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Portland, Oregon-based jazz / not jazz group Blue Cranes tours North America by train.
Portland, Oregon-based jazz / not jazz group Blue Cranes tours North America by train.
119 backers pledged $6,732 to help bring this project to life.

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We did it!!!!!!! Thank you so much to everyone for helping us reach our fundraising goal. Now to start booking the tour for the spring! Any additional donations will be put towards the cost of publicity for the tour, and lodging and lost wages for the month that we will be gone. Thank you all again, SO MUCH!!!!

ORIGINAL POST:
We're the Blue Cranes, a jazz / not jazz group out of Portland, Oregon, and we're embarking on this Kickstarter campaign to help fund a tour by train of our new album across North America in the spring of 2011.

We've been together as a quintet since 2007, and have self-funded seven tours of the West Coast. This time, in conjunction with the release of Observatories, our third album, we're hoping to reach out even farther, to the East Coast.

Which is why we need your help.

We love playing music with each other and sharing music with different audiences. Expanding our tour route will afford us the opportunity to do more of what we love. Depending on where you live, it may offer you a chance to see us perform live.

In addition, this tour will allow us to connect with a community of artists on the East Coast who are working in similar musical traditions and pushing similar boundaries. This trip will be a chance for us to listen and to grow artistically as individuals and as a group.

Why tour by train?

Not only do we want to push the current boundaries of music composition and sound; we also want to challenge the current concept of touring, generally involving a van or a bus, which consumes lots of gas, and is also draining on the band members themselves. In these respects, the train offers a more sustainable way to tour.

This isn't a new concept, but the way that train infrastructure is funded versus the way automobile infrastructure is funded in this country makes touring by train cost prohibitive. Through publicizing this tour, we hope to promote the train as a worthy mode of transportation in the U.S. and, hopefully, help in a small way to bring about a change in the way our rail system is funded.

Tentative Tour Route:
Portland --> Minneapolis --> Chicago (Empire Builder train)
Detroit --> Cleveland --> Boston (Lake Shore Limited train)
Boston --> Providence --> NYC --> Philadelphia --> D.C. (Northeast Regional train)
St. Louis (Texas Eagle train)
Kansas City (Mississippi Runner train)
Denver --> Salt Lake City --> Sacramento (California Zephyr train) --OR-- Santa Fe --> L.A. (Southwest Chief train)
Sacramento --> Portland (Coast Starlight train)

We've invested a lot of time, money and resources into making our new album, and we're excited to share it with you, but now we're a little short on funds.

Project Costs:
30 Day Amtrak Rail Pass ($579) x 5 band members = $2895
Transportation to and from train stations ($50) x 20 shows = $1000
Food allowance ($15 per person per day) x 30 days = $2250
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Total: $6145

We hope to make enough money at the shows on tour to cover the additional costs not included above: Lodging ($75/night?), publicist costs, and our own personal bills at home for the month we are gone.

Why should you support the Blue Cranes on tour?

- You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped us realize this dream.
- You may make it possible for us to play live for you and for others who don't usually get to see us.
- You will be supporting the growth of this band and of independent music.

We have a lot of thank you gifts to offer depending on your level of contribution.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!

P.S. If you live in Portland or elsewhere on the West Coast, please come to a show this month (August 2010) for our West Coast album release sneak preview tour. See www.bluecranesmusic.com for more details.

We would like to give a huge thank you to Evan Driscoll--organic farmer, father, and filmmaker extraordinaire--for filming and editing this kickstarter video. Thanks Evan!

We would also like to thank the kind people at the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club for letting us spend an evening playing with their trains.

For more info on Blue Cranes, visit:
www.twitter.com/bluecranes
www.facebook.com/bluecranes
www.myspace.com/bluecranes

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    A Blue Cranes 1" train tour button. This button, available to anyone who donates, not only makes a nice addition to any lapel-- it makes you a stock holder in the Blue Cranes train tour. It entitles you to receive special missives (photos, journal entries, videos) via email during our month on the rails.

