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A summer music series at the Gowanus Canal Dredgers Canoe Club Boathouse
49 backers pledged $2,106 to help bring this project to life.

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Did you love the music you heard at the Gowanus Canal Dredgers Canoe Club Boathouse at 165 2nd Street in Brooklyn last summer? Want to hear more?

We are preparing for a second summer of Creekers Jamboree and are asking all of you who enjoyed it last summer and those who would like to attend this summer to consider making a donation to get the Jamboree going for 2019. We are committed to running the Jamboree again, and the more money we raise the better the lineup will be. We want to keep it all free or by suggested donation and thought Kickstarter would be a great way to get this thing off the ground.

The background -- how it all began:

Last year at the Brooklyn Folk Festival -- Banjo Toss   in April, Owen Foote, treasurer of the Gowanus Canal Dredgers Canoe Club, asked me to put together a music series at the boathouse for the summer. I thought about it for about five seconds and said "Yes!" Two minutes after that I asked a few fellow musicians if they thought it would be a good idea and they agreed, so the seed was sown. 

With only a few months to plan and very little funding we were able to put on five spectacular performances with ten different acts. Last season was such a smashing success that we decided to do it again this summer and build on last year's momentum. Last year we relied on my musical friends who basically donated their time to a good cause, and I will be forever grateful for it. This year we want to do it a little differently and actually plan ahead, have a budget to pay the talent, and work on getting some sponsorship. That will allow us to hire musicians and help keep the wolf from the door of some of the really fine talent this great city has to offer.

Here's our goal:

With a $3,000 budget we can put together six dates: one per month, May through October. Each date will have approximately two bands. The budget for each event would be $500. We already have one very generous sponsorship of $1,000 from a local vendor, so we’re asking you, our potential Kickstarter sponsors, for $2,000 but the more money we raise the more we can pay our artists and the more live music we can bring to the Gowanus canal.

Please check out our rewards:

You'll find a little something for everyone. Tiny bars of Lavender soap, Dredgers T-shirts, guided canoe tours and many assorted rewards but the best reward of all is listening to some great music at the boathouse on a beautiful summers evening, nothing could be more fun.

The Gowanus Canal Dredgers Canoe Club sponsors free canoeing, art walks and programs like the  Creekers Jamboree to bring people down to the Gowanus canal and helps facilitate community engagement.

-Liz Rabson Schnore 

Photos from last year's Creekers Jamboree: 

Trip Henderson and Ernie Vega
Trip Henderson and Ernie Vega
Piedmont Blūz
Piedmont Blūz
Vienna Carroll and Keith Johnston
Vienna Carroll and Keith Johnston
Erin Durant
Erin Durant
Rose Thomas Bannister and the Filthy Unbelievers
Rose Thomas Bannister and the Filthy Unbelievers
Brotherhood of the Jugband Blues
Brotherhood of the Jugband Blues
Hello Bittersweet
Hello Bittersweet
Sea Shanties with Ken Curtin
Sea Shanties with Ken Curtin
Pointers Revenge
Pointers Revenge
Queens sit in on Kazoo with the Chittlin Cookers
Queens sit in on Kazoo with the Chittlin Cookers

Check out some videos from the Gowanus Dredgers Instagram: 

Piedmont Blūz 

Banjo Toss 

Last season's poster:

Creekers Jamboree Poster 2018
Creekers Jamboree Poster 2018

Risks and challenges

Putting on concerts with live performances isn't always easy but it sure is worth it. We believe that building community by attracting some of the best musical talent allows us to create a listening space where audiences get to appreciate real and honest live music. We are committed to putting musicians to work and paying them a fair wage for their work. Our challenge is to raise enough money to always keep the Creekers Jamboree free.

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    Soap

    Get a tiny bar of Gowanus Canal Dredger's Lavender Scented Soap. To be claimed at any of the Free events sponsored by the Dredgers at the Boathouse before the end of the 2019 season.

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    T-Shirt

    1 Highly coveted Gowanus Canal Dredgers Canoe Club T-Shirt. To be claimed at any of the Free events sponsored by the Dredgers at the Boathouse before the end of the 2019 season.

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    T-Shirt, a Hug and a Bar of Soap

    A Highly coveted Gowanus Canal Dredgers Canoe Club T-Shirt, a hug from an official Gowanus Dredger and a Tiny Bar of Lavender Soap. To be claimed at any of the Free events sponsored by the Dredgers at the Boathouse before the end of the 2019 season.

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    Poster signed by all the Creekers Bands

    Get a poster signed by all the bands that have played at the Creekers Jamboree for the entire season. Reward will be shipped by the end of December 2019.

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    Gowanus Canoe Tour with T-Shirts for 16

    Get a personal guided tour for 16 of your closest friends with highly coveted Gowanus Canal Dredgers Canoe Club T-Shirts for each guest. To be claimed before the end of 2019.

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    Your business will earn many rewards.

    If you want to be a sponsor at this range you will get your logo on all 2019 season Creekers Jamboree posters. You will be able to hang a banner in the boathouse(you must supply) all season long and will be mentioned at every Creekers Jamboree event for the season.

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