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Sean P. Means
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Utah Crowd-Funding: Rock ‘n’ roll will never die

This week’s Utah Crowd-Funding project has a nice beat and is easy to dance to.

The goal of The Contras, a rock band from Roy, Utah, is simple: "We’re working on an album that will change the world, and we want you to be a part of that!" So states the band on its Kickstarter page, as the musicians explain that "we want to create something more than just a bunch of songs jumbled together, we want to put together a story that people will enjoy."

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The point of The Contras’ proposed album, the site says, "is to get people to listen to our music, but as a band, our collective goal is to change the way people look at life through this album."

(Go to the band’s Soundcloud page to hear a sampling of the music.)

The band — singer-keyboardist Tim Lee, guitarist Tyler Harris, bass player Justin Skinner and drummer connor Dela-Cruz — is aiming to raise a mere $1,000, basically break-even money, to record a new album. So far, with 16 days to go, the band has raised $600 in pledged, or 60 percent of the goal.

Benefits for donors range from a digital download of the band’s 2013 EP, "#1" (for $5) to an acoustic concert at the donor’s house (for a $1,000 pledge).

If you have a crowd-funding project you’d like mentioned on The Cricket blog, email it to: spmeans@sltrib.com. Be sure to put "crowd funding" in the subject line.

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