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Feelin' Groovy? Celebrate and participate in funding my NEW Michael Monroe FOLK LEGENDS CD recording! Groovy incentives! Check it out!
Feelin' Groovy? Celebrate and participate in funding my NEW Michael Monroe FOLK LEGENDS CD recording! Groovy incentives! Check it out!
Feelin' Groovy? Celebrate and participate in funding my NEW Michael Monroe FOLK LEGENDS CD recording! Groovy incentives! Check it out!
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Feelin' Groovy? YES! 

Celebrating my new FOLK LEGENDS CD…with my Feelin' Groovy Kickstarter with a successful completion on APRIL FOOL'S Day!

I have recorded 2 Vinyls and 11 CDs. I produced all the CDs on my own…without any assistance from any record label or executive producer. 

I am looking forward to creating this project with my "Feelin' Groovy? Groupies"…and in exchange…offering you all groovy rewards for investing in my new FOLK LEGENDS CD Project…jam packed with folk favorites and memories galore! 

Folk Legends 2015 New Recording
Folk Legends 2015 New Recording

I have so appreciated the opportunity to make my living in music these 40+ years and I am still going strong! You may remember my Here Now song, "I don't have a plan for retirement!" 

The music biz has changed from my vinyl record days! CD sales have diminished, music sharing and downloads are making it more challenging to actually make a living.

If you have ever attended one of my events without being charged admission, for example, my annual Lake Harriet Bandshell (the City Of MPLS does not pay performers!)...here is your opportunity to extend your appreciation, by participating in my new CD venture. When you select one of the rewards, you are actually becoming one of my producers!

If Kenny Loggins can use Kickstarter, I am trusting that my friends/fans will jump on board with me to support this "all or nothing" approach to producing my new album, FOLK LEGENDS!  Kickstarter requires that I reach the goal before any money changes hands…and therefore the ability to get your groovy rewards! 

FOLK LEGENDS Album

I was asked to perform a FOLK TRIBUTE show at Chanhassen DT Fireside Theatre in April 10 & 11 and it soon became obvious it would be great to have a CD of the music I would be singing there!

Chanhassen DT Fireside Theatre Folk Legends with Michael Monroe
Chanhassen DT Fireside Theatre Folk Legends with Michael Monroe

It has been a wonderful recording experience so far and I look forward to singing these tunes and a few other folk favorites at the show.

These shows will sell out... so get your tickets as soon as possible!
(As of 3/3 there are 200 seats total left for the two shows. Only 60 seats remain for Saturday night and the rest for Friday night!) 

What songs made the FOLK LEGENDS CD?

Folk Legends Sampler on YOU TUBE, listen a sample of the actual CD!

    • Feelin' Groovy (59th St. Bridge Song)  Simon & Garfunkel
    • The Wind  Cat Stevens 
    • The Secret O' Life  James Taylor
    • Puff The Magic Dragon  Peter Yarrow
    • Leaving On A Jet Plane John Denver
    • Father and Son  Cat Stevens 
    • You've Got A Friend  Carole King
    • How Can I Tell You  Cat Stevens 
    • Shower The People  James Taylor
    • If You Could Read My Mind  Gordon Lightfoot
    • If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out  Cat Stevens 
    • I Dig Rock & Roll Music  Peter Paul & Mary
    • Living In The Moment  Jason Mraz

Why These Tunes?

My personal favorites are Cat Stevens' The Wind and James Taylor's Shower The People, as they were two of the first tunes I performed on stage in the 70s.

I gave Mary Jindra a copy of an old cassette from the 70s she heard me singing I Dig Rock and Roll Music and she asked me to sing it. I've been having fun with audiences as they sing along!

I have been told for decades I sing like Gordon Lightfoot and Deb thought, If You Could Read My Mind would be a great addition to the album…

Leaving On A Jet Plane was not even on my radar…until I thought of a different way to treat it…see the YOU TUBE to hear my rendition!

Noah Hoehn and I sang Father and Son by Cat Stevens a few years back and what a great fit! We share that version with you on this new recording!

Mayor Mary thought it would be fun to hear the tune from the Harold and Maude movie, If You Want To Sing Out Sing Outby Cat Stevens and it is a great message!

I added Jason Mraz's Living In The Moment to the mix because I love that song and while I appreciate the sentiment, I believe he's already becoming a folk legend, at least in my mind!

When will the album be done?

I am excited to release the album at my Chanhassen DT Fireside Theatre "FOLK LEGENDS" shows on April 10 and 11, 2015. Some rewards offer you the opportunity to receive downloads 4/6/2015. 

What will the album be like?

I put my own personal spin on the tunes…vocals, harmonies and guitar, on about half of the songs and was happy to create the tunes with two great artists!

Noah Hoehn has added his harmonica extraordinaire and great percussion. He and I both sing a "kick" version of Father and Son 

Noah Hoehn
Noah Hoehn

and the amazing Gordy Johnson added his acoustic string bass on many of the tracks. I am fortunate to have these two experts on my recording. They will also perform at the Chanhassen DT Fireside Theatre shows

Gordy Johnson
Gordy Johnson

So this will be a new CD of never recorded tunes... by me anyway!

I have loved working on this project and I am so happy the folks at Chanhassen DT asked me to perform a TRIBUTE show for them. It sparked my new Folk Legends CD project, and a first time ever FEELIN' GROOVY Kickstarter program, which will complete on April Fools Day!

Where will the money go?

