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Featuring: HEALTH, Islands, Real Estate, Phantogram, Woods, Sumer Camp, Family Portrait, Pill Wonder, Julian Lynch, Memoryhouse, Eternal Summers...

Featuring: HEALTH, Islands, Real Estate, Phantogram, Woods, Sumer Camp, Family Portrait, Pill Wonder, Julian Lynch, Memoryhouse, Eternal Summers... Read More
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This project's funding goal was not reached on May 12, 2010.

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People keep asking if they'll get charged $$$ if this doesn't happen. Let's clarify: No One Get Charged Any $$$ Until May 12th When the Project Is Successful If we don't raise the money no one gets charged a single cent at all. Kickstarter fund raising is all or nothing, no in between.

The Confirmed Bands Playing



Real Estate



Pill Wonder

Family Portrait

Julian Lynch

Summer Camp


Eternal Summers


Yip Yip

Very Lovely Sponsors with a Big Ol' Heart

Inflated Records

Yup all these bands are going to play Mountain Man Fest.
And the fine members of Underwater People Records are on board and representing. You wanna make this happen? You wanna witness this sick lineup in the flesh?

Then pledge right now, and for only $35 bones get a ticket to the show of the summer.

The first show funded completely by fans. You might wonder how is this possible? Are these bands REALLY playing this show? Yes.
read on:

Shane & Gabe have a dream.
A dream to host the raddest festival that ever existed (enter Mountain Man Fest)
And certainly the first of its kind in upstate New York.
However, Shane & Gabe have no money :(
So they worked their butts off and contacted a dozen plus talented bands. Some really big and busy bands. Some smaller but growing, and just as talented. Bands from this country, bands from the west coast, bands from abroad. They also contacted this Awesome record label. Because they are best. After a couple weeks of confusion with said excellent bands and the label, they began to come to an agreement. The bands wanted to play the show, and they committed to play the festival without any money up front.

That is right. They are in. They are committed.

These bands are such good people, they're willing to trust that you awesome fans will raise the money to bring it all together. And together we will.

So here's some of the vital info.
When: Saturday July 24th, 2010
12pm-12am (all day so much music, two stages so there's never a dull moment)
Where: Saratoga City Center 522 Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

If you've never been to Saratoga Springs, its this magically delicious location exactly 3 hrs from NYC, Boston, Montreal, & Providence. An ideal juncture for people to meet at, together from all around and enjoy the summer's best music showcase.

Be inspired.
Be a part of something history-making and unique.
Be at Mountain Man Fest on July 24th and see a whole days worth of talent.
Pledge your support right now and make the impossible reality.

UPDATE: Some people seem to be confused at why it'll take at least $65k to successfully pull this off. Personally considering the lineup, I see $35 a ticket as a steal. Regardless, since You are all so kindly backing this project, I think you guys have the right to see the budget.

Here we go:

Saratoga City Center Venue rental, including staging: $3000
liability insurance from Adirondack Trust bank: $750-1000
Sound & lights support from high-peak sound for two stage setups: $4000
Security: provided by venue @ $15.75/hr per person for 12 hours, probably 10-12 people = $1,890 to $2,268
All bands playing fees, including headlining bands: Islands, Health, Real Estate, Phantogram total & Supporting Bands: Woods, Cults, Eternal Summers, Yip Yip, Memoryhouse, Summer Camp , Julian Lynch, Pill Wonder, Family Portrait = $48,750
Bar code scanners $250 X 2 = $500
Bar code generation software = $200 (we'll be creating out own tickets, emailing them to project backers, and scanning at the door)
Other expenses including materials for rewards, bracelets for participants to enter and leave venue, etc.: $2000
kickstarter 5% fee: $3,250

This brings us to approximately: $65,000
So no its not just some random number, there's a spreadsheet involved.
And certainly more expenses will come up, this is just to safely ensure the bare minimum so Shane & Gabriel don't go broke from this, got it? :)

Keep in mind, most of these bands are coming from very far away just to play just for you guys, the fans; including Summer Camp (London), Islands & Memoryhouse (Canada), Pill Wonder (Seattle), Yip Yip (Florida), Julian Lynch (Wisconsin), and Eternal Summers (Virginia). Festivals of this size have major expenses, Coachella and SXSW don't exactly post their budgets, and they have big corporate sponsors footing most of the bill.

Maybe we'll get some local vendors if we're lucky...

But really we have you guys and our combined ambitions.
Make this count.


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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00 USD

    You get our eternal love and gratitude, PLUS the right to boast all you want that you helped support a ground breaking music festival like no other.

    2 backers
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    Pledge $10 or more About $10 USD

    Receive your choice of Mountain Man Fest Poster signed by our very lovely artist.
    Do you wanted olde timey, bearded man of the mountain? Or maybe a sweet deer head mount for your wall?...

    7 backers
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    Pledge $20 or more About $20 USD

    Strut your fantastic musical tastes proudly with a Mountain Man Fest tee shirt! You get ONE excellent said tee shirt, to be designed by us (I mean, our artist). So if you like the posters, you'll definitely dig on it.

    7 backers
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    Pledge $35 or more About $35 USD

    ONE ticket good for all day admittance to Mountain Man Fest on July 24th, 2010 in Saratoga Springs, NY. You (yes you!) get to see 12 hrs+ of amazing bands (including Islands, Health, Real Estate, Phantogram, Woods, Pill Wonder, Family Portrait, Summer Camp, Cults, Eternal Summers, Memoryhouse, & Yip Yip...) chock full of non-stop, outta your seat excitement. You'll also be blessed with the sweet satisfaction of knowing that YOU helped make possible this history making musical event.

    Limited 69 backers
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    Pledge $40 or more About $40 USD

    ONE ticket good for all day admittance to Mountain Man Fest on July 24th, 2010 in Saratoga Springs, NY. See all the amazing bands in the flesh. AND you get your choice of stylin show poster signed by the still very lovely artist. By this point you already know you're a good person for supporting such an outlandishly fantastic event, but we'll thank you again.

    Limited 72 backers
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    Pledge $250 or more About $250 USD

    Do you want a golden ticket? No its not made of gold, but you will have an all access backstage pass, with a secret rad comfy lounge available to you. There'll probably be a buffet of tasty snacks & beverages involved, likely with gummy somethings for you to nibble on, etc. You'll get to say hi to the bands, maybe grab a snapshot with them, and I know Health will definitely want to meet you. You also get hugs from Gabe & Shane if you want them, no pressure.

    Limited 3 backers
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    Pledge $500 or more About $500 USD

    Are you a music related vendor? A rad music label? Record store? Magazine? Alternative newspaper? Blog? etc.? Not sure if you fit the bill? Message us.
    For $500 bones you get a booth of your very own to call home for the day. INCLUDING: one banquet sized table (8/10ft long), two chairs to rest your tired feet, and admission for two to the event (that way you split up shifts and still enjoy the show yourselves! Gee aren't we thoughtful...). Share whatever wonderful music related inspiration you have to the 2,500 fans that supported this event.

    1 backer

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