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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (29 days)