moved to Florida. “We were over the cold weather! I just remember a couple of weeks after moving down, we moved to Daytona Beach, I found out that 311 was going to be in Tampa. I didn’t have any friends yet so I just bought a ticket, drove 3 hours across to Tampa, had a blast by myself at the show, met some cool people there too, and drove back home! It was awesome.”

Now settled down with her husband and two sons, Dylan, 6, and Tyler, 4, she’s a stay at home mom with a small craft business. When she first met her husband she told him how much she loved 311 and he said he used to skateboard to them. Now he is a huge fan just like she is! So are the boys and Dylan has already been to see the band. “We took Dylan to his first show when he was 5. He loves 311 and is crazy about Pnut! His face was priceless when he saw him walk on stage. He had so much fun and the fans were SO cool to him. We sat on the lawn and rocked out like crazy. He has been to 2 shows now and counting.” They also can’t wait to finally take Tyler to his first show. Both boys have already started playing drums and strumming on guitars. They want to be in a band together! While Emily says they may not have been to a 311 Day or been on a cruise, they are very blessed to be able to see 311 once a year and share their love with their children. “We love that we get to bring our son, and eventually both of them, so they can experience the vibe that 311 and their fans give off.”

Interesting fact about Emily – at the age of 16 she went and followed Phish on tour! She went with her brother and boyfriend at the time. She pawned anything she could and they bought bus tickets to New York City from Detroit to start following them. Unfortunately she didn’t tell her parents, so she essentially ran away from home and feels bad that she did that to them. But she said it was a life changing experience that she wouldn’t trade. “We sold p,b, & j’s, slept where we could, and partied like crazy for a good couple of weeks in the Phish lot. It was one of the most interesting, insane, exciting, scary, incredible, liberating times of my life. To this day I feel awful for doing that to my parents and am not looking forward to the karma coming back because I now have kids…but I don’t regret it.  It really changed me somehow and will always remember it.”

Music inspires Emily so she decided to create a business out of it. She makes and sells guitar string jewelry such as bracelets and earrings. She also does stuff with picks and even vinyl records! While she makes other non-music related items, she specializes in the music stuff. Her husband is a musician, so music is a major part of her life and she likes to express that.

While she tries to be a good girl by eating right and exercising, she does have a guilty pleasure that she just can’t quit and that is dark beer! “I am a sucker for them.  I love stouts, porters, dark ales all of it.  My fav right now is called Shake. It’s a chocolate porter and SO good!  But they also give me pretty bad hangovers lol and I feel like I need a hard day at the gym after too, but I still go for them.  When will I learn!?”

Even though so many songs mean a lot to Emily, her all time favorite 311 song she said has to be “Down.” She even designed a tattoo to represent lyrics from the song. She said the lyrics – “Keep my feet on the ground, keep my head in the clouds, electrified by the sound, comes from the down” really sum up who she is. “I strive to be grounded but still let myself dream and not take things too seriously.  I am electrified by the sound of 311 for sure haha and just the message of Down means a lot to me.  They thank us in that song, and they always play it for the “old school fans”.  I may not be considered very old school since I didn’t start listening till about 99/2000.  But our school was very small and a group of us were pretty hard core 311 fans.  Well, after a few years of rockin’ the music everywhere, everyone in the school knew who 311 was and either loved them or wanted to love them.”

Emily would like to relay a simple message to the guys: “Thank you for being you.” She elaborated on why she wants to say that short simple sentence. “I could have said thanks for making a difference in my life etc, but honestly if they were not exactly who they are now, we would not have the band 311.  THEY are who makes everyone’s lives change for the better, and THEY are what makes the music and lyrics so absolutely incredible, mind blowing, beautiful, out of this world.”

To all the amazing fans that make up 311 nation: “We are who keep this family thriving and rockin together we are one organism that loves and breathes in this music.  Don’t stop sharing the love for 311 with others.  It could be a life changing experience, it was for me. Fuck the Naysayers, be who you are, and if you are ever in a rough patch, really listen to some 311 lyrics because they will always take you home.  Stay positive and love your life! <3”

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That is Emily’s story my friends! Thanks for taking the time to read about another awesome member of this truly amazing family. Until we meet again, keep spreading the love and good karma! Much love – The Runt

311 Fan Spotlight – Tanner Preston! – 3-9-15

March 9th, 2015

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Happy Monday 311 nation!! Another week is upon us and the new fan spotlight has arrived. This week we feature a very special fan – our youngest spotlight yet!! Folks it’s time to meet 9 year old Tanner Pearson!

