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Jamaican dub legend Lee Scratch Perry needs giant inflatable gorilla for Super Ape album performance on Dub Champions Festival US tour
Jamaican dub legend Lee Scratch Perry needs giant inflatable gorilla for Super Ape album performance on Dub Champions Festival US tour
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WE ARE TRYING TO REACH OUR STRETCH GOALS! THANKS FOR THE ENTHUSIASM FOR SUPER APE! ONE WEEK LEFT!

$5K STRETCH GOAL We just confirmed we can get the custom gorilla in time but we still need funds to get the ape on the plane (two extra bags checked for every flight!) and to support costs of horns and backing vocals throughout the west coast portion of the tour. Our initial goal was just for the basic ape!

$7.5 STRETCH GOAL  In addition to getting the ape on the plane, this amount will allow us to have at least 2 backup singers and horn section on all tour dates.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Lee "Scratch" Perry's "Super Ape" album, one of the crowning achievements of dub and reggae produced at his Black Ark studio in Jamaica, Scratch will be performing the album for the first time ever live at Dub Champions Festival events across the USA this September and October.  Bring this historic album to life and contribute towards: 

  • A giant inflatable gorilla to emulate the album art  
  • Including our full backing vocal and horn section throughout the tour [band members are currently based in NYC and LA] 
  • Animations of the album cover artwork

Please check out the video for more information.  This Kickstarter is put on by Emch, founder of Dub Champions Festival and band leader of Subatomic Sound System, with the consent of Lee Perry.  We have been supporting Scratch in the USA for the past 5 years.  During that time, we have refined a combination of electronic elements and live instruments to represent Scratch's Black Ark studio sound in a live environment.  Word on the streets is that these are some of the best Scratch has ever done.

As of today, Super Ape will be performed at these Dub Champions Festival events (a few more shows may be added)

Tue-Sep-01 Solano Beach CA @ Belly Up 
Wed-Sep-02 Los Angeles CA @ Echoplex for Dub Club
Thu-Sep-03 San Francisco CA @ The Independent 
Fri-Sep-04 Santa Cruz CA @ Moe's Alley 
Sat-Sep-05 Portland OR @ Star Theater 
Tue-Sep-08 Kansas City MO @ The Riot Room 
Wed-Sep-09 Minneapolis MN @ Cedar Cultural Center 
Sun-Sept-13 Austin TX @ The Flamingo
Mon-Sept-14 Santa Ana CA @ The Observatory
Thur-Sept-17 Black River Falls WI @ Infrasound Festival
Thurs- Oct-1 New York City @ Brooklyn Bowl

Excerpts from the album will also be performed at these festivals 
Sun-Sep-06 Seattle WA @ Bumbershoot festival 
Fri-Sep-11 Chicago IL @ Riot Fest

Risks and challenges

We have worked with Perry as his band for nearly 5 years and have put on Dub Champions Festival for 5 years and we are experienced at overcoming all kinds of challenges. Creative solutions on slim budgets are basically our modus operandi, but here is what we face in this endeavor: Although our goal is to purchase a giant inflatable gorilla, we need to take care about the height of stages or find alternate locations to put the gorilla (one venue has suggested on their marquee which is great). It may make more sense to rent large gorillas for big stages and for smaller stages focus on the video projections instead. We are confirming with the venues. In some cases union rules may restrict placement of the gorilla on stage. We are also a bit pressed for time. If we can reach our goal quickly, we can order a custom gorilla. That can take up to 30 days so we need to be careful that we meet the deadline. Please support the project sooner than later, so we can get to work on bringing this project to life! Thanks.

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    A huge thanks and a hug, pound, or fist bump at any of the Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System performances of "Super Ape" that you attend.

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    Limited edition £$P photo postcards featuring Scratch himself.

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    A copy of the limited edition vinyl 45 rpm 7" of Lee "Scratch" Perry & Subatomic Sound System tune "Black Ark Vampires"

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    A ticket to one Dub Champions Festival show of your choice on the tour (does not include Bumvershoot & Riot Fest)

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    An autographed copy of the limited edition vinyl 45 rpm 7" of Lee "Scratch" Perry & Subatomic Sound System tune "Black Ark Vampires"

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    Two tickets to any show and backstage access to meet the band after the show.

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    3 parts: 1) Complimentary entrance for two and backstage access to any shows on the tour. 2) Mention as a supporter on the Dub Champions web sites 3) Inclusion of your name or logo on Dub Champions promotional flyers or posters

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    You can take home the giant inflatable ape at the end of the tour! Autographed by all the band members and sure to have soaked up plenty of good vibrations, the Super Ape is yours to keep once we complete the tour. We are still determining which ape we will acquire. Contact us with any questions. We will confirm shipping options to countries outside the US.

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