Save the 'Cave!
Randy Now is a very important person in my life. Two years ago I published No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes, an oral history of 80’s-era alternative and punk rock music told through the portal of one club—Trenton, New Jersey’s legendary City Gardens. The book revolves around the one man responsible for putting City Gardens on the map - DJ and promoter Randy “Now” Ellis. He discovered new acts, booked bands, promoted the shows and—when need be—acted as host, security guard, bouncer, bartender, bus driver and babysitter.
Randy has spent over 30 years in the music business booking bands, promoting shows and acting as a tastemaker. He has worked with some of the most prominent names in alternative music including The Ramones, The Replacements, Nirvana, REM and New Order.
Because of his love for music, Randy has always been a promoter and champion of underground music. He books and promotes shows to this day and is still in touch with many of the bands he worked with in the 80’s and 90’s.
Several years ago, he opened the store Mancave in Bordentown NJ. The Mancave sells vinyl, CDs, collectables and all manner of rock n’ roll paraphernalia. However, like all mom and pop stores, it’s hard to make ends meet, especially during a hot summer with extended heatwaves. Randy regularly holds events and concerts that lose money, but he continues to do them to support the scene and the other businesses in town. Randy’s enthusiasm and goodwill is wonderful – but it doesn’t pay the rent. As a result, he has fallen behind on a few essential bills – like utilities, insurance and payments to vendors. As Johnny Rotten would say, “Bloody hell!”
This fundraiser to get Randy over the hump so he can continue to keep the store open, hold concerts, book signings, and other events, and keep the punk rock ethos alive and well in New Jersey. We have some fun and creative rewards, so please help us any way you can!
And visit the Mancave website: mancavenj.com
We're in the dead of winter now - the hardest time of the year for a small town retail store to survive. If you've been thinking about contributing but haven't, I'd love to see ten different people all donate just ten dollars each, as opposed to just one One Hundred Dollar Donation. Small can be better ! XOXOX Randy
Here is information on the 1977 VW Beetle as a part of the Go-Fund-Me Campaign to "SAVE - THE - CAVE" http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/5838718160.html