There is not and never has been one way to put on a concert. You can go to a concert at a bar, small venue, church, outside festivals, in the mall, record stores, stadiums, at an art show… even in someone’s basement.
And that’s exactly what happens in many cities, states, and countries on any day of the week. These places, these venues, thrive on community, supporting local music, and good people. They are the real news stations in the music culture of your city. They are the epitome of “if you build it, they will come.” And it might look like I just misquoted Field of Dreams, but that doesn’t make it any less true. While house venues come and go, it’s certain they all do one thing; bring people together.
As two musicians who are very involved in this lifestyle, Zack Warpinski and I (Bree Melechinsky) want to share this very real and very intimate culture with you. We launched a kickstarter campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds for this project, which is to make a documentary on house venues and the culture connected to them. A documentary like this has never been done before, and we want to be the ones to tell it’s story. Having lived (and currently reside) in the locally known Twin Cities house venue The 108 House, I’ve personally never felt more connected to a community of people. Friends are made from any and every direction, be it within the Twin Cities or people who’ve come half way across country.
So instead of just touring to the west coast for a month, this May, the Twin Cities horror surf duo Cool Dog (Zack and Bree) is documenting their trip and the rest of their shows for the entirety of summer. One summer of house shows and self run venues. We’ll be traveling far and wide collecting interviews from fans, house owners, touring/local bands, taping rare live footage of shows, short road clips, stories from others who ran basement venues in the past, and much more, and turn it into a full length film.
Any and all support for this film would be the biggest help, and you wouldn’t go unrewarded: $5 would get you not only a virtual high five but a thank you extended to you on our website. $10 would give your name credited in the documentary. $25 would get you Cool Dog’s limited tour-only tape. $50 would get you a physical copy of the film when it’s all polished, finished, ‘n pretty (+previous). If you’re able and desire to donate more, there are definitely more pledge and backer rewards for your viewing pleasure you can check out on the campaign’s page. But really, there is no donation too small, and the more support you give, the better this film will be. Please help us make this happen!