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The biggest party of the summer! Amazing music, art and performances! Upgrade your experience with our Kickstarter only rewards!
The biggest party of the summer! Amazing music, art and performances! Upgrade your experience with our Kickstarter only rewards!
136 backers pledged $7,004 to help bring this project to life.

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Erie's favorite Festival turns 25 this summer and to celebrate, we're adding another full-day of performance art and family fun! This expansion requires more resources than in previous years. Our goal is raise at least $5,000 (and hopefully more!) to help pay for the extra production expenses and artist fees while keeping the price for attending the Festival the same as has been for 25 years – free!

To do this we've created several exclusive rewards for our backers that are designed to make your experience at the Festival more fun, and easier to enjoy. Many of these rewards will ONLY be available through this Kickstarter campaign – you will not be able to buy them at the Festival itself! Check out the music, scan through the rewards and back this project for the party of the summer!

This commemorative poster by Quinn Thompson includes 25 years of designs and is available exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign. Signed by John Vanco, it is a must have for collectors and fans alike!
This commemorative poster by Quinn Thompson includes 25 years of designs and is available exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign. Signed by John Vanco, it is a must have for collectors and fans alike!

 

 

 

The Festival attracts more than 20,000 people eager to experience great music from regional talents to international superstars. This year is no different featuring bands as diverse as the hottest band in world music today, Mokoomba (see video above), to regional blues legends, Eric Brewer & Friends.  

Rodger Montgomery Blues Band and Mary Alice Brown Quartet were both featured at the first Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival 25 years ago. 

Live performance are on the main stage 2-10 on Saturday and 12-8 on Sunday. Click on the band profiles for more information! 

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This festival is all about blues and jazz so we have a special treat just for Kickstarter backers.  We have put together an exclusive Kickstarter only 25th Anniversary Blues and Jazz Festival playlist featuring artists from all 25 years of the festival! This is a must for all those fans that have been attending the festival from the very start. 

We know you’re gonna want to be here all day, so we have made it even easier for you. Our stylish water koozy comes with its very own supply of unlimited water! No more lugging heavy coolers from a faraway parking space. Speaking of parking spaces, we also are offering a limited amount of convenient, guaranteed parking spaces close to the event. Be sure to jump on this opportunity as there are only a few available.  

 

 

The Festival is very family friendly and there will be plenty of things for kids to do! This year the event is packed full of fun and engaging performances, including Art Acts, a amazing giant puppets and masks. 

Everyone will have also the opportunity to help paint a mural by Mark Weber (shown below), during a public paint day at the event. The Erie Philharmonic Jazz Instruments Petting zoo, an Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop, and many other activities including a special double-feature film from LEAF’s Movies at the Arboretum will all be at this year’s event. Of course, there will be plenty of bubbles to blow and ice-cream to eat.

Mural design by Mark Weber
Mural design by Mark Weber

Don’t miss out on buying cool stuff for the kids, like our exclusive t-shirts, and keep them rocking out to the music with their very own inflatable guitars. Both items are available in our Family Pack! 

The Prime Real Estate reward offers a canopy tent set-up and stocked with Festival merch including a cooler full of necessities. The tent will be in front of the general public tent line, and offers a great view of the stage.  

 

Canopy tent will be set up with a perfect view of the stage.
Canopy tent will be set up with a perfect view of the stage.

 

2017 Kickstarter exclusive blue t-shirt designed by Shelby Kirk with creative direction by Shelle Barron.
2017 Kickstarter exclusive blue t-shirt designed by Shelby Kirk with creative direction by Shelle Barron.

 

We’ve featured a lot of the rewards available. Here are all the reward tiers that we are offering to make your experience at the Festival even better.

 

Infographic designed by Monica Gustin
Infographic designed by Monica Gustin

 

A special thanks to the following folks who helped to bring this Kickstarter campaign to life: Megan Ciafre, Jacob Poteet, Monica Gustin, Quinn Thompson, Colleen Dougan, Kristan Wheaton, and the Erie Art Museum staff. 

The Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival is truly a team effort, and would not be possible without the help of several individuals, local businesses, and community organizations. Thank you to our sponsors:

Abigail Adams & Lauder Greenway, Acclaim Electric, Agility Marketing, Allburn Florist, Associated Clinical Laboratories: A Quest Diagnostics Affiliate, Beer & Pop Discount Warehouse, Cascade Park Club, CAT-TV, Charles & Rose Schlaufman, Chipotle, Circolo Nazionale Lodge 122, Connoisseur Media, Constellation, Counseling & Assessment Services, Country Fair, Dahlkemper Lanscape and Architects, Donald & Marjorie Inderlied, Douglass-Bennett, E.C.G.R.A., Edinboro University, Emergycare, Epic Web Studios, Erie Arts & Culture, Erie Beer Company, Erie Community Foundation, Erie Ice Works, Erie Insurance, Erie Reader, Frontier Pharmacy Inc., Giant Eagle, Greengarden Place, Hagan Business Machines Inc., Hanes Erie, Inc., Harborcreek Giant Eagle, In Memory of George & Elizabeth Ferretti, Jane & Gil Asher, Jazz Erie, Jim & Sharon Stoik, Jim Spiegel, John Hilbert Sr. Family, Karen Carns, Kat Creative Signs, Kenneth Burkhart, Kevin & Susan O'Connell, Key Bank, Like My Thai, Little Caesars, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Lynn & Dale McBrier, Lowe's Home Improvement on Asbury Road, Marshall & Theresa Fryer, Matt Mead Photography LLC, Mercyhurst University, Michael Butler, Modern Industries, Inc., PACA, Pamela Moore, Presque Isle Downs & Casino, Printing Concepts, Quickstarter, Ray Wakley RV, Richard & Jeanne Chapman, Romolo Chocolates, Scott Enterprises, Small Business Alternatives, Inc., Susan Black & Barry Weller, Ted Wood & Associates, The Otto B. Imig Fund of the Erie Community Foundation, Times Publishing Company, UPMC Health Plan, and WQLN.

Cheers to 25 years -

Emily Dauber

Producer, Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival

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    The "Best of the Fest"

    We'll say thanks the digital way with a personal email from Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival Producer, Emily Dauber!

    + our "Best of the Fest" playlist featuring great music by current and past performers from each of the 25 years of the Festival!

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    The Throwback Pack

    Every Festival we get asked about our vintage inventory, and THIS is the year we deliver.

    This feel-good reward will buy you a shirt and a button from Festivals past AND the 2017 Festival button.

    + our "Best of the Fest" playlist featuring great music by current and past performers from each of the 25 years of the Festival!

    + a personal "Thank you!" email!

    We'll try our best to honor your size and year requests. This is a pick-up reward only. Rewards can be picked-up at the Erie Art Museum Info Tent at the Festival.

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    Signed Poster Pack ("The Silver Pack")

    This 25th Annual commemorative poster is ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.

    Autographed by Erie Art Museum Director Emeritus, John Vanco (the only Director the Blues and Jazz Festival has ever known!), it'll be a collectors item, no doubt.

    + our "Best of the Fest" playlist featuring great music by current and past performers from each of the 25 years of the Festival!

    + a personal "Thank you!" email!

    This reward can be picked up at the Erie Art Museum Info Tent. If you want to have your poster shipped, please look below for the reward tier titled, "Signed Poster Pack (with shipping)".

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    Going In Style ("The Duo")!

    If you are going to the festival you want to be dressed to impress! This reward gets you the 2017 Festival T-shirt in the Kickstarter-exclusive color that will make you the envy of everyone there!

    + a snazzy button to accessorize!

    + our "Best of the Fest" playlist featuring great music by current and past performers from each of the 25 years of the Festival!

    + a personal "Thank you!" email!

    This reward can be picked up at the Erie Art Museum Info Tent. If you want to have your poster shipped, please look below for the reward tier titled, "Going In Style (with shipping)".

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    Koozy of Endless Water!

    No one wants to schlep water around in the hot sun. Let us do the heavy lifting! This reward buys you a 25th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival koozy and all the ice-cold water you can drink all weekend long. Keep the koozy as a souvenir of the awesome time you had!

    + our "Best of the Fest" playlist featuring great music by current and past performers from each of the 25 years of the Festival!

    + a personal "Thank you!" email!

    This reward can be picked up at the Info Tent at the Festival.

