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Music Showcase started by Barb Rocks focusing mainly on CA Bay Area bands, starting with the debut showcase in Austin, TX.
Music Showcase started by Barb Rocks focusing mainly on CA Bay Area bands, starting with the debut showcase in Austin, TX.
76 backers pledged $3,829 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello Music Fans!

Thank you so much for visiting my Kickstarter.  As you can see in the video, I'm not used to being in front of a camera -- and yes, I'm kind of a dork.  But don't let my on-screen awkwardness sway your interest in this really exciting  idea I have, one that will expose more audiences to the awesome Bay Area music scene and talent!

Who Is Barb Rocks And What's My Idea?

Under the moniker Barb Rocks, I've been passionately hosting shows and managing bands in the San Francisco Bay Area for 8 years and have been dubbed the "queen of the south bay scene" and the "hardest working woman in South Bay rock" by the Silicon Valley Metro Newspaper.

Those that have worked with me know that I pride myself on producing quality shows and supporting the local music scene however I can. I was part of the core people that created and hosted the Left Coast Live music festival which ran for three years in downtown San Jose, and I currently head the South Bay Chapter of Balanced Breakfast, a weekly music industry meetup group that is focused on growing the local music scene via networking and education.

Why Debut In Austin, TX?

The world's largest music conference occurs March 17-22, 2015, in Austin, TX, where hundreds of thousands of people join together to soak in as much music as possible.  This is the perfect time and place to introduce the Bay Area's best bands to a large and eager audience.  In 2014, I booked two of the bands I manage (Fritz Montana and The Trash Pop Icons) on a total of twelve unofficial showcases, which earned each of them some media buzz.  Due to last year's success, I decided to throw my own showcase featuring Bay Area bands and debut it during the biggest music week in Austin for maximum impact.  From there the showcase will hit the road, to expose many more cities to the talented Bay Area bands that deserve recognition and support.

What's With The Name Ugly Whale?

You're probably wondering about the name.  It's kind of odd, I know.  The explanation is simple -- I decided to call this traveling festival Ugly Whale in honor of my father who passed away in 2013.  My dad always supported my love for music and my dedication to the local music scene, even attended many of my shows beaming with pride.  My dad's name was Ueli Wahli, which comically enough would be corrected by spell check into Ugly Whale.  My dad found this to be hilarious and happily embraced the name, making it the perfect name for this music showcase that will be as memorable as him.  In order to get Ugly Whale off the ground and become the traveling showcase I envision it to be, I need to buy into a popular venue in Austin at $3500 for the debut show, and that is why I need your help!

So What's This Venue?

I have secured a popular venue on 6th Street called Darwin's Pub in downtown Austin, on Thursday March 19 from 9pm to 1:40am.  This date and time is ideal as 6th Street will be packed full of people that aren't yet distracted by all the surprise performances by big name artists that get announced.  This 300 capacity venue will have a built-in, music hungry audience ready to soak up the wonderful tunes of the Bay Area's best bands

Which Bay Area Bands Are Performing?

I have five extremely talented Bay Area bands confirmed:

The Trims 

Eyes on the Shore 

The Frail 

The Go Ahead 

Beautiful Machines

These five unique bands perfectly represent the diversity and talent that the Bay Area has to offer, and will impress the audience so much, that Austin will be buzzing about Ugly Whale and what a quality showcase it is!

What If I Raise More Than My Goal?

$3500 is only the venue buy-in for March 19th.  Any additional monies collected will go to other expenses involved in the Ugly Whale showcase, such as the graphics, promotional materials, printing and advertising costs.  Any remaining funds will go towards travel reimbursements and future costs.

There are some pretty cool and unique rewards, so I really hope you will contribute!

Ugly Whale will start off with a bang and grow into a full blown festival, designed to support the Bay Area music scene.  If you put your faith into my dedication and vision, I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

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I would like to thank Tabrizi Productions for filming, editing, and producing the Kickstarter video -- I couldn't have done this without you Farran!  xoxo

Thank you to E.R. Productions for their logo and graphic development!

