We've been evicted by the Department of Buildings! We have an album out and a tour booked! Help us put this music on the road!
In October 2010, guitarist Lily Maase and her band, the Suite Unraveling, were evicted from their loft space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn due to a Department of Buildings sting and what's turned out to be a hefty amount of landlord fraud.
Rather than take a financially and morally devastating situation lying down, the group's decided to take the lemons they've been handed and turn them into lemonade. Literally.
In January 2011, the Suite Unraveling will drive across the United States, bringing their Traveling Lemonade Stand and Musical Revue to 35 cities on a pilgrimage that starts in Albuquerque, New Mexico and takes them from one end of America to the next.
BUT, there's a catch: not only have Lily and the Suite lost their deposit and the roof over their heads, thanks to impending transmission failure of their not-so-trusty Hyundai, the gang is in need of a tour van.
Here's where YOU come in! In order to make this (and future) trips possible without losing their shirts (again), the Suite is going to need a helping hand.
$2750 is the absolute MINIMUM recovery budget for the group's touring endeavor, and will provide for the purchase of a modest vehicle, necessary travel equipment, and a road-worthy Farfisa organ for one Mr. Michael Kammers, whose current keyboard is too cumbersome for any serious travel.
Should funding exceed the initial goal, the group will invest in new equipment, help defray the outrageous cost of gasoline, and attend to other details that will help ensure the band's sustainability for the long haul.
A note from Lily: We've got great music, an amazing community of supporters across the country, and a serious will to turn our performances from a once-a-month-in-Brooklyn thing into something sustainable for the long haul. All we need is a one-time investment in road-worthy equipment and a vehicle to help us take this music where it's ready and raring to go.
Thanks as always to all of you for your continued enthusiasm and support. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Lily + the Suite
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Receive signed copies of both Suite Unraveling cds, as well as a limited-edition, hand-screened t-shirt courtesy of Ray Cross and Bushwick Print Lab.
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MUSIC IN YER HONOR... Supporters who pledge $100 or above will receive both discs, a t-shirt, AND… a commissioned piece of music in their honor, composed by Lily and with the title of your choosing. If we receive 7 or more donations exceeding $100, our next album will be composed of entirely Kickstarter-commissioned music. Amazing!
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PERFORMANCE IN YER HONOR... Donors at this pledge level will receive everything from the previous levels, plus an extra-special thank you from us in person while we're on the road. That's right, folks! If you live in the lower 48 states, we'll work your hometown into one of our 2011 tour itineraries and premiere your Kickstarter-commissioned, ultra-personalized new tune while we're there.
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FRUIT BASKET BONANZA... In addition to receiving everything from the $250+ incentive package, we've decided to add some extra zazz to your evening by playing a private event. That's right, folks! Not only will we travel to your fair city in our newly-acquired vehicle, we'll come to your house and play bossa novas for you whilst wearing fruit basket hats during a social engagement of your choosing. You can thank our drummer Curt for that one (he's the crazy one). Looking forward to it!
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EDUCATION INITIATIVE... Pledge $500 or more and you'll receive: 1) Suite Unraveling CDs + hand-screened t-shirt 2) Commissioned piece of music (you pick the title, we write you a tune!) 3) A visit from the Suite Unraveling during one of our upcoming tours, fruit hats and all 4) We'll organize a clinic at a university or community center in your area and donate our knowledge and dubious senses of humor to the cause free of charge. Thanks to YOU, our devoted listeners, who've been making this crazy thing possible for all these years.
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HIGHEST DONOR WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING REWARD: Everything else on the list! Plus... The official Suite Unraveling Traveling Lemonade-Mobile will be christened in your honor. Your name and likeness will be airbrushed on the side of said Lemonade-Mobile for the world to see. We'll have the work done by an old-school airbrush artist in Albuquerque and be sure to thank you tons and tons from the stage everywhere we go. Beat that!
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