Collection BadgeArtboard 2Contributionsdown-caretFace for reaction of awesomeFace for reaction of need infoFace for reaction of thanksicon-checkbox-selectedcommunityicon-discover-icon-linkicon-dismiss-keyboard-linkDuplicate Iconicon-entre-caretArtboard 1Artboard 132 copyIcon - Error_blackfashionfilmT1-flaghealthArtboardicon-icon-allcategoriesicon-icon-analyticsicon-icon-appsicon-icon-articon-icon-charityicon-icon-checkmarkicon-icon-consoleicon-icon-create-categoryicon-icon-create-durationicon-icon-create-editicon-icon-create-goalicon-icon-create-photoicon-icon-create-storyicon-icon-create-titleicon-icon-dashboardicon-icon-donateicon-icon-editicon-icon-editicon-icon-educationicon-icon-embedicon-icon-environmenticon-icon-exclamationicon-icon-facebookicon-icon-filmicon-icon-flagicon-icon-followicon-icon-followingicon-icon-fulfillmenticon-icon-goicon-icon-gplusicon-icon-helpicon-icon-idOval 8icon-icon-iphoneArtboard 1 Copy 52icon-icon-linkFill 1icon-icon-linkedinicon-icon-locationicon-icon-lockicon-icon-mailGroupicon-icon-musicicon-icon-perkicon-icon-personalcauseicon-icon-photographyicon-icon-playbookicon-icon-profileicon-icon-recent-activityicon-icon-religionicon-icon-rightarrowshadesicon-icon-shareicon-icon-todoicon-icon-tumblricon-icon-twittericon-icon-viewicon-icon-websiteicon-icon-youtubeArtboard 1Icon - Information_blackT2-keyT1-megaphoneMotorcyclemusicphonesArtboard 3icon-radiobutton-selectedArtboard 1T1-rocketProduct stage icon: ConceptProduct stage icon: ConceptProduct stage icon: ConceptProduct stage icon: ConceptProduct stage icon: ProductionProduct stage icon: ProductionProduct stage icon: ProductionProduct stage icon: ProductionProduct stage icon: PrototypeProduct stage icon: PrototypeProduct stage icon: PrototypeProduct stage icon: PrototypeProduct stage icon: ShippingProduct stage icon: ShippingProduct stage icon: ShippingProduct stage icon: ShippingIcon - Success_black32icon-tooltip-question32Icon - Warning_v2leftArtboardrightup-caretArtboard 8 Copy 2
InDemand
Bluegrass Court Jester Phase Two
Ron Thomason is the "Bluegrass Court Jester" Phase 2 was a success but you can still contribute
Perry Schwartz
Silver Spring, United States
$3,380 USD total funds raised
103% funded on September 4, 2017
Overview
Phase 2 Fund Raising was a success BUT you can still contribute through InDemand. Our new one-hour documentary concert film will capture the special magic and unusual history that is bluegrass music.  Our story is told by the Court Jester of Bluegrass himself, Ron Thomason, through live concert performances, compelling and humorous interviews and archival footage.

Fund Raising Continues Even though Phase 2 was a success

BUT WE NEED YOUR DONATION TO CONTINUE PHASE 3 "IN DEMAND."

 

In Phase 3 we will do the Principal Shooting at the "High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival in the Summer of 2018 and then do the final editing.  This is the big cost of this project.  Thus we need to raise much more money through donations and investors.

My partners and I started this project, Bluegrass Court Jester: Ron Thomason, An Unusual History of Bluegrass Music,  in November of 2016 with a trip to do an interview with Ron at his Ranch in the high mountain desert of Colorado.  We then spent the next five months planning for the April concert by the "Dry Branch Fire Squad" the bluegrass band that Ron leads.  This concert was performed in front of a full house for the Institute of Musical in Silver Spring, MD.  We videotaped this concert with four cameras to capture the concert professionally.   

