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Jen Kuhnberg and the George Woods Band team up to create a new concert experience. Choreography, Song Collison

What is "Heartbeat"?

Jen Kuhnberg and George Woods are teaming up to create this "new concert experience" designed to immerse the audience and make them a part of the action. This is our way of challenging the typical audience experience and truly making something new, spectacular, immersive, and different.

One part contemporary dance performance, one part rock concert. "Heartbeat" weaves together music, dance, and visual arts to tell the love story of one man's lifetime through his relationships. You get to follow the protagonist through teenage twitterpation, affairs, temptations, weddings, and funerals. The audience becomes the active participants in an extravagant party that celebrates love, throughout life.

What's all the $$ for?

Making Dreams Come True! (...True, but lets be practical about this)

1.) PAYING OUR DANCERS
- These people put in so much work over months and months and they do it for passion. We want to make sure they are properly rewarded.

2.) COSTUMING & STAGE SETS
- Heartbeat is a very visual show involving props, masks, and special clothing that aid the story line and add to the immersion of the experience. 

3.) PROFESSIONAL FILM CREW
- We plan to film the show using multiple cameras to truly capture the experience. We want to make sure our friends, and fans across the country and world can share in the experience. Also so you can take home a copy and relive the show whenever you like. 

4.) REHEARSAL SPACE
- It aint cheap :-)

Where is the music coming from?

The music is provided live by the George Woods Band performing their new album "Heartbeat", which is a concept album featuring soaring strings, groovy horn sections, and a through written lyric that reads track to track and cover to cover. 

Some reviews include: "Heartbeat is a divine album which only gets better the more you listen." ~ Siobahn Chapman at indiemunity.com

"These emotions and relationships are those that could not easily be made up, and because of that Heartbeat reads like a continuous story. Woods puts his experiences and sentiment on the line with this album, and it seems that he has done so with a genuinely honest flair." ~ Alec Cunningham at Good Vibes Music Reviews

No where near lacking in the songwriting skills department, George takes listeners through a storybook of personable lyrics, melodic adventures, and grooves that will keep your mind on track as you ride along these 13 songs of awesome. ~ Joshua Smotherman at Middle Tennesee Music midtnmusic.com

This "one long story" musical epic is being realized into a full dance production with the help of Jen Kuhnberg of The OnStage Dance Company.(http://www.onstagedanceco.com). 

Who are you People?

George Woods is an orchestrater, instructor, multi-instrumentalist, and (most importantly) songwriter/performer in the Boston Area. With a classic touch like James Morrison, the folky heart of Ray LaMontagne, and a unique melodic adventurousness, George Woods creates his own signature style of Folk-Funk.

George’s solo project began after the dissolution of his group Birds In The Woods, a Boston based band that won the 2008 Boston Music Festival, received radio spins at home and abroad, and saw placement in national publications such as Relix Magazine. His first solo EP, “Technicolor Costs Too Much,” released in Summer 2011, was self produced in a makeshift bedroom studio, and put together by hand with a one of a kind packaging. The record was well received by audiences across the northeast, online, and even in the UK.

Jen Kuhnberg is an accomplished choreographer, dance instructor, and CEO of the OnStage Dance Company in Boston, MA. The OnStage Dance Company is dedicated to creating performance opportunities for Boston area dancers. Their mission is to provide a venue for self-expression through performance in front of a live audience. They are a not-for-profit organization that gives back to the artistic community and has enriched the lives of hundreds of dancers over the years. Having a roster of 50-70 dancers at any given point in time. 

The Onstage Dance Company has even seen brief moments of fame on So You Think You can Dance as part of National Dance Day 2012. Representing Boston with a dance filled flash mob on the MBTA.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As band leaders and choreographers Jen and I are great orchestrators of people, and we share a common vision for the project. We want to allow as many of you as possible to enjoy the story that we have been crafting and putting our blood sweat and tears into. One of the biggest challenges of any project is promotion, and getting faces in the door. Additionally, organizing your fellow artists and managing schedules can prove to be a daunting task as any manager will tell you. Between the two of us we have enough creativity, will power, and experience to pull of a production of this size with flying colors and make sure you all know it's happening.

Additionally, any production of this size carries with it considerable financial needs, and risks. All of which we are willing to take to make this project happen!

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    "KICKSTART MY <3" -- Special Heartbeat sticker mailed to your door!

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    "EMAIL MY <3" -- Digital Download of full Heartbeat album.

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    "I <3 ROCK N' ROLL" -- Physical CD of Heartbeat + Sticker (Extra $5 for shipping)

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    "PEOPLE LIKE ME <3 PEOPLE LIKE YOU" -- TIcket to the Performance on March 21st, 2013. + Digital DL of Heartbeat

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    1/4/13 new backer reward SINGING TELEGRAM FOR VALENTINES DAY. I will come to the stoop of whom ever you dedicate this to and I will serenade that special someone into a state of blissful gooey-ness. (in person within 10 miles of Boston Proper. or via the interwebs WORLD WIDE)

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    "CAN BUY ME <3" -- (for the Locals) Custom HAND MADE T-shirt, made by yours truly. Available exclusively through this Kickstarter Campaign. + Ticket to the show + Digital Download of Heartbeat + Sticker.

