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FuMPFest 2017

The Funny Music Project‘s (FuMP) comedy music festival/convention, FuMPFest, returns this Friday June 16th to Sunday June 18th at the Holiday Inn Chicage-Elk Grove in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

The Guest of Honor for this year is Henry Phillips.  Henry is a comedy musican and actor who has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Billboard magazine, worked with Moby, his YouTube channel “Henry’s Kitchen” and his own film “Punching the Clown.”  Featured Guests are Bad Teenage Moustache, chiptune-rock band Boy Meets Robot, Carla Ulbrich, Insane Ian, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, Peter Wildman, Reformed Whores, Smashy Claw, The Gothsicles, Tom Tuerff, Worm Quartet, and the great Luke Ski.  Also appearing this weekend but with no featured concert are Carrie Dahlby, Devo Spice, Holy Bongwater, Lauren Mayer, Power Salad, the Library Bards, and TV’s Kyle.

Events for the con will be several concerts throughout the weekend, but there is more to the event then just them.  The Opening Ceremonies will screen the entries this year’s Video Contest, karaoke, Q&A and autographs with Henry Phillips,  State of The FuMP, Live Podcasts, the FuMP Showcase, and special showing of Punching Henry, Henry Phillip’s latest mocumentary.  Friday will host the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music ceremony, all the nominated songs will be performed or presented at the ceremony.  There will be a dealer’s room for shopping as well.

Pre-registration is opened until June 12th, tomorrow.  Registration at the door is the same price.  Adult weekend is $50, Friday or Sunday only $20, and Saturday only $30.  Children twelve and under can get in for $30 for the weekend or any single day for $15.  Children three and under are free.

Fans of the FuMP, Dr. Demento, and comedy music in general should keep the FuMPFest are their list of events to try to hit up some time to see and hear their favorite acts and hang with fellow fans.

 

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Logan Awards Nom­i­nees and Kickstarter

In 2010 the FuMP (The Funny Music Project) created the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Award for Excellence in Comedy Music to celebrate the best funny songs of the year and to pay tribute to Logan Whitehurst. Logan was a prolific, talented, and hilarious comedy musician, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 29.  Dr. Demento called Logan’s album “Goodbye My 4-Track” the “Sergeant Peppers” of comedy music albums. The Award celebrates funny songs in three categories – Outstanding Original Comedy Song, Outstanding Parody Song, and Outstanding Comedy Music Video – and the winners receive a statuette of a robot cat, inspired by one of Logan’s most popular songs, “Robot Cat”. In the past they have given awards to OKGo, Neil Patrick Harris, Todrick Hall, and Garfunkel and Oates, among others.

The Nom­i­nees for this year are:

Out­stand­ing Com­edy Music Video

“The Loop­hole” — Gar­funkel & Oates
Out­stand­ing Orig­i­nal Com­edy Song
“Shut Up, Ian!”Insane Ian
“The Loop­hole”Gar­funkel & Oates
Out­stand­ing Par­ody Song:
“After Ever After” Jon Cozart (“Paint” on YouTube)
“JoCo Got Jacked”Devo Spice

For the first two years of the award, Rob Balder, the award’s creator, paid for production of the statuettes himself.  Last year’s chair was Luke Ski, and he paid for them that year.  The statues cost $400 each to produce, meaning that each year they need to spend $1200 on them to keep the awards going.  Since there is a different chair each year it’s not practical to expect the chair to continue paying for production of the statues, but they need paid for somehow.  That’s where Kickstarter comes in.

They have raised, as of this writing, $3,071.  Meaning they have not only paid for this year’s statues, but also next year and part of the year after that.  It goes till May 14th if you to get in on it.

Help them out, and you can get some cool rewards such as:

– An album of live comedy music performed at my LukeSkiCon last year

– A video presentation of highlights of Live comedy music performances from the first three Logan Awards ceremonies

– A official Logan Awards T-shirt

– An appearance on the FuMP’s weekly chat show ‘The Funny Music Podcast’

– A comedy song created for you by one of the artists of the FuMP

– House concerts performed by one or more of the artists of the FuMP.

This year’s Logan Awards ceremony is taking place at FuMPFeST on June 21st in Wheeling, IL, and Dr. Demento will host.

 

 

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FuMP Special With Free Stuff

The Funny Music Project (FuMP) is a collaboration of comedy musicians to release new, redone, remixed, recycled, and special songs under a Creative Commons License. Artists include Devo Spice, Worm Quartet, the great Luke Ski, Power Salad, Tom Smith, Robert Lund and Spaff, Raymond and Scum, Carrie Dahlby, Carla Ulbrich, Seamonkey, Steve Goodie, Insane Ian, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, and more.  They also have a Sideshow for any expiring comedy musician or established one who does not have the time to become a FuMP regular.

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New songs are posted to their website about every Tuesday and Friday. The latest eight are available as a free download (128k MP3) or better quality (320k MP3) for $.99.  After more new songs come on only the better quality one is available.

Every two months they put out a compilation is produced with the songs of the past two months, called Best of FuMP #whatever they are up to.  Volume 36 has just recently come out.  The Cd contains bonus material like extra songs, interviews, live performance videos, games, and other crap.  The CDs sell for $9.99 in their store or buy it as a download.

