Riding on the success of their consistently jam-packed live show schedule and well received 2013 debut album Ibw, local acoustic/blues/reggae/funk band Island of Black and White has quite a busy year ahead of them. On Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, they’re recording a live album at Torch Club and then in February and March they’re hitting the road for 40-plus days, touring to Austin, Texas for SXSW before hitting Houston, New Orleans and Memphis, as well as stops in Arkansas and Oklahoma. After the extensive tour the group plans to start recording their second album. All of this comes with a hefty price tag; touring ain’t cheap after all and neither is recording an album, so IB&W is doing what more and more bands are doing these days, turning to Kickstarter to raise funds online. The band set a lofty goal of $10,000 to fund the tour and the making of the album. As of press time they had raised just over $1,000, so if you want to support a hard working and well deserving local band, hit up Kickstarter.com and search “IBW Southwest Tour & Album 2015” before Feb. 10, 2015 to pledge some bucks and get some goodies from the band in return. Learn more at Facebook.com/islandofblackandwhite

    Jonathan Carabba

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