CORRECTION: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker leader David Lowery wrote to make it clear that the band is doing only playing a total of 35 songs at SXSW; so the amount being raised is $3500 and not $7000 as I had written. My apologies. You can read the rest of David's often passionate rebuttal in the comments section below.
(UPDATED) Since SXSW doesn't usually pay bands much to perform and they no longer have a record label to sponsor them, Camper Van Beethoven is asking their fans to pony up $7000 $3500 for their trip to Austin next month.
It's not clear exactly why CVB needs a full $7k $3.5K or why they didn't take the same approach as most of the other 6 gazillion bands playing at SXSW and book a paying tour that routes through Austin. But you have to give the Camper credit for coming up with a novel approach ($100 to sponsor each song in their set) plus a fun payback for the fans. For details, read on:
How it works:
"CVB will draw up two setlists, one for each show: approximately 35 songs.
The first 35 people to donate $100 dollars will get to choose a song.
The first person gets the first choice from the setlist, the second person gets the second choice etc etc. Sorry but you will have to choose from the setlists that we create. We once tried a a fan generated setlist and it was really weird - unfortunately, not weird in a good way, or we'd probably be doing that more often!"
What you get:
*A Santa Cruz Roller Derby Girl will walk/skate across the stage carrying a placard announcing your sponsorship of the song, within full view of the audience or cameras, to have the moment captured on film or video for all of eternity!*You can have up to 4 names or one business on each placard.
*We will contact you later for details how your sponsorship placard will read.
We reserve the right to arbitrarily refuse sponsorship from anyone or any organization. (For instance we probably won't be letting Mr. Hugh Jass and Ms. Ann Al-Aksam sponsor any songs. Probably.)"