A musical set in Atlanta's Clermont Lounge?
Everyone knows the Clermont Lounge. It has long been a popular Atlanta nightspot, and the subject of an untold number of bar conversations. Celebrities like Robert di Niro, Kevin Kline, Woody Harrelson, and many more are sighted there regularly. The Clermont Lounge has even been on national TV shows such as American Amnesiac and The Layover and has provided the inspiration for songs and documentaries. Well, it's definitely inspired us! We're the Bonaventure Quartet, an acoustic, swing band based in Atlanta, Georgia. Our last CD, The Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour got rave local and national reviews. Now we have another great idea-our best idea yet!-a musical set in the iconic Clermont Lounge! We're ambitious, to say the least, and we're going all out on this one.
The musical is called Lost and Found at the Clermont Lounge. The script is being written by Lynne Dale and Charles Williams with the music and lyrics by Charles Williams. It'll take a little while to unfold everything, so we're starting with the soundtrack CD first.
The CD is called Songs from Lost and Found at the Clermont Lounge. It's 15 songs, including everything from an overture to love themes to fun songs about 'The Man with the Amazing Hair' and drinking songs like 'The Clermont Lounge'. We started recording last year, and these tracks are awesome. Marla Feeney has done all the arranging and orchestrations, and the rest of our nine- piece Quartet has contributed their finest efforts to make this recording our best yet. We have string quartets, brass choirs, and a full orchestra, as well as our usual acoustic swing group. All of these settings feature the sultry vocal stylings of our very own chanteuse, Amy Pike.
But now we need your help. We are about 98% finished with the recording, but we still need to mix, master, do artwork, and print the CD. The money we are raising for this project will go exclusively towards completing the CD, not the musical itself. We put our goal at $5,000 because we thought that was attainable, but the truth is we really need closer to $7,000 to finish the CD the way we want to. So every cent over the original goal will be used to help us make the CD look and sound the way we envision it.
We believe this will be our finest work yet, and we are so excited about it, we can hardly stand it! Please contribute to our project and help make our soundtrack CD, Songs from Lost and Found at the Clermont Lounge a reality!
We'll be posting some of the songs as we go forward with the mixing so you can hear what we are hearing, too.
Thank you so much for your help!
Charles, Amy, Marla, Mark, Dan, Don, Ken, Joel, Gabe
3/8/13- So it's business as usual until one night a new dancer steps up on the stage and all the boys heads turn.........
(This one's not finished yet, that's why we need you help. but I think you'll see where we're going with this)
3/6/2013: Here's the Overture to Lost and Found at the Clermont Lounge. This is the music that will start the CD. Still unfinished and unmixed, of course, that's why we need your help!
Here we are at Eddie's Attic playing our song, 'Blue Rendezvous', at our CD release party for the Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour.
Here are some reviews:
The Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour is on Creative Loafing's top 101 Albums of the Decade List!! Atlanta's Greatest Hits: 2000-2009...
Risks and challenges
Sure, it's a challenge to take on a project this big, but we're an enthusiastic and hardworking band. And since Rodgers and Hammerstein aren't around to do it, it's up to us! We're confident you'll like what we're up to. I mean, really, who wouldn't want to listen to a soundtrack to a CD about a musical set in the Clermont Lounge!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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