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A queer Latino artist is coming of age with an electro-pop album, a multimedia touring show, and two videos! Join the party!
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UNIVERSO | A Queer Boy Coming of Age

I came out as a fabulous gay boy in 1989. Being out in middle school and high school was hard. I wrestled with feeling isolated at home, being bullied at school, and feeling unwanted. I got through this period of my life with my close girlfriends dancing to Erasure, Madonna, and New Order at the underage dance clubs in downtown Portland. We found PRIDE on the dance floor!

I am that 14-year old boy who is feminine, creative, and full of life. I got lost along the way, but today, I'm ready to return and be seen for who I am. 

I dedicate this album to all of us queer kids who choose life, who choose freedom and self-expression, and who choose love. 

-Joaquin 

 ENTREGO | The First Single - Turn it up!   

UNIVERSO | The Album

It's been my dream to create an electro-pop dance album and touring show to bring joy and freedom to the world. 

I assembled an amazing team of musicians to create a rich homage to the soundtrack of my coming of age. The album is an infectious, unique, and unusual blend of electronic and studio recorded music influenced by 80s and 90s dance/electro-pop sounds and rhythms. 

Inspired by Erasure, Depeche Mode, George Michael, Alaska Dinarama, The Police, Miguel Bose, and Pet Shop Boys, the album sounds and looks hot! 

MODERN GENTLEMAN | Art Direction - Michael Cavazos | Photography - Gary Norman | Stylist - Bryce Black | Make-up - Julian Aguilar
MODERN GENTLEMAN | Art Direction - Michael Cavazos | Photography - Gary Norman | Stylist - Bryce Black | Make-up - Julian Aguilar

UNIVERSO | The Touring Show

The touring show is a theatrical electro-pop experience featuring video projection, movement, dance, and joy to celebrate the coming of age of a gay man.

The show opens July 11, 2019 at Milagro! 

Co-created by art director Michael Cavazos, the show is in collaboration with Hand2Mouth Theatre. UNIVERSO will be designed to travel and present in music venues, Fringe Festivals, and Gay Pride circuits for 2020. 

UNIVERSO | Plan of Attack

Help me raise $15,475 to launch this album and create the touring show. The album is already produced. Hand2Mouth is providing production costs regarding space rental, staff, lighting, and sound. 

Your contribution will directly support:

  • Creative design, manufacturing, and distribution for the album
  • Creative design and content creation for the touring show 
  • Two music videos
  • PR/Marketing for the album and touring show

Stretch Goals:  

  • Stretch Goal #1 - $20,000. This will allow me to pay artists higher rates.
  • Stretch Goal #2 - $25,000. This will allow me to recover the costs incurred from producing the album.
  • Stretch Goal #3 - $30,000. This will allow me to produce a third video. 
A 15-year old Joaquin strikes a pose.
A 15-year old Joaquin strikes a pose.

This incredible team of artists have come onboard to create the world of UNIVERSO! 

UNIVERSO | Rewards - Merchandise

Check out the cool merchandise! 

ICE KING | The Album Poster

ICE KING: "The oceans dried up. The clouds fell from the sky and flooded the deserts.The human spirits escaped from their bodies. All souls jumped into the sky and became the silent moving stars. We lost each other." 

Excerpt from UNIVERSO | The Touring Show

ICE KING | Art Direction - Michael Cavazos | Photography - Gary Norman | Stylist - Bryce Black | Make-up - Julian Aguilar
ICE KING | Art Direction - Michael Cavazos | Photography - Gary Norman | Stylist - Bryce Black | Make-up - Julian Aguilar

SAN JOAQUIN DE ALOHA | The Votive Candle

San Joaquin de Aloha Votive Candle and Prayer Card with A Prayer For Personal Transformation.

"UNIVERSO... 

Grant me the wisdom to allow myself to change when change is needed and the courage to accept all parts of myself that yearn to be seen without judgment.

I honor both the anima and animus in my heart and soul to transform into the gentle, kind, resilient, and loving person that I am today." 

Excerpt from A Prayer For Personal Transformation

DARK BONDAGE | The Sleeveless T-shirt

Joaquin as Dark Bondage on a sleeveless t-shirt. It's getting hot in here! 

Put in on and take it off! 

EL HOMBRE DE LAS FLORES | The Souvenir Postcard

EL HOMBRE DE LA FLORES: "When I live in this language I feel like children under my skin. See me. Don’t try to hide me. I am inside me learning to live over again." 

Excerpt from the unreleased song, In This Language, by Joaquin Lopez, featured in UNIVERSO, The Touring Show.

FOR THE DISENCHANTED | Joaquin Lopez and James Ashley Mayer

Inspired by Mexican folklore and the Latin American bolero, the album is a modern day ode to hopeful love and romance. 

Cover Art and Design by Alejandro Juarez
Cover Art and Design by Alejandro Juarez

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 

Risks and challenges

I have fundraised before but this is my first Kickstarter campaign. I'm fortunate to have the support of close family and friends to carry me through this campaign and walk alongside me.

The biggest challenge with the campaign and project is time management, but I have the experience of project management producing music and creative events for years.