Tanner’s dad Preston is the reason he fell in love with 311. He helps out his dad in the garden every day and they would always listen to their music. “He made me a CD without swear words so I could listen to them when I want. Now he lets me listen to all the songs.”

Last year was Tanner’s first show in Salt Lake City and he was lucky enough to do the meet and greet, so he got to talk to all of the guys! “It was awesome. Tim was way nice and funny. I told Chad he was my favorite and he joked with SA and said, ‘Did you hear that Doug?’ It was awesome.”  Tanner also has chickens and one of them is named SA, so he told them about the chickens. “SA asked if SA chicken was my favorite (he was a mean chicken) and I didn’t know what to say. My dad told SA that chicken SA was a jerk. It was funny.” He also talked to Pnut about Falken, and then to Nick about how his chickens were doing. When Nick asked Tanner how he knew he had chickens, he told him his mom showed him pictures that Nick’s wife Nikki had posted. Tanner then took his photo and on the way out told SA to “try not to sweat too much tonight.” He said everyone in the band laughed at that! Tanner said if he were to meet the guys again, he would tell SA that SA chicken is now his favorite!

Tanner was born on October 4, 2005, so he turns the big 1-0 this year! His dad named him Tanner Davis so he could call him “TD Pearson.”  He likes to make people laugh and really loves working in the garden with his dad. He also likes to go fly fishing, collect football cards, and listen to music. He also has a love for Star Wars. Aside from that you can find him playing Legos, sports, or with his uncles dogs Brodel and Jupiter. Tanner said to help him fund his 311 habit he works in the garden, takes care of the chickens, and cleans his room.

How many kids do you know that say they love vegetables? Well Tanner does! “I love almost every vegetable and not very many fruits. I would rather eat brussel sprouts than strawberries.” If you see a flash whiz by you, don’t worry, it’s probably just Tanner because he says he can run really fast!

When not jamming out in the garden to 311, Tanner also enjoys music from The Dirty Heads, Michael Jackson, and the Nick Hexum Quintet. He said he even likes some country music as well.

While he may be young, Tanner has dealt with loss just like the rest of us. The song “Beyond the Gray Sky” means a great deal to him because his cousin killed himself last year. His favorite quote is the motto many of us fans have adopted, “Stay positive and love your life.”

Tanner has one simple message to all the fans out there:

“I wish I was 21 so I could go on the 311 cruise with you all!”

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Don’t worry Tanner, someday you’ll be there rocking out with us all and we can’t wait to meet you!! I personally hope to meet you sooner than that because you seem like one awesome 311 fan!! Thank you Tanner for being this weeks fan spotlight (And thank you to Traci and Preston for having such a great kid!!).

I hope you all enjoyed Tanner’s perspective on loving 311 – I know I did! As always, thanks for reading. Until we meet again…

Much Love! – The Runt

Kelly Cedrone! 311 Fan Spotlight – 3/2/15

March 2nd, 2015

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Happy Monday and happy March my excitable friends! If you were on the cruise, you know it was a magical time and for those of you who weren’t, you were all with us in spirit. Let’s kick off this month of renewal (Spring is almost here!) with a new fan spotlight. Time to meet the awesome Kelly Cedrone!

“Blue album baby” is how Kelly describes her introduction to 311. She first heard the band on a Boston radio station called WAAF back in the summer before she entered the 8th grade, at the age of 13. “I liked it, but I decided I liked 311 a few months later when ‘All Mixed Up’ came out as a single. That following Friday I bought the blue album at the Walpole Mall, after eating Papa Gino’s and playing Area 51 at the Dream Machine, of course!” (Nice throwback Kelly!)

Show tally for Kelly was at 31, but has now grown with the recent 311 cruise! (When she answered the questions, the cruise had yet to happen obviously.)  Her favorite event she’s been to were all three of the shows on cruise number two, the first one she attended. “I look back at the “Applied Science” lightning videos people have posted and I can’t believe I was there!  The indoor show was wicked awesome because I was in the front row right in front of Pnut.  I got to rest my beer on stage while I jammed out to his sitting-indian-style bass solo.  The beach show was incredible.  I was backstage with Ms. Megan McTigue and at one point I hopped off stage to take a dip and “Speak Easy” came on while I was floating “out on the ocean.”  ….Serendipitous my travels throughout time, lol.”

