Vicki Genfan and Tay Hoyle spent their childhoods thinking of how to better “take the show on the road”. Vicki Genfan is an astonishing guitarist we are proud to call a Luna artist and Tay Hoyle is an artist in her own right, responsible for much of the engineering and interior design of the John Lennon Bus.
Because of technological advancements, a traveling musician can now make the entire world his or her stage. The challenge was how to traverse the country economically with all the comforts of home yet untethered and unleashed, free to play spontaneous gigs on the road between scheduled gigs as well as record and broadcast them. (cue drum roll) Enter Vicki’s Van!!!!
Vicki’s Van started with a stripped down 2005 Dodge Sprinter which Tay transformed into a remarkable rolling home, studio and stage. The “home” has such well thought out amenities as a complete kitchen replete with pantry for Vicki’s gluten-free supplies, a closet with a mirror and shelving for make up on the inside of the door that acts as Vicki’s dressing room, a zen fountain and space for meditation and qigong, and wireless web access for business and entertainment purposes. It even has a sofa for rehearsals or impromptu jamsessions.
The studio is in progress and will be housed beneath the bed which flips up to reveal a monitor with studio equipment at either side. The stage pulls out of the back of the van and speakers will be permanently mounted on the open doors.
The van currently runs on diesel, but to make it even more nimble, green and frugal, Tay also has plans to eventually convert it so that it will be fueled, at least partly, by recycled vegetable oil.
You can catch Vicki’s Van in action in the following two videos. The first was shot by our friends at Truefire, and the second was shot before their recent trip to this year’s Folk Alliance conference. Vicki will be using the stage to broadcast her whereabouts and promote upcoming schedules on her site.
Be on the lookout! Vicki’s Van is “Coming soon to a theater or parking lot near you!!!!”