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The other factor in our favor... people go out late and stay late. Bars don't fill up till after 11pm and most cases the busiest hours are between 12am and 2am. I've had situations where we've started the first set with about 15 in front of us and by midway through 100 show up. You blink and they are there -------------------------
It's like that at the 2 venues I provide for. All the kids do their "pre-drinking" before they go out drinking. Gigs usually start around 10:30 even 11. Again, by the end of that first set it will be pretty busy.
In our town, lots of places have gone to 7 to 11 or 8 to 12, with only a couple going 9-1 because the cops are like bees on a barbecue after midnight and lots of people start heading home at 11 to avoid the hassle- which I'm sure is the intention of law enforcement.
Kevin T wrote: Hows those early hrs workin.out ? Id love to get some venues to stary early fans ask for it all the time. Seems on nj things change slow. Also early bands compete with late diners noy good for$
Kevin... it sounds to me that you are clearly playing for an older crowd... 40 and up. You really don't have a way to compete in that regard with the younger bands. The question is... do you play dinner music? The band I referenced earlier was an acoustic band... designed for dinner hour and social gatherings. If your audience is looking for an earlier start then I would start targeting resturants than want live music from a full band. Your right... a dinner band isn't going to make as much as a band playing at 10pm. It's harder to draw people after 10pm than it is at 7pm.
Kevin T wrote: We are a bar / club band but they mostly all serve food no we dont play cocktail music.ages range from 20. To 50 I guess i should just be glad those LapPop bands havent invaded nwnj
Well they are bypassing NWNJ... but that's b/c there aren't many decent clubs in the area. Mexicali Blues in Tenneack is the one club I could think of with stage, lights and house sound that would book club level bands, Colorado Cafe is closed I'm pretty sure as are a few others.
True enough. I'm in a little town of 10,000. The more numbers I hear for the city, the more I'm tempted to move. Talking to a buddy he says my prices should be higher all around. But in our market it is what it is.
My DJ minimum is $600, then $900 + uplighting which can hit a couple hundred more.
Hmmmm it might be time to raise prices.
The problem is, my day job is pretty good, pretty stable.