The song “8:16 A.M.” has special meaning to Kelly because she was married to her love Keith last year on 8/16! They also had lyrics from “Speak Easy” and “1,2,3” read at their wedding. Her favorite song is “Strong All Along” because she says “It always pumps me up and makes me happy.”  Her favorite quote comes from “Do You Right” – “Can’t get enough, this is the stuff, life’s about and it trips me out.”

Norwood, Massachusetts is where Kelly grew up. “It’s a mostly Irish-Catholic townie suburb of Boston.” She went to college in Maine and lived in Standish for about three semesters, then transferred home where she obtained her BA in English from Bridgewater State College. She then lived for a brief stint in Dorchester to be closer to her Gaelic football club, then back home to Norwood where she’s been ever since. “I now live in a condo a whole block away from my parents.”  Teaching funds her 311 addiction, and one casual Friday when she had a 311 shirt on, one of her students asked, “Is that 311? Like the band?” She said that girl became her new favorite student!

When asked to name an interesting fact that most may not know she replied, “I swear a lot, but that’s a New England thing for sure.” (I can vouch for this fact!)  Something she loves to do that you might not know though is ice fishing! Kelly is also really good at sports and musically inclined. “Growing up I didn’t know what clique that put me in, so I made my own.”

Other bands she’s into are Social Distortion, Staind, Aaron Lewis, Shinedown, Steel Pulse, Sublime, TREE and Gangsta Bitch Barbie, a.k.a. Nullset, which is an old Boston hardcore band. You can also add Allman Brothers and most classic rock to that list. Her guilty pleasures consist of the movies What About Bob? and My Cousin Vinny. Then she said sometimes when no one else is in the gym, she’ll work out to Nikki Minaj and Kid Rock…loudly!

To the band, Kelly delivers this message: “Thank you so much for doing the damn thing! Because of your music I have such wonderful memories and I’ve met some awesome friends! Traveling in the name of 311 is an awesome lifestyle and I am so grateful to have been able to participate in such shenanigans.”

To the awesome souls that make up this amazing fan base, Kelly’s message is this:

“Hey, hey, fellow excitable folk!  I love seeing you beautiful people out at shows and random 311 meetups- shout out to my New England Familia!  I am so grateful to call some of you my friends (especially my ladies and our Cauliflower Wine Mixers).  For those I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, let’s do it again!  And to to everyone else, I can’t wait to meet you and jam out to our favorite band together!”

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Now you have all met Kelly and I can tell you she really is an awesome lady! I’m proud to call her my friend and honored I got to introduce her to all of you. Thank you a million times over for reading. Until next time…keep that positive vibe flowing.

Much love – The Runt

Rob Rasmussen – 311 Fan Spotlight – 2/23/15!

February 23rd, 2015

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Hey hey my excitable, awesome peeps! Guess what? It’s CRUISE WEEK!! Happy cruising to all of the lucky ones attending (myself included)! Let’s kick this week of awesomeness off properly by introducing you to another amazing fan – Rob Rasmussen!

Funny start to the story – Rob was not instantly into 311 when he first heard them! The first song he heard was “Down” and it was fellow fan Zedanko Earthling who introduced him to the blue album. “When I first heard ‘Down’ I absolutely hated it. The story of why is too complicated to go into here, but it actually had nothing to do with the music. It’s funny how our past experiences can shape our future opinions of things.” Fast forward a year to when Rob heard the song “Paradise.”  “I had just lost my job, due to reasons that were completely my own fault, and I was throwing myself a pity party when I first heard the lyrics to Paradise: “Everything you do, it comes back to you, whatever it may be.” Until that point, I had been a huge metal-head, and never cared much about lyrics, as long as the music melted my face off. When I heard the deep and intense lyrics to this song though, I was immediately hooked, and my appreciation for lyrical content and 311 has done nothing but grow ever since.”

“A relative noob” is what Rob considers himself when it comes to seeing the band live. Although he’s been a fan since 95, he didn’t get to see his first show until 2009. While he doesn’t have an exact count, he believes he’s in double digits at this point. Favorite event so far? “311 Day 2014. Hands down. Seeing a group of Excitables completely fill and take over Bourbon Street was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. The pure, concentrated positivity of that event changed my life forever!”

