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We want to hit the road this July for three weeks to play some great rooms in Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee and more!

"Liz Frame is one of the most compelling, interesting and emotive voices I've heard in a long, long time...(S)he's someone who has to be heard!"

--Marian Leighton-Levy/Rounder Records founder

Hey there! My name is Liz Frame, and I'm a Boston area singer/songwriter who fronts her own band of Americana/Alt country misfits called Liz Frame and the Kickers.  We've been having fun making music as a band for nearly five years, have released and ep and a full-length cd of original material, and have played hundreds of dates, most of them in our neck of the woods. We are about to release a live performance ep and would love to get out on the road in support of that. But we need your help!

BITTEN BY THE BUG

Last fall we went out on what we called a "mini tour" -- two (count 'em, two) -- states and two venues in two days, hitting up Maryland and West Virginia. We were six of us in two cars with all our gear and a very tight budget. But for the first time as a band we were playing to crowds outside our New England area and they were liking what they heard. And we were loving the whole experience of being out on the road, meeting new people and connecting with new fans. Those few days were pure magic for us and they ended way too soon.

When we got home, all of us were on a natural (and I stress natural) high that lasted for days, if not weeks. We all knew we wanted to do it again. That short stint convinced us it was possible, and in fact necessary, if we wanted to grow as performers and musicians. More importantly, if we wanted to be seriously considered to play better venues and participate in important festivals, we would have to show touring dates on our resume. It speaks to the earnestness of our attempts to reach out to a broader audience, which is ultimately what every serious musician wants to do.

With all this in mind, I immediately began plans for a more extensive tour of the same area, this time in the summer, and this time with more than two venues on our calendar. I am very happy to say that, as of this writing, we have secured 8 venues in five states, in addition to several house concerts, with more on the way! Our goal is to play as many rooms in as many states as possible while we're out there. It hasn't been easy reaching out to rooms and scheduling shows. It's labor intensive and often very frustrating. And the logistics of taking seven people out on the road for two weeks is a little daunting. But we are determined to make this tour happen, which is why we've started this Kickstarter campaign.

WHAT IT WILL TAKE

Liz Frame and the Kickers want to get back out there and share the music! We want to reach more fans, sell more cds, and play more live shows, and we want to do it away from our normal stomping grounds. This time around, we need a passenger van. Renting one that accommodates us all, and our gear, will cost us $2200.00. Keeping that baby fueled for two+ weeks will cost at least $1800.00. I'd like to budget $1000 for merchandise and publicity. And I'm confident that with another $2000.00 ($1000 a week) we can keep the seven of us fed and lodged, relying heavily on friends and family along the way. So I've set $7000.00 as our goal, and I think it's entirely realistic and doable.

This graphic will be the central image of our tour poster!
This graphic will be the central image of our tour poster!

If, through your interest and generosity, we are able to raise more than our goal amount for the tour, I will immediately set that extra aside for our next full-length cd recording. I am very anxious to begin that process, as I've written what I think are some great new songs. But for now, my focus is on this tour.

I've been making music since I was nine years old. It's what I was born to do. It would mean everything to me, and the band, if you folks helped us continue to do so in front of new faces in new places! We may even come to your hometown some day down the road!

All the best,

Liz Frame

www.lizframeandthekickers.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

With adequate funding, we are confident we'll be able to meet the challenges of this tour. What might stand in our way after we've secured funding? Illness. Death. Seriously, it would take something that important to keep us from meeting our obligations and getting out there. I have already lined up a van rental and places to stay. The venues are falling into place nicely. We have friends and family along the way who are willing and anxious to help us out. Most importantly, everyone in the band is on the same page. We are chomping at the bit to do this because we know it will, at the very least, make for some fantastic memories!

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    For $100.00 you get your choice of $100.00 worth of hand-made, one-of-a-kind jewelry that I design, make and sell here: www.factorygirl.biz. Just pick your piece(s) and I'll make 'em for you!

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    For $150.00 I will play a one-plus hour solo acoustic house concert for you and your friends within a 50 mile radius of my hometown of Newburyport, MA, at a mutually convenient time. This reward has a shelf life of one year.

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    For a generous pledge of $200.00 you'll get your pick of 200 dollars' worth of my hand-made jewelry at www.factorygirl.biz. Happy shopping! Just let me know your picks and I'll make 'em for you!

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    For $300.00 you get the rockin' Kickers trio for a private house concert! Bring as many friends as you'd like and start dancing! This reward is good for anyone living within a 50 mile radius on my hometown of Newburyport, MA and will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time. It, too, has a shelf life of one year.

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    For $500.00 you get the full-on version of the Kickers at your house for a private concert. Five of us will show up and play two one-hour sets of your favorite kick-ass Kickers tunes! Think outdoor/backyard bbq, birthday party, graduation bash -- whatever! We'll be there to help celebrate the occasion. This reward has a shelf life of one year and must take place at a mutually convenient time and within a 50ish mile radius of our hometown of Newburyport, MA.

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