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San Jose Taiko & DJ crew The Bangerz debut first in-theater concert production on June 15, 2013.

On Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 8pm, hip hop and taiko meet as San Jose Taiko, the 3rd oldest taiko group in North America, joins forces with The Bangerz, the resident DJ crew for the Jabbawockeez, to debut an out of this world collaborative concert at the Montgomery Theater in downtown San Jose, CA.

Support the innovative production of these two nationally-renowned ensembles from San Jose!

What will funds be used for?
Funds generated from this Kickstarter campaign will go towards production costs - theater rental, professional lighting and sound, print promotions, and many more details needed to present a quality concert experience. Self-producing a concert is more expensive but allows for complete artistic control and copyright.

What experience do these two groups have with each other?
In 2010 we collaborated for the first time in San Jose's South First Area district (SoFA) at an amazing festival of subculture known as the SubZERO Festival.  The chemistry was explosive and the rest is history.  The result of this unique juxtaposition of genres speaks for itself:

What's different for this June 15 concert production?
For this new show we are taking the energy of the SubZERO performance into a theater setting where we can expand our collaborative vision by adding dramatic lighting, sound, and staging.  Fans of SJT and The Bangerz will enjoy revamped arrangements of their favorite pieces as well as brand-new compositions in a seamless presentation. We've been seeking an opportunity to work with each other again and with SJT's 40th Anniversary and The Bangerz celebrating their 15th we felt the timing was right for this collaboration.

What are the rewards for contributing?

$10
- Commemorative SJT x Bangerz decal designed by our Japantown neighbors Cukui (designer of the popular Colin Kaepernick tees). Currently only available through Kickstarter campaign.
- Big thank you on our website and social media

$25
- SJT x Bangerz decal
- mp3 download of one of the songs performed live at the concert on June15
- Big thank you on SJT website/social media
- Copy of print concert program with your name listed

$50
- All previous rewards listed
- Autographed concert poster

$100
- All previous rewards listed
- Commemorative SJT x Bangerz t-shirt designed by Cukui

$300
- All previous rewards listed
- Commemorative SJT x Bangerz hoodie designed by Cukui

$600
- All previous rewards listed
- Two tickets with VIP seating for June 15 concert

$1800
- All previous rewards listed
- 1-hour private DJ workshop for you and one friend with Squareweezy of The Bangerz at the San Jose Taiko studio. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the basics of DJ'ing from a professional who is among the top in his field.

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- All previous rewards listed
- 1-hour private taiko workshop for you and up to 6 of your friends with San Jose Taiko at their studio. Learn the basics of taiko in a fun environment. Included are a pair of bachi (taiko drumsticks) for you and your guests.

$3000
- All previous rewards listed except for $1800 level.
- 1-hour workshop of choice (DJ or Taiko) - same details as above.
- San Jose Taiko will donate a 45-minute school outreach presentation to a school of your choice in your name (within a 1-hour drive of San Jose).
- Access for you and one friend to attend a rehearsal for this show at the San Jose Taiko studio.

San Jose Taiko is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. You will be able to deduct donations that exceed the value of the gift(s) you are receiving. Want a full deduction? Simply opt out of your pledge gift(s) and you can claim the full amount.

How can you help?
Along with donating you can also help by spreading the word about this concert and this Kickstarter campaign.  We want you to be a part of this special collaboration so please donate today!

THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

If this concert is as successful as we think it will be there is the possibility of taking this show on tour. Moving into different theaters will present various unique technical challenges for staging, lights, and sound. We would like to develop a school outreach component which will take some time and resources. San Jose Taiko and The Bangerz have 65 years of collective experience in our fields as artists and producers to tackle these challenges. After we present this first in-theater concert we look forward to the possibility of bringing this unique program to venues across California and the nation.

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