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Subway Sets brings musicians from NYC's underground up to rooftops above the city. Buy your tix for evening of Sat, August 10th!
Subway Sets brings musicians from NYC's underground up to rooftops above the city. Buy your tix for evening of Sat, August 10th!
136 backers pledged $4,402 to help bring this project to life.

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We're now a Kickstarter Music Staff Pick!

New Stretch Goal: $5,000

Lineup for the first Subway Sets at 7:30pm on Saturday, 8/10:

Morgan O'Kane:

Robert Leslie:

Catey Shaw:

Mountain Animation:

One more artist to be chosen by you --- the backers of Subway Sets!!!


About Subway Sets

Once a month, Subway Sets brings the best musicians from New York's underground music scene to a rooftop above the city. We are raising funds for the first Subway Sets concert, from 7pm-11pm on Saturday, August 10th.

We're proud to be the recipient of the July grant from the NYC Awesome Foundation---thanks to this phenomenal organization, we now have $1000 to pay the musicians, rent A/V equipment, and pay a film crew to cover the event for backers outside NYC.

All we need now are funds to rent a rooftop! We have spaces lined up in Manhattan and Brooklyn that can accommodate anywhere from 100-400 people, depending on how many fans want to come. We have a space in Harlem that can accommodate 60 guests and costs $1000, all the way up to a mega space in Brooklyn that can accommodate 400 people. I have confirmed availability on several weekends in August across several different spaces. 

The artists are crowdsourced by people like YOU ---simply reply @subwaysets on Twitter or Instagram with a short clip including the musician's contact info, and we'll do the legwork, selecting three artists per month and getting them onboard. Also feel free to post in the comments!

If you've ever happened to come across beautiful music somewhere you didn't expect to hear it and stood transfixed, you'll understand this project. Subway Sets seeks to capture that moment in time, and deliver it into a new environment. Instead of fleeting seconds, your favorite musicians will play full songs. 

Many thanks to:

Robert Leslie (music), Derek Sexton Horani (video), LA Hall (design + branding), Christina Xu (consulting), Jesse Ozeri, (rooftop + production), Greg Miller (SpaceBar.com), Kristin GlennTeam Hickies, Ryan Delk, Ben Reece, Jeff Rosenthal, Danny Doran, Jeff & Arielle Dantus, Max Webster, Hayden Williams, Paul Osetinsky, Danielle Hartzband, Wesley Verhoeve, Rob Pierson, Leslie Pierson, Ben Galynker, and everyone else who has helped along the way!

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Risks and challenges

This is an outdoor event, and it rains in NYC during the summer! If the concert is rained out, we will reschedule for an upcoming weekend within one month.

To get the ideal space at a highly discounted rate, there is a small (less than 5%) chance we'll to change the date. If this happens, anyone unable to make the new date will be refunded, sent an awesome bumper sticker, and publicly thanked for their early support of Subway Sets.

The view might vary --- it could be more awesome (or less awesome!) than the view in the video. Because we are trying to accommodate potential backer demand by lining up multiple spaces for the first Subway Sets, we don't know where it will be. Please come for the entire experience, and to support local subway musicians!

The funding goal is set to where this could be an event with as few as 30 people...or a mega event with 500. Please keep that in mind!

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    Livestream the audio from the first Subway Sets on your iPhone via Spacebar.com, and, two weeks after the show download an HD video of the first Subway Sets! Great for folks who might not be able to make it up to the rooftop.

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    One ticket to the first Subway Sets event in NYC this summer!

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    Two tickets to the first Subway Sets event in NYC this summer! Bring a friend! This is also pretty much the perfect first date --- your next browser tab should be OKCupid.

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    Metropolitan Station Sponsorship; 2 tickets to the first Subway Sets + your very own, limited edition, organic, super soft cotton Subway Sets t-shirt. The thread count on these things would make the Egyptian pharaohs jealous.

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    Herald Sq. Station Sponsorship: 2 tickets to the first Subway Sets + FIELD TRIP. Me and the backer(s) of this reward will go to the highest rooftop in NYC: the Empire State Building. You MUST be on your best behavior; the throwing of pennies will NOT be tolerated.

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    Union Sq. Station Sponsorship; 2 tickets to the first Subway Sets + ... have you ever been to a wedding with a sparkling apple cider pyramid? Me neither! But IF this reward is backed, we'll have funds to build the pyramid --- and you'll be pouring the bubbles! This is your opportunity to be a woman among girls, or a man among boys.

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    Times Sq Station Sponsorship; 2 tickets to the first Subway Sets + Be the Admiral of the Chinese Lantern Fleet! Halfway through the first Subway Sets event, IF this reward is backed, we'll have funds to launch a small airborne flotilla of Chinese Lanterns into the NYC Skyline. People will speak of your match-lighting prowess for years to come.

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    2 tickets to the first Subway Sets + Bushwick Ave Station Sponsorship:

    Perhaps you're a record industry exec hunting for the next Miley Beiber. Or an aging Titan of Industry looking to kick off your next May - December romance. Whatever your desired outcome, you'll have a minute to address the crowd at the first Subway Sets and share your philosophy.

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    Canal St. Station Sponsorship: 2 tickets to the first Subway Sets + be the Patron of the MISTING TENT. IF this reward is backed, we'll have funds to set up a misting tent to cool the people down. Subway Sets will take place in the evening, but let's face it: NYC can still be hot at 9pm. If you run a business, this is otherwise known as the branding opportunity of the century --- you will be loved by many.

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