In October 2010, guitarist Lily Maase and her band, the Suite Unraveling, were evicted from their loft space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn due to a Department of Buildings sting and what's turned out to be a hefty amount of landlord fraud.
Rather than take a financially and morally devastating situation lying down, the group's decided to take the lemons they've been handed and turn them into lemonade. Literally.
In January 2011, the Suite Unraveling will drive across the United States, bringing their Traveling Lemonade Stand and Musical Revue to 35 cities on a pilgrimage that starts in Albuquerque, New Mexico and takes them from one end of America to the next.
BUT, there's a catch: not only have Lily and the Suite lost their deposit and the roof over their heads, thanks to impending transmission failure of their not-so-trusty Hyundai, the gang is in need of a tour van.
Here's where YOU come in! In order to make this (and future) trips possible without losing their shirts (again), the Suite is going to need a helping hand.
$2750 is the absolute MINIMUM recovery budget for the group's touring endeavor, and will provide for the purchase of a modest vehicle, necessary travel equipment, and a road-worthy Farfisa organ for one Mr. Michael Kammers, whose current keyboard is too cumbersome for any serious travel.
Should funding exceed the initial goal, the group will invest in new equipment, help defray the outrageous cost of gasoline, and attend to other details that will help ensure the band's sustainability for the long haul.
A note from Lily: We've got great music, an amazing community of supporters across the country, and a serious will to turn our performances from a once-a-month-in-Brooklyn thing into something sustainable for the long haul. All we need is a one-time investment in road-worthy equipment and a vehicle to help us take this music where it's ready and raring to go.
Thanks as always to all of you for your continued enthusiasm and support. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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