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Cellist and singer Wes Swing and his band are raising funds for a bio-fuel tour van and sustainable touring project!

What Drives Us:

In the past year, we have toured the east coast, west coast, and western Europe. It has been an inspiration to share our live music with such wonderful people and we want to continue moving forward in a sustainable way. This bio-fuel van project will enable us to tour as a full band while minimizing cost and environmental impact. Let's face it...gas is expensive and polluting!  And we believe that touring on bio-fuel is simply the right thing to do. Honoring the spirit of the music is our mission, and a bio-fuel van brings us closer to that spirit.  This project is much bigger than us!  In addition to touring on bio-fuel, we have launched biotouring.com as a serious resource to other bands looking to tour green.  Thank you in advance for your support of this important campaign!Plenty more info about what we're up to, videos, etc. at our official website

What Will Help Drive Us:

With this Kickstarter, we hope to raise $12,000 to fund the purchase of a touring van and to cover the cost of converting that van to run on bio-diesel fuel. This bio-fueled van will provide us with a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way to continue sharing our music with others, but it also allows the entire band to actually tour together with all of our equipment.  We like to think of it as a french fry cello-mobile!!

How You Can Help:

In addition to pledging a secure donation on Kickstarter in return for some great limited-edition rewards (see below for images), we would greatly appreciate passing this Kickstarter page along to folks interested in this cause.  Family, co-workers, non-profits, and friends. 

How To Share:

At the top of this page, right under the video, are several ways to help us achieve our goal without any monetary obligation.  Sharing our campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and throughout your other social networks helps us spread the word about this important project.  PLUS, if you tag @Wes Swing on Facebook and/or @wesswingmusic on Twitter, we'll send you a free digital unreleased song as a thank you! 

More about Bio-Fueled Vans:

So how can a van running on bio-diesel help the environment? Using biodiesel as a vehicle fuel increases energy security, improves public health and produces 75% less emissions than traditional fuel.  Bio-diesel can be created using recycled vegetable oils and even restaurant fryer grease and there are many locations across the US that provide bio-diesel, allowing us numerous options to choose from and plan tours around.

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    DIGITAL HIGH FIVE!! Immediate Digital Album Download of "Through a Fogged Glass."

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    SECRET HANDSHAKE - A ticket to our project finale concert in Charlottesville, VA in early Febraury!! ++++ a digital download! Let's celebrate in style!! Also, you can add $10 to any other reward for your ticket!

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    HOLLER - 5 Digital Album Downloads for the price of 2!! Printed on beautiful art print cards and sent in your name to 5 friends of your choosing (one or more of the five can be sent to you, of course!)

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    DOUBLE HIGH FIVE! Immediate Digital Download of "Through a Fogged Glass," signed copy of the physical CD, a limited edition art print card, AND your name hand-painted inside the van as a thank you for your support!!

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    VINYL EDITION!! We will be printing a limited edition 180 gram vinyl of "Through a Fogged Glass" in February...this means large format artwork and a more pristine sound! Plus immediate digital download. (Add $5 for international backers)

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    BEAR HUG - Limited edition brand-new hand printed T-SHIRTS by A Mystery in Common. These shirts are printed in one small batch, and this will be the only chance to pick one up! PLUS, an immediate digital download of "Through a Fogged Glass"

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    TAPAS - 1 hand printed T-Shirt, 1 hand-printed poster, and 1 Physical CD. (for international backers, add $5). Delish!!

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    COLLECTOR - Limited edition Vinyl Presale, Physical CD, and a T-shirt!! (for international backers, add $5)

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    THE CONNOISSEUR - Limited edition 180 gram Vinyl Album Edition, hand printed T-Shirt, and a hand-printed poster.

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    CARE PACKAGE - 2 limited edition T-shirts and 2 hand-printed posters and a scoop of official Wes Swing organic granola...also limited edition :)

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    THE KIT AND KABOODLE - Limited edition 180 gram Vinyl Edition, immediate digital download of "Through a Fogged Glass", hand-printed poster, a T-shirt, and your name hand-painted in bold inside the van as a thanks for your support.

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    LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION - Physical signed CDs of Wes Swing's music FOR LIFE!! No matter how many CDs we record (and we plan for many), you will always receive your signed copy BEFORE the release date!!

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    NAME THAT TUNE - We will cover a song of your choice at a concert of your choice in 2012, and add in a pair of free tickets for you and a friend to attend that concert! Ridiculous and serious requests, bring em on!

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    BAND FOR LIFE - A pair of lifetime tickets to shows in your city! We plan to tour for a while, so this is seriously limited edition!

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    HOUSE CONCERT - Why leave home? We will drive our bio-fuel van to your house (or location of your choosing) and play a concert for you (for our international backers, we'll make it to your place too with a different van!!) We will schedule your concert on a future tour route, sooner rather than later! Get your pals together to help raise funds for this one!

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    THE GODFATHER - A concert at your house or the place of your choosing, 5 bundles of merch sent to you and friends (5 signed CDs, 5 Posters, 5 T-Shirts, 5 Art Print cards, 5 Vinyl Editions, AND subscription to Wes Swing's Music FOR LIFE!!

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    "THE DECIDER" - You can NAME THE VAN! We will drive our bio-fuel van (with the new name painted on the outside) to the location of your choosing for a special dedication concert! We'll even let you break a bottle of champagne on it.

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