A couple of local Kickstarter campaigns are wrapping up in the next couple of weeks and are still looking for help.
The Americana duo WestWend, made up of Jonathan Maness and Wendy Crowe, is trying to raise $12,000 for production and promotion of its debut album, due out in May 2014. It's a lot of money, but Maness and Crowe say they have big plans for the album, including musical contributions from Nashville session players and promotion to country and Americana radio.
At press time, the duo has raised $2,905. The campaign ends on Dec. 13.
Marina Orchestra, one of Knoxville's biggest bands—literally—is trying to raise $5,000 for its second album, Ocean, also due out in 2014. The eight-piece worldbeat band has come up with some offbeat one-of-a-kind incentives for big contributions, like a haircut from Orchestra member Tim Eisinger ($50), original artwork inspired by the 11 songs on Ocean ($150), a trumpet once used by the band ($200), and dinner prepared by the band at Pilot Light before the Ocean release show on Jan. 18 ($250). (There's also a download of three Ocean songs remixed by Fine Peduncle available for just $5.)
Marina Orchestra's Kickstarter campaign expires on Dec. 2. So far, the band has raised $2,260. Visit kickstarter.com for details on each campaign. (It's worth it just for Marina Orchestra's fuzzy-puppet marketing pitch.)