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From a mob hit to mobs of music fans; from a jazz trumpet's wail to a rock guitar scream - a rollicking 45-year history of a DC legend
From a mob hit to mobs of music fans; from a jazz trumpet's wail to a rock guitar scream - a rollicking 45-year history of a DC legend
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What is the project? 

For new people visiting this site, yes we have hit our initial goal of 22K, however the costs of final edit, graphics, sound mix, clearances will push our out of pocket into the 60 k range, please contribute , we do need your help

A 90-minute documentary on the history of The Bayou. Born by a mob murder and killed in vitality, The Bayou thrived for 45 years as a distinctive musical marvel that transcended genres and eras in the shadows of the gritty Georgetown waterfront. The film chronicles the unlikely rise, the changing faces, the jaunty anecdotes, the gaudy on- and off-stage high jinks and the mystical allure of The Bayou (1953-1998). More than 13 years in the making, the film culls nearly 100 hours of interviews of prominent performers, impresarios, employees and patrons, and exclusive musical footage in a playful and poignant homage to a DC music icon.

LATE INCENTIVE ADD FOR $2500First to make a donation of $2500 or greater will receive a voucher for a FREE concert by CHERRY SMASH any time in the next 12 months and a live at the Bayou Cherry Smash CD!

Why did you make the film? 

In the late 1990s, Producers Dave Lilling and Bill Scanlan were looking for a video documentary project. With news of The Bayou's imminent closing, the seed was sown. Over the course of his DC101 radio career, Bill had been at The Bayou dozens of times; local writers Vinnie Perrone and Dave Nuttycombe joined the production team as the project launched. Cellar Door Productions gave the filmmakers carte blanche to shoot video and conduct interviews. A labor of love, The film tells The Bayou's untold story and memorializes the distinctive musical and cultural evolution both in DC and the nation.

How long have you been working on it? 

The filmmakers began shooting video in the closing weeks of the club -- November 1998. Many of the original interviews were shot before the club's Dec. 31, 1998, closing and in the months and years that followed. For any number of reasons, the film's production got sidetracked over the course of a dozen years. Late in 2010, things started to fall into place: The production team rededicated its efforts and enlisted talented young editor Adam Bonsib. The production delays, interestingly, have served the filmmakers in one significant regard, allowing advances in editing software and in social media outlets. Contributions from Facebook's Bayou friends have provided photos and memorabilia that would not have been previously available.

Which artists are featured in the film?

U2,  Bruce Springsteen, Foreigner, Dire Straits, The Ramones, Hootie & the Blowfish, Nils Lofgren, "Wild" Bill Whelan, The Telstars, The Nighthawks, John Eaton, Sinbad, Joe Rinaldi, Hall & Oates, The Slickee Boys, Face Dancer, Cherry Smash, Switchblade, Eva Cassidy, Todd Rundgren, New Potato Caboose, author Stephen King, humorist Dave Barry, The Runaways & Joan Jett, Chuck Brown Paul Kantner and many others.

What will my tax-deductible contribution be used for?   

We need to ensure necessary clearance rights for video, audio and photos in the film, a very costly proposition. That's where your generous, tax-deductible donation will provide the means to finish the project. "The Bayou: DC's Killer Joint" has a fiscal sponsorship with the International Documentary Association (IDA) a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.  

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Click on "Back this project" above. If you would like to receive a gift for your pledge, you may select from the listed "Backer Rewards." You are not obligated to select a gift. You can make a donation to the project just for the satisfaction of helping to make something great happen. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before the end date, or no money changes hands. So until we reach our minimum goal, this campaign is not guaranteed to raise any money!

How can I learn more?

WEB: www.bayoudoc.com

Facebook/The Bayou in Georgetown: http://www.facebook.com/groups/22169807712/

Bayou You Tube Channel (lots of good video): http://www.youtube.com/user/bayoudocumentary?feature=mhee

March 7 Gazette Article: http://www.gazette.net/article/20120307/NEWS/703079616/1020/filmmakers-see-the-finish-line-with-the-bayou-odyssey%26template%3Dgazette&template=gazette

March 8 Washington Post/Local Living: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/montgomery-filmmakers-see-the-finish-line-with-the-bayou-odyssey/2012/03/05/gIQAtCakwR_story.html

Music Web:

http://www.musicfilmweb.com/2012/03/crowdfund-washington-bayou-music-documentary/

Twitter: @bayoudocumentry

IDA: www.tinyurl.com/bayou-ida

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    An incredible offer from our Executive Producer, Dave Lilling. For a mere $77.77 your pledge ensures that Dave will not call, e-mail, text or reach out to you in any other way - without your express permission, for the period of one year. Yes, buy yourself a year of tranquility, free from Dave's inquiries and requests. Producers not responsible for lost income, misplayed horse bets or missing vital boxing and MMA news due to your purchased exile from Dave. Yes, buy yourself a year of tranquility, free from Dave's inquiries and requests. Producers not responsible for lost income, misplayed horse bets or missing vital boxing and MMF news due to your purchased exile from Dave.

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    Coleman Hawkins & Roy Eldridge, 2-CD set recorded live at the Bayou in Washington, DC, January 1959. Two authentic geniuses of their respective instruments, Coleman Hawkins (Sax) and Roy Eldridge (trumpet) complemented each other perfectly and loved to play together. The Bayou performances were privately taped in 1959 during a one-night engagement in Washington. Includes classics like "Body & Soul", a great recording of an early, memorable night of music at the Bayou!

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    Only 2 offered - delicious, homemade THE BAYOU cake features Bayou neon marquee and brick icing. Check Bayou Facebook page for photo...it's a really good cake. Your choice of chocolate or vanilla frosting. Personal delivery to DC/Baltimore area only. Also - Vimeo preview of documentary segments one week in advance of TV debut. Bayou postcard with personal thank-you from filmmakers and thank-you email from filmmakers.

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