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The Forward Festival is a showcase of some of the most exciting experimental music happening in NYC today.
The Forward Festival is a showcase of some of the most exciting experimental music happening in NYC today.
104 backers pledged $9,755 to help bring this project to life.

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WHAT WE DO

Welcome to our campaign to support the 2017 edition of the Forward Festival, a yearly music event happening in Brooklyn, New York. We began the Forward Festival in 2015 to celebrate the legendary musician Daniel Carter on his 70th birthday. Ornette Coleman passed away that same year, and we felt it was more important than ever to get artists and audience together for a special event.

So far the first and second editions of the Forward Festival have been a great success. The hard work everyone put into making the shows happen paid off with a big turn out, great reviews and a lot of fantastic music from up and coming artists along with music masters such as William Parker, the late great Connie Crothers and G. Calvin Weston from Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time band.


WHERE

This year we are stepping it up a notch, hoping to present the third edition of the festival at a new site, ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn/Gowanus, a beautiful venue run by bassist Matthew Garrison.


WHEN

December 7th and 8th, 2017


SUPPORT

So far The Forward Festival has been made possible thanks to Kickstarter campaigns like this one, funded by people like you.


OUR 2017 PROGRAM

We are so grateful for your support and can’t wait to show you the 2017 festival program with amazing artists like:

Daniel Carter, Patrick Holmes, Matthew Putman, Hilliard Greene, Federico Ughi presenting their new album Telepathic Alliances
Daniel Carter, Patrick Holmes, Matthew Putman, Hilliard Greene, Federico Ughi presenting their new album Telepathic Alliances

 

Legendary musicians Andrew Lamb and Warren Smith
Legendary musicians Andrew Lamb and Warren Smith

 

The experimental songs of L’Rain
The experimental songs of L’Rain

 

Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein presenting their new album Tense Life
Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein presenting their new album Tense Life

 

Avant-garde music hero Paul Flaherty with Gene Moore, Gene Janas and Federico Ughi presenting their new album Morfina
Avant-garde music hero Paul Flaherty with Gene Moore, Gene Janas and Federico Ughi presenting their new album Morfina

 

Drum wizard Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II will present his brand new project Silenced featuring Nels Cline, Vernon Reid, Melvin Gibbs, Arnold Lee, Dave Hofstra, CX KiDTRONiK
Drum wizard Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II will present his brand new project Silenced featuring Nels Cline, Vernon Reid, Melvin Gibbs, Arnold Lee, Dave Hofstra, CX KiDTRONiK



MISSION

Now more than ever is a time to unite and focus on the positive bond that art can create. Let’s make it happen and let’s bring people together for this unique creative music event.


REWARDS

Support the festival now and get fantastic rewards! From advance festival tickets to limited edition vinyl, to a live set at the festival dedicated to you, to a short live music performance posted on Youtube, to a private concert in your own house, to the festival live stream. Yes! If you can’t come to New York to attend the festival this December you can still watch it online! Donate now and get full access to the live shows online!

Other fantastic rewards include music from 577 Records www.577records.com an independent record label, associated with the festival with a catalog of more than 35 albums that includes music by William Parker, Vernon Reid, Nels Cline, Mette Henriette, G. Calvin Weston and many more music heroes.

Limited edition 12" vinyl. This is a test press as the LPs are getting pressed right now!
Limited edition 12" vinyl. This is a test press as the LPs are getting pressed right now!


DONATE OR SHARE

Donate now and help us make this year’s festival a reality! Don’t forget that Kickstarter is all or nothing! If we don’t get 100% of our goal by September 9th, we will lose all of the money pledged towards it.

Or if you can’t donate, please spread the word! This is the link to our Kickstarter project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/577nyc/forward-festival-2017

Thank you for reading, and we hope to see you at the Forward Festival 2017!

Polly and crew
Forward Festival


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official logo of Forward Festival 2017
official logo of Forward Festival 2017

 

 

Risks and challenges

We will do our best to hold the festival as planned but if this is not possible, we will postpone one or both nights. Realistically, here are the three most likely challenges to complete this project, after funding:

1. Massive snowstorm on December 7th and 8th in NYC

2. Cancellation by the venue
This is unlikely. We have a contract, and our partners at ShapeShifter Lab are very serious.

3. Cancellation by one or more of the bands scheduled
December is a few months away, and unpredictable problems might arise. If something changes in our festival program, we will let you know right away.

If any of these problems arise, we will contact our supporters right away with updates. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Thanks for your support!
Polly and the crew

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    Album of your choice

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    Forward Festival Mixtape 2017

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    Limited edition 12" Vinyl 'Extra Room'

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    Limited ed. Telepathic Alliances Vinyl

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    Three new albums

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    album #1
    artist: Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II
    
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    featuring: Nels Cline, Vernon Reid. Arnold Lee, Melvin Gibbs, Dave Hofstra, CX KIDTRONIK

    album #2
    artists: Daniel Carter, Patrick Holmes, Matthew Putman, Hilliard Greene, Federico Ughi
    title: Telepathic Alliances

    album #3
    artists: Paul Flaherty, Gene Moore, Gene Janas, Federico Ughi
    title: Morfina

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    The Dream LP + fest ticket

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    Full Festival Live Stream

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    Full Festival Live Stream - Package plus

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    3 Limited edition 12" Vinyl LPs

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    The Dream vinyl and 2 festival tickets

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    A video with dedication

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    Festival Full Pass

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    3 Limited edition 12" Vinyl LPs SIGNED

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    plus the limited edition 12" vinyl Extra Room LP by Daniel Carter and Federico Ughi
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    Festival Full Pass - Package plus

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    Master Plan

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    Master Plan - Package plus

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    Welcome Plan


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    Plus Three new albums

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    A live set dedicated to you

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    Producer

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    Private concert by Federico Ughi

    Federico Ughi will perform a private solo concert, for you and your friends, in your home (transportation not included). Anywhere in the NYC metro area.
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    An album dedicated to you

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    Concert by Daniel Carter & Federico Ughi

    Daniel Carter and Federico Ughi will perform a private concert, for you and your friends, in your home (transportation not included). Anywhere in the NYC metro area.
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    Yes Indeed!

    This is our most popular reward. You will be remembered as the best person in the galaxy.
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