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Save the Blue Meanie

$10,200 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 133 people in 1 month
We are the folk duo Hungrytown. In 2003, we left our New York City day jobs and risked everything to move to Vermont and pursue a full-time career as traveling musicians, which we've done successfully, touring the US, UK, Europe and New Zealand regularly.

In 2006, using the last of our retirement funds and money from awful places, we purchased our unique and beloved camper van known as the Blue Meanie, aka, the Third Townie, custom designed by Sportsmobile of Austin, Texas. It is fitted with two large solar panels, a mini kitchen, bathroom, and storage for our professional sound system and four instruments.

A good part of our income has gone towards keeping the Blue Meanie in good repair; nonetheless, things do go wrong. While traveling on our annual Further West Tour of the American south and southwest, it suffered a one-two punch of steering and transmission failure in the beautiful city of Phoenix, Arizona. Handling the myriad smallish problems has never been much of an issue, but this one is staggering. Though branded as a Dodge, the van is secretly a Mercedes-Benz, and its refurbished transmission is currently being ferried across the Atlantic from Baden-Württemberg, or wherever the heck they make these things. Total repairs will come in at around--gulp-- $11,000, more than just about any non-celebrity musician has in his or her account or line of credit.

Though we successfully crowd-funded our most recent album, Further West, this is the first time we have had to resort to our friends for a non-music expense. We desperately want to keep the Blue Meanie alive for more touring adventures, bringing our music to as many far-flung places as possible for whatever time we have left. Replacement of the entire camper would cost around $150,000, so we think this repair makes the most sense under these difficult circumstances.

If you know our music and our touring history, and want to help the Blue Meanie in its hour of need--and have some disposable income to do so--please consider this opportunity to help us, and you, go once again down Hungrytown Road.

Love,

Rebecca Hall & Ken Anderson

FAQs
If you've never done this before, how can you have FAQs?
If we had all the answers, we wouldn't be doing this.

Seriously? There are people dying of uninsured diseases. People have lost their homes in wildfires. And you're asking us to fix your stupid camper?
We need your help nonetheless.  The Blue Meanie is as much a part of our family as your most cherished dog, cat or, God help us, ferret. Plus, it has allowed us to make a living playing music.

I have $10,000 burning a hole in my pocket. Why don't I just take care of the whole thing?
Well, okay then!

You realize, of course, that I'm only a figment of your desperate imaginations.
*sigh*

So what happens if you exceed your $10,000 goal?
All excess monies would go towards funding our next album, which we would really like to start this year.

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This has been a terrific and humbling day for both of us. Our Save the Blue Meanie GoFundMe campaign reached its goal of $10,000, raised by 128 friends in 27 days. Huzzah!

Once again, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to, shared or had a kind thought. The Blue Meanie will tear up a road near you before too long.

Love,
Rebecca and Ken

Epilogue: if you want to help us offset our sizeable car rental costs or put cash in the kitty towards our new Vermont recording studio in progress, our GoFundMe page will remain open until we pick up the Blue Meanie, later this week or next.
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Full flagellum ahead! Thanks to our super and superb friends, our Save the Blue Meanie campaign is now over 90%. Please visit our GoFundMe page and help us zyget over the top!
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We just learned that the Blue Meanie's new transmission has arrived in Phoenix, allowing us to finally rise from our ashes. Installation, along with its new steering gear, and extensive testing, will take another week or so.

We would like to thank everyone of you who has helped us raise 70% of our Save the Blue Meanie goal, but we would love to raise the last 30% in the next week.
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We're only a fistful of dollars away from today's target of 70%. Please help us get the Blue Meanie back on the road!
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