Is There Anybody Going To Listen To My Story…
This is Rex Fowler of the folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step and along with Tom Dean of Devonsquare, we formed The Nutopians, an 8-piece ensemble that celebrates the genius and artistry of John Lennon. When the unthinkable happened and John was taken from us, we wanted to honor his legacy in some small way with acoustic-oriented interpretations of selected songs from both his Beatles and solo years.
Because our first CD Imagined: Celebrating The Songs Of John Lennon was so well received, including a prestigious Independent Music Award given in 2011, and because we have been booked in over 70 Performing Arts Centers and concert halls from Maine to Florida, we have built a solid foundation for our new recording project, Lennon Re-Imagined.
Here's a "ruff mix" from our unfinished Lennon Re-Imagined CD.
You're Gonna Lose That Girl
Here's a signature medley of ours from our award-winning first CD, Imagined.
A Day In The Life / Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Money Can’t Buy Me Love...
But it sure could make a difference for the overall success of this project. With your support, our goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000 within a narrow one-month timeline. Even though we have financed the recording part ourselves, we still need substantial funds to properly finish and promote our new CD. For instance, we still have mixing and mastering expenses, copyright fees to record John’s songs, the CD’s photography, cover art and manufacturing costs. And perhaps most importantly, a budget to enlist a publicity team to promote the album to progressive FM and NPR stations, and to online and traditional print media outlets.
There’s Nothing You Can Do That Can’t Be Done…
Especially if we do it together. And because every dollar counts for so many of us these days, Kickstarter has demonstrated how easy it is for almost anyone to be a bona fide philanthropist. We’re not talking about The Gates Foundation type of philanthropy, because a contribution on any level can genuinely make a difference while making you an integral part of our career.
Another thing we like about Kickstarter is that it allows us to set up a wide range of rewards in exchange for your contributions, enabling us to show our sincere gratitude for your support.
Tell Me Why...
When we reach our Kickstarter goal, we’ll post updates on our website showing how your support contributed to the many successes this project will bring. Here's to the power of positive thinking!
I Call Your Name…
And so did Yoko Ono when she first suggested, then sanctioned our name The Nutopians, derived from Nutopia, the fictitious country she and John “founded” in the early '70s to promote world peace. We assume she was moved by our desire to also honor John’s social activism when we joined “Artists Against Hunger & Poverty,” a part of WhyHunger, co-founded in 1975 by the greats Bill Ayres and Harry Chapin.
You Know My Name…
But what about our amazing bandmates? Alana MacDonald (also of Devonsquare) on violin and vocals; Gary Schreiner on chromatic harmonica, accordion and piano; Jordan Jancz on cello and percussion; Teg Glendon on bass and vocals; Robby Coffin on acoustic and electric guitars and vocals; and our youngest member 16 year-old Maggie Coffin on vocals.
Come To A Show And Rattle Your Jewelry!
Oct 19 Budarz Theater, Ossining NY
Oct 20 Historic Blairstown Theatre, Blairstown NJ
Nov 30 32nd Annual John Lennon Tribute, Symphony Space NYC
Dec 8 Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk CT
Dec 31 Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston ME
Jan 4&5 Kravis Center, West Palm Beach FL
Jan 6 Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce FL
Feb 1 Center For The Arts, Natick MA
Feb 2 Narrows Center For The Arts, Fall River MA
Feb 22 Outpost In The Burbs, Montclair NJ
Feb 23 Downtown Cabaret, Bridgeport CT
Apr 5 Emelin Theater, Mamaroneck NY
Apr 6 YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore, NY
Risks and challenges
Like any artistic endeavor, there are always risks and challenges. We are certainly not unique in this regard.
We took a giant artistic and financial leap of faith when we began our original Lennon recording project in 2009, and of course again with this one too. Our financial risks immediately multiplied when we committed to performing live to support the music. We wouldn’t have it any other way, but because we’re an 8-piece ensemble that is spread out from Maine to New York City, when we rehearse, record or perform, we often require airfare, ground transportation, meals and housing whenever we step out the door.
Another challenge was self-inflicted I suppose by taking The Nutopians name instead of say, “The Working Class Hero’s” or some such thing, especially with regards to marketing. It has been a daunting task conveying to buyers, media and the music-loving public that we are not just another run of the mill wig-wearing Beatles tribute band, but a unique ensemble of musicians who artfully interprets the music of John Lennon. This is why funding to promote our CD is so important.
The good news is that through hard work and planning, a loyal evolving fan base and a passionate booking agent, we continue to celebrate and grow.
And So Dear Friends You’ll Just Have To Carry On…
To many of us John Lennon was the greatest most honest artist of our lifetime, if not of all time, and the passage of time will never diminish his indomitable spirit. Because of the tragic way he was taken from us there is a palpable symbiotic reverence between audience and band for all that was and is John Lennon.
This is what inspires us and we hope, along with the music, it will inspire you to support our "Lennon Re-Imagined" CD project.
Thanks so much for taking the time to look this over.
"To the toppermost of the poppermost!”
P.S. If anyone is interested in underwriting this project, or in matching funds for a specific rewards category, we guarantee that We Can Work It Out!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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