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Bulgaria update / US show dates & support / BNRadio feature

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Dear friends and supporters,

Balkan Tales and I are thrilled to have your support for our project and expedition to Bulgaria! It quite literally means the world to us :)  

However, as life and music business would sometimes have it, unfortunately, a logistical problem out of our control has emerged, and we are unable to solve it. We have to postpone our trip as a group to Bulgaria for a later time, and the Kickstarter campaign here will be terminated. We are extremely disappointed, but are already working to re-structure our trip and shows for 2012. 

In the meantime, details for some of our USA dates are already available, I've posted them below. And, as part of a research grant, Vlada and Chris will still travel to Bulgaria to work with Theodosii Spassov on repertoire for the US shows.

WE WANT TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE FOR YOUR AWESOME SUPPORT! While in Bulgaria, Vlada and Chris would love to send you a colorful postcard from Sofia or an ancient village, where in addition to working with Theodosii, we will study with some of Bulgaria's most renowned folk singers.  

So please do send us your mailing address!

In case you would still like to support the US portion of our project, we would greatly benefit from being able to offset some of the costs for concert promotion (by top world music PR agency rock paper scissors, inc.), and flights and ground transportation for US shows. You can make a tax-deductible donation via The Field here. We will be happy to honor all contributions with the same gift we offered on Kickstarter, and add a surprise to it! 

Thank you again so very much for your generous support,
 and we look forward to staying in touch through this amazing journey!

Love, 

Vlada, Chris, Kyle, Mike and Mathias
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US concerts details (as confirmed to date):

Boston - Johnny D's - Friday, Oct 21, 2011 - 7:30 PM

New York - Symphony Space - WMI - Sunday, Oct 23, 2011 - 7 PM

Chicago - Old Town School of Folk Music - Sunday, Oct 30, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Additionally, for those of you, who understand Bulgarian, a prime-time show on Bulgarian National Radio will present Balkan Tales in a 2 hour feature this Saturday evening - one more reason to learn Bulgarian, no?! ;) Here's the link for more information.

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    We send you a postcard from Bulgaria, with at least one lipstick kiss, and Balkan Tales CD digital download + our thanks & love!

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    Get our video/photo Bulgarian travelogue while we are en route - visiting folk masters, the Bulgarian Riviera, ancient villages, Bulgarian bars, Bulgarians boys and girls, and backstage of our shows, of course! + postcard, CD download, thanks & love!

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    Vlada will hand write her favorite recipe from her grandmother's cook book and mail it to you, accompanied by a Balkan Tales CD, signed for a person of your choice + video/photo travelogue, postcard, thanks & love!

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    Vlada will write out and translate the lyrics to a Bulgarian song of your choice, answer your questions and help you learn it, if you wish + recipe, signed CD, travelogue, postcard, thanks & love!

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    2 VIP tickets to one of our shows on the road (Bulgaria or Fall US 2011 tour), meet the band and get a backstage tour before the concert + your favorite Bulgarian thing, song, recipe, signed CD, travelogue, postcard, thanks & love!

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    Vlada will bake her favorite Bulgarian savory snack for you - banitza - and deliver it to you with song in person, or else by best suitable means + 2 VIP tickets, backstage tour, your favorite Bulgarian thing, recipe, signed CD, travelogue, postcard, thanks & love!

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    Picnic or brunch with the band, with all that is possible - live music, delicious Bulgarian foods, but for sure our trip stories from the old country! + 2 VIP tickets, backstage tour, your favorite Bulgarian thing, recipe, signed CD, travelogue, postcard, thanks & love!

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    Vlada comes to your house and sings for a special occasion! a surprise member of the band may join + 2 VIP tickets, backstage tour, your favorite Bulgarian thing, recipe, signed CD, travelogue, postcard, thanks & love!

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    Vlada and the band compose a song for you - you pick the theme - we record it (with sitar, voices, percussion, guitars, banjo, you name it.. ) and send it to you with hand crafted jacket + 2 VIP tickets, backstage tour, your favorite Bulgarian thing, recipe, signed CD, travelogue, postcard, thanks & love!

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    Balkan Tales will play a private concert for you and your guests anywhere on our tour (Bulgaria or USA) + 4 VIP tickets, backstage tour, your favorite Bulgarian thing, recipe, signed CD, travelogue, postcard, thanks & love!

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    Balkan Tales and Theodosii Spassov will play a private concert for you and your guests anywhere on our tour (Bulgaria or USA) + 6 VIP tickets, backstage tour, your favorite Bulgarian thing, recipe, signed CD, travelogue, postcard, thanks & love!

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