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Tom Rush would like to stage the Grand Finale for his 50th year on stage with a return to Symphony Hall, Boston, on Friday, December 28
Tom Rush would like to stage the Grand Finale for his 50th year on stage with a return to Symphony Hall, Boston, on Friday, December 28
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The Pitch

As the video clip tells you, as hard as it is for me to believe, this is my 50th year on stage, and I would really, really like to close it out with a bang. Symphony Hall in Boston has been the scene of some of the high points in those 50 years, and I’d love to go back there on Friday, December 28th for the Grand Finale. The Hall’s available, but what stands in the way is the cost of putting it together. I just don’t have it in the cookie jar, so I’m asking for your help in making this happen.

Now this is a bit audacious, and is uncharted territory for me. The conventional route is to get the funding from a conventional promoter, the middleman who gets between the artist and the audience and takes a big bite for his efforts (understandable, mind you, since the efforts and the investment are substantial). But I’m very much enjoying the way the internet is making it possible for artists to deal directly with folks that like the music, and thought I’d see if that could be extended to putting on a show. With your help, I think we can pull this off!


The Premiums

The simplest way to support this show is to just commit to buying tickets. These prices are actually less than what you will pay once the show is offered to the public. The Symphony Hall Box Office will add a $6.25 surcharge to each ticket once they start selling to the public. The advantage to getting onboard now is that you’ll get the best seats AND avoid that ticketing charge. We’ll keep track of when pledges came in and give you the very best seats available in your section, first come first served. Sooner is Better! (When Symphony Hall is set up “Cabaret Style” as it will be on 12/28, they take all the rows of seats out on the main floor and replace them with tables and chairs. It’s really quite magical, transforming one of the worlds finest concert halls into the most elegant club you can imagine!)

Premiums involving tickets to the show are in bold below, but if you’re not in striking distance of Boston and can’t come to the show, don’t despair—there are still plenty of ways to help out and get cool stuff! The show is just after Christmas, so think Holiday Shopping!

The Tom Rush Guitar Pick

DVD: The Fish Story Song

Your choice of these CD's: What I Know, Trolling For Owls, New Year

A signed copy of my first album "Live At The Unicorn" on CD

The Tom Rush Cigar Box Guitar

The MacKenzie & Marr Tom Rush Naked Lady Guitar

Kickstarter

I’m giving us 47 days, since that number seems to keep cropping up, ever since the Club 47 gave me my start 50 years ago. If we don’t reach our funding goal in that time You Won’t Be Charged Anything. If we do, then and only then will your credit card be debited. Thanks!

*There will be multiple video cameras running at this show. By being present you consent to being taped and/or broadcast as part of the audience, so don’t come with somebody else’s spouse, or if you do, wear a disguise. (Rules apply: Groucho Marx glasses are specifically prohibited—a room full of Grouchos would really mess up the video shoot.) Because of the video the audience will be lighted more brightly than usual, the better to capture your beautiful faces.

** For reasons known only to them, Symphony has sized the tables on the main floor to seat 5 each, which is sometimes awkward since audiences, like Noah’s animals, usually come in twos. The tables are bolted down, but the chairs are not, so if you and your honey are seated at adjacent tables, just move the chair over and join the other table. This is the routine and nobody minds, especially at the table you’re moving away from.

Club 47 and the Guitar Tree logo are registered trademarks and service marks of Maple Hill Productions, Inc.

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  • Kickstarter only allows backers to pledge to one "reward", however there is a work around. When you pledge/edit your pledge amount, enter a dollar amount that covers everything you want and then shoot me a message with the bundled rewards you would like and we can make it happen for you! To do this Visit the project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.”

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    You get the satisfaction of knowing you helped. No small thing!

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    A guitar pick with my “Guitar Tree” logo and (printed) signature.

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    DVD: The Fish Story Song, a kid’s song made into a video with some very cool other stuff
    thrown in. Perfect for K-4, then 10th grade and up. In between they think it’s too “childish”. (Think Stocking Stuffers!)

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    Your choice of these CDs: What I Know (the latest, and I think my best work); Trolling for Owls (silly songs and stories); New Year (live from Symphony Hall in 1980, just being re-issued).

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    My very first album, “Live at the Unicorn,” recorded in 1962, fifty whole years ago—now
    being reissued in CD format, SIGNED (but not personalized – I’m afraid I can’t do that in this
    exercise).

