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We're recording our first full length album at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY with 3x Grammy nominated producer Joel Hamilton.
We're recording our first full length album at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY with 3x Grammy nominated producer Joel Hamilton.
545 backers pledged $30,112 to help bring this project to life.

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 Friends... we are so excited to have the opportunity to record our first full length album with Joel Hamilton at Studio G in New York City. We've been working our butts off writing and arranging original music and traveling all over New England to play shows, make fans & make a name for ourselves. In 2015 (for the second consecutive year) we were honored to have been voted Best Funk/R&B Artist AND voted Best Jazz/Blues Artist by VT's Seven Days Newspaper. We were also nominated for a New England Music Award under the category "Live Act of The Year" - (the winner will be announced April '16 wish us luck)! So it's high time we got back into the studio and made a record that reflects the last 5 years of touring and hard work. With your support 2016 will be our most successful year yet. 

And well... there is no way to sugar coat it. We frankly cannot do this without the help of our friends, fans & family. We need to raise a minimum of $26K, which is a lot of dough... and it is really the bare minimum we need to raise in order for this album to have a fighting chance at being truly successful. 

Our passion for creating the highest quality product for our careers and our fans means a significant investment. Everything under the sun costs money, from booking the studio, to printing the cds, making the shirts, stickers & bags for the rewards, to hiring a legitimate publicist etc etc.

We want to do this thing RIGHT. We want to create the best sounding album possible and we want to be able to afford to get it WAY out there in the world, in front of industry professionals, in front of TV people, in front of licensing companies... in front people we would never be connected with without the help of a professional publicist. 

The money you pledge to this campaign will go towards all of our production costs:

  • Recording and producing the album at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY 
  • Mixing & mastering 
  • Photography & design for the cover & liner notes
  • Printing & duplication of the album 
  • Compensating guest musicians
  • Promotion 
  • Reward production costs: shirts, bags, stickers etc
  • Kickstarter fees - *They take a whopping 10% of whatever we raise!*

The music industry is changing, and we think that Kickstarter and similar crowdfunding platforms are a really great response to that. Crowdfunding is how so many musicians are able to make albums these days, especially when they don’t have the support of a record label. In fact, we think this might be better– YOU, our listeners who have been supporting us already, can be our record label. YOU can help us make the record that we have dreamed of making. Without your support, we won’t be able to bring this project to life!

You can pledge as much or as little as you are comfortable with. Remember, every dollar counts – if everyone who read this pledged just $10, or pre-ordered the album it would add up pretty quickly! Even if you can’t contribute, you can still help out by sharing our project with your pals and frenemies, your family, your Congressional representative, your dog walker, your dentist etc.

Every backer will receive exclusive behind-the-scenes content: photos, videos, updates, amusing anecdotes, first looks at the album design, clips of rehearsals, outtakes of our songwriting process and more! 

We are going to have so much fun making this record and we want to share the process with you. Of course, we have a bunch of rewards for you to choose from as well.

 If you don't see a reward combination that you like, shoot us a message and we'll gladly come up with something that tickles your fancy. The rewards are our way of saying that we are indescribably grateful for your support, we hope you have fun with them. From the bottom of our pockets AND hearts...

Please help us spread the word via bike messenger, carrier pigeon, and through all of your favorite social media outlets. We love sharing our escapades with you! If you haven't already please "Follow" & "Like" our Facebook page for updates. 

Thank you, thank YOU, THANK YOU!

Always makin' set-lists
Always makin' set-lists

Not all of the rewards can be pictured or explained at this time, (album artwork is still in process etc etc) but some can, and here are some details/teasers! Please send us a message if you have any questions at all. 

POSTERS:

As mentioned - the album art is still in process but here are a few of the posters you can choose from- if there is a poster you are curious about from a memorable show you attended that you don't see here just drop us a line, we may have it in the archives.

Choose from any of the above posters OR opt for the unreleased album poster!
Choose from any of the above posters OR opt for the unreleased album poster!

BENJAMIN BUTTONS

A neat-o KWISB button for your collection!
A neat-o KWISB button for your collection!

