Quick update

We’ve just completed our first week of the campaign, and we are now over $3000, at just over 15% of our goal.  I’m so grateful for everyone who has gotten involved!

Please continue to use the Indiegogo “share” tools to share the campaign on all things social media.  Indiegogo uses an algorithm that determines which campaigns are trending – and thus, which ones they feature on their pages – based in large part on the social media traffic that is being generated by the campaign.  Whenever and wherever you share, don’t forget to tag your post with the hashtag #holidayspiritcd.

And it’s super easy to tweet!  Just click the button —>Tweet: Ready to get In The #Holiday Spirit?  Check out the new #bigband CD by @RussLorenson at http://ctt.ec/dU6oy+ #holidayspiritcd

Saturday is Grati-Day!

OK, that post title isn’t my best work…but it’s still time to say thank you to our latest batch of Santa’s helpers!

First up, Silvia Martinelli, who is such a big supporter of local artists! Thanks for the contribution AND for coming to my last show at Feinstein’s!

What can I say about the incredible Richard Skipper – it sounds like a cliché to call him a “giver,” but it’s true! Richard is a passionate and tireless supporter of so many artists, and doesn’t just go to a show – he always brings a crowd with him! Thank you Richard!!

Christine Stewart, my dear friend from the “day job” side of my life has seen me at my worst (“what do you mean, I won’t get my luggage tonight?!?!”) but loves me anyway. One of these days we have to get you to a show! Thank you!!

Carly Ozard is a powerhouse performer, 4-time guest (and one time host!) of my annual holiday show, and has a heart as big as the great outdoors. Love you, Miss Carly!! MWAH!

And lastly, thanks to Jim Erb, great friend to the husband and me, and a fellow Cedar Point fan! Thanks for your generous support!

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More gratitudinal goodness!

First up – our BIGGEST contribution thus far comes from someone very special to me (and not just because of his donation!): Danny Goggin, creator of the “Nunsense” series of shows that have played all over the world. Danny & I worked together on 2 of the shows, “Nunsense Jamboree” and “Nuncrackers.” You are a super angel dear friend!!

Next up – my beautiful mother-in-law (you don’t often hear those words together!) Elvira Barajas. We are so thrilled that she beat lymphoma last year, and I am so proud when she calls me “son.” Gracias, Mama!!

Gregory Hales – one of my very best friends in the world – and someone who is helping me run this campaign – THANK YOU!!!

Skyleur Steffensen, a new friend and colleague at the “day job”, snagged one of the eight “Elf” spots we had (now sold out), so I am excited that he will finally get to see one of my shows in person! Thank you sir!

And finally, Geoff van den Brande and Michael Markham have certainly been good to me this month. Not only did they surprise me by coming to my April 1 show in San Francisco, they also bought a CD at the show. And now, they’ve joined the campaign as the latest Dancers! Thanks guys!!

More thank you’s to come!!

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Indiegogo campaign gratitude, April 8 2015

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Today’s thank you’s go out to another wonderful set of folks who are helping move us toward the goal!

First, 2 dear friends that I’ve known for years, and have been so supportive, even before I started performing in nightclubs or recording – Ross Adams and Leslie Thompson! Love you both so much!!

Next, Yvonne DeShayes, someone whom I don’t know personally, but who has been a super supporter through the magic of Facebook.

Elaine McKenna, who’s been a trouper and been to several of my shows in person, including our first meet-up during my long run at the 2010 Something C.O.O.L. Cabaret Festival in San Francisco.

And finally, thanks to Broadway & cabaret star Karen Mason, and her husband, the award-winning Composer/Arranger/Producer Paul Rolnick. One of Paul’s songs will be on the new CD and you can see a video of me performing at Feinstein’s this past December here:

I “stole” it from Karen after she sang it during a guest appearance in my annual holiday show a couple of years ago. I’m so happy we get to record it with the big band!!

Thanks to all of you for your support!!

Thank you!

We are now over $2500, and it’s time to start saying THANK YOU to those who have gotten us this far!

Our first contributor was Wesley Wilson!!  Thanks for kicking off the campaign, my dear friend!

Next up was Susan Ballard – not from Rhode Island, but a California girl who spent her birthday allowance on my campaign 😉

Mike Johnson & Greg Paquer were our first Prancers, followed closely by another Prancer from way back, Liz Gindraux!

Next we have my longtime friends (and rum ball addiction enablers) Desmond Lee and Carl Jukkola!

Thanks to you “First Five” for kicking this campaign off in such a great way – because of you all, we passed the $500 mark within 1 hour of our launch!

 

Thanks to another five angels who have helped get us off to a wonderful start!

Daniel Garcia – he gets all the perks automatically (he’s my hubby after all!), but still decided to give in a big way!  Our first “double Prancer”!

