Bus trips beat the shit out of a bake sale, says Dustin Huth, founder of the Basics Fund, a non-profit organization that raises funds to provide health insurance for artists largely by hosting a mobile gala that will take you from Boulder to just about every jam show in town. A freelance writer, Huth watched his fellow artists making worthy contributions to society alongside the career-oriented, but without any sort of safety net. So this May, he got his first group on board literally. For a contribution of $25, concert-goers can catch a ride from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, tap the on-board keg (21-and-up only) and arrive at the show with the life of the tailgating party. Each trip provides one month of health insurance for an artist. While Huth waits for his 501(c)(3) status, hes building funds with these trips and adding to his artists pool.
Tonight the bus is en route to Denver for the first of a trio of Yonder Mountain String Band shows at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson Street. If this fab four cant get your toes tappin, then you need to get your hearing checked. Doors open at 7 p.m., and G. Love starts grooving at 8 (tonight only), followed by Yonder Mountain. Tickets are $29.50, or buy a three-day pass for $110 (tix for the traditional New Years Eve show are $55) at www.livenation.com. To ride the party bus, call Dustin at 303-579-6555 or register online at www.thebasicsfund.org.
Sat., Dec. 29, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 30, 8 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., 2007