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Brian Marquis & The Warped Family

It’s that time again, another summer coming to an end.. For everyone on Warped Tour it was another year. Another tour. Another grueling, rewarding, gnarly summer.

I’m so impressed every time I spend a day with Brian Marquis, the artists on Acoustic Basement Stage, and the rest of Warped Tour. I’m an outsider welcomed in to experience a family of musicians banded together. The experience is intentional. There’s a reason why all of these musicians are successful and playing on Warped Tour. They’re all charismatic, driven, talented, witty, and clever… I’m fortunate to share moments with people who are inherently hilarious and awesome: Brian Marquis, Vinnie Caruana, Billy The Kid, Will Beckett, Austin Lucas, Allison Weiss, etc.

More specifically, Brian Marquis has been an incredible dude to get to know over the last year. I’m floored by how he manages to produce and play the Acoustic Basement stage every day of tour. His head and heart are in the music, for sure. He’s an asset to every endeavor that he has a hand in and he’s a fairly new addition to my long list of dear friends who are motivators and mentors…

Towards the end of tour though, Brian had a terrifying run in with some lightning. During the Orlando Warped, a storm rolled in and in the midst of trying to secure the stage, protect people, and take cover, he took a hell of a shock. Bluntly, it scared the shit out of him and everyone else. I know that my breath hit the back of my skull and my heart hit the floor but bounced right back into my chest when I read that he had been struck by lightning but was recovering and taking it easy. Brian and everyone that loves him could have certainly done without the literal shock, but damn, we’re fucking grateful this guy is stilling kicking.

And here are some of my favorite live moments from this year at the Acoustic Basement Stage:

Thanks for all the music, guys.

Love, Fresh


Koji: Crooked In My Mind

There’s a lot of highway between Harrisburg and here…

We grew up together in fire halls, youth centers, warehouses, coffee shops, and bars.  We’ve grown together, grown apart, impressed each other, pissed each other off, pushed and motivated each other, made it home safe with the other behind the wheel, and I can look back on these years and know how valuable his love is to me…  Andrew (Koji) is one of the most incredible friends I could have ever asked for… I can only inadequately attempt to describe the feeling I get when I stand behind him when he plays.  My gut settles, my heart rises, and I hear him.  In those moments, I also want everyone in the world to hear him.

He’s spent years playing his songs, fighting for causes, encouraging people to work for a better world, touring constantly, and growing as a musician, but he never managed to write a full length album… 

Until now.

This past Tuesday, Koji released his first full length, “Crooked In My Mind,” and Friday night, Exit Skate Shop in Philly hosted his album release party featuring Vinnie Caruana (IATA/The Movielife), Turnover, Modern Baseball, and Dads.  Kids packed into the shop for the show. They came to listen.  It was great.

Now it’s your turn to listen.  Koji “Crooked In My Mind”

Hell yeah.  That was awesome.