My friend Rob is the braintrust behind Balloon Chain and a multi-talented musician. I’ve volunteered to help him with the Balloon Chain at Coachella, EDC and the Treasure Island Music Festival. He has played keyboard in a bunch of bands, many of which have performed at my events. Along with all his musical gigs, he often works with national acts such as Fischerspooner and Polyphonic Spree, bringing balloons, shooting off his confetti canon or blowing bubbles from his bubble machine, and has unofficially gifted the following acts with the surprise of dozens, sometimes hundreds, of balloons at their shows: The Psychedelic Furs, Hall and Oates, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Elton John, Billy Joel, Judas Priest, Van Halen, The B-52s, Lorde, La Roux, Kraftwerk and Devo. This guy seriously knows how to have fun!
Sara Valentine is a producer and promoter who I’ve been working for — and with — for years. She wrangles the Hungry March Band, dancing and spinning a hula hoop with them in parades, produces the street-centric marching band convention HONK NYC! Festival and, most recently, she has joined the all-female Afro-Brazilian Samba Reggae Percussion Band, Batala. They were just on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, which is pretty fucking cool. In addition to all her crazy musical and nightlife antics, she’s my accountant!
Rachael Devlin, aka Miss Roach, is more than a Gate superstar and DPW Saloon Manager. She’s a mixologist and a musician, unofficial den mother, a founder and clergy member of Jerk Church, and lead accordion player with Ghost Town Gospel. She manages to keep her cool while juggling all these jobs, besides booking tours and tolerating drunken jackassery. Plus she looks super glamorous in polka dots! Now, if I could only get her to come to NYC.