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An unstoppable tour of New England colleges-Guerrilla style! Help indie pop musician Toni Atari tear thru red tape, in a totally un-

WARNING: RISQUE CONTENT. RATED PRETTY GUTSY!

My video above has been deemed "obscene"--A little severe, don't you think? Well...I didn't mean to turn you on :)

It was dark blue, windows shattered, abandoned.  I called it the Kidnapper Van.  Two hours, 5 feet of electrical tape and 600 frames later--It became the location for this:

An unstoppable tour of New England colleges-Guerrilla style!  Help indie pop musician Toni Atari tear thru red tape, in a totally unauthorized musical takeover!! (Like my dad always said : "You can ask for permission, or you can beg for forgiveness." Let the forgiving commence!) 

VIVA la REVOLUCION

Hello and Thank You!! for visiting my Kickstarter Campaign :)  I don't know what you do, but when people ask me what I do, it usually goes like this:

Me: "I'm a substitute teacher." 

Them: "OH!! Isnt' that nice...I bet that's fun!" 

Me: "And I'm a single mom..." 

Them: "Oh! A boy or a girl?" 

(Girl.)  "And how old?" 

(Six.) "And is she as beautiful as her Mom?" 

Me: "Yes, definitely!"

At this point I eyeball them carefully for a moment, trying to determine if they are a sympathizer or a loyalist. I continue: "...and I'm pursuing a career as a musician." 

Silence. Their foreheads cloud over.  They look at me as though I'm at best a wayward dreamer, and probably certifiably insane. They take a step back while they slowly reply "...Isn't it a very competitive industry?"  And I can almost hear the squeaky wheels of the med cart rolling by in their heads...

OVERTHROW THE REGIME

Ever hear someone tell you you can't do it?  Sure, we all have.  We do it to each other.  Its not something to take personally....But if you really have a passion and drive to achieve a goal, overtime you must transform the doubters into supporters!! 

I've got a manifesto.  It is to live out my dreams and empower others to do the same....My close friends and family know I've stubbornly held to this credo through major upheavals and hurdles of all kind.  When I was a teenager, it  happened as my dream to go to college for musical theater despite parental resistance (we all know how that turned out!). When I was an unwed pregnant 20 year old with a partner 7000 miles away, it was to continue with my college education, despite the challenge of raising an infant on my own. And now, as an aspiring musician, I'm executing this mission with a special kind of tour: GUERRILLA TOUR.

STARTING IN SOUTHERN VERMONT...  

I will tour New England with a passionate and dedicated core of musicians: Indie pop, hip-hop, and electronic artists who are also single parents, self-supporting students, and struggling wage laborers. 

Together, with the help of Kickstarter and YOU we will infiltrate college campuses in VT, MA, CT, NH, and NY and lay siege to the student body with talent, music, and magic, carrying a transformational message: Art is a Gift.  We are here to give it freely and generously.  If you don't like it, that's okay! Sometimes my Grandma gives me socks for Christmas.  Its a Gift! (--I really do like socks Gram.)

WHAT GUERRILLA, WHY GUERRILLA AND HOW GUERRILLA?

We are going to have to be clever, resourceful, and innovative on the fly.  We're literally accosting 10 college campuses with a transportable stage, sound equipment, banners, posters, and people, all crammed into a conversion van.  

What this means is: arriving uninvited, quickly forming camp, and inciting a riot of musical joy and appreciation. They won't see it coming.  (Except I'll tell you when and where in my updates, here, on Facebook, and on Twitter...)

THE ARTISTS 

Each member of the flowing group of talent supporting this tour faces real hardship to share their music.  For starters, we create our art in a community that loves us dearly and whom we love, too....But we need greater expansion to support the amazing production of artistic talent generated here.   

Many of us are parents or single parents. Most of us are pretty low income people in a very low income state.    All of us are big ideas, dreams, and talent. So why wait to be permitted, accepted, and discovered as talented individuals? We need to take action... 

WHY ARE WE DOING IT GUERILLA STYLE?

In November of 2011 I started hitting the phones, calling college campuses within a 100 mile radius and making what I thought was a pretty generous offer: To visit their campus and perform for free. Not looking for anything spectacular, just a humble performance space and a little news flash to students. 

Having attended three colleges and visited several others, I know two things: One, there are always empty spaces not being used. And two, securing a space is like pulling teeth without novocaine...for everyone involved.

THE RED TAPE GOES BOTH WAYS  

First you call the help desk and they direct you to someone else, who directs you to someone else, and on and on down through a tangle of landlines until finally you reach someone.  And that person only has office hours every other Wednesday from 2:43-3:19 PM.  Sorry, they are in a meeting right now.  

Now if they decide to allow a generous, self-sufficient group of musicians play in the empty common area on a Thursday evening, the whole process has to go back through all the administrative hurdles...They have enough responsibility as it is.  The results were one "no" after another.  

Yeah, I've heard "no" before.   Well, after the last no comes a yes... 

THE WORLD AIN'T GONNA WAIT FOR YOU TO LIVE YOUR DREAM!

SO, DO YOU WANT TO HELP? 

HERE'S HOW:

--Click on a pledge level to the right, and make it your Personal Mission to see that we Reach and Exceed our fundraising goal!  

--Share the inspiration with your friends and family on Facebook and everywhere else!! 

--Contact me and let me know other ways you can support Guerrilla Tour 2012! 

THANK YOU for your generous openness to the possibility of this dream!

And if you happen to take offense to my use of duck tape, I've got a Public Service Announcement for you... 

 Now you're lookin' good! 

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    BUSHFIGHTER You are crazy. You deserve a crazy awesome prize: An electronic photo and video diary of Guerrilla Tour. I don't know what will happen. I can't promise there won't be casualties. But I can promise it will be inspiring. In addition, you'll get a HARDCOPY of "Green and Blue" PLUS autographed poster AND wicked swanky screen print.

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    REVOLTER Superlatives cannot express how fantastic you are. For your generosity, I'll record an exclusive YouTube video of me covering a song of your choice AND you'll receive Guerrilla Tour Diary, "Green and Blue", 3 AMAZING full size posters PLUS screen printed cheetah patch AND a personal thank you note. xoxo forever!!

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    RADICAL Viva la Revolucion!! I'm letting you into the Inner Circle...You'll be given access to the lyrical content of all songs on the EP "Green and Blue" for review. Next, we will have a top secret video rendezvous, in which I perform 3 songs of your choice in an awesome place with an awesome outfit and maybe a dance. TOP SECRET!! I'm entrusting you...AND you'll get "Green and Blue", 3 AMAZING full size posters PLUS screen printed cheetah patch AND a personal thank you note that I will cover with passionate kisses, damp with tears of joy.

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