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SPANGLISH FLY is ready to record a full-length LP and needs your support! Together we can bring back Latin BOOGALOO!
SPANGLISH FLY is ready to record a full-length LP and needs your support! Together we can bring back Latin BOOGALOO!
109 backers pledged $7,000 to help bring this project to life.

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(PLEASE CLICK PLAY BUTTON ABOVE TO WATCH OUR VIDEO FEATURING TESTIMONIALS FROM JOE BATAAN AND BOBBITO GARCIA! CHECK OUT OUR UPDATES AT THE LINK ABOVE TO SEE SNEAK PREVIEW VIDEOS OF US IN THE STUDIO AS WE BEGIN WORK ON THE RECORD!

YOU KNOW SPANGLISH FLY. You've loved our shows. You've danced to us live, then brought our music home and done the boogaloo in your living room.

Get involved in a new way! We're recording a full-length album at last, bringing you an LP's worth of old-school style Latin Boogaloo, and we need your support to complete the studio work and post-production. SPANGLISH FLY has always been all about our community, about the interaction between performer and audience. Now is your chance to participate as we take our next step!

Do you want more? Help us out and we'll give you some more!
Do you want more? Help us out and we'll give you some more!

SPANGLISH FLY has been around almost four years and has released an EP and two singles. Why not more? Recording an 11-piece band is expensive, yo! We're raising money here on Kickstarter, offering great rewards in return for support, so that we can finally show the world what we're capable of: 12 original boogaloos and 45 minutes of hard-driving party music!* All featuring our propulsive 4-part Latin percussion section, 4 explosive horns, swinging and bluesy bass, piano, and organ, and, of course, the searingly soulful vocals of Erica Ramos!

Want to know more? Read on!

The Story of SPANGLISH FLY and You!

The story of SPANGLISH FLY is also the story of its fans, the story of when YOU joined our journey! The band formed in 2009 with the mission of bringing 1960s-style Latin boogaloo back live to the audiences of NYC and the world! (What's Latin boogaloo? Check out this documentary!)

And YOU responded! Maybe you saw us at one of our initial shows, like at Camaradas El Barrio, our favorite Spanish Harlem joint. Or maybe you got on board in 2010 when we cut our demo EP, earning us comparisons to Sharon Jones and Antibalas, and Ray Barretto!  Back then, the band looked and sounded like this:

(Thanks to Adrian Manzano for the video, and Barbes for the setting.)

Or maybe you came across us in the subsequent year or two, when we recorded a 45, straight to analog, at Brooklyn's Truth and Soul Studios, and started playing venues like SOB's and Le Poisson Rouge, and making our monthly appearances at our buddy DJ Turmix's Boogalo! Party. Maybe you got wind of us through media features such as this piece from NPR's "The World."

Maybe you joined us over the last year, when we recorded our latest single, produced by Latin soul legend Harvey Averne, and played shows up and down the East Coast, including the Kennedy Center in DC! Maybe you found us through our videos for Martin Cohen's Congahead.com:

However and whenever you became part of the Spanglish Fly story, we'd love for you to help us write the next chapter!

Support the SPANGLISH FLY album

We're heading into the studio to make a full-length record that culminates the last 4 years of labor and love! Please contribute what you can. We're offering great rewards: not only goodies such as music and t-shirts, but also opportunities to hang with us in our studio and learn what makes us tick--plus other special deals!  (See the rewards page for details.)

Pledge your support and spend time with the voice of Spanglish Fly, Erica Ramos!
Pledge your support and spend time with the voice of Spanglish Fly, Erica Ramos!

As you probably know, Kickstarter rules are that we need to meet our $7,000 goal, or pledges aren't charged and we don't get a red cent (and you don't get your reward, of course). So stay posted here and help us reach the goal!

If we reach $7,000, we'll be able to complete the recording, mixing, mastering of our long-awaited full-length album, and press it to CD! (We'll release it on line as well.)

But we're hoping to blow past that figure, and be able to do much more with the record:

If we reach $9,000, we'll press the album to vinyl and release it the way boogaloo is meant to be heard! A full-sized 12" with a gorgeous cover! Vinyl fans, give us a shout if you're rooting for this, and spread the word.

