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THE SEARCHLIGHT MESSENGER
THE SEARCHLIGHT MESSENGER
|Posted on July 29, 2021 at 3:20 PM||comments (12874)|
Dust City Opera is creating a new, bizarre, and fantastic record "Alien Summer" and we need your help! Join us August 2-31 for our 30-day, all-or-nothing, $20,000 Kickstarter!
Bring on the Alien Summer! Pledge. Share. Succumb.
Dust City Opera is an eccentric folk-rock orchestra from Albuquerque, New Mexico led by acclaimed singer/songwriter, Paul Hunton. Under Hunton’s leadership, this eclectic ensemble, which features trombone, clarinet, and accordion, creates a uniquely southwestern sound that keeps audiences wondering what is coming next.
The rock orchestra's debut album, "Heaven," sparked a wave of media appearances and captured international attention with industry leaders, landing the band Modern Musician’s 2019 Gold Artist of the Year award.
Dust City Opera’s sights are focused on sustaining their independent music career by building recognition for their distinctive music on festival stages and radio stations across the country. They are currently recording their second full-length record, “Alien Summer,” and have a US tour planned for the fall of 2021.
After having to adjust to the Covid Pandemic last year, many in the entertainment industry took a huge hit not being able to tour or find safe ways to record. But now, Sydney Counce, the band's manager is excited! "The band is back with enough deliciously amazing music to put together another full-length studio album--but we need your help to do it right! If you enjoy unusual arrangements and music that’s outside-the-box, we think this new collection of songs we’re creating for “Alien Summer” is going to blow your mind!
In May of 2021, we had a band retreat and started crafting our long-term vision for Dust City Opera. We knew creating and completing this album had to be our next step and that we needed to go BIG. We have huge aspirations and the success of this crowdfunding campaign for “Alien Summer” will be a big leap toward the future we want as a band.
Most of the tracks are already recorded and our plan is to get the album compiled, mixed, mastered, and distributed by the end of October. We have a team ready to make it happen:
GRAL Brothers will be adding thematics to new tracks!
Matthew Tobias at Empty House Studio is ready to mix!
Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering is ready to master!
When those steps are complete, CD Baby Manufacturing can begin pressing our CDs. They will also be coordinating the digital distribution to all major music streaming and download platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc. Plus, we will be able to press vinyl for the first time ever, something that we haven’t had the money to do before.
Once the album is complete, we need to promote it! Getting our music out into the world in meaningful ways, with intention, is important to us. We are looking at hiring a publicist to help us place our music in the hands of key decision-makers. We are planning an album release show to celebrate. We have hired a biographer to help us tell our story and the story behind the album. We are planning a major US tour to promote the album. We’ve got the plans, but we need you to help us make it happen!
We’ve taken the project as far as we can with the resources we have. We cut costs by recording many components from home and designing our own album cover, and we raised some initial money to release several singles through the generosity of our friends on Patreon. Now we're ready to finish this, but we need money to complete the project the way it is meant to be--without compromise.
We need to mix, master, and distribute the full album and about 40% of our budget is dedicated to paying for those services. 30% is for physical goods, including CDs and vinyl (and the cost to ship these goods), and 20% is for promotion. The remaining budget is covering miscellaneous fees and paying each bandmate for their time and energy on this project. Yes, we believe every person working on this album deserves to be paid for their time, even us!
So much has already been invested in this project. Countless hours of arranging the music, drafting lyrics, composing layer after layer, creating this beautiful thing that never existed before. It’s so close to being complete we can taste it. When you contribute to this project, you become a piece of it. You get to say, “Hey, I helped make this!” And it’s because of you and people like you that we will get to share this music with people all over the world who deserve to hear it.
Everyone who contributes to the Kickstarter will get benefits and they are broken into funding levels (for example: $10 = a digital album download, $250 = VIP backstage pass, autographed merch, $7,500 = private concert) There are lots of levels and benefits to pick from."
Here is a link to the video about our campaign:
Here is the link to the Kickstarter (you cannot view details until it goes live on Monday, August 2, 2021):
Some ways you can help:
Go to the Kickstarter link here and click, “Notify me on launch.” (If you do not have an account it will prompt you to create one.)
Pledge what you can on Monday, August 2nd. When you pledge on day 1 – it really helps the campaign’s algorithm! You will not be charged until after the campaign ends and only if we meet the band's goal.
Starting Monday, August 2, 2021, share the Kickstarter link as often as you can and with as many people as you can during the 30 day campaign.
Thank you for being such great fans!
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The staff of VENTURE XVII, based in Calgary, is currently volunteering with evacuation of Northern Alberta, Canada. This is getting out of control. In 2012 We were fighting the Waldo Canyon and Lake George Fires in Colorado. A year later, We were fighting the Black Forest Fire North of Colorado Springs.
The infamous Hayman Fire, rolled on us fourteen years ago, virtually killing some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness on the backside of The Rampart Range of Colorado. Yeah, 140,000 acres of it. Then the Montana Fires of 2007. Half a million acres wiped out in two months!
But this thing. He's a killer! in just 3 days, he's already consumed over 350 square miles. Been really hard to reign him in. Fires are always our worst fear up here in the Rockies. Whether in the Yukon up North or the San Juans in the South, it's all Alpine Forest with interlacing meadows and tributaries of grasslands.
When I worked with my friends, The Chippewa Cree in Montana, they would tell me that the elders would always point out that the fires were "A Cleansing", and to respect them. They consider fires a natural part of the wilderness and as natural as the Sun rising every morning. I can't help but agree with this, but times have changed, and as Man moves deeper into our forests, more of us depend on our forests and grasslands for our survival.
