The Videograss premieres of Retrospect and Shoot the Moon went down last Saturday in Minneapolis bringing the Midwest’s local heroes out for a night of high-fives and debauchery. Our buddy Tyson was there to submerge himself in the mayhem and tell the story. Check his article below.
Jonas and Jordan sharing some stoke outside the event
VIDEOGRASS PREMIERE AND THE MAYHEM THAT FOLLOWED
Waking up from the hangover produced by the start of the Labor Day weekend is always hard. But the late afternoon nap is easy, I say nap, but what I really mean is never getting out of bed or just moving your bed to the couch for the day. That experience is a guilty pleasure you can afford yourself knowing that the evening will produce a stream of fun invested with industry folks, fans, personalities, shred heads, and hipsters for the latest “must be at” event of the pre-season, the unveiling of Videograss’s new projects, Retrospect and Shoot the Moon. The anticipation of the event was summed up by Burton phenom and Trollhaugen shred hero Ethan Deiss: “This is the one time a year that you know everyone, I mean everyone will be together in Minneapolis”. Ethan was not lying. The show was standing room only.
I ended up watching Ethan’s opening part, in Retrospect, standing in the entrance with three other guys who were in the movie and could not get seats. This place was packing some serious “menergy”. The testosterone in the air combined nicely with Ethan’s non-stop liveliness and it proved to be infectious, as the crowd relentlessly drowned out the soundtrack after every hammer that Ethan’s part produced. And there are a lot of them. Ethan’s cheering section and his moves were only rivaled by Minnesota’s finest: Jonas Michilot and Zac Marben who both went about systemically silencing their critics in the evening second film Shoot the Moon. Jonas was in prime form by harnessing the positive energy that makes his riding so fun. He combined that with rail trickery that left the audience asking “how?” What more can be said about Zac other then he was healthier last year, and his method is aging like a fine wine into the most recognizable trick in snowboarding. Other stand out parts from the VG boys included: Bryan Fox, Chris Grenier, Jake Baluvelt, Nick Dirks, and Mr. no high backs himself Jake O.E. The video portion of the night ended with a bang as Jed Anderson’s love him or hate style back lip’d his way to the last part.
Thus the rowdy celebration spilled into the street in front of St. Anthony Main Movie Theater as afterparty plans were made, bootleg drinks were concocted, and Facebook info was exchanged. The afterparty led crews winding through NorEast Minneapolis until the city spit everyone back up and out. Around 8:00 am (about 2 hours after getting home) while trying to digest the previous nights events, I received a text from one of the night’s victims, which simply read, “That was the drunkest I have been in years. I went the wrong way (for almost a mile) until I realized I didn’t know who I was following.” And that is the way I remember it, I think.
Anthony Cappetta, Megan, And Joe Mertes enjoying the festivities
Ricky Tucker making a guest appearance
Jon Stark getting a little help from a friend