The Lonesome Billies "Family Tradition" Potluck, BENEFIT, and Musical Extravanza Sept. 22nd, 2012
Who Are The Billies/What's the Family Tradition?
Ok folks, here's our story...We're a country n western band from Useless Bay. We travel the dusty roads and the lonesome mountain trails, criss-crossing our way across the West. When we cross paths, we sit down and share the songs we've written, and stories we've seen along the way. Think of it like a Mountain Man Rendezvous; once a year we get all the fur trappers, gunslingers and cowpokes together over some good food and music. That time of year is know as "The Family Tradition".
There's few things that mean more to a man's heart than a home cooked meal with his loved ones. But what if he only comes down from the hills once in a blue moon? Well, it's time for a potluck when that happens. See, what you get is less work and more food for everyone! The opportunity to eat all yer favorite food from yer childhood, all in one afternoon. Chip dip, baked beans, ribs, fried chicken, mac n cheese and apple pie... in case you don't get the picture.
THE BENEFIT - www.MYVOICEMUSIC.org (Where YOU Come In)
Another thing we Billies know for sure is that you gotta look out for those around you. You just don't let another man walk around with too many holes in his boots (a couple are perfectly normal). And so we ask folks to dig into their pockets and support a good cause. Hell, the party's free, you might as well spend a few bucks on a cold brew, and help out along the way. This year we're helping out a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon named My Voice Music. My Voice Music is a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon that engages youth in music and performance in order to promot self-esteem, social skills, and emotional expression.
Combine all these great things with some good music, and well you got yourself a good ol' fashioned hoedown! We bring it all together on Sept. 22nd in Portland, Oregon with some boot stompin Americana music courtesy of The Lonesome Billies, Don & The Quixotes, Lincoln's Beard, and Country Lips. These bands, it should be mentioned, donate their time to make this what it is too!
What're We Askin For? What's In It For You?
Well, it's simple folks. We've set a goal of raising $2,000 dollars this year for My Voice Music. This money will go to purchase instruments for the program, help send a kid to a Summer Rock Camp, or help support a free music program in a school district which is severely underserved (Portland Public Schools). This is grass-roots activism at it's finest. These folks volunteer their time (if not their own money) to engage young folks in the great experience of musical expression, which leads to self-esteem, social skills, and an incredible outlet in these young folks lives.
With the help of our incredible sponsors Airblaster, Brixton, Levi's, Poler, Salomon and Vans we've come up with some great thank you gifts in return for donating. You can get anything from a jacket or a pair of shoes, to a snowboard. Beside the gracious support from these awesome companies, we've got some unique Billie levels you can donate at. We're talking about writing you an original song on the topic of your choice or serving up a private Billies BBQ for you and your friends (gonna need to be local for that one). You'll ALSO get an early FAMILY ONLY copy of our upcoming EP "Useless Bay"! The official release date hasn't even been set, that's how early it is.
We LOVE playing music, but we also love the warm fuzzy feeling we get from knowing we've done something good. Did you know that in Portland, Oregon, a creative mecca of independent arts and music, that music and arts programs are severly under funded? It's not going change from the top down, we need artists and musicians to get directly involved. We'll share our music with you, and you help us share the love with young folks in our community!
Sorry Bill, I can't spend the money right now...
Well Billies, that's perfectly fine. That doesn't mean you can't make an impact and help us reach our goal! Post a link on your Blog, Facebook wall, Twitter account, or Instagram. Also, like us on Facebook. It's called the power of multiplication, and you can really make a difference. There's even a link at the top of this page you can use.
You can also just come down to The Village Ballroom on Sat. Sept. 22nd, 2012, have a plate of food, and buy a beer! If you'd like to join and share the facebook invite click here: http://www.facebook.com/events/165357030266254/ Hyep, that totally counts. And that’s all there is to it.
Please send out this link and post it to your wall: www.indiegogo.com/thelonesomebillies
Huge Thanks To Everyone,
Stay Lonesome! The Lonesome Billies
Special thanks to our sponsors too:
Team on This Campaign:
Uncle Billy Makoon