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A nerd convention with a charitable spirit located in Grand Rapids, MI, that will be FREE to attend.
A nerd convention with a charitable spirit located in Grand Rapids, MI, that will be FREE to attend.
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What is GR8bit Live?

GR8bit Live!, (Grand Rapids, 8 bit, Live), started 3 years ago as an idea that came to me after a conversation with a 6th grade student of mine. This student was in the early stages of his battle with leukemia, (which is now in remission!!!!), and he mentioned that in his time at the local children's hospital, the entertainment options were either lacking or outdated. Since I happen to play in a video game cover band, I thought it would be great to put on a video game music concert where all proceeds go toward updating the video game equipment at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. After 2 successful years of having a video game music concert, it's time for the event to take its next step. 


Why Should You Consider Donating?

This summer on July 11, at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, MI, GR8bit Live! 3 will happen. Instead of just being a video game music concert, we're looking to expand the event to also include plenty of casual gaming, both video and table top, as well as many gaming tournaments and competitions. In addition, we are reaching out to some of the best nerd paraphernalia vendors in the region to have a fantastic vendor hall. The best part? Admission will be absolutely FREE.

We figure that since we are asking you to help foot the bill for all of the expenses, then we should make this open to the public for no additional cost to you. In keeping with the charitable nature of past GR8bit Live! events, we will be accepting donations from attendees as they enter. These donations will go to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital to purchase new video and board game equipment. 

The lineup of musical acts we have coming this year is something you won't want to miss. The groups we have announced so far include: Super Guitar Bros., Playing with Power!, Knight of the Round, Mail Order Monsters, Gimmick!, My Parents Favorite Music, and Arc Impulse. There's something for everyone as many diverse styles will be represented. Each group has their own take on either video game tunes, or songs from other branches of the nerd kingdom. PLUS, as this campaign goes on, that list of musicians will only get bigger - not to mention the announcement of our special featured guest speaker panel. Trust us, you won't want to miss it.

Stretch Goals

If we can raise $10,000 then we will be able to rent out a much larger space, opening up opportunities for more vendors, gaming, and a larger music hall. Should we hit $15,000, then we will be able to fully fund all the expansions we have in mind. Any overage will be used as seed money for GR8bit Live! 4.

Should we start approaching either of these stretch goals, there will be an update post detailing how we are expanding the event.

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest risks is pulling off a convention of this magnitude. While it will be our first time trying to tackle this, we are well connected with leaders of other successful conventions and we already have a very large network of volunteers who are ready to go should this event get funded. We know that we will encounter some bumps in the road, but we are also confident that we have the level of professionalism required to handle what arises.

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    GR8Bit Live! 3 vinyl window decal. Will be available to you for pickup at GR8bit Live! 3.

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    Your name listed in the “Star Wars” style thank you list at the end of the GR8bit Live! 3 highlights recap video to be posted on Youtube in late July.

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    Have your name announced by the emcees in between one of the sets in the concert hall in recognition of your donation.

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    Early notification of when video game/tabletop game tournament signups will be posted with a minimum four hour window to signup for a given tournament before it is made public. This will ensure the best chance of entering any tournament you’d like to participate in.

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    Official GR8Bit Live! 3 T-Shirt to be picked up at GR8bit Live! 3. If you plan to attend GR8bit Live!, then please plan to pick it up at the event. If you won't be attending, please contact us to work out shipping. Thank you.

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    Official GR8Bit Live! 3 poster, 11x17, (8.5x11 available if desired), to be picked up at GR8bit Live! 3. If you plan to attend GR8bit Live!, then please plan to pick it up at the event. If you won't be attending, please contact us to work out shipping. Thank you.

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    Free download of each of the announced bands, (as of Feb 2015 on GR8bit Live Facebook page), GR8bit Live! 3 Official Concert Recordings ($5/band on bandcamp - available late summer 2015). Professionally recorded and mastered. That's 7 FREE concert downloads, with potentially more to come!

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    Playing with Power! by request!
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    VIP access to all performances/speaker panels, (front row). For any Q&A with our guest speakers, you will get access to the front of the line. VIP members will also receive a GR8bit VIP button and are invited to join all of the musicians/guests,(who choose to go), at our post GR8bit Live! 3 meal. (Secret location).

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    GR8bit Live! 3 by request!
    Have a video game song, (or any song from nerd culture), that you want to see one of our acts perform? Well, here's your chance. Pick the GR8bit Live! performer, and contact them via facebook and see if you can work something out. This does not have to be a piece they already cover. If you and the group you contact can reach an agreement on a new tune, then contact GR8bit Live! either on this kickstarter account or on facebook to verify. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS WITHOUT FIRST CHECKING WITH THE GROUP TO SEE IF THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO PARTICIPATE AND THEN VERIFYING WITH GR8BIT LIVE! Also, please be courteous and understanding when making this request of a band. What you think to be an easy tune for a band to learn may actually be more difficult than you realize.

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    Your business/website or other group you are associated with as a featured sponsor on the GR8bit Live! website, a shoutout on the GR8bit Live! facebook page, and recognition at GR8bit Live! from our emcees in between sets.

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    Reward 18 plus featured on our posters and fliers that will blanket the city of Grand Rapids in the months leading up to the GR8bit Live! 3.

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    Sponsor a low-key, fun, and interactive show for the kids at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital to be performed by 1 or 2 of the featured musical groups at this year's GR8bit Live! 3. Please contact GR8bit Live! before purchasing this to make sure a date is still open on the HDCH calendar.

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    Have one of our featured gaming tournaments/competitions named after you or a group you are associated with.

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    Have the GR8bit Live! 3 performance stage bear the name of you or a group you are associated with.

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    Have either the gaming room, music room, or vendor hall bear the name of you or a group you are associated with.

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