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    Limited edition event Tee shirt, just for the Symphony Hall show. This will be a very
    handsome 100% cotton shirt, and will make you look thinner. (When the project is fully funded
    we’ll get back in touch to see what size you want.)

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    Limited edition show poster. We’ll make a really nice poster for this show, suitable for framing, and I’ll send you one.

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    Balcony seat*, 1st (lower) balcony, rows B&C. While they last. (1st balcony will be filled first, then 2nd)

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    Balcony seat*, 2nd (top) balcony, rows B&C. While they last. (1st balcony will be filled first, then 2nd)

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    Front row seat*, 1st balcony (Row A). While they last. (Front row, 1st balcony will be filled first, then 2nd)

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    A pair of Balcony seats*, 1st (lower) balcony, rows B&C. While they last. (1st balcony will be filled first, then 2nd)

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    One table seat* on the main floor.** While they last. (These will be filled from front-of-Hall to back.)

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    A pair of front row (Row A) balcony seats. (These are, in my mind, the best seats in the house.) The lower (1st) balcony will be filled first, front to back and then the upper (2nd) balcony.

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    A pair of table seats on the main floor.** While they last.

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    Tom Rush Cigar Box Guitar, with Tom Rush Cigar Box amp. I found these cool old cigar box labels featuring some guy (not me) named
    Tom Rush. Bruce Gootner is using them to make cigar box guitars. Primitive? Yes. Playable? With the right attitude, yes. Fun? For sure!! Matching battery-driven amp. Beer not included.

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    A pair of table seats on the main floor, while they last PLUS a tee shirt, poster and Unicorn CD.

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    Two VIP table seats (a small section up front where the guests of the artists will be
    seated), and thanks in the program book. Your name will be right there in print for all to
    see, for all time! (Limited availability.)

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    An entire table (5 seats) on the main floor, while they last. Bring your friends, bring the kids!

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    An entire table (5 seats) in the VIP section, thanks in the program book, a set of
    CDs, 5 tee shirts and 5 posters. (Limited availability.)

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    A Tom Rush Signature guitar from McKenzie & Marr, serial #50 (in honor of my 50th
    year) with a premium arch-top hardshell case. This is the one without the Naked Lady inlay
    on the neck. I’ve been playing an M&M guitar on stage for a while now, and they’re really nice
    instruments! We’ll have it shipped to you (or give it to you at the concert if you’re coming) with
    a guitar pick, a personalized copy of my instructional DVD “How I Play (Some of) My Favorite
    Songs,” and a personal letter of thanks from me.

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    A whole table of 5 in the VIP section, thanks in the program book, a set of CDs, 5 tee
    shirts and 5 posters, AND you will be thanked from the stage and you’ll receive a personal
    letter of thanks from me.

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    A Tom Rush Signature “Naked Lady” guitar, serial #50 (in honor of my 50th year) with a
    premium arch-top hardshell case. See her at macmarr.com I’ve been playing the very instrument
    pictured here on stage for some weeks now, and she’s a real beauty. We’ll ship her to you (or
    give her to you at the concert if you’re coming) with a guitar pick, a personalized copy of my
    instructional DVD “How I Play (Some of) My Favorite Songs,” and a personal letter of thanks from
    me.

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    We’ll give you credit as “Associate Producer” in the Program Book, an entire table
    (5 seats) in the VIP section**, a set of CDs, 5 tee shirts and 5 posters AND I’ll dedicate a
    song to you (or your designee), AND you will be thanked from the stage and receive a
    personal letter of thanks from me.

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    Gets you the actual Naked Lady guitar I’ll be using in the show and will be memorialized
    in the video documentary, signed, with a letter of authenticity.

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    (This might make a good corporate holiday gift.)[Table for 5 in the VIP section**, 2 of your party can join the band on stage for
    the finale, plus credit as “Associate Producer” in the Program Book, , a set of CDs, 5 tee
    shirts and 5 posters AND I’ll dedicate a song to you (or your designee), AND you will be
    thanked from the stage and receive a personal letter of thanks from me. (Rules apply to the finale—you can’t upstage the star, for instance. No chicken suits
    permitted.)

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    A private concert by yours truly at a mutually agreeable time and place in the continental US, sometime in the next 12 months. For you and your honey, or a gang of your friends – all I ask is an audience willing to listen. Additionally you pay transportation for one, and provide minimal sound and lights. (This is a significant discount off the sticker price for this kind of event.)

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