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I am raising money to invest in a custom resonator guitar and record a 7" vinyl - one side bluegrass, the other, western swing!
I am raising money to invest in a custom resonator guitar and record a 7" vinyl - one side bluegrass, the other, western swing!
143 backers pledged $6,390 to help bring this project to life.

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THE NEW STEEL GUITAR TRACKS ARE ADDED DOWN BELOW - CHECK THEM OUT!

My name is Mark Lavengood and I am a full-time, resonator guitarist with the "Lou-Grass" band, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, based out of Ann Arbor, MI.

I recently made the push to be a full-time, performing artist, and it has been an amazing life transition. I am raising money to invest in a custom-made, resonator guitar and record a 7" vinyl representing my dobro and straight steel guitar playing.

In order to raise the money, I've come up with a solid list of incentives which you can view to the right of your screen                (over there) ========> 

For the last four years, I have worked several part-time jobs in order to supplement my income while working to become a full-time musician. As I mentioned, just two months earlier, I made that transition and it has been incredible! However, for the last four years, I have made many sacrifices and countless intentional, life choices in order to persevere on this artistic path. One of which being living in the technical definition of "poverty". This is the case for a large number of artists, and while we may live in financial poverty, our "quality of life" far exceeds the shortcomings of the credit union account. Nonetheless, I haven't ever had the financial luxury of having the up-front costs that a project like mine requires.

Just six months after buying my first dobro back in 2008, it was stolen from me out of my car. I never saw that instrument again. Out of necessity, I went back to Elderly Instruments and purchased my Hodgkins dobro, subsequently emptying the last $900 dollars from my bank account at the time.

Through a swift shift of karma, I am pleased to present this kickstarter fundraising campaign to the world!

My featured incentive for backing my kickstarter project is the opportunity to "Play It Forward" where you can purchase a 30-minute or 1 hour lesson and if you don't personally want it, I WILL FIND STUDENTS AND GIVE THEM FREE LESSONS all thanks to your generous kickstarter support!

For my recording project, I will record an original, instrumental song in Lansing, MI at Troubadour Studios with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys that will represent my resonator guitar playing and flat picking on the acoustic guitar. A side.

I will also record two original tracks and two standards with the Mark Lavengood Steel Guitar Band based out of Chicago at local legend, Jimmy Sutton's Hi-Style Studio in Chicago, IL to represent my straight-steel guitar playing. Three of these songs will be released for digital download, and the song that will be on the vinyl is "Centennial Stomp", an original composition of mine in the western swing style named after the infamous India Pale Ale brewed by Founder's Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI.

LISTEN TO THE STEEL GUITAR SESSIONS HERE!

"Centennial Stomp" - an original of mine written as an homage to Founder's Brewing Co.'s Centennial IPA.

"Steelin' Away the Windy City Blues" (with Peter "Madcat" Ruth joinin' the band!) - this was the first song I wrote when I started playing the steel guitar in 2010.

"Limehouse Blues" - one of my favorite Django Rheinhardt Tunes!

"Blues Walk" - first introduced to me through the Alma College Percussion Ensemble...the band really brought the energy on this one!

By supporting my project, you not only get the personal gratification in supporting me as an artist so that I may shine my light into society, you will also receive a variety of really unique REWARDS ranging from my steel guitar, dobro, acoustic guitar, 7" vinyls, music lessons, the opportunity to "play it forward", house concerts, and others! Furthermore, if there's something that you want from me that I didn't list as an incentive, I'd be more than happy to work it into the campaign - just shoot me a message!

Thanks for taking the time to check out my kickstarter fundraising campaign friends! May we breathe deeply, seek within, and go about forevermore...

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    Digital Downloads of the dobro and steel guitar EP PLUS 4 bonus tracks from the steel guitar recording session

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    7" vinyl copy of the EP. INCLUDES the $5 pledge reward

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    Digital Download of my first album, "From Dust to Steel". INCLUDES $10 pledge reward

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    A package collection of 3 of my personal vinyl records (chosen by myself). INCLUDES $15 pledge reward

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    A 30-minute music lesson (emphasis of lesson to be determined by each backer - options ranging from (but not exclusive to) dobro, steel guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion, banjo, rudimentary piano, & the Spanish language.

    *** Music lessons may be conducted in Ann Arbor, MI or can be arranged according to my tour schedule in all respective cities. Online, virtual Skype lessons are viable as well.

    ***You may also "Play It Forward" where lessons can be donated to other people - chosen by the backer or chosen by me, whatever the backer decides.

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    Get a massage from Mark!

    My mom trained me young folks - and I've got my pops' strong wrists and forearms to prove it! I'll give you a 30 minute massage! INCLUDES $15 pledge.

    NOTE: date/time of massage (if outside of the Ann Arbor city limits) will be flexible based on my tour schedule. THIS INCENTIVE CAN ALSO BE "PLAYED FORWARD"!

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    $30 pledge reward PLUS $15 pledge reward

    (1/2 hour lesson PLUS a copy of the 7" vinyl and all digital downloads)

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    A 60-minute music lesson (emphasis of lesson to be determined by each backer - options ranging from (but not exclusive to) dobro, steel guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion, banjo, rudimentary piano, & the Spanish language.
    *** Music lessons may be conducted in Ann Arbor, MI or can be arranged according to my tour schedule in all respective cities. Online, virtual Skype lessons are viable as well. ***You may also "Play It Forward" where lessons can be donated to other people - chosen by the backer or chosen by me, whatever the backer decides.

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    $60 pledge reward PLUS $15 pledge reward

    (1 hour lesson PLUS a copy of the 7" vinyl and all digital downloads)

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    THE PACKAGE DEAL!

    You'll receive all of the following: 30-minute music lesson, 30-minute massage, 3 of my personally picked vinyls, a copy of the newly pressed 7" Mark Lavengood vinyl, and all digital copies of the music!

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    Buy my recording king lap steel guitar! INCLUDES $45 pledge reward

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    Solo House Concert - I'll come to your house and perform a private house concert for you and your friends! The date must fit within my tour schedule, or be supplemented with travel expenses. INCLUDES $15 pledge reward.

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    I'll record you up to 5 songs and send you the digital downloads and make you a quality, handmade and packaged CD. INCLUDES $15 pledge reward

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    "A Day in the Life" with Mark Lavengood - You will receive a first hand experience of what an average day of mine consists of. This package includes (but is not exclusive to): all meals prepared and provided by me, rehearsal time together, a private lesson on the instrument of your choosing, general "passing of free time", & a VIP spot on the guest list to a show of mine. INCLUDES $15 pledge.

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    Buy my DCE1 Guild, cutaway, acoustic guitar.

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    A Private House Concert w/ Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys - Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys will come and perform a house concert for you and your community of friends. The date must fit within our tour schedule, or be supplemented with travel expenses. INCLUDES $75 pledge!

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    Buy my Hodgkins Resonator Guitar! I have been playing it since I purchased it from Elderly Instruments in June of 2008. It will come set up by master dobro luthier, Tim Scheerhorn and will also have all the "bells and whistles" resonator guitars should come with! INCLUDES $75 pledge!

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    I'll record you a full-length album! Please contact me for further details. INCLUDES $75 pledge!

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