The song “Paradise” obviously holds a special meaning to Rob, but the songs “Still Dreaming” and “Creature Feature” also have a special place in his heart. Rob considers himself a person who puts a high value on originality and individualism so it’s the opening verse of “Still Dreaming” that rings true in his ears: “No, I’ll not renounce my views, do what others do. I’d rather drink the hemlock than be like you, to my soul untrue.”  Rob hasn’t always been the positive vibe merchant that he is now and he knows that his darker side will always remain in him a little, which is why “Creature Feature” means so much to him. “I wanna do what’s right/Be kind to every single body/Open up to light/Just let it flow through my body/But sometimes I’m unsure.” Rob knows it’s hard to stay positive all of the time, but you have to fight for it.

Childhood was not the best time for Rob. He went through a lot of pain and sadness. The only blood family in his life is his brother (who he said is awesome), so his friends have really become his family, especially the new ones he’s made through the awesomeness of 311. He grew up on the west coast in various places and said he hasn’t stayed in one place for very long. “I kind of just go where the universe directs me.”  Rob currently works at a credit union to fund his “growing 311 habit.” He is also in his second year of college, pursuing a major in English and Psychology.

Rob’s real passion though is writing. “My epic novel is currently about 80% finished and I have many short stories already done, but I’m currently working on one based on the excitable crew called ‘The Knights of Unity.’ I’m always looking for input so if anyone wants to give me some feedback, send me a message!”

Positivity is what helps Rob shine in a crowd and he says he is always trying to find the proverbial silver lining in everything. “I try to learn from my struggles and challenges by seeing them as opportunities to grow as a person and evolve into a better human being.” When I asked about any guilty pleasures, he had a great response – “I don’t really do things that cause me guilt.”

Any kind of music that makes Rob feel something is what he loves, so his musical tastes range all over the map. Some artists that he enjoys are Metallica, Green Day, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Ice Cube, Willie Nelson, Aerosmith, BB King, Nirvana, and Soundgarden – just to name a few! “The list literally could go on forever.”

While the musician list might go on forever, his message to the guys of 311 does not:

“Thank you so much for continuing to inspire me and improve the quality of my life!”

To all the people that make up the awesome sea of 311 fans:

“To my clique that’s more like a family, I look forward to meeting and bear-hugging as many of you as I possibly can. If you see me on the boat, at a show, or just walking down the street, come say hi and share some positive vibes with me! Until then, remember that we are all children of the same universe, so love and care for each other as you love and care for yourself!    Peace Love Unity Respect.”

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Now you’ve all met Mr. Rob Rasmussen! If you meet him in person, give this awesome, positive guy a high five. Thank you for reading and thank you to Rob for sharing your tale!

If you are cruising, find Rob & I on the ship and say hi! Until next week…

“To all my friends, it’s not the end…the earth has not swallowed me yet!”

Much love – The Runt

Mr. Derek Hoover! 311 Fan Spotlight 2-16-15

February 16th, 2015

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Bienvenue my fellow 311 fans! As we inch closer to the next epic 311 event, take a moment to meet another awesome brodel. Here is the story of Derek Hoover!

His tale starts back when he was in the Navy. His friend Daniel Dussia was jamming the Grassroots album and the music caught his attention. “I started listening to him jam out and then the beats just hit me. I wanted to know more and listen to more.”

The thrill of seeing 311 live has caused Derek to lose count of exactly how many shows he’s been to, but he knows it’s well over 45 at this point. His first show was back in 1999 at the Boathouse in Norfolk, Virginia. His favorite show so far has been 311 Day 2004. “That was my first 311 Day and my wife Stephanie’s first ever 311 Day. The fans, the partying, the concert and reliving it all when I watch the DVD. It was an amazing time of my life.”

Derek is “42 years young” and grew up in Texas as an only child. He joined the Navy at the age of 20 and served a total of twelve years (six active and six reserves).  Attending two colleges (Virginia Tech and Tidewater Community), Derek earned his Associates Degree in computer graphic arts. He currently works for DMG Mori, a Japanese machining company, and has been there for four years.

Back in February 2013 Derek married his slinky Stephanie and they celebrated their wedding with a honeymoon on the third 311 cruise (the photo above was taken on that trip)!  They even danced their first dance as husband and wife to “My Heart Sings” and he said that song means the most to him now. He even had lyrics from it on his grooms cake. The couple has an 8 year old miniature poodle named Maui. Derek said of Maui, “Yes she has a mohawk and she’s my punk rock princess. All in all…life is beautiful!”

