Finishing up recording of their album “We Am One” in a Los Angeles, CA studio in the winter of 2007, The People’s Party band leader and future founder of People’s Party Productions, Curtis James Falzoi and his bandmate David Garner discussed their plans for an upcoming tour and how amazing it would be to be able to pull up anywhere at anytime and play their music. Later that night, David’s wife was casually surfing Craigslist and came upon a post for “The Big Black Beast”, a beautiful, fully customized mobile stage- just what the band was looking for.
One evening in 2005, Paul Ivazes, a metal-working artisan in Northern California, who specializes in restoring antique lighting, had a dream that he should build a “mobile stage” for his son’s band, Picket Line. Nearly two years later, after pouring heart and soul into the project, the mobile stage was complete, having custom built the fully functional music stage, including professional sound system, retractable stage, reinforced roof for performance, and numerous other bells and whistles on the backbone of an extended frame Ford F-550. Dubbed “The Big Black Beast” by the railroad workers in San Francisco upon receipt of the large black truck via rail from Ford’s manufacturing facility in Michigan, the vehicle was ready for action. The first era of the mobile stage was short-lived, as soon after completion of the vehicle, Picket Line broke up, and Ivazes put the mobile stage up for sale.
Looking to bring their politically and socially charged music directly to the people, and after their successful “test drive” of the mobile stage in front of thousands at a peace rally in downtown Los Angeles, The People’s Party bought the mobile stage from Ivazes. The band began performing impromptu concerts up and down the west coast.
In the spring of 2008, feeling the growing energy and hope of the upcoming historic presidential elections, The People’s Party set out on a nationwide tour in support of Rock The Vote to register thousands of voters. With no shows booked, no permits, and only the renamed “People’s Party Portable Party Platform” or “The Platform” for the nine-piece band, they relied solely on performing and selling albums and merchandise from the mobile stage to successfully complete their 3 month tour and return to Los Angeles.
After many tours and performances, including the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, Super Bowl XLIII in Glendale, Arizona, and the NCAA Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina, and multiple incarnations of the band, Curtis Falzoi decided to move back to his home state of Massachusetts to start People’s Party Productions as a platform for a variety of bands, companies, organizations and marketers to have their message brought directly to the people. In the spring of 2013, with the help of metal-working artisan Randal Gardner of Eternity Sculptures and live sound engineer and designer Freeman Z, “The People’s Platform” was brought out of hibernation and back to business.