Peter Jay Ohm – busy with his own “Dining Out For Life” campaign (https://www.facebook.com/events/663964450374042), he took the time to join our project!

Perry Moore – I can’t remember a time when he and his lovely mother Eleanor were not sitting in the front row of one of my shows – for 10 years running!

Meri Rogoff – a fellow alumnus from our fabulous high school music program – go Patriots!

Shawn Ryan – a fellow singer and now filmmaker, touring the world’s film festivals with his first short film, “Charlie.”

Thanks to all of you from the bottom of my heart!!  What a way to get “In The Holiday Spirit!” #holidayspiritCD

Are you ready to get “In The Holiday Spirit”?

ITHS - IGG Page Assets_INTRO IMAGE copy 4We had a soft launch of our Indiegogo campaign over the holiday weekend, and we are already almost 12% funded! But now that Easter is over, it’s time to REALLY get “In The Holiday Spirit”!

The first week of any crowdfunding campaign is incredibly important. The more individual donations that come in – of ANY size – the more Indiegogo will promote us, and the more people will know about the campaign, helping to ensure success. While I want to raise as much as possible, it’s actually the NUMBER of individual donations that drive the visibility more than the amount. Whatever you can provide during this first week is wildly appreciated. The campaign runs for thirty days so there’s time to add later, but any donation – even $1 – has a significant impact.

To check out the campaign, visit: http://holidayspiritcd.com

I will truly be eternally grateful if you choose to be a part of “In The Holiday Spirit”! But if it’s not a good time to make a donation, you can still be an extremely important part of this project by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, or YouTube! Indiegogo uses an algorithm that determines which campaigns are trending – and thus, which ones they feature on their pages – based in large part on the social media traffic that is being generated by the campaign. Whenever and wherever you share, don’t forget to tag your post with the hashtag ‪#‎holidayspiritcd‬.

THANK YOU!!!

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Your chance to win!

Picture164v2Buy your ticket to Russ Lorenson’s show “A LIttle Travelin’ Music” between now and noon PST on Friday (March 27), and you could win a CD – or tickets to a future show at Feinstein’s at the Nikko!

From London to Chicago, Gershwin to Mercer, Paris to New York, and Mancini to Manilow, Russ Lorenson takes audiences on the musical journey of his life via the great standards of the 20th century. Russ makes the trip unique, fresh, and exciting as he tells the story of his odyssey from being a full-time stage performer to a high-tech executive with a million-mile travel schedule, and back again to the stage.

Wednesday, April 1
222 Mason Street @ O’Farrell in San Francisco
7:00pm – doors at 5:30pm
Tickets are $20-$35, available at SFCROONER.COM; a limited number half-price tix are available at Goldstar.com.

Three winners will be chosen at random to receive Russ’ CD, A LIttle Travelin’ Music, and one grand prize winner will receive 2 tickets to one of Russ’ upcoming 2015 shows at Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco!

Click here to enter!

Pack your bags and get your ticket for a musical journey with Russ

We’re less than 2 weeks away from the beginning of my 10th Anniversary Celebration Series at Feinstein’s at the Nikko, and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s been fun to revisit all the songs from A Little Travelin’ Music (and re-memorize them, LOL), and I’ve been struck by how this show foreshadowed the ones to come. There are songs made famous by Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin and Barry Manilow, all subjects of later shows, but songs that I don’t do in those later shows. I guess it’s clear where my influences have come from!

I do hope you’ll join me and the band for this first show in what will be a grand year of celebration – it all begins on April 1st (no foolin’).

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From London to Chicago, Gershwin to Mercer, Paris to New York, and Mancini to Manilow, Russ Lorenson takes audiences on the musical journey of his life via the great standards of the 20th century. Russ makes the trip unique, fresh, and exciting as he tells the story of his odyssey from being a full-time stage performer to a high-tech executive with a million-mile travel schedule, and back again to the stage.

Wednesday, April 1
222 Mason Street @ O’Farrell in San Francisco
7:00pm – doors at 5:30pm
Tickets are $20-$35, available at SFCROONER.COM

The all-new RussLorenson.com is LIVE!

We’ve spent a ton of time and energy giving the site a complete makeover.  We rebuilt it from the ground up, using WordPress as our platform.  There are a couple of minor bugs, mostly on mobile platforms, but we hope to have those fixed shortly.  See something you don’t like?  Looking for something we should add?  Let us know on the Contact page!

Celebrating 10 years!

I’m thrilled to announce that in honor of my 10th anniversary as a nightclub performer, Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco will be hosting me in a retrospective series of my most popular shows from the past, as well as a brand new show I’m creating for the series!

It all begins on April 1, when I will perform the show that launched both my nightclub and recording careers, “A Little Travelin’ Music.”  Tickets are available now at http://sfcrooner.com.