Here is what one fan wrote about the April concert: 

I first saw Dry Branch in 1980 at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival that I have attended ever since.  I have seen the band perform well over 100 sets.  In all that time, the show last night was the very best.  The band is now very tight very great picking and harmonies.  Keep it up!

Also during Phase 1 we videotaped a terrific interview with Chris Teskey, Program Director of Bluegrass Country Radio in Washington DC.

Our video at the beginning of this page features clips from the April concert, excerpts from the Ron Thomason and Chris Teskey interviews.  This 7 minute video will give you an idea of the approach we will use on the one-long concert documentary, Bluegrass Court Jester: Ron Thomason, An Unusual History of Bluegrass Music,

In addition in Phase 1 we set up our social media sites on Twitter and Facebook and created our website.

Phase 1 funding was achieved through two large donations from patrons of this projects and a few smaller donations that put us over the top.

 

Phase 2 will include:

Completed--The July trip to Westcliff to scout this summers High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival

In September--A trip to IBMA and participate in the Exhibit Hall.

In November--   Another interview with Ron Thomason and Heidi Clare at the Colorado Ranch.​

      More interviews with Bluegrass Experts to look at the history of bluegrass.  

      Interviews planned in Washington, DC, Florida, Nashville and San Francisco.

      A concert in the Spring of 2018 in Silver Spring, MD with 2 to 3 bands that will be featured in         the final video

      

     

We want you to be involved and know that your contribution will make this project happen.

Music downloads from the April concert, a DVD of the final video and various forms of recognition for you contribution are available in the different levels of contributors.

Thanks in advance for you support.

The End Product

We are going to talk with various cable networks to find the right broadcast outlet for what we know will be a unique look at this music we all love.

 

 

 

 

Perks
$25
USD
Silver Donor
This is the basic level donation and essential to completing our video. At this minimum contribution you are very important to us. You will get to here the great music created in the April concert with the MP3 songs we will download to you.
Items included:
  • 10 MP3 Songs from Concert
  • Your Name on Twitter as Donor
10 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$100
USD
Gold Donor
As a Gold Donor you will receive a MP3 download of the entire April concert which includes Ron's monologues and the music from the concert. We will also list you as a Donor on our website.
Items included:
  • MP3 Download of entire concert
  • Your Donor Name on our Website
9 out of 50 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$1000
USD
Platinum Donor
A Platinum Donor will receive a MP3 download of the April concert, a DVD copy of the Final Video, an invitation to attend the world premiere of the final concert video held in Washington, DC and you donor name in the credits of the final concert documentary video.
Items included:
  • MP3 Download of entire concert
  • DVD of Final Concert Video
  • Name in Video Credits
0 out of 10 claimed
Get this perk
Overview
Phase 2 Fund Raising was a success BUT you can still contribute through InDemand. Our new one-hour documentary concert film will capture the special magic and unusual history that is bluegrass music.  Our story is told by the Court Jester of Bluegrass himself, Ron Thomason, through live concert performances, compelling and humorous interviews and archival footage.
Perks
$25
USD
Silver Donor
This is the basic level donation and essential to completing our video. At this minimum contribution you are very important to us. You will get to here the great music created in the April concert with the MP3 songs we will download to you.
Items included:
  • 10 MP3 Songs from Concert
  • Your Name on Twitter as Donor
10 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$100
USD
Gold Donor
As a Gold Donor you will receive a MP3 download of the entire April concert which includes Ron's monologues and the music from the concert. We will also list you as a Donor on our website.
Items included:
  • MP3 Download of entire concert
  • Your Donor Name on our Website
9 out of 50 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$1000
USD
Platinum Donor
A Platinum Donor will receive a MP3 download of the April concert, a DVD copy of the Final Video, an invitation to attend the world premiere of the final concert video held in Washington, DC and you donor name in the credits of the final concert documentary video.
Items included:
  • MP3 Download of entire concert
  • DVD of Final Concert Video
  • Name in Video Credits
0 out of 10 claimed
Get this perk
Let us know if you think this campaign contains prohibited content.
You may also be interested in