My strengths include: using a time-line with specific tasks and goals; clear communication of expectations in creative projects; a collaborative and flexible attitude; and the ability to accept all challenges by adjusting and accepting what comes my way.

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    A Little Help From My Friends

    You'll receive infinite gratitude for making UNIVERSO a reality and being part of a dream. Thank you for your contribution!

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    Acoustic Version of "Universo" (single)

    For your pledge of $15 or more, you will receive the original I-phone recording of "Universo" written by Joaquin on April 21, 2017. It's just him, his guitar, and the calling of the universe. You will also get an exclusive digital lyric sheet with both Spanish and English translations.

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    JOAQUIN LOPEZ | Two Digital Albums

    For your pledge of $25 or more, you will receive a digital download of UNIVERSO, plus a digital download of Joaquin's first album, For the Disenchanted. A collaboration with musician James Ashley Mayer, the album is a modern day ode to hopeful love and romance.

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    The Signed CD

    For your pledge of $50 or more, you will receive your very own signed hard copy of UNIVERSO plus a digital download!

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    DARK BONDAGE | The Sleeveless T-shirt

    For your pledge of $69 or more, you will receive a black sleeveless t-shirt with the image of Joaquin as the alluring Dark Bondage. Perfect for a hot summer night out on the town. Put it on and take it off!

    Bonus: the original I-phone acoustic version of Perdoname (Forgive Me) and lyric sheet.

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    • Digital Download - UNIVERSO
    • Digital Download- Original Acoustic Version of Perdoname (single)
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    SAN JOAQUIN DE ALOHA | Votive Candle

    For your pledge of $75 or more, you will receive an original San Joaquin de Aloha Votive Candle and Prayer Card with A Prayer for Personal Transformation. Light the candle, turn up the music, and transform into the beautiful being that you are!

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    The Album Deluxe Package

    For your pledge of $75 or more, you will receive a signed UNIVERSO CD, a digital download, a souvenir postcard of El Hombre de las Flores, the Ice King album poster, and a sweet thank you note!

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    A Night at the Theatre!

    For your pledge of $100 or more, you will receive two tickets to UNIVERSO's album release show at Milagro produced in collaboration with Hand2Mouth Theatre, plus a signed CD and a digital download.

    Available for the following dates: 7/12 & 7/13.

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    80s and 90s Karoake Dance Party

    Do you LOVE karaoke and dancing to your favorite 80s and 90s hits?! Join Joaquin and the creative team for an awesome Karaoke Dance Party! Throughout the night you'll sing your heart out and shake your thing to UNIVERSO dance tracks before they're released!

    Kickstarter Exclusive: A singalong karaoke experience to the first single, "Entrego"!

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    • Digital Download - UNIVERSO (August)
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    Opening Night at Milagro Theatre!

    For your pledge of $175 or more, you will receive two tickets for the opening night of UNIVERSO's album release show at Milagro on Thursday, July 11. Attend the pre-show reception, watch the show and join the after-party celebration with Joaquin Lopez and the creative team! Plus, lots of merchandise! Catered by La Bonita and presented in collaboration with Hand2Mouth Theatre. See you at the theatre!

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    All the UNIVERSO merchandise

    For your pledge of $225 or more, you will receive all the merchandise for UNIVERSO: signed CD, digital download, souvenir postcard, album poster, San Joaquin votive candle and prayer card, Dark Bondage sleeveless t-shirt. The ultimate Kickstarter fan package!

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    The UNIVERSO Tarot Card Reading

    For your pledge of $250 or more, you will receive an exclusive 1-hour Tarot Card reading by none other than Joaquin, in person or over the phone. (Yes, he reads tarot and is quite good!) Ask him about fortune! Ask him about fame! Ask him about love! Or, just see what the UNIVERSO holds in your cards...

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    PATRON LEVEL | Sun & Stars

    For your pledge of $500 or more, become a patron of UNIVERSO and receive 2 tickets to the album release show on any night. You will also receive a mention of gratitude at the show, plus all the UNIVERSO merchandise! A personal note from Joaquin offering his gratitude and love for your contribution.

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    • 2 UNIVERSO Show tickets
    • Show Acknowledgement
    • Souvenir Postcard
    • Album Poster
    • Digital Download
    • St. Lopez Votive Candle
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    PATRON LEVEL | Lunar Eclipse

    For your pledge of $1,000 or more become a patron of UNIVERSO and receive 4 tickets to the album release show on any night. You will also receive a mention of gratitude at the show, online recognition (website & social media), recognition in the program, and all the UNIVERSO merchandise! Plus, you will receive a personal handwritten note from Joaquin expressing his gratitude.

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    • 4 UNIVERSO Show Tickets
    • Website & Social Media Recognition
    • Program Recognition
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    PATRON LEVEL | Patron Saint

    For your pledge of $2,500 or more, become a galactic patron saint of UNIVERSO and receive 6 tickets to the album release show on any night. You will also receive a mention of gratitude at the show and program recognition, plus online and website recognition with all the merchandise! Joaquin will personally call you to thank you and if you live in Portland he will take you out for dinner to express his gratitude!

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    • 6 UNIVERSO Show Tickets
    • Website & Social Media Recognition
    • Program Recognition
    • Show Acknowledgement
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    • Album Poster
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