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    The mp3 version of our new album, Observatories. Delivered directly to your inbox. [plus a train tour button]

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    A signed copy of our new album, OBSERVATORIES, on CD. (plus a bonus EP...) Recorded and mixed by Jason Powers at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, this album features seven new originals and a cover of Horvitz's Love, Love, Love. Special guests include Timothy Young on guitar and a string trio. Beautiful cover artwork by Dylan McConnell. Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk.

    As a special bonus to Kickstarter supporters, people who order OBSERVATORIES will also receive a limited edition pre-release copy of a three song bonus EP. This EP, tracked and mixed by John Wagner at the beautiful SuperGiant Studios in West Linn, features Blue Cranes covering Blonde Redhead, Red House Painters, and David Bazan. Mastered by Gus Elg. [plus a train tour button]

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    A limited edition hand screen-printed copy of OVERSEA ORBITS (Blue Cranes' Observatories Remixed). This compilation features songs from OBSERVATORIES that have been remixed, reworked, and re-envisioned by a group of highly talented and generous artists: Ethan Rose (Gus Van Sant collaborator), Jesse Johnson (Gulls / Evolutionary Jass Band), Leb Borgerson (Quiet Countries), Gavin Castleton (Ebu Gogo), Doug Theriault, JP Jenkins, Claudia Meza (Explode Into Colors), Brendan Bell (Jonny Classic and the Classic Johns), Elders, and more. [plus a signed copy of OBSERVATORIES, the 3 song EP, and a button]

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    A limited edition silk-screened train tour poster. Designed and hand screen-printed by Eric Redpath of Papercut Press. [plus a signed copy of OBSERVATORIES, OVERSEA ORBITS, the 3 song EP, and a button]

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    A limited edition Blue Cranes train tour t-shirt. Designed and hand screen-printed by Eric Redpath of Papercut Press. [plus a signed copy of OBSERVATORIES, OVERSEA ORBITS, the 3 song EP, and a button]

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    An embroidered Blue Cranes trucker hat. Digitized and programmed into the embroidery machine by Keith Brush himself. [plus a signed copy of OBSERVATORIES, OVERSEA ORBITS, the 3 song EP, a train tour poster and a button]

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    A limited edition hand-bound photo journal documenting our adventures across the country on the rails. [plus a signed copy of OBSERVATORIES, OVERSEA ORBITS, the 3 song EP, a train tour poster and a button]

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    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    One-of-a-kind: a disposable camera filled with photos from the train tour. [plus a signed copy of OBSERVATORIES, OVERSEA ORBITS, the 3 song EP, the t-shirt, the poster, and a button]

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    A chance to score big with Sly Pig in a BOWLING LESSON. Learn from Joe as he teaches one of his favorite pastimes (besides working on his embouchure). [plus a signed copy of OBSERVATORIES, OVERSEA ORBITS, the 3 song EP, a train tour poster and a button]

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    An musical instrument or composition lesson with any member of Blue Cranes. [plus a signed copy of OBSERVATORIES, OVERSEA ORBITS, the 3 song EP, a train tour poster and a button]

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    Five origami paper cranes folded in gratitude by every member of the band using sheet music from the new album. [plus a signed copy of OBSERVATORIES, OVERSEA ORBITS, the 3 song EP, a the photo journal, a train tour poster and a button]

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    A duo improvised house concert with Reed Wallsmith and Sly Pig in gratitude for your support. [plus a signed copy of OBSERVATORIES, OVERSEA ORBITS, the 3 song EP, the t-shirt, the poster, the photo journal and a button]]

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    A house concert with Blue Cranes in gratitude for your support. [plus a signed copy of OBSERVATORIES, OVERSEA ORBITS, the 3 song EP, the t-shirt, the poster, the photo journal and a button]

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Funding period

- (30 days)