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A creative haven for uncommon artists and adventurous audiences, fueled by a crazy sense of possibility.
A creative haven for uncommon artists and adventurous audiences, fueled by a crazy sense of possibility.
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Mainline Music is a forum for the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, theater, dance, and fine art. Its mission is to revive the natural affinity of art and revelry and establish a creative asylum for artists and audiences. 

Mainline Music is both a residency and concert series, offering resident artists one week of unfettered access to space and technical resources culminating in a public work-in-progress performance. Mainline recruits, nurtures, and presents unconventional performers, composers, and other unclassifiable artists of exceptionally high caliber, enabling them the freedom to take risks during the incubation of new work.

Founded in 2016, Mainline is the brainchild of vocalist and producer, Majel Connery, and is generously hosted by the Starline Social Club in Oakland, CA during its inaugural 2016-17 season. Mainline is supported by Opera Cabal, a company dedicated to rewiring the operatic paradigm through bold experiments in music, theater, and multimedia.

Ken Ueno. Photo by Peter Gannuskin
Ken Ueno. Photo by Peter Gannuskin

Mainline Music 2016-17 Public Performances: 

Saturday, November 19Preview of "Aeolus," a new opera by Rome- and Berlin-Prize winning composer Ken Ueno, collaborating with renowned scholar and former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass, and featuring Majel Connery.

Saturday, January 28Daredevil performance duo The Living Earth Show unveils their latest commission from NYC-based "Goth-postpunk-diva" and countertenor, M. Lamar.

Saturday, May 13Oracle Hysterical unfurls new works of chamber pop with an ensemble of local virtuosos. Featuring Doug Balliett, Brad Balliett, and Majel Connery, led by conductor Steven Prutsman.

More details and tickets available at mainlinemusic.org.

Above performances all take place at the Starline Social Club: 645 W. Grand, Oakland CA, 94612.

Brad Balliett of Oracle Hysterical. Photo by Paula Court.
Brad Balliett of Oracle Hysterical. Photo by Paula Court.

What is the Starline? Mainline is hosted by the Starline Social Club, recently voted one of the best bars in America (by Playboy Magazine!) The venue's marriage of eclectic entertainment, upscale historic décor and insanely tasty gustation has made it a magnet for a diverse and curious community throughout the East Bay. Mainline's November performance is held in the Starline's cabaret space (80 people max); January and May performances occur in the Starline's spacious ballroom (400 max). Enjoy hot-off-the-press new music through a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound system. And did we mention you can order martinis while you listen? We thought you might be into that.

Who's this Majel person? Switching to the first-person (yep, I'm her!), I was raised in the rural Midwest to a family of farmers who recited Gilbert and Sullivan verbatim. Opera is in my DNA. With an unfinished basement as my atelier, I mounted edgy theatrical happenings with pillows, spatulas and the contents of my mother’s closet. My goal at any time and place was to put on a show. Thirty years later, I am doing essentially the same thing. I am a performer, a composer, a vocalist and an entrepreneur with a fierce determination to create and produce works of theater and music.

Relocating to the East Bay in 2013, I ran into some of the most dynamic performers I've ever met . . . . anywhere. Mainline is my offering to them: a place to create without boundaries for an audience that wants to be challenged. I'm as excited for you to meet these folks as I am to work with them.

Majel Connery, Mainline founder & curator. Photo by Aron Pruiett.
Majel Connery, Mainline founder & curator. Photo by Aron Pruiett.

 

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Reality check!

100% of the funds collected in this Kickstarter campaign go to the artists themselves. Our total budget for the series is $25,000. About 75% of that is aimed at artist compensation. (The other 25% goes to worthy and indispensable stuff like paying the lighting tech and renting a harp.) Art seldom pays. We think that's a failure of the system. Every artist performing on the series receives a fair fee for their work.

If you're thinking 5 thousand bucks doesn't go that far, you're right! It doesn't. But 5K is a good place to start. If you like the project, we won't stop you from giving more!

We're so grateful for your help. We can't possibly do this without you. Now buy some fudge.

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    SERIES PASS

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    STARLINE CUSTOM LIBATION

    Name your own drink! Your specially named, specially prepared Mary-tini, Sam-gherita or Bob-hattan will be offered at the Starline for 1 concert night. You work with the bartender to create something sensational, and you drink your specialty concoction for free that night. Everybody else orders Bobtinis.

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    MANHATTANS WITH MAJEL

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    T-SHIRT: I WEAR YOUR PET'S FACE

    I will wear a T-shirt with your or your pet's face silk-screened onto it for the duration of 1 concert. Pledge amount includes the cost of silkscreening the shirt. You (or your pet) get the shirt after the concert is over. Mercifully, this is the only t-shirt involved in this Kickstarter!

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    NAME A STARLINE BAR STOOL

    Your name (or designation of your choosing to be vetted for appropriateness and spectacularity) appears on a plaque on one of Starline's bar stools for a whole year. You give us the name, we make the plaque.

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    VIP SERIES PASS

    Exclusive seating for a party of 4 at all 3 concerts this season. Pass includes early seating (30 minutes ahead of the common man), and a bottle of somethin' somethin' on the house for you and your guests. For the November concert, the pass entitles you to a front-row table in Starline's cabaret space; for January and May concerts, take over a bird's eye booth in the Starline ballroom. In addition, your name appears in the season program and on our website under a list of Angel Backers, because, after all, we think you're the absolute best.

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    PRIVATE DINNER PARTY CHEZ STARLINE

    Starline's chef prepares an exclusive dinner for you, 3 additional guests, and Mainline's 2016-17 artists in the Starline ballroom. Customized menu includes all locally-sourced, sustainable, and naturally yummy ingredients. Date of gathering to be determined in consultation with Starline staff and subject to availability of Mainline artists. Your name appears in the season program and on our website under a list of Angel Backers.

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    BACK AN ENTIRE CONCERT

    For this awesome amount of money, and for being the sort of person who willingly supports avant-garde music (and by the way, we love you), you are cordially invited to drop in unannounced at any point during the week-long residency of the concert of your choice; attend soundcheck and dress rehearsals; and, as a bonus, receive any other damn thing offered on this Kickstarter, gratis. (Yep! Just let us know what you want.) Your name appears in the season program and on our website under a list of Angel Backers.

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