KEITH'S BOOTS

 GLAMOUR SHOOT WITH KAT:

Let's play dress up! The possibilities are endless! This could be YOU!

 BIRTHDAY SONGS BY BOB

Clink the link below to hear Bob's glorious Birthday songs
Clink the link below to hear Bob's glorious Birthday songs

If you're feeling generous and would like more than one reward, we can do that! For example; want to go to hire us for an acoustic set in your home and get a t-shirt? Absolutely! Just select the 'Unplugged set' reward to secure your place, and add $30 to your contribution. Then, send us a message saying you'd like to add the t-shirt to your bundle, and we will make sure to get your t-shirt to you too.

Have a different idea but still want to be supportive? Would you rather give Kat a haircut, go hiking with the band in the Himalayas, or hear the band cover your favorite Justin Beiber classics? Just message us! We're very open to ideas, and always up for adventures.

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. This means that if we don’t reach our goal by the end of the campaign, your credit cards won’t be charged, your rewards won’t be sent out, and our record won’t come to fruition.

If we surpass our goal, we will use the funds to promote the album and to help finance this summer’s album release tour. We'd also very much like release the record on VINYL! Once again– we truly can’t say it enough– THANK YOU

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    Your very own digital version of the album

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    Digital version of the album + a super-cool band sticker

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    THE ALBUM
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    THE ALBUM
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    BONUS TRACKS
    2 secret unreleased bonus digital tracks + a hard copy of the album + a super-cool band sticker

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    THE ALBUM + POSTER
    Your choice of KWISB limited edition poster either from the archives (see below) OR of the unreleased album art (a surprise!) + Your very own physical copy of the album + a super-cool band sticker

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    T-SHIRT + ALBUM + STICKER
    Your very own physical copy of the album + a special edition band T-shirt + a super-cool band sticker + a digital copy of the album

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    TOTE BAG + ALBUM + STICKER
    A custom screen printed tote bag + your very own copy of the album + a super-cool band sticker + a digital copy of the album

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    T-SHIRT + TOTE BAG + ALBUM BUNDLE
    A special edition T-shirt + custom screen printed tote bag + your very own copy of the album + a super-cool band sticker + a digital copy of the album

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    THE "MIXTAPE"
    We will make you a two volume "mixtape" of our favorite deep cut soul music, including the original versions of some of the covers we've done over the years. Please note this will be a electronic mixtape that we will send to you over the internet. Road trip tested, mother approved. You will also receive your very own digital OR physical copy of our album.

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    THE BENJAMIN BUTTON
    This is the reward for when you want to be really generous & give us a "Benjamin" but don't really want a shirt or any of the other jazz we're offering. In return you will get a specially designed button pin for your collection + Your very own signed copy of the album.

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    GUITAR LESSON WITH BOB + SIGNED CD
    We get asked all the time to do lessons and usually our schedules don't allow, but we'll make a special exception for you! This also makes a great gift for the aspiring musician in your life. Lessons are one hour in length and students will need to be able to come to our studio in Burlington.

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    APP CONSULTING WITH EZRA
    Ezra has many years of experience with some successful music apps. You probably already have some of them on your phone. Got an idea for an App? Let Ezra talk you through it over coffee and help you get to the next level. He can do this in person if you are local, or over Skype, Google Chat, or Facetime.

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    WRITER'S BLOCK PACKAGE
    Receive the signed CD, plus a 1 hour songwriting session with us! We will help you finish a song, or start something fresh. See how we work with the creative magic! We can do this in person if you are local, or over Skype, Google Chat, or Facetime.

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    BASS LESSON WITH JOSH + SIGNED CD
    We get asked all the time to do lessons and usually our schedules don't allow, but we'll make a special exception for you! This also makes a great gift for the aspiring musician in your life. Lessons are one hour in length and students will need to be able to come to our studio in Burlington.

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    PIANO/ORGAN/WURLITZER LESSON WITH SHANE + SIGNED CD
    We get asked all the time to do lessons and usually our schedules don't allow, but we'll make a special exception for you! This also makes a great gift for the aspiring musician in your life. Lessons are one hour in length and students will need to be able to come to our studio in Burlington.

