We are putting out an album and now it's time for a summer 2013 tour of JAPAN! We play fast, hard songs all written by 8 year old Mari
Butterfly Starpower is a 3-piece punk band consisting of Mari Davis (age 8), Her dad Sasha Davis and friend Jeff Duplessis. The first song Mari wrote was "Bug Bite Emergency" back when she was four. We starting playing live shows when Mari was 5 and recorded our 9 song album a couple years back when she was 6. Jordan McLean and Amir Ziv from Sound Chemistry Records have been awesome in helping us record the album and getting it out there. They also got amazing guitarists to play on the album: Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith group) and Dave Gregg (DOA/The Real McKenzies). The full album will be out soon.
We have played shows in New England (playing another one in Burlington, VT this Nov. 25th at Radio Bean!), New York City, out here in Hawaii, and now we are ready for our first tour of Japan. We choose to do a tour in Japan because Sasha has been there a couple times and is already going to be there this coming summer doing research. It is therefore just a matter of getting Mari and Jeff over. We plan to do two weeks of shows at live houses and other venues across Japan. Mari and Jeff haven't been to Japan before and are suuuuper excited to go. Mari has been learning some Japanese as well :)
We know we are a bit of an unusual band since we have such a young singer, but we have really enjoyed playing live in a number of different venues (from bars, to all-ages clubs, to skate parks, to outdoor festivals). As we tour we hope to be a positive example to both kids and parents to encourage them to collaborate together in artistic endeavors. In an age where kids are increasingly the TARGETS of political legislation, educational debates, and increasingly intensive marketing and advertising campaigns; we feel that it is really important to encourage kids to develop their ability to artistically articulate their own thoughts and desires. We believe that kids should be allowed to be producers of music and art, not just passive consumers of it. It’s not only important, it's also wicked fun!
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Our risks and challenges? There are a few, but nothing insurmountable. There will of course be lots of travel for a young girl, but she goes back and forth between Hawaii and Vermont a lot so is an absolute champ at travel (we do though plan to have a week in Japan to get acclimated before starting shows). It will be a challenge to get the shows set up, but we have some leads for shows already, a good knowledge of touring (both Jeff and Sasha have been in touring bands before), and we'll also get some help from the folks at Sound Chemistry Records who know good people that can help us with booking and promotion. We also have plenty of time to get everything set up. Plus, as mentioned, Sasha will already be in Japan to help tie up any loose ends before the tour. We can't wait!!!!!!
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 4, 2012.
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We’ll play your town! We will play a show in your city at a club, basement, backyard, etc . Whatever it takes. If you live in Japan we’ll do it in summer of 2013. If you live in North America then we’ll do it sometime the following year. If you are in Europe then by golly we’ll just have to tour there in the summer of 2014. If you are in Hawaii, well, then we’ll see you soon.Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
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We’ll take you to Disneyland! Join all of us for a day in Disneyland and we’ll pay your way to the park, your admission, some overpriced food and a funky hat with mouse ears. We'll go to Disneyland in Tokyo or California depending on which is closer to you. We'll do it in the summer of 2013 if Japan, sometime the following year if in North America. PLEASE do this. It will give us an excuse to go to DisneylandEstimated delivery: Jul 2013