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May 24, 2013

Kicking it to the next level

Local band Liz Frame and the Kickers plans mid-Atlantic tour

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“Somehow I had gotten a full-fledged band together,” Frame said with a laugh. “I loved my shop. But by closing it, it has given me all this free time to take the music to the next level, which is what we’re trying to do with this tour. We’ve got to get out there and reaching a broader audience.”

With rooms already booked in Maryland, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Washington, D.C., but low on funds, Frame and her band are using a Kickstarter campaign to try to raise the $7,000 they need by June 2.

“It’s the only way we can make it happen,” Frame says of the online campaign, which has so far brought in more than $2,700. “We’re just looking forward to making new fans and playing new rooms.”

The band will also play a fundraiser on Saturday, June 15, at 17 State Street Cafe, where it has played to standing-room-only crowds in the past.

Frame said people can expect tight harmonies and tightly written, organic original material.

“It’s very raucous, it’s a lot of fun,” Frame said of her band’s music. “People love us because we’re high-energy and friendly.”

Frame said she and the band are planning to play a welcome-home gig when all is said and done, but for now, she’s just enjoying her second chance.

“Of all the things I do and anyone who knows me knows I’m all over the place, the thing that I love the most is making music,” Frame said. “And to be able now to do it in a way that I’ve never been able to, I have this freedom now in a later stage of life I have never had before.

“It’s resulted in this great, fun band that I just love. And I just can’t wait to put that out on the road for other people to see and hopefully fall in love with. It’s an exciting time for me, personally and professionally.”

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