How to Throw a Benefit Bash with Zero Experience

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Hamburger suit challenge! If we hit 122 “Going” at the Facebook event page for Baxter Bash, I will wear this suit to the show.

My journey from awkward notoriety as black guy at that party last night, to that black guy at the party who won’t shut up about his benefit show, started as you’d expect: deep in the throes of an existential crisis. Until now my birthday was an excuse to get debutant-shwasted but lately my self-validation has come from giving, not getting.

I considered birthday charity drives in lieu of gifts but the grimy hipsters and starving artists that make up my social sphere need the cloak of a straight-up banger—a party to end all parties—to justify spending dough.

Since you’re here seeking info on “how to throw a benefit bash” I take it that you, too, want to help others and party Andrew W.K.-style. OK, now it’s grind time. So,

1. Find your passion

Fun fact: I’m African-American and well-versed in the gnawing frustration of police brutality. It’s happening here in Albuquerque, it’s happening in Ferguson, it’s happening everywhere. The convergence of something that impassions me and the place I now call home was too serendipitous to ignore, so Baxter Bash is donating half of its proceeds to a legal defense fund for protesters in Ferguson, and the rest to health services for refugees in Albuquerque.

Still not sure what your cause is? Let your inner child thrash about till the injustice that moves you most foams to the top. Now it’s time to shout it to the world but,

2. Admit it, you know nothing

You’re an idiot, I’m an imbecile and together we’re one quarter a moron. Your friends and relations, combined, have more experience, connections, and motivation than you alone. When I needed a venue, a food truck, and a flyer, my good friends Tiffany Brazil, James Smiley and Irene Entila were able to do in hours what I couldn’t manage in weeks.

While I’m at it shout out to Greg Ziomek, Candace Lopez, Nikki Maphis, Sarah Mowrey and Lindy Vision for the planning support.

Which reminds me, pander and pander hard. It’s your party; invite 15 noise bands if you want to; just get ready for an attendance of 15 + 1. Your friends as a group know what people want to see, where people are willing to go and what people are willing to buy. Listen to them well young padawan.

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Team Baxter Bash, hatching plans.

3. Now get ready to fail, then don’t

Let the “you” from today set yourself up to almost fail. Need to write a “countdown” Facebook post every day till your show? Write five in one sitting so in the future you can come down with a case of the I-don’t-give-a-fucks and still come out on top.

That old Toyota starting to crap out? Plan major errands with a friend so when your Prelude turns into lawn furniture minutes before the copy shop closes, you’ve still got a ride.

Baxter Bash might fold like a contortionist but I’m optimistic and so is Peri, who really wanted me to write this article and wants you to come to my party. So take her advice and come to Baxter Bash on September 20 at 8pm at Low Spirits for great music, comedy, art and raffles—and to support two very important causes. See you at the Bash.

Baxter Bash! 1st Annual Benefit Variety Show & Birthday Party

I’m turning 27! To celebrate I’m putting on a benefit show supporting a couple causes. 100% of proceeds go to Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) and their legal defense fund for protesters arrested in Ferguson Missouri AND to health services for refugees in Albuquerque. $5 suggested donation for a million bands, performers, raffles and more. Details here.

Check out the MORE website and remember you don’t have to wait till Baxter Bash! to make a contribution =)

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Photos courtesy of Andrew Baxter.

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About Andrew andromeda

Andrew Andromeda is a self-described poet and mathematician. He spent several years working in politics, several years in marketing, and several years learning mathematics and geology at the University of New Mexico, far from his native land of Oakland, California. Andrew’s greatest fear is to die without friends and his greatest dream is to live and die on Mars. He fully expects one or both to happen. Bio photo by Kate Burns.


  1. Peri Pakroo on September 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Andrew you are rocking this party planning, and will rock the party. Excited to squeeze your bun on Saturday.

  2. billy on September 19, 2014 at 1:02 am

    cool article! Nice when a person can combine a crazy party with a good cause!

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