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    "<3 DATE NIGHT" -- 2 Tickets to the Performance on March 21st, 2013. + Physical CD to share + 2 Stickers. Awe so cute!

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    "LEFT MY <3 IN BOSTON" -- (out of towner special) DVD of the performance of Heartbeat + Tshirt + Limited ED handmade CD packaging for both Technicolor Costs Too Much (my first CD) & Heartbeat + Sticker + Your name in the "LifeLine Backers" section of the program.

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    "HOME IS WHERE THE <3 IS" -- Backers only Acoustic Concert at George's house in Brighton MA (date TBD). PLUS! 1 of 40 Custom Hand made CD packages of Heartbeat and a Goody Bag! + Your name in the "LifeLine Backers" section of the program.

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    NEW REWARD 1/2/13 - HAVE GEORGE RECORD/PRODUCE ONE OF YOUR SONGS!!! Are you also a songwriter? Do you have a new single that's just dying to be recorded? I have tons of experience making excellent quality recordings out of my own mobile studio. My entire first record (Technicolor Costs Too Much) was recorded with this rig, and most recently I co-produced and engineered Erica Leigh's "Easy To Kill Me". This package includes engineering and mixing for one full song. Mastering will be an additional $50 per track because I have to outsource it.

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    NEW REWARD 1/3/13 - 3 DANCE LESSONS WITH JEN KUHNBERG!! Ever want to learn how to make both of those left feet groove in sweet synchronization? Then start off the New Year right by getting three private dance lessons with our amazing choreographer Jen Kuhnberg. Jen's qualifications are a long list of awesome things not the least of which is heading up her own dance company The OnStage Dance Co. She works with any age range or skill level and teaches Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, or Contemporary dance styles.

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    "PIECE OF MY <3" -- 2 VIP tickets to the performance on March 21st, 2013. + A 1 hour meet and greet with performers before the show. + LifeLine Backer Status + CD to share + 2 Stickers + DVD of the performance + mystery goody bag!!!

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    "YOUR <3's DESIRE" -- George will write a song about anything you like and dedicate it to whoever you like! This makes for a great Birthday, Wedding, or Anniversary present! Have a Business? Need a Jingle? + 2 Tickets + CD + Tshirt + 'Platinum Pulse Backer' status

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    "A <3-Y MEAL" Get up close and personal with Jen and the band. I'll personally slave and toil over the stove and whip up some seriously awesome homemade Italian cooking just like mom used to! And Yes I CAN actually cook... + 2 VIP Tickets + CD + T-shirt + 'Platinum Pulse Backer' status. (Limit to the backer +1. We'll schedule a time that works for everyone and have us a feast.)

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    NEW REWARD 1/1/13 - MUSIC LESSONS FOR ONE YEAR! - (12 lessons, normally $600) - Is your New Years Resolution to pick up an instrument? Well now is the time to commit! I have been a music instructor in various capacities for the past 10 years. My credentials include massive amounts of performance experience, teaching on the college level, and a degree from the Berklee College of Music. I have experience working with all ages, and skill levels. Wanna learn how to play every Beatles song ever? Wanna learn to shred like Steve Vai? Lessons will be available on Guitar, Ukulele, or Electric Bass, and can include songwriting or composition techniques in addition to instrumental technique. LESSONS ALSO AVAILABLE VIA SKYPE FOR THOESE DISTANT ASPIRING MUSICIANS

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    "H-ART" -- (SPECIAL BACKER REWARD) Purchase one or both custom made paintings by renowned Boston artist Joshua Durant! Joshua is a good friend of the band, an infamous street artist, and is donating two custom paintings inspired by the two ballads on the 'Heartbeat' Album. The first painting is entitled "You Are The Moon" the second is "You Are The Sun", both of which are songs about the two main female characters in 'Heartbeat'. They are both beautiful street art inspired avian renditions of the songs. CHECK IT OUT HERE: http://joshuadurantart.weebly.com/explosive-bird-series.html + 2 tickets + CD + T-Shirt + Stickers

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    NEW REWARD 1/5/13 - 3 part special - The heartbeat canvas we took on tour this fall, The Tree people painting from 2011 tour, and my first guitar. See Project update #8

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    "<3-BEAT HOTEL" -- 1 Hour Solo Performance in your home + ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT in the program and in DVD of the show + 2 VIP tickets to the show in March + Invitation to the acoustic house concert in January (see "Home Is Where The <3 Is" + 5 CD's & T-shirts for Friends and Family + DVD + Sticker. (Show should happen within a 100 mile radius of Boston MA. If farther away the backer is responsible for transportation and accommodations)

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    "<3-BEAT HOTEL" -- 1 Hour Solo Performance in your home + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT in the program and in DVD of the show + 2 VIP tickets to the show in March + Invitation to the acoustic house concert in January (see "Home Is Where The <3 Is" + 5 CD's & T-shirts for Friends and Family + DVD + Sticker. (Show should happen within a 100 mile radius of Boston MA. If farther away the backer is responsible for transportation and accommodations)

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