Although I don't have time or energy to help with this, I sent an email to bowerbird, the organization in Philly that does many of the shows at the Rotunda, to pique their interest. http://www.bowerbird.org/newsite/. The Rotunda would be a great space for the fest, but there are other venues. I'm really just beginning to tune into all that is happening there, since I'm 30 minutes and a world away in Wilmngton..
Philly's scene is VERY active now.
Philly seems to have a pretty decent ambient scene, so there may be a decent venue to hold an east coast adventure.
those guys host all kinds of art/music shows. Might be worth checking into.
On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 3:52 PM, Warren Sirota <email@example.com> wrote:
I'm always excited by this kind of brainstorming, but the venue thing is a big issue. Even if we could get a place in NYC, where would people stay? it's not like there are a lot of cheap motels within 1/2 mile (as in Santa Cruz).
Princeton (or any school that can be talked into providing a venue for free or cheap) sounds like a decent bet - small community, college audience might provide more attendees from the community than in some other areas, etc.) It's 1-1/4 hours from nyc by car. (plus, I could stay with my cousins in Philly and be closer than I am now, which is about 2 hours away)
There's some possibility that I could get the Warwick Community Center at a discount, in Warwick, NY, but I have my doubts as to whether our idyllic little community would be convenient enough to get to. I could put up a couple of people, but that's about it.
Mike has talked about wanting to do something in western PA, i believe, which i don't really think is tenable. But Philly might be a good bet - lots of hip people, but much, much lower-key and cheaper than ny. I could talk to my cousins there and see if they have any ideas about venues if there's more interest.