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.
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.
December 7th and 8th, 2017
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:
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.
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.
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
Andrew Lamb & Warren Smith
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
- (28 days)