They sell subscriptions to the site, that can disable the ads on the site, access to their high quality RSS Feed, give you access to all high quality downloads (Level 1 $4.99), compilation albums sent free every two months (Level 2 $9.99), 20% discount on past Best of FuMP album CDs, free downloads of past albums, depending on how much you pay.  You can get one month recurring meaning every month you automatically renew for another month or one month non-recurring, 6 month, and 12 months which are all one time payments for their stated time period.

They are now they are offering a special deal on subscriptions this month.  If you subscribe during January you will get a one mont for free and a free USB drive.  Customers who sign up for a new recurring monthly subscription in January will get their fourth month (April) for free.  If you cancel prior than April, no refund will be given.  If you get a 6 or 12 month non-recurring subscription, one month free has already been factored into the cost.   One month nonrecurring subscriptions are not valid for this offer.  You will also get a FuMP branded USB drive with all of the music from the site for 2012, FuMP Volumes 31-36.  The drives will be sent out in February.

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Kickstarters to Look Check Out

Kickstarter is a great way for acts to finianzie and check people’s opinion on new projects; also great for fans to help their favorite acts and learn about new ones.  Here are a couple of music related ones to check out and maybe support.

The Austin Troubadours first CD – “Mediterranean Journey”

Austine Troubadours are a Medieval and Renaissance music group that plays songs from Italy, Spain, France and Balkan countries, on period instruments.  The group includes Renaissance lute, baroque violin, early woodwinds,  harpsichord, and many other instruments that I have never heard of along with voice.  This albums will include Italian monophonic dances from the “British Library” Manuscript, “Cantigas De Santa Maria” from a collection attributed to Spanish king Alfonso El Sabio, French Renaissance dances from Attaingnant editions, and a few of the oldest examples of songs and dances from Serbia and Macedonia.  The album will try to recreate the sounds and spirits of Medieval Mediterranean.

They are looking for $3,000 and already have $1,819 so far.  Sponsor levels include getting the CD, an invite to the release party, name listing in the album booklet, dinner with the band, and a private concert (for those in central Texas area).  They have 15 more days to reach their goal.

The Slants Need a New Tour Bus

The Slants are an Asian synth-pop band from Oregon with a big following in the anime fandom. In the last four years they have played over 350 shows all across the US and Europe at anime cons, dive bars and tropps overseas.  They need new a new touring bus.  They travel for several months out the year and needs something that can handle the intense touring.  They have already spent most of their money on their latest album and now are looking for help from their fans who have helped them since the beginning.

For $10,000 they can get an old shuttle bus and renovate it for touring.  They will also not have to use a trailer anymore and invest money into their stage show.  More funds will go to an even better vehicle. They have already got $4,232 with 14 days to go.  Various donation levels will get you digital albums, CDs, special songs, personal shout-out, t-shirt, other merch, tour DVD, original art, personalized song, private concerts, and more.

Worm Quartet “Songs of the Maniacs” Album

The one man band from Rochester, New York Worm Quartet (a.k.a. Shoebox) has played on both the Dr. Demento radio show (with the most requested song of 2004)  and a core member of The FuMP is now releasing his long-awaited next album.  He has collaborated with Sudden Death and MC Lars.  In 2007 he won a Logan Award for his song “The Ballad of Dr. Stopp.”

This Kickstarter is to fund the mastering of the albums, license the one cover song, cover printing of the albums, and other assorted costs.

Donation incentives include buttons, downloads, CDs, bonus discs, and exclusive USB flash drives mounted in Atari cartridges and loaded with the entire Worm Quartet discography (available only through this project).

(NOTE:  This is a prototype…the final product will look slightly different.)

Prizes for high levels include personalized songs Worm Quartet/Devo Spice house concerts.

He has already reached the $1,300 goal he was looking for, so he place a stretch goal of $2,600 to buy a new keytar.  He passed this as well. Now if he raises $4,400 he plans to upgrade his “studio” with new equipment.  14 days left on this one too.

Steamstock- A Music Featival From Another Time

Swing Goth has hosted several different events over the last five years like The Bowie Ball, a San Fran and NYC Burton Ball, Gaiman vs. Moore, and others.  They were chosen Best of the Bay in 2009 and its various events have been covered in over 30 newspaper articles, including: New York Times, New York Post, SF Chronicle, SF Bay Guardian, and SF Weekly.  Recently they did nighttime events as part of the steampunk con, Clockwork Alchemy.  Now they want to do a whole steampunk music festival. 

They are planning to have two stages, over ten bands both national and local, vendors, belly dancers, aerialists, fire dancers, and a raised dance floor for partying.  They will do all this if they raise $3,000.  If they get $4,000 they will add ferries to take people between San Francisco and their venue, Craneway Pavilion, allowing you to travel to and from a steampunk event in a boat.  At $5,000 they will add a boat from San Jose.  At $6,000 they will start announcing national level bands.  Raise enough and they will put the bands on the boats.

Bands that have already said they will play the event include Abney Park,Vernian Process,5 Cent Coffee,Blue Rabbit, and Vagabondage.

With 14 days to go they have only raised $737.  For supporting you can get bumper stickers, badge ribbons, a silk cravat, dance instruction DVD, shopping bag, metal badge, hair clip, seed pod bag, hat pin, necklace and earring set, ticket to the show ($40 level), dance levels, and various outfits fitted to you.

You can email them (steamstocksf@gmail.com) to sign up for their mailing list or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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