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I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business “Pick What You Pay” Tour

I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business will be headlining a three week “Pick What You Pay” tour this spring, a new and innovative plan from Ace Enders, who we talked to last month after he raised over $30,000 via Kickstarter. The audience will be able to choose their own ticket price for the shows, an idea that seems extremely unique and risky for a cash-strapped musician, but also highly rewarding for the fanbase, which Ace is passionately devoted to.

The goodwill doesn’t end there, though. Each advanced purchase ticket will come with a limited edition signed poster and admission to a discussion session about the future of music with the band that will be filmed and included in a documentary to be released this coming fall. Pre-sale tickets will be available through Artist Arena starting on March 15.

Considering that the majority of a band’s revenue is generated through ticket sales and merchandise, I Can Make a Mess’s willingness to allow fans to choose ticket prices is extremely unprecedented. While the pay-what-you-want business model has been quite successful with digital album downloads (Radiohead‘s In Rainbows comes to mind), the same approach is new to touring and, actually, to the best of my knowledge has not actually been implemented before. With all the bonuses tied in to the advance tickets, fans of the band should be more than satisfied – the only question that remains is whether or not enough money can be generated to make a profit or at least break even. Best of luck to Ace and his band on their new endeavor.

Check out the tour dates below.

I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business “Pick What You Pay” Tour Dates:
5/17 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
5/18 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall
5/19 – Providence, RI – Club Hell
5/20 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
5/21 – Manchester, NH – Rockos
5/22 – Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
5/24 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
5/25 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
5/26 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
5/27 – Madison, WI – The Loft
5/28 – DeKalb, IL – The House Café
5/29 – Des Moines, IA – House of Bricks
5/31 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
6/1 – Covington, KY – Mad Hatter
6/2 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
6/3 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
6/4 – Philadelphia, PA – Northstar Bar

Recommended: The Jim Ivins Band

The Jim Ivins Band

For Fans Of: Jack’s Mannequin

The Jim Ivins Band is a pop rock band hailing from Richmond, Virginia. In 2010, the band worked with Ace Enders, releasing a self-titled EP with Ace as producer. Their brand of acoustic pop rock is highly accessible and honest, driven by the earnest and consistently open lyrics of frontman Jim Ivins, strongling resembling the vocal delivery of Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate. The backing instrumentals of The Jim Ivins Band are slightly less pronounced than that of Jack’s, but the softer, more acoustic sound complements Jim’s voice well. If you’re a fan of heartfelt, honest pop rock, be sure to check out The Jim Ivins Band.

Their newest project, a three-track charity compilation entitled Songs Of Life: The Kathy Ivins Project, is dedicated to the mother of Jim (vocals) and Jack (drums), who lost her life to melanoma last July. The new compilation will benefit the Kathy Ivins Fund, which aims to promote fitness and wellness programs.

Listen to “Moving”, one of the three songs from Songs Of Life: The Kathy Ivins Project, below. For more music, head on over to the band’s website.

Interview: Ace Enders

We had the chance to talk with Ace Enders (The Early NovemberAce Enders and a Million Different PeopleI Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business) about his Kickstarter project. We also discussed his future goals, his new album, touring possibilities, and thoughts on the music industry. He was clearly very passionate about his new projects and his goals. You can support his Kickstarter project here.

LitS: Where did you get the idea for the Kickstarter project?

Ace: I guess just the separation between the supporters and musicians. I remember starting at a young age sort of seeing how the community was and what not, how the music scene has sort of changed. I think it’s the idea that came from all that, and making it more of a community-type thing. Now with the Kickstarter funding, it’s going to be our new thing that we’re pushing and I’m really excited about the whole new program that we’re about to start, that we’re going to unveil this week. It’s going to be pretty interesting, I think.

LitS: So you’ve already reached $20,000. Did you expect this project to be this successful?

Ace: No, I certainly did not. I thought we were going to come right down to the end trying to reach our goal, but I definitely didn’t expect it. I’m really, really just blown away. Every time I see it my breath is taken away a little bit. I’m like wow; I can’t believe we’re actually going to have a good shot at making this work. (more…)

Merry Christmas From Ace Enders

You can purchase Ace Enders/I Can Make A Mess Like Anybody’s Business Christmas songs here.