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Global Union 2010 - World Music Festival's video poster

Global Union, brought to you by Alverno Presents, is Milwaukee's two-day, outdoor, FREE world music festival - 9/25 & 26, 2010, Humboldt Park Read more

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This project was successfully funded on September 10, 2010.

Global Union, brought to you by Alverno Presents, is Milwaukee's two-day, outdoor, FREE world music festival - 9/25 & 26, 2010, Humboldt Park

About this project

What’s our future, Milwaukee?

It’s hard to believe only five short years ago there wasn’t a FREE music festival in town where you could groove to musicians from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East at a single venue, nor a time and a place where all of Milwaukee comes together to experience the wealth of our diversity in a family-friendly environment.

Dobet Gnahore, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Mucca Pazza, 17 Hippies, and Red Baraat— all were introduced to Milwaukee at Global Union (among a few dozen other amazing international artists)!

Global Union is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary. We’ll be back in Bay View’s glorious Humboldt Park on September 25 and 26, 2010. Last year, more than 10,000 people spent part of their weekend with us. We’re looking to do that again, plus some.

Unfortunately, in this economy, some of the corporate sponsors that gave us our start cannot continue the journey into 2010. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them, and we thank them greatly. However, for Global Union to continue, we need the community’s financial support.

We’ve heard from some that we’re crazy to look for new money in this economy, especially for something that some traditional sponsors consider to be a little too out of the box. Fortunately, our good friends at the NEA, the Helen Bader Foundation, 800ceoread and M&I Bank share the vision and are back on board.

Still, when it’s all said and done, we need to raise an additional $15,000 to support Global Union’s future. Over 10,000 people were at last year’s festival. Imagine what would happen if everyone contributed their fair share. Inertia, however, is a powerful force, and not everyone will step up to the plate. Consider this:

• How much do you pay to go to a summer festival? Or see a band at another venue? You get six bands at Global Union.

• How many years have you attended Global Union? Multiply the dollar amount from above to the number of years you’ve attended Global Union.

• Never been to Global Union? 2010 is your year. If Alverno Presents cannot financially sustain Global Union, this may be your last chance.

One more thing: If you help us reach our goal of $15,000, our good friends Bob and Pam Klein, Julilly Kohler, Lightburn Design, Diablos Rojos, Rishi Tea and Direct Supply will collectively match your gift. But in the Kickstarter spirit, they will fund this project ONLY IF YOU get us to our goal of $15,000. Your $15,000 becomes $30,000, but only if we make it all the way to $15,000. This isn’t horseshoes – “close enough” doesn’t count.

What’s our future, Milwaukee?


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    We thank you online. From the bottom of our heart. And you bask in the glow that you are a part of a community that values diversity, individual expression, global commonality, and a rockin’ good time.

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    All the above, plus a vintage Global Union T-Shirt – either the cool red one with the fist or the adorable beige one with our sweet AP mascot, Asmina Paloma (she's waving our flag in the video). (while supplies and sizes last).

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    The Global Union 2010 poster, signed by its creator, the one and only Dwellephant.

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    You and three friends receive a coveted invitation to WMSE’s “Top O’ The Hill Lounge” – a reserved, VIP-only section of the Festival grounds where you are guaranteed a great view and the elite company of fellow Global Union patrons hosted by the marvelously talented and exceedingly attractive staff of WMSE. Good for both days of Festival.

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    A Global Union 2010 poster, signed by the one and only Dwellephant, and every artist performing at this year’s Festival

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    A CD from each of the wildly diverse and amazingly gifted artists performing at this year’s Festival.

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    ALL THE ABOVE PLUS VIP Parking for both days of the Festival. Instead of the eagle-eyed slow cruise through Bay View wishing and hoping and thinking and praying for an open spot, you and the friends in your vehicle drive straight to the Humboldt Park Band Shell where you will be greeted by one of our amiable and exceedingly attractive volunteers and shown to your very own parking place mere steps away from the Festival. Talk about eliciting awe and envy.

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    Want to amp up the envy and awe factor? How about a beer with that VIP parking? You and three friends get ALL THE ABOVE PLUS the VIP Backstage Pass for one set – first come, first choose for each of our six artists. You meet the artist. You have that aforementioned beer. A truly delicious sandwich. You get an extraordinarily groovy backstage pass. (It’s laminated!) And you watch that set from backstage where the energy is unmatched because you can see a few thousand people grooving to the music that’s right next to you.

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    Serious awe and envy? The parking, the beer, the VIP Backstage Pass for you and three friends, ALL THE ABOVE PLUS you can hang backstage for the entire Festival, and we’ll put your name on the big on-stage banner along with our other major funders!

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