Risks and challenges

I have secured Darwin's Pub through RedGorilla Music Fest, who have been putting on showcases in Austin for 7 years: http://www.redgorillamusic.com

RedGorilla is responsible for providing sound system, sound person, and backline gear for all their venues, including Darwin's Pub and my showcase, which is operating under the RedGorilla umbrella.

I will be in Austin starting March 17 to oversee all promotion, to make sure venue is set up properly and sound is good, and will be meeting with the bands prior to the showcase to ensure they are prepared and have all their gear. I will also be at the venue before and during the showcase to help troubleshoot any issues with the staff and sound guy. I have two alternate bands as backups in case any of the 5 selected bands have to drop off the showcase, plus other bands are interested in case additional bands are needed.

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    * Digital Download of Ugly Whale Vol 1 Compilation Album featuring two songs by each artist playing Ugly Whale Showcase in Austin
    * Thank You Tweet and Facebook Post

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    * Two Ugly Whale Guitar Picks
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    * Autographed The Frail CD
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    * Two Tickets to one Barb Rocks Show
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    * Two Tickets to one Fritz Montana Show
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    * Two Tickets to one Pounders Show
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    * Autographed Ugly Whale Poster
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    * Two Tickets to one Barb Rocks Show
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    * Your Name added to Thank You List on Ugly Whale Vol 1 Digital Download, on Ugly Whale Facebook page, and on Ugly Whale Webpage

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    THE TSHIRT WHALER:
    * Ugly Whale Limited Edition Tshirt
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    * Two Tickets to one The Go Ahead Show
    * The Go Ahead Cover a Song of your choice
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    * Two Tickets to Beautiful Machines Single Release Show at DNA Lounge
    * Beautiful Machines Meet & Greet at show
    * Autographed Beautiful Machines CD
    * Beautiful Machines "Real Love" Single Digital Download (out in March)
    * Beautiful Machines Signed Poster
    * Beautiful Machines Tshirt
    * Beautiful Machines Sleeve Patch
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    * Private Show with The Trims at their Rehearsal Room in San Jose
    * Autographed The Trims CD
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    * Two hour one-on-one meeting with Barb Rocks to learn about music business, show booking, event production, band management, press coverage, social media marketing, and best practices.
    (Time to be scheduled and must be claimed by December 1, 2015)
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    THE DINNER PARTY WHALER:
    * Fire Pit Dinner Party with Nemesis Media and Barb Rocks
    (Time to be scheduled with me on a weekend date and must be claimed by Sept 1, 2015)
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    THE RADIO SHOW WHALER:
    * Host 'The Unbound Sound Show' on FCC Free Radio for one 2-hour Session and play music from the bands you want
    For more info: http://www.fccfreeradio.com/?page_id=28
    (Time to be scheduled with Mr. Phil on and must be claimed by Sept 1, 2015)
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    THE BON FIRE WHALER:
    * Bon Fire Concert with Eyes on the Shore with a Live Acoustic Set
    (Time to be scheduled with the band and must be claimed by Sept 1, 2015)
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    THE CHESS WHALER:
    * Use of my Life-Size Chess Board in my backyard for 2 Games (up to 6 people)
    (Time to be scheduled and must be claimed by Sept 1, 2015)
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    THE WINERY WHALER:
    * Bocce Ball afternoon at Byington Winery, soaking in amazing views
    (Time to be scheduled when available at Byington and must be claimed by Oct 1, 2015)
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    THE BOCCE WHALER:
    * Use of my Bocce Ball court for a whole afternoon (up to 10 people)
    (Time to be scheduled with me on a weekend date and must be claimed by Sept 1, 2015)
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    THE SPECIAL WHALER:
    * Invitation to my Private Birthday Party on Sat June 27, 2015, which includes live performances by Bay Area bands, including The Trims
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    THE MINI WHALER:
    * Bocce Ball afternoon at Byington Winery with Winery Tour, and Special Surprise Gift
    (Time to be scheduled when available at Byington and must be claimed by Oct 1, 2015)
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    THE BIG WHALER:
    * You or your company is the official sponsor of Ugly Whale showcase in Austin, and your logo will be put on all printed promotional materials including posters, flyers, hand-outs
    (Must donate before February 22 to meet printing deadlines, otherwise only get sponsorship praise on ALL online and social media promotion, as well as on sponsor logo on webpage)
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