Typically, I write and record my own songs…and usually solo with an occasional guest artist. This time there are licensing fees for recording the other artists' music as well as fees for my guest artists. I am excited for you to hear Noah Hoehn and Gordy Johnson perform on the CD.

Check out my new customized Snow Leopard Guitar 2 GB USB drive! Below is only a sample, it will have more detail…when they actually arrive! You can play this in any new car as well as transfer the music to your computer.

Snow Leopard 2GB USB Drive (Customized)
Snow Leopard 2GB USB Drive (Customized)

BUDGET 

  • Studio Time: Recording Mixing Mastering
  • Hiring musical guest artists to record on the album
  • Licensing 13 songs
  • CD Duplication and distribution
  • USB Purchase, customization, loading songs
  • Marketing and Promo
  • Web/Social Media Updates
  • Postage, Mailers for S & H

Groovy Rewards…and Feelin' Groovy...

WOW where to start? Read the entire list before deciding and you can choose more than one item! Please keep in mind that almost every reward option offers a signed copy of the new FOLK LEGENDS CD in addition to a second reward.

A few of the groovy reward options include: special acoustic Sing-A-Longs, Coffee Meet Ups, House Concerts or become a sponsor of my Lake Harriet Band Shell performance this summer. Dedicate one of the 13 tunes on the album to a loved one or commission me to write a special song and more…check them out! There is even a special deal on 2 Log Cabin Concert seats + the new CD! 

Tim Young created "Michael Monroe", Signed, Numbered Artwork
Tim Young created "Michael Monroe", Signed, Numbered Artwork

All groovy backers will be acknowledged for their contributions on my online Wall of Appreciation on the Folk Legends CD page! Thank you for the opportunity to share this special project with all of you. Please share it with  friends you think will enjoy my music, the new CD or the Chanhassen DT Fireside Concert! 

Please leave your comments as part of the Kickstarter program about how Groovy you feel!!

Risks and challenges

Gee risks…I like to focus on everything going right and go from there without a backup plan and that has worked well for me. Let's focus on making the Kickstarter Feelin' Groovy! FOLK LEGENDS CD project a wonderful success and leave it at that!

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    I am feelin' groovy, and happy to contribute to the Folk Legends recording! Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation

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    Digital Download FOLK LEGENDS CD by April 6, 2015 (5 days before actual CD Release) + Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation.

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    Signed physical copy of FOLK LEGENDS CD. Pick up your signed copy at Chanhassen DT Fireside Theatre Performance (Bring your confirmation of payment to the show.). + Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation.

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    Signed physical copy of FOLK LEGENDS CD. Mailed to your location. + Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation.

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    Snow Leopard Guitar, wood replica 2 GB USB with the FOLK LEGENDS CD. Artwork included. + Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation.

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    Sponsor Lake Harriet Band Shell Performance. (The city stopped paying performers in the early 90s.) + Folk Legends Signed CD + Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation.

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    Exclusive Sing-a-long at Silverwood Park + Folk Legends Signed CD. (St. Anthony Village NE) Acoustic Sing the CD folk hits with Michael Monroe during May/June/July Limited to 49 attendees for each of 3 events.
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    Coffee, Tea and Conversation with Michael Monroe + Folk Legends Signed CD. Join Michael for coffee hour at Excelsior's 318 Café Saturday Morning's when he is in town. He buys, limited to 6 per monthly event May-December. Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation.

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    Snow Leopard Guitar, wood replica 2GB USB. Features FOLK LEGENDS CD + ALL 11 previous CDs, commissioned songs, artwork/lyrics and 2 Log Cabin Concert Music Videos. Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation.

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    2 Log Cabin Concert Tickets + Folk Legends Signed CD. Tickets, redeemed in 2015 - Grand Marais. Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation.

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    Folk Legends Song Dedication + Folk Legends Signed CD. Dedicate a song for your special someone, 13 songs. Dedication will be observed at the Chanhassen DT Fireside Theatre and on the MichaelMonroeMusic.com web site. Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation.

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    Michael Monroe Artwork Signed (by Michael and the artist) and Numbered Print + Folk Legends Signed CD. Created by noted Grand Marais Artist Tim Young, black and white - pen and ink. Artwork was used for Michael Monroe 'as far as i can see" CD and Michael Monroe t-shirts. Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation.
    SIZE: 11x16 (Person to person delivery)

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    Michael Monroe Artwork Signed (by Michael and the artist) and Numbered Print + Folk Legends Signed CD. Created by noted Grand Marais Artist Tim Young, black and white - pen and ink. Artwork was used for Michael Monroe 'as far as i can see" CD and Michael Monroe t-shirts. Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation. Person to person Delivery.
    SIZE: 12 x 21

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    Commissioned original song + Folk Legends CD. Michael will write and record your story in his musical style. Honor your special event-story with a song. Remember, 'you can never go wrong with a song!' Requires 1 Month lead time. Commissions to be completed in 2015. This rate is special!
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    House Concert + Folk Legends Signed CD. Invite guests into your home for a Michael Monroe Concert. 2x50" sets. This rate is special. Subject to scheduling, to coincide with his Twin Cities shows. Additional Mileage/Expenses charged for shows 60+ miles outside the Twin Cities/MN. Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation.

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    Executive Producer Folk Legends CD Status. + Folk Legends Signed CD. **NOTE: If pledged by March 12, 2015, Executive Producer Status will be printed on the CD Artwork. After March 13, listed on all digital formats + Acknowledgement on Web Wall Of Appreciation as well as verbally at the Chanhassen DT Fireside events.

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