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The Travoltas need funds to record a debut cd and go on the road as the opening act for the Old 97s upcoming Midwest/East coast tour
The Travoltas need funds to record a debut cd and go on the road as the opening act for the Old 97s upcoming Midwest/East coast tour
164 backers pledged $11,010 to help bring this project to life.

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     The Travoltas are Salim Nourallah, Paul Slavens, Nick Earl, Emsy Robinson and Mike Hodges. We've been a band for about a year and this fall we've been offered the great opportunity to go on tour opening for the Old 97s. The tour would take us throughout the Midwest and then down the East coast (12 concerts in 14 days). It's an awesome opportunity for a new band like us but the downside is that it is financially challenging. The money we stand to make will barely cover travel expenses. Each member of the group would also be losing money by not working their day jobs while we're away. So when I first thought about this opportunity my gut feeling was “as much as I’d like to tour with the band there’s no way we can pull it off financially…” but after putting some thought into it, we’ve come up with an idea that could make it all happen…

     With the funds from this Kickstarter campaign we hope to not only record our debut CD but also reach a broader audience that helps establish our band outside the state of Texas. The funds from this pledge drive will be used to produce not only CDs but merchandise and other marketing materials as well as hopefully giving us some monetary "padding" for our tour. Meaning: if we come back having made no profit on tour we will use part of this fund to make sure no band member is left not being able to pay their bills!!! Over the past year we've gigged steadily and written tons of new songs. We've already started recording here in Dallas in mid-September and have accrued recording debt. Things are sounding fantastic though. So with your support we'd not only like to finish and release our 1st cd but also go on this fantastic tour with the Old 97s!

Thank you!

Salim Nourallah

Risks and challenges

The risk is failure...if we don't meet our monetary goal - we fail. We won't be able to collect anything because on Kickstarter the deal is "all or nothing." It will be challenging reaching enough fans to achieve our aims and meet our mark. I feel like we can do it but it's gonna take some Travolta hustle. Fingers crossed...the funds we intend to raise through Kickstarter will hopefully enable us to meet a couple key challenges. The first challenge is to simply help sustain the band while on tour with the Old 97s, in terms of transportation, fuel, food, lodging, etc. The second challenge is to manufacture sufficient "product" to sell and use for promotional purposes while on tour. When a band like the Travoltas tours as an opening act for a nationally recognized act, the tour presents opportunities in terms of selling merchandise like CDs and t-shirts but we have not the money to actually pay for manufacturing them!!! We're up for all these challenges as well as the many more that will surely come our way...thank you for presenting us with at least have a fighting chance of success!!

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    Digital MP3 version of the Travoltas debut cd

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    Signed copy of the cd - get all 5 Travolta John Hancocks!!!

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    The Travoltas t-shirt - available in black, brown or pink. Please specify the color and size!!

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    Signed copy of the CD plus a t-shirt! Please specify color and size!

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    Your Name In The Travolta's Album Credits + Signed CD

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    Signed copy of the CD, digital MP3 download, Travoltas t-shirt plus 2 tickets to CD release in Dallas, TX (date TBA)

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    Signed copy of the CD, digital MP3 download, Travoltas t-shirt, 2 tickets to CD release in Dallas, TX (date TBA) plus a digital video of the “album” CD release party

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    Signed copy of the CD, digital MP3 download, Travoltas t-shirt, 2 tickets to CD release in Dallas, TX (date TBA), a digital video of the “album” CD release party PLUS THE ANSWERING MACHINE!! Have Salim, Paul or any one or all of the Travoltas record your voicemail, i.e. "Hi, I'm Paul Slavens...Ruth can't come to the phone right now so please leave your name & number, then meditate, do some yoga, go eat some Indian takeaway, walk your dog, take a nap – by then she will have surely had time to have phoned you back!"

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    You interview Salim for the Cult of Nourallah newsletter. Anything you’ve been dying to ask Salim over the years? You get to pick 12 questions to send Salim for a Q & A session for the Cult of Nourallah newsletter. He has agreed to answer any and everything you send his way!!!

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    SIGNED CD and Travoltas t-shirt plus you and one guest get to attend a recording session for the Travolta’s new record at Pleasantry Lane Studios in Dallas Tx. The session will be at least 3 hours long and we will contact you with a selection of dates to choose from in order to best fit your schedule.

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    The entire 11 disc Salim Nourallah cd collection! Get everything Salim has released to date (11 discs total) Nourallah Brothers 2cd Version (2000): Polaroid (2004); A Way to Your Heart (2004); Beautiful Noise (2005); Live at Pleasantry Lane (2007); Snowing in My Heart (2007); Ciphers from Snowing (2008); Constellation (2009), Hit Parade (2012), Friends for Life e.p. (2012)

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    {THE VIP CONCERT PACKAGE} Good for two people at any show OCTOBER OLD 97S TOUR INCLUDED!! Hang with the Travoltas all night: attend the soundcheck; help make the setlist; 2 VIP tickets to the show; backstage passes and laminates (if applicable). Guaranteed good times! + 2 signed setlists from the evening & 2 signed copies of the CD.

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    A date with the Travoltas!!
    An evening out with all 5 of us...dinner? A movie? A moonlit stroll through the park? Whatever you want but please, no illicit massage requests!!!

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    A one on one songwriting workshop with Salim Nourallah & Paul Slavens (for serious songwriters!). Salim & Paul will spend 4 hours with you or whoever you designate for this pledge. We encourage you to bring in unfinished songs or songs you would like feedback on. Beginners are welcome too!

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    Acoustic house concert (anywhere in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex area). Salim & the Travoltas will come play at least a 2 hour acoustic house concert for you and whomever you wish to invite anywhere in the DFW area. You are allowed to sell tickets if you wish in order to make back some of your money.

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    Acoustic house concert (anywhere in Texas) Salim & the Travoltas will come play a 2 hour solo acoustic house concert for you and whomever you wish to invite anywhere in Texas. You are allowed to sell tickets if you wish in order to make back some of your expenses. Salim will be responsible for all travel expenses.

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    Full Band concert (anywhere in the DFW area). A full-blown, full-length private Travoltas concert for you and your friends/fam/organization. You help pick the setlist, and we pull out all the stops. You handle setting up the venue (yes, it can be your backyard!) and the sound, and we'll play the night away.

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    Acoustic house concert (anywhere in the United States). Salim will come play at least a 2 hour solo acoustic house concert for you and whomever you wish to invite anywhere in the continental United States. You are allowed to sell tickets if you wish in order to make back some of your expenses. You will be responsible for all travel expenses.

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