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Rob Bliss Announces Next Urban Experiment

Our very own “Urban Experiment” guru, Rob Bliss, is at it again.  The man who brought you “The Zombie Walk”, “The Lyon Street Water Slide”, and “100,000 Paper Planes and Melodies Over Monroe” is at it again.  Today he announced his next signature event, a city wide lip dub of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’.

The event will be similar to GVSU’s lip sync of ‘Come Sail Away’, but on a much larger scale. reported this:

Some of the specific participants and activities included will be the 5/3 Riverbank Run, a wedding, football players, a camerman gets into a helicopter, bridges on fire, crowds of thousands, a pillow fight, a chalk flood.

Interested in being part of the crew?

Official description from Rob Bliss:

On Sunday, May 15th, starting at 10AM, come downtown to be an extra in an enormous LipDub video being filmed in Downtown Grand Rapids, all to promote our city by potentially millions of people around the world!

LipDub: A lip dub is a music video done in one, unedited take featuring participants lip-syncing to a chosen song and audio dubbing.

After the whole Newsweek “Grand Rapids is a dying city” fiasco, lets make a promotional video for our city that makes us look like the most amazing, fun, LIVELY place to live, visit, and work.

Weddings, Marching Bands, Choirs, Motorcades, crowds of thousands, football games, dancers, parades, bridges on fire, metro cruise cars, confetti falling from windows, pillow fights, a concert, helicopter take offs and every known face and name all in the streets of Downtown Grand Rapids. The song everyone will be lip-syncing is Don Mclean’s American Pie.

We start at 10AM and will continue until around 6PM, bring a BIG sack lunch! Just come downtown and we’ll direct you where you need to be.

Filmed by professional production company Creo Productions. If you’re interested in being a part of the crew, we are looking for both paid and unpaid crew members, email us at

Also, we’re looking for a few specialized groups, particularly a chevy pickup driver/owner, girls who could dress up like it’s the 1940’s, and guitar players. Email me at if you’re interested.

We are also looking for sponsors interested in our generous sponsorship packages, please email at

What do you think about Rob’s events, and in particular this one?  Will you participate?

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In case you missed the “100,000 Paper Planes and Melodies Over Monroe”, here is the video from it.

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