WAREHOUSE Rescue Campaign

One of America's Longest Running All Ages No Alcohol Independent Concert Venues needs YOUR help! WAREHOUSE vs CONDOS!!
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Stephen Harm
Music
54601, Wisconsin
United States
1 Team Member

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ALTHOUGH THE CAMPAIGN IS OVER, and all of the money is being refunded, our bank was shocked by the amount of support that the Warehouse received from the music community worldwide.  Because of your support, they have given us 30-60 days to take care of some pressing bills and come up with a plan to generate more funds.  Many people who contributed to this IndieGoGo campaign have contacted us wondering how we could just keep the donations and use them.  We can't do that, however, they can be easily re-donated at our website, www.WarehouseRocks.com YOU CAN STILL CONTRIBUTE!
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Historic All Ages Venue Slated For Development

THE WAREHOUSE, after 22 years of showcasing local/regional/national bands in a no-alcohol atmosphere in La Crosse Wisconsin, is slated to be sold to developers.  This fundraising campaign is designed to help keep that from happening so that the venue will be around for several more generations of young concertgoers and bands.

By lending a hand you will ensure that local kids have an alcohol-free place to perform and hone their skills, and that local kids will get to see bands of all types and not have to drive a couple hours to the nearest big city for the same experience.  Kids can currently see shows at the Warehouse that they would ordinarily have to borrow the car and drive 2 1/2 hours to Minneapolis or Madison to see.  Young local bands also get the opportunity to perform alongside national bands, learning from watching, listening to, and talking with these touring bands.  


The Warehouse has hosted over 8000 bands and 200,000 music supporters over the past 22 years, and has been a proving ground for national bands like Everclear, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Mudvayne, Static-X, Mayday Parade, Letlive, Motion City Soundtrack, POS, Mod Sun, Mac Lethal, Volumes, Born of Osiris, Brand New, and also been home to legendary performances by Descendents, Melvins, Meat Puppets, Dead Milkmen, Pegboy, Workhorse Movement, Chemlab, Pigface, 16volt, En Esch/Mona Mur, Bishop Dust, No Knife, Wesley Willis, Babyland, Acumen, and more.

Part of our legendary staircases:   

Stairs

 

The Fund

The Warehouse has always had a very strict policy against pay-to-play, or making bands buy/sell tickets.  We've always felt that it is the Promoter's obligation to be the Promoter and Ticket Broker, not the band's.  Charging bands to play is just not in our blood.  Bands have enough expenses without having to buy tickets to their own gig and hope that they can sell them.

But this policy of no pay-to-play has taken its toll. Combined with no alcohol sales and a tenant who filed bankruptcy and left the venue hanging, the bills have rapidly piled up. Currently we owe a substantial amount to the City, County, and also our bank.  Our bank has decided it is time to cut their losses, as the County has been threatening foreclosure.

This funding campaign is set up with "Fixed Funding", meaning if we do not hit our mark, all of the money is refunded.  It is pointless to set it up any other way, since without the amount we seek it does not matter: this historic venue will quickly vanish.  We also did not want to set it up so that if we did not make what we needed, we could still get all of the money and close, running away with the money.  It is truly "all or nothing". If we don't get it, we are done.  If we get it, expect 22 more years of a safe haven for area kids, giving them a sense of community that most of them cannot find anywhere else.

Fall Out Boy Letter

 After the successful Rescue Campaign, we plan to fully explore the possibility of becoming a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, allowing us much more flexibility in programming, funding sources, and operational hours.  The possibilities are endless if we can make that happen.


Our Perks

Many people have contributed because see the big picture and want to help.  However, there are many great levels of "perks" involved in this campaign to incentivize people, from T-shirts to naming rights for the main concert room.  Companies can probably write-off some of the perks involving advertising in the venue.  Imagine being able to advertise your venue inside another venue (are you listening, First Ave, Metro, Mojos, Varsity Theater, Majestic Theater, Rave, Miramar Theater, Mill City Nights, Shred Shed, Chain Reaction, etc?) Please take the time to check out the perks after you read this, on the right side of the page.