    The bottled water will be distributed from the Beer Tent at the Festival on Saturday and Sunday only.

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    Signed Poster Pack (with Shipping)

    This 25th Annual commemorative poster is ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.

    Autographed by retiring Erie Art Museum Director, John Vanco (the only Director the Blues and Jazz Festival has ever known!), it'll be a collectors item, no doubt.

    + our "Best of the Fest" playlist featuring great music by current and past performers from each of the 25 years of the Festival!

    + a personal "Thank you!" email!

    This reward includes shipping anywhere in the United States. If you choose to have your poster shipped, please note it will arrive after the Festival has concluded.

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    Going In Style! (with Shipping)

    If you are going to the festival you want to be dressed to impress! This reward gets you the 2017 Festival T-shirt in the Kickstarter-exclusive color that will make you the envy of everyone there!

    + a snazzy button to accessorize!

    + our "Best of the Fest" playlist featuring great music by current and past performers from each of the 25 years of the Festival!

    + a personal "Thank you!" email!

    This reward includes shipping anywhere in the United States. If you choose to have your poster shipped, please note it will arrive after the Festival has concluded.

    THIS REWARD IS ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.

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    The Mega Pack (Your Best Deal!)

    Get all of this year's merch along with a 25th Annual Limited Edition poster to celebrate all three days of this amazing festival! It's a Mega deal!

    You'll receive:
    + the Kickstarter exclusive T-shirt
    + Festival Button
    + a Koozy of Endless Water
    + the Limited Edition, autographed poster
    + our "Best of the Fest" playlist
    + a personal "Thank you!" email!

    This is a pick-up reward only. Rewards can be picked-up at the Erie Art Museum Info Tent at the Festival.

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    Family Fun Pack

    The Blues and Jazz Festival is one of the best family events of the summer! To make it extra special for your family, we have:
    + 4 Kickstarter exclusive T-shirts
    + 4 Festival Buttons
    + 4 Koozys of Endless Water
    + 2 Inflatable Guitars
    + our "Best of the Fest" playlist
    + a personal "Thank you!" email!
    And, best of all, 1 Happy Family!

    This is a pick-up reward only. Rewards can be picked-up at the Erie Art Museum Info Tent at the Festival.

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    Park N' Go

    We all know this is worth its weight in gold.

    The only thing at the Festival more exclusive than a backstage pass is a guaranteed parking space that's just a hop, skip, and a jump (= about 200 feet!) from the main stage good for both Saturday and Sunday!

    This reward tier also guarantees you:
    + a copy of the Limited Edition, autographed 25th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival poster!
    + the Kickstarter exclusive T-shirt!
    + our "Best of the Fest" playlist!
    + a personal "Thank you!" email!

    You will receive your parking pass via email, and can pick up the Limited Edition poster and t-shirt at the Erie Art Museum Info Tent at the Festival

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    #1 Fan

    This reward gives you 2 passes to some of the most valuable real estate at the festival - the Erie Art Museum Sponsor Tent!

    in addition, you will get:
    + a Limited Edition Kickstarter-exclusive 25th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival Poster signed by Erie Art museum Director, John Vanco, AND this year's performers, AND framed by The Frame Shop.
    + the Kickstarter exclusive T-shirt!
    + our "Best of the Fest" playlist!
    + a personal "Thank you!" email!

    You will receive your sponsor tent passes via email prior to the Festival. The signed and framed poster will be available after August 21, 2017. This reward must be picked up at the Erie Art Museum.

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    Prime Real Estate

    Don't worry about setting up your tent and scrambling to get a good spot, we've got you covered. This reward tier guarantees a good time by providing:
    + A reserved tent for both Saturday and Sunday, with a great view of the stage and room for 6 adults, located in front of the general public tent line!
    + 1 dedicated parking pass!
    + a cooler stocked with Festival necessities!
    + 4 Kickstarter exclusive T-shirts!
    + 4 Festival Buttons!
    + our "Best of the Fest" playlist!
    + a personal "Thank you!" email!

    *BYO chairs & blanket

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    Karma (Lots of it!)

    Over 20,000 people will be sending you good vibes and gratitude as this donation secures the Festival's programming and performances. This wave of good Karma will wash over you all weekend long!

    Who knows what it will bring?

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