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EXPANSION Music FestivalBy EXPANSION Music Festival
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EXPANSION Music FestivalBy EXPANSION Music Festival
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$1,381
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, June 10 2019 12:15 AM UTC +00:00.

About

We started EXPANSION in 2018 with the goal of e x p a n d i n g Lexington's music scene by inviting some of the best psychedelic rock and experimental musicians to Lexington who otherwise might not come to town, while giving a platform for local artists to share their music with an eager crowd.

EXPANSION 2019 will feature some amazing, internationally-touring artists such as DEAKIN (Animal Collective), Austin cosmic rockers The Bright Light Social Hour, hazy beach pop from LA's Sugar Candy Mountain and Nashville's Lasso Spells, as well as local/regional standouts Sweet Country Meat Boys, WHAMMMOTH, Seahags and more TBA + visuals from analog liquid light artists Silver Cord Cinema (Nashville), projection-mapper Psensibil, and projection art from Dead A/V. 

Check out this year's lineup reveal video shot 100% with footage from EXPANSION 2018! (Producer John Buckman)  

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We're attempting to raise $3,333. Please know that every dollar that is contributed will go into making EXPANSION 2019 even bigger and better than it is already shaping up to be. Why the odd number? Kickstarter charges a small percentage for their service so in order to get the full amount we need, we've included the platform's "tax" to our final amount. These funds will go towards event production, even more art installations, decorations, venue rentals and hospitality for our traveling musicians. There are no salaries here - it all goes straight to enhancing the EXPANSION experience for the attendees. 

Who are we? I'm Jared Lee - I started Dead Audio (music/live event promotion company) a few years ago to share the great music I was experiencing in Lexington and around the state, and I've enlisted a collective of passionate live music fans and friends that want to bring new, diverse, fun and visually-enhanced music to Lexington, and I couldn't do this without their support to help make this thing happen.

This isn't our first rodeo, so you can be sure we at least think we know what we're doing. Last year, for the first year of EXPANSION we brought in some incredible psychedelic bands such as Spaceface and Brothers Griiin (both side projects of Flaming Lips), Ttotals (Nashville) and local rockers Idiot Glee, Sweet Country Meat Boys, Jovontaes and more, plus visual artists from around the country that turned the venues into a hyper-colorful, trippy wonderland.

On a personal note, music festivals and concerts  have always provided the experiences that inspire us the most, where we feel the most ourselves, and the most connected to the friends and family sharing the experience with us. The vision of EXPANSION is to introduce new artists to our community and to inspire others to seek out these artists, or to create art themselves. Ultimately, we envision this festival will expand our local music scene and encourage artists who might not otherwise come to our city to perform in what we know is one of the most exciting times to be a music fan in Lexington, Kentucky.

Thank you for your contribution which will make EXPANSION 2019 even bigger & better than last year while supporting Lexington's music scene!
Thank you for your contribution which will make EXPANSION 2019 even bigger & better than last year while supporting Lexington's music scene!

Risks and challenges

The only risk is the possibility of a band cancelling due to a major issue on the artist-side. EXPANSION takes place at insured, up-to-code venues and all performers, venues and partners are either paid upfront and/or have contractual obligations to perform.

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    EXPANSION Pack

    For $15, you'll unlock your very own EXPANSION Pack—opening up a new world of EXPANSION Fest stickers, band stickers and a screen printed EXPANSION postcard courtesy of our friend, Psensibil.

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    EXPANSION 2019 2-Day Ticket + Poster

    You're already planning on going to the festival, right? For a $50 pledge, you'll not only cover your 2-day EXPANSION ticket, you'll also get this year's EXPANSION poster...all while helping us enhance the festival experience!

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    Signed EXPANSION Artist Record

    For a $100 pledge or more, we'll not only purchase any EXPANSION artist's record for you, we'll make sure it gets signed during the festival. Oh, did we mention this contribution level includes a weekend pass to EXPANSION as well?

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    Signed Robert Beatty Book

    Our friend Robert Beatty is among the most sought after album cover designers in the world (Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, Neon Indian, Real Estate, and countless others). He also happened to design the EXPANSION Festival poster. For a $100 pledge, you'll get a signed copy of "Floodgate Companion," Robert's debut monograph, a 112-page cosmic and immersive collection of his artwork, PLUS a weekend pass to EXPANSION!

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    Psensibil is one of the most talented visual artists around, providing visuals for Sweet Country Meat Boys and many of your favorite local artists. For a $200 pledge or more, he'll put your face into some trippy, drippy psychedelic visuals for one of the shows on Friday of EXPANSION at Cosmic Charlie's (9/13). You know you wanna...

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    Our friends and hosts at The Burl have amazing shows all year round. For $50 or more, you can snag a pair of tickets to a mutually-agreed-upon show of your choosing at The Burl.

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    Your own signature cocktail. Need we say more? For a $200 pledge, you could be drinking cocktails named after YOU (or whatever you want to name it) all night, on the Saturday of EXPANSION (9/14). Only one generous pledge will get this honor! This level also gets you on the list for both days of EXPANSION!

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