**In case you are confused by "The Victims" information in the perks, that was a new wave band that Warehouse manager Steve was part of in the 1980s.  Crazy hairdoos, terrible dance moves, and hook-driven synth-guitar rock. And a keytar!**  

 MaydayParade

 

Extra Simple Assistance

THE DEADLINE IS 11pm THURSDAY AUGUST 22 2013.  IT IS VERY NEAR.

We appreciate your support as we try to survive this pivotal moment in the Warehouse's history.  Thank you! 

Jarret

Steve got to swap stories at a convention a few years ago with someone who has seen it all: HILLY KRYSTAL, owner of legendary New York live music venue CBGBs .

STEVEandHILLY

Here is one of the just announced Designer T-shirt Perks, from artist RIGGS REPKING at WANDER ART & DESIGN!

Our exclusive TIM BRADLEY designer owl/snake T-shirt!


ROBERT 'NIX' NIXON limited edition Support Live Music t-shirt!

WAREHOUSE LIMITED EDITION SCREEN PRINT, from Rochambo Studios in Minneapolis.  This is a mock-up, actual image will be slightly different.

Hate Dept post

NiceGuy
A week ago, a kid committed suicide after killing his girlfriend. Most kids at the Warehouse knew him, but he only came to a few shows. A few days later, at a show, this kid jumped onstage at the end of the concert and grabbed the mic. We were going to shut him off, but we decided we'd hear what he had to say. 

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE NOW.  This is an investment in kids. How often do you get the chance to contribute to something that will directly impact this age group in a positive way? PLEASE CONTRIBUTE, and then tell people about contributing.  You are your friends can save a community.


$62,446USD
raised by 793 people in 2 months
31% funded
0 time left
$200,000 USD goal
Fixed Funding This campaign did not meet its $200,000USD funding goal by the deadline.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on August 22, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    Frugal Concert Philanthropist

    OK, so you're dead broke and you need to save money for a great concert... we GET that! Thanks for your contribution. Please help spread the word about Warehouse Rescue Campaign!

    9 claimed

  • $5USD
    High Five O'Fun

    You cannot afford much, but you are willing to help. That makes us smile. Heres a digital high-five. SMACK! Please help spread the word about Warehouse Rescue Campaign.

    16 claimed

  • $10USD
    WARM FUZZY FEELING

    You feel good knowing you helped provide a place for all ages to see bands and perform.

    65 claimed

  • $25USD
    RESCUE TEAM MEMBER

    We'll put your name on our website indefinitely as a Warehouse Rescue Team Member!(www.warehouserocks.com)

    80 claimed

  • $30USD
    WAREHOUSE T-SHIRT "49 steps"

    WAREHOUSE Wisconsin Logo on the front, "Its 49 steps to the top if you want to rock n roll" on the back. For shipping anywhere outside the US, please add $30 for shipping and packaging. Sorry, but the rates are high.

    187 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50USD
    YOU on THE WALL OF FAME

    Your name, company name, your Grandma's name...as long as it is legit for viewing, will be emblazoned on our wall of fame in the venue. Make yourself famous or get a spot for someone's birthday gift, graduation gift, or just for the fun of it. No profane names. We're not falling for Michael Hunt.

    146 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $60USD
    Exclusive TIM BRADLEY T-SHIRT

    TIM BRADLEY from WISCONSINK TATTOO and the amazing band ORWELL has designed a Limited Edition shirt that is exclusively for people who help out the Warehouse on this fundraising drive. Photos up soon. For shipping outside the US, please add $30 for shipping and packaging. Sorry, the intertaional rates are very high.

    34 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $60USD
    Exclusive BENJAMIN DEWITT tee

    BENJAMIN JAMES DEWITT has designed a Limited Edition shirt that is exclusively for people who help out the Warehouse on this fundraising drive. Photos up soon. For shipping outside the US, please add $30 for shipping and packaging. Sorry, the intertaional rates are very high.

