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Help get Railbird on the road! The tour is booked but if we can't raise the money, we can't go. You can get us there!

Hey Everyone,

We are Railbird, an experimental, indie band with members living in upstate, NY and Brooklyn. We're just about to release our debut album "No One" on Feb. 24, 2011 at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC!

"No One," was totally self-funded (which is one reason why it took a year!) We worked on a shoestring budget but we never sacrificed our vision. And we are so excited that our hard work (mostly Sarah's waitress tips) has gone into something we feel very proud of. It's a labor of love and we can't wait to release it!

We want to share this album with not only our immediate community but we feel it is worthy of international attention! That's why we booked our own tour spanning from Maine to Texas (the rest of the world awaits for a later date!) We partnered up with our friends "The Rex Complex," pooled our contacts and did this thing without the help of any booking agent or third party. We will not wait for someone or something to "discover" us - we're taking it upon ourselves to get Railbird and The Rex Complex on the map. But if we can't raise the money, we can't go. And there is no limit to what your donation will do for us.

Here's our tour schedule:

Friday, March 4th – Saratoga, NY at Putnam Den (The hometown tour kick-off!)

Thursday, March 10 – Pittsburgh, PA (show TBA)

Friday, March 11 - Lansing, MI at Mac’s Bar

Saturday, March 12 - Chicago, IL at Reggies

Sunday, March 13 - St. Louis, MO at 2720 Cheroke

Monday, March 14 – Lawrence, KS at 8th Street Tap Room

Wednesday thru Sunday, March 16-20 Austin, TX — South by Southwest Music and Film Festival!

Monday, March 21 - New Orleans, LA Mudlark Public Theatre

Tuesday, March 22 – Atlanta, GA at WonderRoot

Wednesday, March 23 – Nashville, TN (TBA)

Thursday, March 24 – Lexintgton, KT at Green Lantern

Friday, March 25 – Greenville, NC at Tipsy

w/ on air interview at WZMB 91.3 the university radio station

Saturday, March 26 – Charlotte, NC at Snug Harbor w/ Stephanies ID

Sunday, March 27 – Baltimore (show TBA)

Monday, March 28 – Philadelphia, PA, at Danger Danger Gallery

Thursday, March 31 – Providence, RI, AS220 Gallery

Friday, April 1st – Cambridge, MA Lizard Lounge

Saturday, April 2 – Portland, ME, at The Oak and The Ax

Sunday, April 3rd – Burlington, VT at Radio Bean

We set our goal at $3,000 because according to our calculations (picture the voice of the scientist from The Simpsons)

1. Our van gets 14 miles to the gallon.
Average $3 per gallon (leave out NY)
Traveling - 6000 miles
We need somewhere around $1400 for gas + Tolls
Split that w/ The Rex Complex and we're around $700

2. Four people each get $10 a day for food
25 days on the road = $1000

3. We have some floors to crash on along the way, but there will be a few times where we will need lodging.
at $60 a night + 6 nights
= $360 + tips for the room cleaners (because we're nice) round it up to $400

4. About $700 is needed for band members to pay their rent / bills for the month of March.

So, we're up to around $2700

But we also need some promotion around the new release too. $300 will go toward printing nice high quality posters to advertise our shows and we're hoping it may take a little damage off getting some on-line promo (although that runs pretty high these days.) And we still haven't included stuff like parking lot fees, wear and tear on the van, guitar/bass strings, etc.

Anything you can contribute will be put to good use! Please check out our prizes over on the right. We put a lot of thought into them, and we hope they will find their way into your lives.

We really couldn't do this stuff without YOU, people who support the arts.

THANKS!

Railbird

It was a great 2010 for us. Some highlights include:

√ A sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom with friends Phantogram
√ Relix Magazine - one of the "5 Bands You Should Know About"
√ A couple notable titles - Metroland's "Best Band" (2nd year in a row)
Metroland's reader's picks "Best Local Indie Rock Band" tied w/ Phantogram
√ A month long residency at The Living Room in NYC
√ Recorded at 3 different studios for the full-length Railbird debut "No One"! Due out Feb 24!!!

Hear samples of the new record and get updates at www.railbirdband.com!
Follow the tour at www.facebook.com/#!/pages/RAILBIRD/27750135817

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    A handmade, handwritten thank you card with a cool, original illustration by Sarah and/or James AND a unique fortune from a fortune cookie! (this is totally worth the extra 2 bucks!)

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    A handmade, handwritten thank you card with a cool, original illustration by Sarah and/or James WITH all Railbird member's personal signatures, a real fortune from a fortune cookie (doctored up by Railbird) AND three real, beautiful bird feathers!

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    All of the above plus a pre-order of the new release "No One" on CD!

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    All of the above plus 2 pre-orders of "No One" autographed by all members of the band. PLUS your name on our website (optional.)

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    All of the above plus Sarah's handwritten lyrics to your favorite Railbird song and an autographed concert poster by all five members PLUS a framed illustration by Sarah and/or James signed and dated.

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    A delightful little care package consisting of: 4 autographed pre-orders of "No One," an autographed concert poster (by all members), Sarah's handwritten lyrics to your favorite Railbird song, PLUS your choice of handmade feather earrings, feather pin or feather necklace, an illustration, a postcard written to you from the band while on the road, a fortune from a fortune cookie and of course, the option of putting your name on our website.

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    Everything from $200 gift PLUS a commissioned painting executed by Sarah (it could be your favorite person, icon, animal, landscape etc…) OR if you can't think of something Sarah can for you. AND a total of 8 "No One" CD's autographed by the band to whomever you wish. As well as, a postcard sent to you from every state we visit on our tour, complete with updates and doodles. :)

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    Same as 1500 PLUS one song written exclusively for YOU or a loved one by Railbird (recorded, produced and performed by Railbird).

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    An interpretive dance by Railbird acting out a list of YOUR top ten favorite things. This will be video taped and posted on our website. PLUS, everything mentioned above.

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