noun. the effort to consume music that is grown, raised, and produced locally.
What are we doing?
The Locavaux Project is an effort by three close friends to explore the unique relationship between local musicians and the communities in which they perform. Whether it be at the weekly farmers market, open mic-nights at the coffee shop down the street, or a late night show at your favorite dive bar, live music possesses the remarkable power to bring people together and create a sense of community; two strangers swing dance, young and old belt out a classic rock chorus, and guys and girls alike head bang side by side. We, the Locavaux crew, are three recent college graduates who share a love of live music and the open road, and we wish to embark on a journey across the United States documenting where we are, what we hear, and who we meet. Ultimately, the Locavaux Project’s end goal will be a short film that offers a particular glimpse into hometowns and the music scenes they call their own.
How are we doing it?
As of now, we have purchased a 1996 International 3800 Amtran school bus and are in the process of converting it into our home for the duration of the project. In our mobile home, the Locavaux crew plans to follow a loose route across the country in search of local music scenes. Our overall goal is to visit communities off the beaten track and discover the musicians they are home to; we do not plan to track any specific bands and/or artists at this point, rather we plan on allowing the small towns and cities we visit to define for us and point us to their very own music scenes. To accomplish this we're keeping our route very flexible and allowing ourselves plenty of time to explore the communities we come across, the bands and/or artists we meet there, and the individual members of the local audiences that call themselves fans. We've mapped out our route regionally, pinpointing certain towns and small cities that we would specifically like to visit based on family and friends who have knowledge of and connections to the local music scenes in these places. Between these stops we've allowed ourselves enough time to discover towns and communities that we're sure we'll learn of through word of mouth, coffee shop posters, and sheer, awesome coincidence.
Below is a rough map of our trip. We plan to start at our homebase in Baltimore, Maryland, starting in early June, head east to Ocean City, Maryland, and then follow Route 1 up the coast towards Portland, Maine. Once we've reached Maine, we plan to head west, passing through Vermont, New Hampshire, the Adirondaks in New York state, and eventually through Ohio and up into Michigan. We're allotting about three weeks for this first leg of the trip.
From Michigan, we plan to travel through Marquette in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan into northern Wisconsin, making our way towards Minneapolis and the surrounding area. We'll then drive southwest through Iowa and Nebraska, passing through Omaha and Lincoln, and finally making our way to Boulder, Colorado. For this leg of the trip, we plan to spend about ten days on the road.
After saying goodbye to Boulder, Colorado, we'll make our way through the mountains (fingers crossed the bus makes it!) and visit Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah. We'll then drive through Nevada with the hopes of landing safe and sound in the San Francisco Bay area. Next, we'll head up the coast on Route 1 towards Portland, Oregon and ultimately, Seattle, Washington. For this leg of the trip, we're allotting another ten days time on the road.
For our final leg of the trip, we'll hightail it to Montana and visit the Missoula and Bozeman areas. We'll then head south east into Nebraska and Iowa, making our way towards Madison, Wisconsin and ultimately, our final destination, the northern suburbs of Chicago. For this leg of the trip, we are planning on spending 10 final days on the road.
Why we need your help!
We have spent all of our college savings purchasing the 1996 International Amtran school bus that will act as the Locavaux Project’s home this upcoming summer, so now it’s up to you to help us recent graduates raise funds for gas to get us as far across the country as possible! The more you give, the farther we three dedicated Locavaux Project members will travel and the more in depth we will be able to explore local music and the uncanny sense of community it cultivates. In addition to helping pay for gas, a portion of the donations will finance a few additional pieces of camera equipment, such as a boom microphone and lighting kit, that will help make the short film, and ultimately the local bands it showcases, look and sound all the better. Any amount, no matter how big or how small, will help the Locavuax Project immensely, and for that we are extremely grateful!
If the Locavaux Project reaches its optimal funding goal of $6,000, then we will be able to travel across the country and create the documentary we are so passionate about. As three music-lovers, we believe that there is something remarkable about the formation of community fostered by local bands and the hometown audiences they play to. Help the three of us and our bus across the country and we’ll show you why this country’s local music scene is so significant. Hey, we might even end up in your hometown listening to your favorite local band!
Risks and challenges
We’re super excited for the trip and have been doing everything in our power to prepare for any obstacles that come our way, but we’re aware that we can’t plan for everything. One of our biggest concerns is maintaining the Locavaux bus, which will be both our means of travel and our home. Fortunately, Chase has been working on cars and trucks for nearly ten years and will do most of the maintenance himself. Prior to the trip however, the bus will go through a thorough safety inspection by a certified mechanic just in case.
Another challenge we face is completing post-production on the film, as a major undertaking of this nature requires serious perseverance to see it through. Fortunately we have a strong network of friends, professors, and professionals in the film industry to help us out with editing, equipment, and advice. We’re also looking into applying for a couple different grants to help with post-production costs.
We are also aware of the challenges we face in acquiring the raw footage for the film and how much dedication that takes. We feel we’re well equipped to handle this aspect of the project given our experience behind the camera throughout our college careers and before. We’re also all very out-going and have no problems approaching strangers. We also plan to keep in mind privacy and copyright matters, and thus plan to ask for legal permission from all individuals interviewed and filmed to be documented by our crew and featured in our documentary.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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