About this project
Scene of the Crime Rovers, Durham, NC's rag-tag street band, have been roving our streets since 2006, creating spectacles wherever we show up, and surprising unsuspecting citizens with everything from punk tunes and Balkan brass to skronky improv antics and buzzing bee formations. We like to throw in some exercise from time to time - we might be the only street band you'll ever see doing push-ups, down dogs, jumping jacks, while riffing off of Michael Jackson's Thriller at the same time.
Our project is to get to HONK, TX in Austin for a massive festival of like-minded street activist bands. We'll use this trip to energize our current members, and recruit newbies for our 2011 street roaming season in Durham and around the triangle region of NC. As you can imagine, it's hard to keep a large group like this together year after year. Babies happen, the economy squeezes free time right out of our wallets, but we've managed to HONK successfully with a band that ranges from 6 or 8 to 30 at a time!
We're starting our campaign to recruit new members with a 6 week rehearsal season starting January 30, 2011. By the first week of March, we'll be ready to plot and plan our musical onslaughts, and will be gearing up for our Texas pilgrimage from March 11-13. We already have a few dollars in our account, and are seeking funding to ensure our members $250 each to offset their HONK expenses.
Any additional funds raised will be used to reduce the cost for each member to make the trip. If we do really well and raise enough to pay for each member's trip in entirety (estimated expenses are at about $400 per band member, with 8 of us currently planning to attend), we'll use additional funds to pay for our indoor winter practice space, and save any remaining balance for our HONK trip to Somerville, MA in October.
Making music in the streets is a powerful way to remind ourselves that public space is ours! No sound is illegal. Our sounds may not reach the top of the pop charts, but they beat the sound of car horns, spinning tires, construction work, and lawnmowers hands-down...Fund our 2011 season and help keep public space vibrant and alive with the sounds of music!
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