When not listening to 311, Derek’s eclectic musical taste and open-mindedness has him listening to a variety of other artists. Some of them include Beck, Incubus, STP, Full Service, Boards of Canada, Dirty Heads, Gwar, and Morbid Angel. “I run the full gambit when it comes to tunes. If it’s good, I listen to it.”

One of Derek’s dreams in life is to visit the Seven Wonders of the World with his beautiful wife by his side. As he worded it, he wants to “Visit” the entire world! Derek also loves to draw and do computer graphic artwork. “Just too bad my computer sucks lol.”  His guilty pleasure though is karaoke! “I’m a karaoke nut!” (Hopefully those of us attending cruise 4 can see some of this Derek!)

Derek would like to say a simple thank you to the band. “Thank you for changing my entire outlook on life and giving me an opportunity to pass positive vibes to all I come in contact with.”

His final words to all the awesome fans he shares his love for 311 with:

“I enjoy every moment being around my second family. I can not wait until I can sing, dance, and hug every excitable I know! 311×4.”

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That’s Derek’s story my friends. I hope you all took pleasure in reading it and that it helped pass the time on this Monday! My gratitude to you all for reading every week. Keep on rockin’ and spreading that positivity!

Much love – The Runt

311 Fan Spotlight – Donald Dlugos – 2-9-15

February 9th, 2015

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Welcome again fellow 311 fans! Another Monday has arrived, and so has the new fan spotlight. Let’s meet Donald Dlugos!

Corona, California is the setting for Donald’s first exposure to 311. It was a small club show during the Grassroots tour. “The mix of rap and heavy guitars had me hooked.”

Since that small show Donald has attended a total of 72. The two most memorable to him are 311 Day 2012 and then a summer show he attended in Vegas. “I went with Scott Rome. He hooked it up heavy. Such a fun time.”

“Beyond the Grey Sky” is the song that means the most to Donald, although his favorite lyrics from a song are, “Don’t let me down.”  When he’s not listening to 311 though he can be found jamming the band Between the Buried and Me.

Southern California is where Donald grew up and he’s lived there most of his life, except for a few years when he lived in Vegas. He has a major love for all things Star Wars and says its what makes him stand out among his group of friends. He even collects Star Wars action figures.

Donald used to play in a band that toured all over the U.S. “I’m a great guitar player. Been playing forever.” He has been in a bunch of bands and now is teaching his children how to play. “The love for music is huge in my home.”

When I asked Donald what he would say to the band or a member if he could he replied saying he would, “Tell Pnut to make it more tech.”  It’s a little inside joke they have had going for a long time. “We follow each other on Twitter and he always answers me back or hits me up about random stuff now and then.”

Now to all the fans out there that share the love for 311 he would like to say:

“See you all in 2016! Take care of yourself and someone else.”

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Now you’ve all been introduced to Mr. Donald Dlugos! Thanks for reading his story and for being the awesome people that you are! Keep on spreading the love and positivity. Until we meet again!

Much love – The Runt

 

 

 

 

 

BJ Amos – this weeks 311 fan spotlight!

February 2nd, 2015

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We meet again lovely excitable friends! It’s time to meet yet another amazing member of the 311 fan community. Here’s the story of BJ Amos!

The Grassroots album was what introduced BJ to the wondrous sounds of 311. A friend that he worked with put the album on and he knew instantly that he liked it. “Just the vibe I got from that album, I knew I’d always be a fan.”  Since the introduction he’s seen 13 shows including Red Rocks, Pow Wow, and 311 Day 2014, which he says is his favorite so far. “Just because of all of the fans from all over the world whom I got to meet.”

“Light Years” is the song that has special meaning to him. “It reminds me that no matter how crazy shit gets it’ll be ok in the end.”  Some of his favorite lyrics though come from “Brodels” – “I can’t hear you, like having phone sex with a deaf girl.” He says it cracks him up every time!

BJ is originally from Athens, Georgia (and he included ‘Go Dawgs!’).  He also spent a year in Alabama, but for two years now has called South Jersey home (about 10 minutes from Philadelphia).  He said he’s pretty lucky and never really has to pay for a 311 ticket. Why you might be wondering? His birthday is usually right around when they play every summer so he manages to get them as a birthday gift! “Except for Pow Wow and 311 Day.  Those took some change saving haha.”

