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Sign the car USA. A collective art piece culminating in a documentary of uplifting music + unifying signatures + amazing stories.
Sign the car USA. A collective art piece culminating in a documentary of uplifting music + unifying signatures + amazing stories.
Sign the car USA. A collective art piece culminating in a documentary of uplifting music + unifying signatures + amazing stories.
222 backers pledged $18,713 to help bring this project to life.

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Vintage Soft Unity Collective USA T-shirts
Vintage Soft Unity Collective USA T-shirts
Gift an original song written just for your loved one by this Christmas.
Gift an original song written just for your loved one by this Christmas.
  • Bring us to your home to perform a house show. Video by,  Stephen Stonestreet

GOALS:

1. Tour every state in the continental US, spreading a message of peace, hope and unity.

We are independent musicians in Brooklyn, NY, and we have a dream. We’re going to bring The Bergamot's uplifting music to every state in the continental US. Spreading a message of peace, hope, and unity through live performances and by inviting our fans to sign our 2002 Volvo with their own unique uplifting message. 

During our tour we are going to chronicle the entire journey, and at its conclusion, we'll share a inspiring documentary, music video, and book with our supporters and global community. 

2. Create a symbol of group unity through our car, which we’ll cover with uplifting signatures of our fans.

Our faithful 2002 Volvo has taken us across America on multiple tours, over 263,000 miles, and helped us reach thousands of people. Now we’re taking the Volvo on its final voyage, and are inviting people from all walks of life to sign it, inside and out. 

The car has become a symbol of peace, hope, and unity for us, and we want it to become the same for our greater fan base and the world. At every stop, we’ll perform, meet our fans, and invite them to sign the car, contributing their own stories to a larger project.

3. Unite our musical journey and the journeys of our fans.

Every time we head out on the road, we've had goals. We always try to earn new fans, promote our albums, write songs, and share our experiences. Our new goal is to collaborate with our fans in a bigger way. From this, The Unity Collective USA was born. 

Going from town to town for so long, we’ve crossed paths with some of the most amazing people on the planet. We want to bring them closer, making them a bigger part of our art.

photo credits // Stephen Stonestreet
photo credits // Stephen Stonestreet

 4. Document the entire process and share our story with others.

It's crazy enough to hit the road through every state, and crazier to play a show in every one. We expect baggy eyes and crazy memories. At each stop, we’ll select a fan to jump in the car and shoot a quick, cab style video. 

Our past tours have taught us that our fans’ stories are as diverse as the land that we live in. From the Salt Flats of Utah to the Mining towns of Pennsylvania, we want to share our fans stories in all their uniqueness, and weave them into a larger quilt to make one epic, collaborative artwork.

5. The grand finale.

What will happen to the Volvo after it’s final journey, after it’s completely covered with our fans’ handwriting? You'll have to wait and see. We will reveal this beautiful surprise at the conclusion of the tour. We can't wait to share this with you! 

NEEDS:

1. TLC for the Volvo.

It’s been our chariot since day one. Ever since we decided to become full-time musicians and hit the road, this old station wagon has been our constant companion. It's inseparable from our story. In the beginning, we made just enough money to fill the tank with gas, change the oil on time, and make it another 3,000 miles. 

Our relationship with it eventually became a mantra: if the car survives, we survive. It's helped get us safely from show to show, earning more fans at every stop. Over the years we’ve done all we can to keep it running, but to embark on this epic final journey safely, it’s going to need some TLC. This Kickstarter will ensure that it makes it through every state.

2. Camera and laptop.

Instead of bringing a full-time cameraman (or woman!) on the road, we decided to tell our story using the four hands we already have. We need a professional camera and editing laptop (our 2009 laptop is on the fritz!) so we can post frequent updates from the road. Documenting the journey will be a HUGE part of the project as a whole. We want to bring our fans along for the ride every step of the way, and do it in real time.

3. Miscellaneous road expenses.

To keep the old gal running, we’ll need gas, tires, brakes, oil changes, and if our last tour was any indication, windshield wipers. And in the event that we don’t find couches to crash on for the evening, we sometimes have to crash at inexpensive hotels in transit.

4. A professional editor.

This is the final step: when the journey's over, we’ll hire an accomplished editor to help us tell our story and produce a final documentary to share with you, our beloved fans.

Risks and challenges

Of course, hitting the road with a car that has 263,000 miles on it for a trip of this magnitude poses some risks. If it breaks down, we'll use our Kickstarter funds to get back on the road ASAP. This will make for great documentary material, but could also push back dates and deadlines. We're committed to taking this journey and we not only expect adversities, but welcome them as part of the larger project. If the unthinkable happens and the car was stolen or totaled, we would pick back up with a white van or similar. Ever upward! Mishaps could put a damper on our itinerary, but not our spirits!

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    Exclusive MP3 "Together Unweathered". Only available here!

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    Documentary Credits: Receive a personal shout out in the Credits of the final documentary about this cross-country trip + Exclusive MP3.

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    Personalized Videogram: Receive a short video message recorded and sent directly to you from The Bergamot + Name in the Credits.

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    Vintage soft "The Unity Collective USA" designed t-shirt + Name in the Credits.

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    Personal Poem + Vintage Soft Shirt: Receive a handwritten poem on the subject of your choice sent directly to you, PLUS the "The Unity Collective USA" Logo t-shirt + Name in the Credits.

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    YOUR OWN PERSONAL SONG: $100 and we will write a 60 second song - just for you! You provide a 2 word topic and we take care of the rest! Examples: "green shoes", "zealous hamster", "Sarah's bike". This level is first come first serve. We will complete them in the order pledged. Plus, have your name in the credits.

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    YOUR OWN PERSONAL SONG READY BY CHRISTMAS: Same as YOUR OWN PERSONAL SONG just ready by Christmas - what a unique gift to give!

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    HOUSE CONCERT.
    Bring The Bergamot Duo and the famous Unity Car to your house for an amazing one hour performance and car signing. After the show, your friends and guests can partake in an epic ceremonial car signing + Name in the Credits.

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    Includes a house concert, personalized song, a private 30 min Skype concert (you choose the songs!) or a 30 min Skype guitar lesson or singing lesson, name in the credits, and personalized custom t-shirt.

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    Includes a house concert, personalized song, a private 30 min Skype concert (you choose the songs!) and a 30 min Skype guitar lesson or singing lesson, name in the credits, personalized custom t-shirt, an album of unreleased and remixed The Bergamot songs, and personal shout out at the end of the documentary.

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    On top of all of the above, you'll be listed as an Executive Producer of the entire project in the documentary. Plus, exclusive news about our progress throughout.

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