The teachings of our Native American Fathers should be respected at every turn, but we are no longer nomadic people, and can't just pick up and move when a cleansing comes calling. Whole cities, transportation infrastructure, farmland, livestock, and our sources of water and food can go up in smoke overnight, turning our world upside down.
This one's going to rock our world for a while. The best professional fire fighters in the world are on it! "Film at eleven"!
|Posted on February 12, 2016 at 10:38 PM||comments (645)|
Yeah, those orange guys from the Rocky Mountains.
The Denver Broncos are, you guessed it.... Cam Newton's Kryptonite!
During Denver's roller coaster ride of a football season (and a fun one it was) four things remained consistent with the Super-champion Broncos: John, The Duke, Elway’s leadership, Kube’s Steadfast posture as an executive coach, Wade’s artistry as a defensive coordinator ( Yeah! He’s an Artist!) And finally, the deep talent and speed of Denver’s Defense.
Remember, this season Denver shut down an up-until-then, undefeated and playoff seasoned and very mobile Aaron Rodgers (his worst game ever), and then, shut down Tom Brady...... Twice!
Why would anyone think Cam Newton could fare any better? I'm scratching my head on that so-called expert prediction.
Cam Newton has no serious playoff experience. And when faced with Superdefense, Superman, turned into, well, mush. They scared the crap out of him, then ate him for supper!
From the coaches to the players, John Elway put together the best defense the Denver Broncos have ever paraded onto a football field. Yeah, even better than the Gradishar and Louie Wright Crush Boys! Next season, they're adding an offense. Just to make things interesting.
I've been watching this team with a microscope since I was a little kid in 1965. Seen everything from Tripuka, Tensi, and the M&M Connection, to Elway, Jake the Snake, and The Sheriff.
I can remember when Hank Stram would bring the Chiefs (Lenny Dawson, Ed Podolak, Willy Lanier, and Jim Lynch) into Denver, and just beat the crap out of the Broncos, they were so bad sometimes. It seemed like they came to Denver just to rack up their stats.
I was there at the Birth of the Raider rivalry in 1965 under Tom Flores heaved bombs, then got to watch the eventual reckoning the Raiders would suffer in 1977.
Oh, and who could forget the always inebriated “No Respect, Howard Cosell’s” stupid foot in the mouth comments, that whole season! What a dick! Oh, yeah, “That’s Right, Jackson”!
Yes! You hear me say that all the time! But the quote is actually from Don Meredith. He couldn’t stand him either. If you weren’t watching Monday Night Football in the Seventies, You have no idea what I’m talkin about. Too bad for you.
I have had the pleasure of watching all 10 Denver AFC Championship games. Yeah, ten! Here’s one!
One of my friends, Tim, had a neighbor and friend lose it, then run across the street to his house so he could sit in his “Lucky Chair”. There were only 5 minutes left in the AFC Championship game (played in the Cleveland “Dog Pound”) with Cleveland leading by a touchdown. Tim and all of us just waved at him, said “ Okay, buddy”, then turned around to continue watching the game and biting what was left of our fingernails. Then.... Boom!
We were witness to one of the greatest playoff comeback games in NFL history. “The Drive” and it’s legendary clutch third downs, exploded all over us! It was Epic, in your Face, Hostile Crowd throwing Dog Biscuits and Batteries, Mud with Blood streaked and splashed all over everybody, Duel To The Death Football! And it was The Browns fans who named it “The Drive”!
Every time I watch that 98 yard drive, I just smile. Quietly remembering..... “Lucky Chair! Lucky Chair!”
Then there’s “This One's For John”, which may have been the best Super Bowl ever! And I’ve seen damn near all of them. Another game won in the fourth quarter. Favre vs Elway! Davis vs that Green Bay Wall! They broke the NFC hold on the Championship. Yeah, the NFC had won every Super Bowl for thirteen straight years. Then the Broncos road into town. Dominated the Packers, who were picked to win by 12 points. Won the Championship! Are you kidding me?
And now this! The Coolest, most Dramatic, and even Historic Broncos season I've ever seen unfurl! And boy did it unfurl! Not only that, but SUPER BOWL 50!.... I’ve seen it all, man! You just Know there’s going to be a movie!
Since that November day at Bears Stadium in Denver when the Broncos and Raiders became arch-enemies in front of this little kid, I’ve been a card carrying Broncos Fan, even though I had to endure Lou Saban “in my formidable years”. Ha ha! .... You laugh!
Just ask Floyd “The Franchise” Little!
I met Little at a Howells Department Store quite by accident when I was in Junior High. I was there shopping for jeans, and I bumped into him. He was looking at suits. All I could do was talk about how great He was, and although Saban had drafted him (The only good thing that came from him), I thought Saban was a poor field tactician, and didn’t use Floyd right. Little was cool! He was reassuring. But little did he know... I knew better. So did every other fan out there.
Throughout my junior high and high school years, Floyd was all we had.
Thank God for John Ralston! Everything changed after him. He was the architect who designed, drafted, then built The Orange Crush defensive unit. By the way, why isn’t he on the Ring of Fame?
My how the Broncs have changed. From those really bad teams in the sixties to the “State of the Art” in professional football. The Broncos have won more games than any other team in the NFL since 1977, when they first made the playoffs with the Orange Crush. Bet you didn’t know that.
The year of the Super Defense and Giant Killers, Ladies and Gentlemen I give you, The Denver Broncos.
That’s Right, Jackson! I’m a fan!
Now that was fun!
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