If we hit $10,000, or go beyond it, we'll be able to tie-in special features we've been dreaming about. Like what? Stickers with download codes! A Spanglish Fly "Latin Soul Stew" recipe book! A Spanglish Fly comic strip! An additional vinyl 45 to accompany the vinyl LP!

And hey, if we go waaay past our goal, say to $15,000, we can spend more time in the studio, making more music, and would try to bring  guest performers in.  (Can't say who, but they would be very special and exciting people, they would.)

A Spanglish Fly pick-me-up, NYC style!
A Spanglish Fly pick-me-up, NYC style!

THANK YOU and STAY IN TOUCH!

Whether you can contribute $1 or $1,000, whether you do this RIGHT NOW or on the eve of our deadline (June 25th), we thank you for your involvement! Keep up with our campaign, and our shows, and all of our news, via our website and email list or our FB page. Come see us at our upcoming appearances at Lucille's (6/1), Barbes (6/1), Nublu (6/15), DC's Tropicalia (6/22), and Baltimore's Latinofest (6/23).

SEE YOU ON THE DANCE FLOOR! BOOGALOO!

SPANGLISH FLY and some young fans, June 2012
SPANGLISH FLY and some young fans, June 2012

* May not be actually number of tunes or running length, but you get the idea.

Risks and challenges

Rest assured, we intend to put out this record come the proverbial hell or high water! Of course, we could get derailed (unlikely) or delayed (less unlikely) by any one of the following circumstances:

Band members going on tour for large sacks of money, a slow post-production process, the flu, debilitating perfectionism, a band-wide conversion to some sect that forbids boogaloo, acts of nature, hand injuries, the Black Plague, an attack of the killer tomatoes, a crashed hard drive, etc.

Such things happen, we're told, and might delay us or increase our costs unexpectedly. But a life in music teaches persistence, and we'll put our persistence to work making sure we get this record out to the world, as soon as possible, maybe late but surely not never, with your help.

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    SPANGLISH FLY ringtone! Four choruses of "Let My People Boogaloo" emailed to you as .mr4 file!

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    Spanglish Fly's debut EP, Latin Soul y Bugalú, as download (high-resolution files).

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    Spanglish Fly's 2010 4-song EP, Latin Soul y Bugalú, as digital download (high res. files)!

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    Spanglish Fly's debut EP, Latin Soul y Bugalú, on CD!

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    ADVANCE download of our new full-length album! You'll get a download link (high-res files) before we officially release it!

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    45s! Our two vinyl 45s on Electric Cowbell Records: "Me Gusta Mi Bicicleta" b/w "The Po-po," AND "Think (Pensamiento)" b/w "Let My People Boogaloo"!

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    Happy birthday boogaloo! You come to a show and tell us it's your birthday (before the show starts--email is good) or the birthday of your partner/friend/dog/whatever. We'll play a boogaloo birthday song for you!

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    ADVANCE download of our new full-length album PLUS digital files of the entire SPANGLISH FLY discography, including remixes!

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    From our friends at Electric Cowbell Records: the EC compilation CD, "101 Things To Do in Bongolia," featuring tracks from Spanglish Fly, Bio Ritmo, Debo Band, Greg Ginn, Superhuman Happiness, and more!

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    This is what you've been waiting for! Our new full-length album--which YOU will have helped make happen! We'll SIGN your CD and send it as soon as it's officially released!

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    Two passes to a SPANGLISH FLY show, either at Nublu or a comparable venue, plus two drinks each (4 total) and a SHOUT-OUT from the stage! Only ten of these rewards available!

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    Our new CD (signed) PLUS our debut EP, Latin Soul y Bugalú, on CD (signed).

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    Vinyl! Our new album as a 12"--IF we raise enough to press the record to vinyl (see full project description). If, by April 2014, we haven't released the record on vinyl, we'll make it up to you: you'll get the album on a signed CD or download (your choice), plus BOTH of our Electric Cowbell vinyl 45s!

