Times are tight and money tighter for just about everyone, especially people trying to do something in the music business. So more and more people trying to get things done are turning to Kickstarter for fundraising. Among the local Kickstarter campaigns currently in progress are:
Little Raleigh Radio. This will be a proposed low-power FM community radio station for downtown Raleigh, starting up in 2013 and intended "To give a voice to the value of people and what they create." Organizers are seeking $10,000 in pledges, and they're already up to more than 80 percent of that goal. There's also a volunteer meeting, Aug. 27 at Kings Barcade.
"Bring It On Home." This is a long-in-the-works documentary film about North Carolina rock from the late '70s to early '90s, an era that includues the peak years of Arrogance, dB's, Let's Active and other iconic Old North State acts. The film's producers have been filming interviews and performances since 2004, and they're trying to raise $16,460 to do editing and production for DVD release. Pledge premiums range from "a heartfelt Thank You" for $1 up to Executive Producer credit for $7,500.
"Road Hogs From Hell." Back in the early '80s, one of Chapel Hill's young punk bands was A Number of Things, a goofy teenage ensemble that recorded a bit before its four members scattered for college. "Road Hogs From Hell" was their second release, and it came out on cassette (remember cassette-only releases?). It was thought to be lost, but a few copies recently turned up in drummer Jody Maxwell's basement. So they're trying to raise $3,000 to do a limited 300-copy vinyl run, featuring studio tinkering from John Plymale and artwork by Kevin Dixon and Ron Liberti. Pledge premiums include buttons, T-shirts, copies of the record and (for $500) "dinner in Chapel Hill with lead singer Stephe (to) hear stories, myths and legends of the ANOT world."
Bull Durham Blues Festival. The venerable festival's 25th edition finds it returning to the Durham Athletic Park Sept. 7-8, with a lineup including Marcia Ball, Bobby Blue Bland and other soul and blues luminaries. Organizers have set an ambitious $50,000 goal to help cover production expenses, and they've got a ways to go to get there; so take that under advisement.