    3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $60USD
    Exclusive ROBERT NIX NIXON tee

    ROBERT "NIX" NIXON has designed a Limited Edition shirt that is exclusively for people who help out the Warehouse on this fundraising drive. Photos up soon. For shipping outside the US, please add $30 for shipping and packaging. Sorry, the intertaional rates are very high.

    5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $60USD
    Exclusive VOLCANO WONDER tee

    Elijah Wonder of VOCANO WONDER has designed a Limited Edition shirt that is exclusively for people who help out the Warehouse on this fundraising drive. Photos up soon. For shipping outside the US, please add $30 for shipping and packaging. Sorry, the intertaional rates are very high.

    6 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $60USD
    Exclusive WANDER / ART tee

    RIGGS REPKING from WANDER / ART AND DESIGN has created a Limited Edition shirt that is exclusively for people who help out the Warehouse on this fundraising drive. Photos up soon. For shipping outside the US, please add $30 for shipping and packaging. Sorry, the intertaional rates are very high.

    29 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    Limited Edition WH Screenprint

    An 18" x 24" hand-pulled limited edition screenprint from Rochambo Studios in Minneapolis. See the Campaign Page to the left for an idea of what it will look like. Signed and Numbered by the artist, limited to 25 pieces, EVER.

    4 out of 25 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $275USD
    VIP ENTRY, MEET THE BAND

    Get two (2) VIP early entry tickets to ANY show at the Warehouse so you can go behind-the-scenes of a rock show, come in while the bands are loading and soundchecking, and meet the bands for photos & poster signing!

    2 out of 20 claimed

  • $500USD
    JANES COOKIES, LP, POSTER

    Jane Harm, official Godmother of the Warehouse, will handcraft a batch of her famous homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies, we'll overnight ship them to you with an ultra-rare VICTIMS full length LP (Steve's new wave band from the 80s), limited to 24: only 26 are known to exist in pristine condition, sealed in a plastic sleeve with Europadisc DMM seal. TWENTY FOUR left on Earth! VICTIMS poster is original printing, various designs, poster may include beer sponsor logo. *NO COOKIES SHIPPED INTERNATL*

    7 out of 24 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $750USD
    POSTER BRANDING--YOUR COMPANY

    Get your company logo on all Warehouse posters for a month, listed as a co-sponsor. This is not open to other venues, that would be confusing. Also not open to beer/liquor companies. Our posters go up in high schools, colleges, and multiple business places in a 45 mile radius.

    0 claimed

  • SOLD OUT

    $1,000USD
    YOU OWN a MONITOR

    Your band's logo, your company's logo, or name, or your smiling face, etched onto a metal plate that will be mounted facing the crowd on one of the stage monitors.

    6 out of 6 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $2,500USD
    OWN A WAREHOUSE STEP!

    You can secure one of the most legendary steps in the music world! Your name, band logo, company logo can be emblazoned across the face of one of the Warehouse's 48 steps! Well, 47. The step cracked by Wesley Willis is reserved for comedian Brian Posehn.

    1 out of 47 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $5,000USD
    BUY THE FRONT OF THE STAGE

    Your image (or your band's, or your company's) on one of three front stage panels, (96 inches W, 25 inches H), facing the crowd. Contact us for details.

    1 out of 3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $10,000USD
    Your image on the sound booth

    Your image (or your band's, or your company's) on the front panel of the sound booth. 84 inches wide by 58.5 inches high. Contact us for details.

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50,000USD
    NAMING RIGHTS to the MAIN ROOM

    Your Name, Band Name, or Company Logo on the Transom Window above the Main Room entryway, your name on all Warehouse promotional materials highlighting the name of the Main Room! i.e., say Dave Grohl wants it to be THE DAVE GROHL ROOM inside the Warehouse, we can probably work that out.

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
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