"The Warehouse New Orleans... Revisited!"... a CD and two (2) LIVE "CD release" shows... is a tribute to and relives the music and memories of The Warehouse, the legendary New Orleans music venue (1970-1982). During this era, The Warehouse was a special place for many people in New Orleans... and for many people from all over the South. Bill Johnston, Executive Producer for this project, was the founding partner of The Warehouse New Orleans that opened with The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac and The Flock on January 30 & 31, 1970.
We put together a smokin' band... The SMOKE PATROL... an "A" list group of musicians and vocalists, who will record songs that were originally recorded by artists that performed at The Warehouse including: Allman Brothers, The Who, Joe Cocker, The Doors, Rod Stewart, ZZ Top, Grateful Dead, KISS, The Eagles, Procol Harum, Humble Pie, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Foghat, Wishbone Ash, Wet Willie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton, Electric Light Orchestra, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Chicago, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Fleetwood Mac and many more. It's anybody's guess what songs will eventually make the CD... stay tuned!
Once the CD is released, The SMOKE PATROL will perform two (2) LIVE "CD release" shows in New Orleans... many of the songs that did not make the CD will be included in these LIVE shows. The shows will open with a 16-minute clip of Jessy Williamson's Warehouse documentary A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas. After the "CD release" shows, we will book The SMOKE PATROL "wherever"!
THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME... The SMOKE PATROL
Shortly after opening, The Warehouse had to do something about the smoking problem inside the venue on the nights of concerts. The problem was... smoking cigarettes were allowed inside at this time but smoking "other stuff" was not legal. So a NO SMOKING policy was implemented to appease the city and police.
Then The Warehouse hired a number of male employees to work on concert nights. Each employee was given a "Warehouse New Orleans" jersey and a flashlight... and their job was to walk through The Warehouse looking for anyone smoking "whatever". When they caught someone smoking, they would shine the flashlight on them and ask them to put it out.
These Warehouse employees were called the "smoke patrol"! And, since we're reliving memories of The Warehouse days, The SMOKE PATROL seemed like the perfect name for the band!FUNDING
We are honored that Kickstarter has approved our project... and we THANK YOU in advance for helping us reach our funding goal... and for telling your friends about this project. Our funding goal is $20,000 and the funding deadline date is October 18, 2011. The funding goal will help us cover the following costs of the project: 1. Recording of the CD... talent fee for musicians and vocalists, studio for recording, mixing and mastering, pressing of the CDs, licensing of the songs, design and layout of the CD cover and insert, attorney fees, etc.
2. Two (2) live "CD release" shows... talent fee for musicians and vocalists, production fees, licensing fees, marketing and advertising, etc.
And, as you will see in the column to the right, we have some exciting REWARDS for the different pledge levels... $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 & $5,000.
Not only was "With a Little Help From My Friends" a great Joe Cocker song, it was how The Warehouse "got rolling" in 1970. Now 41 years later, we need that same kind of help to get this project "up and running".
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
Kickstarter is an exciting funding platform where someone who develops a project (and Kickstarter approves it) can post their project and get PLEDGES from people who are interested in this project. In return, the person who pledges receives a REWARD from the project owner/developer. The REWARD is specific to the different PLEDGE levels... for example: for a $25 pledge you will receive "this"... for a $50 pledge you will receive "that", etc.
Kickstarter is powered by a unique "all-or-nothing" funding method where projects must be fully-funded by a specified deadline date or no money changes hands. In our case, we will only receive funds from Kickstarter if we reach our funding goal of $20,000 by October 18, 2011. If we don't reach the funding goal by this date, you don't get charged a penny for the pledge you made!
You should definitely check out the three (3) links at the bottom of the PROJECT BY section and you will see: (A) Jessy Williamson's 16-minute clip on The Warehouse documentary, A Warehouse On Tchoupitoulas... (B) Bobby Wahl's "The Warehouse Concerts List" (1970 - 1982), a list of ALL The Warehouse concerts by month and year... (C) Facebook fan page for The Warehouse New Orleans... Revisited!... if you like this fan page, click on the LIKE tab to follow us on Facebook.
Now... can I get a WHO DAT!
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