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An unusual group of five musicians combining Gypsy, Honky-Tonk, Swing & Latin with thunderous virtuosity & relentless sense of humor
115 backers pledged $10,065 to help bring this project to life.

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The Project

After forming Velvet Caravan organically almost two years ago, we have decided to record an album capturing the essences of our unique style. Gypsy, Gypsy-Jazz, Honky-Tonk, Latin and Swing seem like an impossible musical combination, but after many months of playing together, an interesting sound has evolved.  The style can be called a lot of things, but we always seem to best describe it as European Redneck Music.  

This CD was recorded within three evenings with Kevin Rose, owner of Elevated Basement Recording Studio and the chief sound & recording engineer for the internationally-acclaimed Savannah Music Festival.  Not ones to do things traditionally, we recorded all the songs onstage at Savannah's historic Lucas Theatre.  The natural acoustic environment (designed specifically for non-amplified instruments) proved essential in capturing the high energy of our live performances onto this album.

We are seeking your support to complete this project before the end of the year (2013). By contributing to any of the rewards listed on this page, you will not only help us finish the project but also have the benefit of hearing the album before its release date in 2014, in addition to other awesome perks.

Our above video - though longer than others - is a work of art in itself by the talented Peter Marra of Savannah's 1M Studios and beautifully showcases the story behind the coming together of our unique group.  

We hope you enjoy, and your support truly means a lot to us.

Here is a link to photos from our recording at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.  Photos by Jon Waits

Recording at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts
Recording at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts

http://flic.kr/s/aHsjM4V6aY

The Perks

Velvet Caravan Shot Glasses
Velvet Caravan Shot Glasses
Velvet Caravan Blend by PERC Coffee
Velvet Caravan Blend by PERC Coffee
Sasha & Ricardo with Roland Wondra
Sasha & Ricardo with Roland Wondra

Risks and challenges

The songs are already recorded and the next step is to complete the post production, mastering, licensing and reproduction.
Our estimates for production costs and shipping are modest to meet our goal, and we are prepared to take a hit if it means we under estimated. Time is the only risk factor here, but we are VERY confident that by 2014 we will be able to have "Acoustic in Nature" in your hands!

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    CD + SHOT GLASSES
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    CD + SHOT GLASSES + SASHA & RICARDO'S SIDE PROJECT ALBUM
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    CD + SHOT GLASSES + SASHA & RICARDO'S SIDE PROJECT ALBUM + VELVET CARAVAN'S BLEND OF PERC COFFEE (1 pound)
    We will mail you the CD “Acoustic in Nature” by Velvet Caravan signed by all of us prior to the release date plus 5 Velvet Caravan shot glasses plus a copy of the album Sasha & Ricardo with Roland Wondra plus one pound of Velvet Caravan's blend of PERC coffee (local coffee roaster)

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    CD + SHOT GLASSES + SASHA & RICARDO'S SIDE PROJECT ALBUM + VELVET CARAVAN'S BLEND OF PERC COFFEE (1 pound) + ONE LESSON WITH ONE OF THESE MEMBERS: JARED HALL, RICARDO OCHOA OR SASHA STRUNJAS (in Savannah area only)
    We will mail you the CD “Acoustic in Nature” by Velvet Caravan signed by all of us prior to the release date plus 5 Velvet Caravan shot glasses plus a copy of the album Sasha & Ricardo with Roland Wondra plus a pound of Velvet Caravan's blend of PERC coffee. In addition, we can schedule one lesson with one of the following band members: Jared Hall (Boogie Woogie and blues piano techniques), Ricardo Ochoa (Introduction to improvisation on string instruments), Sasha Strunjas (Introduction to Gypsy Jazz rhythm guitar)

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    HOUSE CONCERT Speakeasy with bartender (in Low Country area only)

    Turn your house into a Speakeasy and we will provide the vibe for the party. This includes all the benefits from pledge #5 ($125+) plus a Velvet Caravan live performance (60-90 minutes) with the addition of Craft-Bartender Andrew Ripley mixing designed cocktails. Food and beverages not included.

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