At least two Orlando acts are in the midst of fundraising campaigns on Kickstarter.com, the online resource for crowd-funded projects by musicians, filmmakers and other creative types.
For anyone interested in supporting the Orlando scene, tossing even a few bucks toward one of these promising locals is a good way to do it. What better way to be part of a community than to be invested.
For singer-songwriter Ashley Dudukovich, the notion of involvement is essential to her push to relaunch Chasing Jonah, her independent-minded pop-rock band. After the release of Chasing Jonah's "And the Clocks Moved" EP last summer, the band went on a hiatus that resulted in the departure of several members.
Now, Dudukovich and guitarist Tony Ficarrotto, the old band's lone holdover, are ready to produce a full-length album to introduce a new Chasing Jonah. The musicians want to raise $15,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to support the album's production, distribution and promotion.
"We want to do it on our own and make it a community-supported project," Dudukovich says. "The community really is the reason we do what we do.
"We started this campaign as a way to not only bring together musicians and friends, but also photographers, videographers, local businesses and social movements. We wanted to use it as a way to really get the community involved – not only with this, but with each other."
Those interested in contributing can find details by visiting kickstarter.com and searching for "Chasing Jonah comeback." The band members also have produced a promotional video that depicts them on a homemade backyard stage in front of audience members who join them in the spotlight.
Dudukovich already has written most of the material for the new album, but the musical arrangements will come together organically.
"We've started working with a couple of additional musicians and we will have other musicians from other bands helping us out in the process," she says. "That's one of the beautiful things about doing it this way. The more I give people an opportunity to work on this, the more beautiful it has become."
'Key of E' returns
If you missed "Key of E," Orlando musician Andy Matchett's apocalyptic rock musical at this year's Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, it's returning for another run:
"Key of E" will be presented at 8 p.m. Aug. 23, 24, 26, 29 and 30 at The Venue in Orlando, an opportunity for Matchett and his collaborators to present the show without the logistical challenges of the Fringe.
"We don't have a time limit," Matchett says. "At Fringe, you had 10 minutes to load in and 10 minutes to load out. You have to do it on the fly. This allows us to take it to a new level."
To celebrate the show's return, Matchett is releasing a "Key of E" soundtrack album that he recorded with Orlando producer Justin Beckler. That project was a six-week whirlwind that Matchett expects to complete this weekend.
"Justin and I played all the instruments," Matchett says. "We're just putting the finishing touches on it."
There's a link to the Kickstarter page at KeyofE.net, as well as a link to buy tickets for the shows ($10 advance, $15 at the door).
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'Key of E'
What: Apocalyptic rock musical with music by Andy Matchett
When: 8 p.m. Aug. 23, 24, 26, 29 and 30
Where: The Venue, 511 Virginia Drive, Orlando
Cost: $10 advance, $15 at the door