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    A HAPPY BIRTHDAY call to your loved one from ERICA RAMOS, voice of Spanglish Fly! You give us the number to call and the date; Erica will sing into the phone and make somebody's special day even more special! U.S. calls only (or we can email you an mp3).

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    Boogaloo documentary! A DVD of "We Like It Like That," Mathew Ramirez Warren's documentary of boogaloo history, featuring rare footage and interviews with major figures from the era. (Note: this item may not be ready for some time; we won't forget, though!)

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    For DJs! Download of the new record PLUS the stems from the record, as high-res digital files. Hear the individual instrument tracks! Make a remix! THEN, when you've completed your remix, send us a link and we'll announce it on line!

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    The first ever run of the official Spanglish Fly t-shirt, with an original design!

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    Our new CD (signed) PLUS our debut EP, Latin Soul y Bugalú, on CD (signed), PLUS A frame-worthy photo of the band, signed by us and dedicated to you

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    Two signed CDs PLUS a public display of our love! We'll show our gratitude by taking a photo holding up a sign that says "Thank-you [your name]" and posting it on Facebook (with your name tagged) or on our website! AND we'll tweet our thanks!

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    Trombone or saxophone lesson--your choice--from a member of the Spanglish Fly horn section! A 45-minute lesson in our rehearsal studio, where the magic happens! Can be combined with the rewards of coming to our rehearsal (below).

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    The SPANGLISH FLY BUNDLE--a bulk discount! You get four of the rewards above!
    Two signed CDs, a t-shirt and display of thanks on line, and a personalized photo!

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    Boogaloo DJing from Spanglish Fly jefe and sometime DJ Jonny Semi-Colón. Turn your event into a boogaloo party! Note: NYC only; equipment rental costs are extra

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    Learn Latin percussion and rhythm! A 45-minute lesson (for up to two people) from the Spanglish Fly percussionists, in our rehearsal studio, where the magic happens!

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    All the rewards of a $175 donation (the SPANGLISH FLY BUNDLE), PLUS: "special thanks" on the record! Your name included in our liner notes and on line!

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    A 30-minute professional salsa lesson (for one or two people) from ERICA RAMOS and DAVID FRANKEL, the voices of SPANGLISH FLY! To take place in our rehearsal studio, with drinks or dinner (on us) before or afterward!

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    Hang with us at work, and hang with us at play! Attend one of our rehearsals, at our studio, where the magic happens. Drinks or dinner (on us) with the band before or after!

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    Jam with us at our rehearsal! Do you play an instrument or sing? SIT IN with us for 30 minutes of a Latin boogaloo jam session, at our studio, where the magic happens. Beginners welcome! Drinks or dinner (on us) with the band before or after! We're only offering THREE of these rewards, so if you want to groove with us, don't miss out! Combine it with a lesson (above) for an unforgettable learning and playing experience!

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    Dreamt of performing with SPANGLISH FLY? Play an instrument or sing? Join us on stage for the Spanglish Fly tune of your choice! Only two of these rewards available!

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    A night of Boogaloo DJing from the maestro, DJ TURMIX, the man helping bring boogaloo back, with his super-deep collection of classic and rare vinyl. Turn your event into a boogaloo party! Only one of these available! Note: NYC only; equipment rental costs are extra.

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    What song have you always wanted to hear us play? We will arrange a cover version of ANY song that you choose and perform it for you, Spanglish Fly-style, in our rehearsal studio and/or at a gig! Perhaps you can have us play it at your private concert. (See last reward, below.) You are welcome to arrange the song yourself, and send us the charts!

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    Be a part of music history.

    You get all the rewards of a $175 pledge (the SPANGLISH FLY BUNDLE), plus we'll list you as "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER" on the album! Only four of these available!

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    You get all the rewards of a $175 pledge (the SPANGLISH FLY BUNDLE), plus we'll list you as "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER" on the album.

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    a private concert for you and your friends. We'll bring the music to you at the venue of your choice! Two hours of SPANGLISH FLY! We're only offering this to three backers, so go for it! (Note: supporters may have to cover additional costs, such as travel outside NYC-area and sound system rental.)

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