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Salon Saloon is preparing for a new round of shows & we need your support. Help us fund the next four shows & put the old shows online!

Salon Saloon - The Upper Middle West's #1 Live Action Arts Magazine - Invites artists, writers, designers, and musicians from across the spectrum of creative culture to share stories, photos, and performances on a theme!

Salon Saloon is a live-action arts magazine presented monthly at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis, MN, by collaborators Works Progress and Andy Sturdevant. Like a late night talk show, Salon Saloon invites guests to the stage for presentations, performances, and conversations on a range of topics: from their own artistic work, to contemporary art and culture, to the offbeat and unexpected. The result is an entertaining evening where new connections are made, and artists are introduced to new audiences. The show is unlike anything else in the region, and has been produced and presented by an all-volunteer staff and crew for 3 years running.

Salon Saloon is accessible, entertaining, and provides a unique space for artists and creators from different disciplines to connect with audiences and each other. 

Salon Saloon is also a public platform for celebrating and sharing the work of local artists and creative producers who help make the Twin Cities such a rich and vibrant place to call home. Recently, Salon Saloon has gained the attention of artists and arts organizers in other cities across the US, providing a unique spotlight on the Minnesota artists featured as guests. In 2011, Salon Saloon was invited to present a special edition of the show at a national arts conference in Chicago. 

Currently, Salon Saloon is produced on a shoestring budget and a lot of hard work from our all-volunteer staff and crew. We have and continue to seek grant funding, but need additional support for the coming season in order to compensate participating artists and cover the hard costs of the program. If successful, we hope to leverage your support with potential funders and begin doing the Salon Saloon we've only dreamed of.

As a gift to our supporters we are creating a limited edition compilation CD filled with songs, literary readings, and other performances from past Salon Saloon shows. 

Salon Saloon: The Middle Years is the only the first step we hope to take in 2012 to share recorded content from Salon Saloon with a wider audience. If our fundraising efforts are successful, we also plan to get video recordings of live shows online and available for free by the end of the year.

Your contribution of any amount will help us to continue to present Salon Saloon at its current location, maintaining our place as the #1 Live Action Arts Magazine in the Upper Midwest - if not the entire world!

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    Your name or the message of your choosing permanently engraved onto the Salon Saloon community support page at salonsaloon.info.

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    A limited edition canvas tote bag bearing one of 5 memorable Salon Saloon quotes, screen-printed by hand. Plus the previous reward tier.

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    A copy of "Salon Saloon: The Middle Years," a limited edition live album filled with performances, readings, and other live material from Volumes 3 through 5. Package design by Mike Haeg and essay by Peter Schilling, both Salon Saloon regulars. Plus all of the previous reward tiers.

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    Never miss another show with the Salon Saloon Vol. 7 Pass. Good for all 4 shows from September to December of 2012. No need to reserve in advance! Plus all of the previous reward tiers.

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    The Green Room Special: A backstage tour before the Volume 7 show of your choice and a complimentary Andy Sturdevant approved cocktail during the show. You can even watch from the famed BLB Green Room, if you'd like to see the show on a tiny television. Plus all of the previous reward tiers.

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    Guest-of-honor status at the annual Salon Saloon private party. All previous Salon Saloon guests are invited so that's a whole lot of thinkers, makers, and doers - all in one room. Andy mixes some drinks, things get a little out of hand, it's fantastic. Plus all of the previous reward tiers.

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    The Presenter Package: This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to have the Salon Saloon team produce a real-live Salon Saloon show at the BLB on the theme of your choosing! You give us the inspiration and we'll make it real. Plus all of the previous reward tiers.

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    Hey big spender, choosing the theme of a public show at the BLB not enough? How about your very own Salon Saloon in your living room or place of business? Pledge $2,500 and we'll produce a Salon Saloon for you and your friends. You supply the venue, we provide the rest. Plus all of the previous reward tiers except for Reward #7.

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