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We Nutopians would very much like to finish & promote our new “Lennon Re-Imagined" CD.
We Nutopians would very much like to finish & promote our new “Lennon Re-Imagined" CD.
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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...

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.

Instant Karma...

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

www.thenutopians.com
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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!”
Sincerely,
The Nutopians

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!

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    EVERY LITTLE THING - Get a digital download of the 1st single from our Lennon Re-Imagined CD and a personal thank you on our web page.

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    I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER - Get a digital download of the whole Lennon Re-Imagined CD.

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    INSTANT KARMA - Get our Lennon Re-Imagined CD to help us bring this project home. December 2012 Holiday gift cards available now for this & all categories listed below.

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    WORKING CLASS HERO - Get a signed Lennon Re-Imagined CD by Nutopians' co-founders Rex Fowler & Tom Dean AND get an official Nutopians’ Decal sticker.

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    HELP! - Get a band signed Lennon Re-Imagined CD, a decal AND an official Nutopians’ Tote bag.

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    IT WON'T BE LONG - Get 5 Lennon Re-Imagined CD's or up to 5 holiday gift cards signed by Rex & Tom PLUS, get 5 decal stickers AND a tote bag to put all your goodies in.

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    DEAR PRUDENCE - Get the 5 signed Lennon Re-Imagined CDs and/or gift cards, plus decals, a tote bag AND a signed Nutopians’ Poster.

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    DON'T LET ME DOWN - Get the 5 signed Lennon Re-Imagined CDs and/or gift cards, the decals, tote bag & poster PLUS a groovy Nutopians T-Shirt or Tank Top.

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    FROM ME TO YOU - Get 5 Nutopians' band signed Lennon Re-Imagined CDs and/or gift cards, the decals, tote bag, poster, T or tank top PLUS 2 tickets to a Nutopians concert of your chosing.

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    WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS - Get the 5 band signed CDs and/or gift cards, the decals, tote bag, poster & T or tank top PLUS 2 tickets for any 3 Nutopians’ concerts.

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    PLEASE PLEASE ME - Got Skype? Get the 5 signed CDs and/or gift cards, plus decals, tote bag, poster, T or tank & concert tickets PLUS a custom ordered online Cyberspace Concert with Rex & Tom.

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    AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING - Get the 5 signed CDs and/or gift cards, decals, tote bag, poster, T or tank & concert tickets THEN come up to Tom’s Hilltop Recording Studio in Eaton, NH to sing on “All You Need Is Love” and be FOREVER IMMORTALIZED with a Singing Credit on our Lennon Re-Imagined CD.

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    COME TOGETHER - Get a House or Lawn Concert with Tom, Rex & Alana OR, farm us out for a Community Fundraiser of your choice. We’ll throw in all the “tote bag goodies” & concert tickets too. (If necessary, we’ll need our transportation and lodging costs covered in both this and in the following categories.)

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    BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE - Get the house, lawn or community fundraiser concert, all the tote bag goodies & concert tickets AND be FOREVER immortalized with a special “Thank You” credit on our "Lennon Re-Imagined" CD.

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    POWER TO THE PEOPLE - get one of the aforementioned live concerts, the “thank you” credit, all the tote bag goodies & concert tickets THEN be DOUBLY immortalized with a prestigious “Executive Producer” Credit.

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    ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE - Get a Live Nutopians' unplugged band concert, both prestigious CD credits, the tote bag goodies & concert tickets, PLUS receive FREE posters, t-shirts and CDs for your first 10 guests. (If not unplugged, add $1000 for sound and lights within a reasonable 4-6 hour driving distance in the northeast area.)

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    BABY YOU'RE A RICH MAN - Get the live unplugged Band concert and all the aforementioned goodies PLUS a Life-time of Free Concerts for you and a special guest. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!! Be our “honorary road manager” for a weekend of performances and if you’d like, have dinner with us and hangout backstage before and after the shows. THEN come on stage to help us sing our grand finale! (If you chose to be an “honorary road manager,” your lodging and meals are included but your transportation costs are not.)

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