We'll be brief.
Our video is (mostly) silly. The parts that aren't are those that tell you we need money. The Kentucky Vocal Union has qualified for its fourth-ever Barbershop Harmony Society international chorus contest, but it's many miles from home. It's in Portland, Oregon.
For the uninitiated, the KVU is a men's chorus based out of Louisville, Ky., and we compete in Barbershop Harmony Society contests. Since forming in November 2006, we've been fortunate enough to compete on the BHS's international stage three times: 2008 in Nashville, Tenn. (10th place); 2009 in Anaheim, Calif. (13th place, even with a higher score than the previous year); and 2011 in Kansas City, Mo. (sixth place in the world!—two points out of a possible 3,000 out of fifth).
The preliminary contests for July 2012's contest in Portland are complete, and we're seeded third heading into it.
Anyone who has traveled outside of his/her hometown (this should comprise almost everybody except those mythical people that live under rocks) knows that traveling is expensive. Every cent you graciously donate will go exclusively toward offsetting travel costs for our 30-plus members.
If you selflessly donate to our cause, we have some rewards for you that we hope aren't too insulting to your generosity. No need to go through them here. Just check them out on the right.
And for those new to Kickstarter, the funding for this project is all or nothing. If we don't meet our goal of $6,500, we'll receive none of the pledged money, and you won't receive any of the rewards we know you want oh-so-badly.
Most of all, though, we hope we can reward you with an exciting, artistic and all-around unforgettable performance in Portland. Based on our feedback from our performance of The Skyliners' "Since I Don't Have You" and Stray Cats' "Rock This Town" last summer, you all thought it was one for the ages. Our set for Portland is already in the works, and we can't wait to share it with you (and no, we can't share anything with you just yet).
If you do your part, we'll make sure we do ours.
That was brief, right?
Assistant director, Kentucky Vocal Union
pennington.jl [at] gmail [dot] com
- (30 days)