Love finds a way into many fans lives because of the 311 community, and it found it’s way to BJ! He married his slinky Melissa on 1/13 and they have a baby that is due on 3/11! How cool is that?

Some cool facts to know about BJ: He can pick up pretty much any instrument and figure out how to play it very quickly. He also has a thing where if he goes to a restaurant and they have some sort of food challenge, he just has to do it. Guilty pleasure? “Watching shitty horrible old school B rated horror movies like ‘Night of the Lepus,’ a movie about giant killer rabbits.”  Some other bands he’s into include Tech N9ne, Hospin, Upon a Burning Body, and Trivium. He also mentioned he’s got a soft spot for old school 50’s and 60’s doo wop.

If he ever meets 311 face to face, he’d simply like to say to them, “Just keep the mad notes coming homies!”

To each and every awesome member of this fandom of 311 he has this message:

“Stay positive and love your life, from chaos comes clarity. It doesn’t matter how down you get, no matter what life throws at you, there’s always a way up and over any problem you may encounter.”

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Great final words BJ! Thank you all for taking the time to read his tale of his love for 311.  I love introducing you all to new people or having you read more about someone you’ve met!! Until we meet again, “Take on the love and the good karma!”

Much love! – The Runt

 

Introducing 311 fan Mr. Jay Crawford!

January 26th, 2015

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Another Monday is here my excitable friends and that can only mean one thing…tis the time to meet a new 311 fan! I know many of you are giddy with anticipation for the upcoming cruise (or trying to forget that you can’t be there) so distract yourself for a bit by reading all about Mr. Jay Crawford!

It was thanks to a friend of Jay’s that he was introduced to the sounds of 311, even if the first listen didn’t leave him completely hooked. He was at a small party and his friend put the Music album on. No one seemed into it and people actually asked him to turn it off. Then a week later Jay saw the video for “Down.” “Whilst in a medicinal state…and my mind was blown!”

The last show count Jay was at was 22…then he lost track after Vegas. However he does know which show out of he ones he’s seen is his favorite. “311 Day Nola 2014, because of the beautiful people that have now come into my life. But 311 Day 2012 two day set list was a monster.”

Everyone has that song that resonates deeply into their soul, and for Jay it’s “Strong All Along.”  “The riff, vibe and message have so much power in that song.”  His favorite lyrics are harder to pin down because he says they change pretty much every other day. When he answered this though his favorite line was, “Nothing to see shows over, people just move along.”

Jay doesn’t believe that everyone stands out from one another, he feels that 311 fans stand out from everyone else! Currently living in Cumberland, Maryland, he says he’s had a love of music since a young age. “I grew up listening to 80’s rap but MTV introduced me to bands like The Scorpions and AC/DC.” Once Jay heard Blood Sugar Sex Magic he said everything changed. “Seeing a band fuse two of my favorite genres kind of set me up for 311’s style.”  A little later on in life Jay introduced a friend to 311 and when he heard him sing, he was asked to join the friends band. “First day of practice, the bass player showed up with a 311 sticker on his bass amp, and we’ve played for 10 years.  With “Down” and “Homebrew” being two of our signature songs, we covered a total of seventeen 311 songs over ten years.”

You already know that Jay is into music and some of his other favorite artists include Tool, STP, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz, Tribe Called Quest, Pink Floyd, Ballyhoo, and RDGLDGRN. He just recently found a new love in the RX Bandits.

Interesting fact about Jay – he played the viola until high school. Then in 2002 his home became the practice space for the band so when they weren’t rehearsing, he’d play around on the gear in the basement and ended up teaching himself how to play drums!  Jay also coaches baseball. He has three summer teams and one fall travel team. He’s also coached soccer since 1994.

When not busy doing the things above he occupies his time with the T.V. show “24,” anything Stephen King, and “Game of Thrones.” Unless it’s baseball season of course, then he says the Orioles, Giants and Dodgers own his life!

Jay’s simple message to the guys of 311 is this: “Thank you!” But to all of you magnificent people out there in the 311 nation, his note to you is this:

“Always have an open mind and an open heart and always …………..
fight like a girl!”

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That, my friends, is Jay’s tale of his life & love for 311! As always, thank you all for reading. You’re all the reason I do this! I’m happy to share your stories with the world and appreciate all of you who want to divulge them. Until next time!

Much love – The Runt

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