This project has been in my mind for probably a decade, and is now being realized. It's about my college band, State Of Green.
State Of Green consisted of four students attending Bowling Green State University in the mid 1990's. I tried out for the group in mid 1994 on bass even though I didn't really play it but had bought one just to record my debut full length release that summer. I joined Tony Poling, Scott Rogers and Matt Colaizzi. On a whim in mid 1995, I sent our 4 song demo into a contest put on by Labatts Beer and I.R.S. Records. We were selected, and played such legendary Cleveland venues as the Euclid Tavern, Odeon and Agora as we made it to the final round as the Cleveland winners. We lost the national competition, but earned enough money from the contest to finance our CD Lost which was recorded at Spider Studios and released in 1996. We would return to Cleveland several times to play such venues as the Grog Shop, Phantasy, Symposium and The Last Drop. We got to play the infamous CBGB's in 1996, and opened for the Violent Femmes at BGSU in 1997. The band ended in mid 1997 as members graduated. A reunion show was held in 2009 in Cleveland
My mom and dad were the unofficial documentary team, as mom would lug a VHS camcorder (remember how big those things were?) to nearly every Cleveland show (and even some BGSU ones) while dad would take all the promo photos and most Cleveland gig photos. This resulted in about a dozen shows recorded. Last year, they were all transferred from VHS to DVD. The quality isn't top notch as there has been some deterioration over the last almost 20 years, but at least the memories are saved for some more time.
I have always wanted to release some sort of video retrospective, and now I'm finally going to. These are snapshots in time of 4 college kids in their very early 20's (I was 20 when I joined) enjoying music with raw enthusiasm and getting to play some pretty cool places. The 2015 release will mark 20 years since the contest. In fact, the release date of July 14th is exactly 20 years to the date of the first contest showcase.
I also wanted to release it this year in honor of my parents, who passed away in 2013 (mom) and 2014 (dad). May your videos and photos live on.
Pledge rewards will include various things from the band in it's heyday - old flyers, newsletters, photos, autographs, CD's, articles, promotional items etc. Most items are one (or two) of a kind, so there will be a lot of different rewards.
The title "It's All About The Smiles" was coined by guitarist Scott Rogers.
An interesting note: At some point after the contest, all the venues we played at (Euclid Tavern, Odeon and Agora) closed. Some were closed for a few months while some were closed for over a decade. The Euclid Tavern closed in 2001, reopened in 2008, closed again in 2013, and reopened in 2014. The Agora briefly suspended shows for a while. The Odeon closed in 2004. It was announced last week that the Odeon will reopen this May. 20 years after the contest, all 3 venues are now open again. Now if only I could get the guys to play another gig.......
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Autographed items are being sent to band members, as they live two different states and three different cities now. Items will have been sent back to home base by the time this is live. All other promotional items are accounted for, as they have been in storage for roughly 20 years.
DVD's will be duplicated in June and hopefully ready for July delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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