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    VOICE LESSON WITH KAT + SIGNED CD
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    SAXOPHONE LESSON WITH JAKE + SIGNED CD
    We get asked all the time to do lessons and usually our schedules don't allow, but we'll make a special exception for you! This also makes a great gift for the aspiring musician in your life. Lessons are one hour in length and students will need to be able to come to our studio in Burlington.

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    SINGING E-TELEGRAM
    We'll serenade someone of your choice with one song of your choice over Skype, FaceTime etc. A great way to show you care to a long distance lover or anyone you are missing!

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    SHANE MAKES SOMETHING FROM NOTHING
    Only Shane’s closest friends know this... but he can take any leftovers from your fridge and repurpose them into a gourmet meal. Is this real? Yes this is real. This acquired skill comes from years of helping to run the kitchens in some of Stowe’s nicest resorts. He knows how to pair the wine as well. He’ll make some magic happen for you and your friends with whatever is available.

    If you've been playing phone tag with Shane for 4 years, this is also an excellent excuse to pin him down to catch up over a meal. Only applies to folks in or near Burlington, VT.

    If you're lucky maybe he will even show you the his secrets of how to make his coveted counter aged cheddar...

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    KEITH RICHARD'S BOOTS
    Sometimes Ezra finds himself in interesting situations with interesting people. Somehow he ended up with a pair of Keith Richard's vintage leather boots. And now, they can be yours! Size 12. Picture below in the "REWARDS" section.

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    GLAMOUR SHOOT WITH KAT
    Tired of your boring Facebook profile picture? Need a creative photo for next years Christmas card? Need a new passport photo? Some spicy new shots for Tinder? Kat will be your very own personal stylist for a unique photo shoot. Kat will do your hair, make up and lend you a killer vintage outfit, then the two of you - (with a provided professional photographer) will find a fabulous location in Burlington & do a glamour photo shoot. Males welcome to apply as well, we'll just leave out the makeup & outfit & build crazy props together instead!

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    PERSONALIZED BIRTHDAY SONG BY BOB
    When Bob isn't helping write songs for KW&ISB, he can be found making personalized synth-y birthday songs for his friends. Yes, really, and you're gonna want one. Bob will consult with you on the style and story of your birthday song and deliver you a finished product you'll enjoy year after year ( hint: these songs make excellent bday gifts! )

    What do they sound like? Imagine Justin Timberlake, Beck, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince got together to record you a birthday song that was ALL ABOUT YOU!

    Listen to samples here for Sabrina, Lisa, and twinsies Jenny & Jane : https://soundcloud.com/bobwagner

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    WE’LL WRITE YOU A SONG!
    Is it your anniversary? Do you need your own personal theme song? Need to say your sorry to that old flame who's heart you left in the gutter? Is it your soul music lovin' grandma's birthday? Pick a topic, tell us a story and we’ll have the whole band, horn section & all, write you a totally unique song, record it for you and send it on a CD with special artwork made by Kat.

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    UNPLUGGED SET
    Kat & an acoustic version of the band will play an acoustic style/broken down one hour set at your home or private party in or near Burlington, VT

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    THE PHILANTHROPIST/PATRON SAINT
    This is the option for those of you with the financial ability to give us a real leg up.

    You will sleep well at night for the rest of your days knowing you helped us remove a HUGE obstacle ($$$) in our path to make this album. The pearly gates will swing wide open for you when your time has come! Your mother would be proud!

    If you opt for this "reward" you will also be considered an "underwriter" of the album and be featured in liner notes.

    The band will also carry a picture of you in our wallets forever.

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    PRIVATE PARTY/EVENT SHOW
    Kat & The Band will play an unforgettable show at your private event (wedding, birthday, bar mitzvah etc) anywhere in New England after August 2016.

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    YOUR CALL
    If you want to give us 10k then you get to tell us what to do. (Hey, you never know). Maybe you want us to play in your bedroom for Easter morning breakfast... or you want Kat to record an album of Scandinavian lullabies… or maybe you just plain old BELIEVE in us! That is WONDERFUL!

    If you opt for this "reward" you will also be considered an "underwriter" of the album and be featured in liner notes.

    The band will also carry a picture of you in our wallets forever.

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