Here's a letter that Andrew just sent out regarding our upcoming tour. Please check it out!
Dear friends of Industrial Jazz:
Holy cow, is it December already? Yikes. That means it’s almost time for the Industrial Jazz Group to embark on its second tour of the east coast.
That’s right, we failed to learn our lesson the first time, and so we’re coming back for more. This time around we’ll be spreading our particular brand of sonic buffoonery at venues in Philly, MA, and NYC. (The specifics of the tour as they stand now are below, though some details may change slightly over the next week or two.)
For the curious, the hare-brained idea for a second east coast tour began when we were invited to perform at the prestigious 34th International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE) Conference in New York City. (An annual event, the IAJE is considered one of the largest gatherings of the global jazz community, and draws upwards of 7000 people.) When that invitation came, we thought: New York City in the dead of winter? How can we resist! (For more on IAJE, visit www.iaje.org.)
So now the tour is basically booked, and we find ourselves faced once again with the age-old problem of how to scare up enough “filthy lucre” to ensure we don’t go too far into the red. Budgetary concerns are probably even more acute this time around because the group has grown beyond the more, uh, “sane” boundary of ten pieces, and has practically become a big band, with (usually) at least fifteen players per show.
Anyway, we are once again swallowing our pride and reaching out to the Industrial Jazz community around the web with the hope that we can raise some money. Anything you can contribute (any amount, really) would be most welcome. Every little bit helps. (At the same time, of course, we recognize that it ain’t always possible to participate in something like this; rest assured that we’d also be happy if the “only” thing you can offer are your well wishes.)
We won’t be doing the staggered incentive thing this time around, just a silly grab bag of anything and everything we can offer as a gift of thanks: 1. a copy of our next album (The Art of the Mix Tape, vol. 1), which should be out sometime in 2007, 2. an audience DVD recording of the Bakersfield performance from our last west coast tour (August 2006), 3. a “guest pass” to a show whenever we’re playing next in your part of the country. Take one, take ’em all—it’s not much, but it’s the most we can offer at this point for any support you are able to give us.
Cool? Interested? Feel free to contact me email@example.com.
Many thanks for reading all the way to the end. As always, we appreciate your support (financial and otherwise) more than you know. As Brian Wilson once said: “Hooray for the audience!”
cheers and all the best
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The Industrial Jazz Group
Jan 11, Noon: IAJE Conference (Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, 811 Seventh Avenue at 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019.) This incredible 8000-person conference takes up both the Hilton and the Sheraton. But we'll be in the Sheraton Hotel's Empire Ballroom at high noon. NOTE: I'm pretty sure you need to be an IAJE member to attend this. But if you've got chutzpah, just look official and walk in. :-)
Jan 11, 8:00 PM: Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway-Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York 11221.) Probably a more intimate version of the IJG performing with a project led by Kris Tiner and Mike Baggetta. Goodbye Blue Monday's MySpace Calendar lumps us together with Mike Baggetta. Fear not, we'll be there.)
Jan 12 8:00 PM: Java Hut (1073-A Main St., Worcester, Massachusetts 01603.) A double-bill with Tom Lubelczyk's AmericanMusicRevolution.com.
Jan 13, 2:00 PM: Lichtenstein Center for the Arts (28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201.) It's just us, baby, and it's gonna rock.
Jan 14, 8:00 PM: Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, New York, 10012.) A double bill: more big bands than you can stand! Industrial Jazz Group + Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. Cost: $12, and worth every penny.