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  • How is your summer looking?

    We are not going to be close to being as busy as we were last summer. We have two... count 'em, TWO venues booked between now and September.  Fortunately, one is an almost-weekly beach gig which will keep us fairly busy, but the other doesn't happen until July. Still... things are looking pretty grim as far as gigs go.

    I'm hoping we can use the beach gig as a stepping stone to a few more beach-area gigs, private parties, and maybe a few new places inland. We're just ending one dry spell and I don't want to end up in another one as soon as the tourists leave.

    Anyhow... how you doin'?

     

     

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    My cover band

    HARD WORK BEATS TALENT WHEN TALENT DOESN'T WORK HARD

  • #2

    We are approximately on the same pace as we were last year.  The big difference is this.  We are getting twice the inquiries we got last year, but we are getting hammered with the competition undercutting us on price.  It is beginning to look the way it did a decade or so ago when the same undercutting was going on at the cover band clubs.  That's why I got out of the clubs and bars,...that and other reasons covered ad nauseum on this board.  Now, it looks like the same thing is eroding the privates market.

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    • #3

      way better than expected! As some of you may know our open dates got gobbled up very fast.

      We always plan on 4 gigs per month.

      June: 6 gigs (including a beer festival! WOOO!)

      July: 5 gigs

      August: 6 gigs

       

      I think as soon as PH starts the weekly shore gig your schedule will fill up fast. 

      www.ostrichhat.com

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      • #4
        It's about 60% less work than we usually do
        It would usually be booked by now but a few things are starting to shift and even cancel for some other ("bigger") dates in late summer that we haven't gone public with. There are more things happening that I can't disclose than what we (she is) are public with ..... So at least that's good. It makes it hard to fill in solo acoustic days when I don't know what's going to happen ..... So that sucks.

        We' re not doing production this year or the van (which is progress) although fly date call times are 4:30 am and bus Internet sucks. I've got a week in July and a week in August for Paul FM Florida dates that I haven't booked yet ( so not sure with that yet) - although I'm on a few agent rosters now ( which doesn't really mean dick)

        ---- it seems to be a quality over quantity summer. The Today Show, opening for Big & Rich, CMA, blah blah blah but I would rather have more work and less glamour ( that's not the right word is it? .... " cushy" maybe)

        At least I have time for a love life this summer so that rocks.
        SELLING
        $40 Washburn Lyon wah
        $50 Korg EXP2 expression pedal
        $80 Ernie Ball VP Jr volume pedal
        $60 Electro Harmonix Octave Multiplexer
        $600 Rivera TBR1 2 channel preamp stereo power amp
        $150 Roland GP100 preamp/multi effects/ speaker emulator
        $140 Carvin DCM 150-150 watt stereo power amp

        www.jpaulmusic.com
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        • modulusman
          modulusman commented
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           I have 26 dates booked so far between now and labor day. I will be playing with 2 bands and only 2 of the dates are in bars everything else is better paying private or events. Two of the events are festivals, one we play mainstage at 4 and then the after party at midnight. The second one is a 3 day festival where we are headlining on Saturday.


      • #5

        My summer is looking pretty decent ... July is a little lighter than desired but that's somewhat by design (bandmate vacations).  We've got another 3 private events that we've been contacted about and expect to come thru that aren't included in the list.  What I'm happiest about is that the vast majority of the work that we have on the books are decent paying private events.   The 2 marginal paying gigs are 2 hour "concert in the park" events that while not making much in terms of $$ - have historically produced at least 1 private event in follow-up.   Now that we're playing pretty much everything with the full horn section, we expect that trend to continue.    Here's my summer gig count per month:

        June:   3     July:    2     August:   4     September:  4

        The SpaceNorman

        www.facebook.com/SuperstarsOfRock
        www.souldoutrocks.com

        Keyboards and Tone Generators: Yamaha CP300, Kronos 88, Roland AX Synth, Motif ES Rack
        Keyboard Rack: Samson SM10 Line Mixer, Motu MIDIExpressXT MIDI Interface, Shure PSM200 IEM system, M-Audio Wireless MIDI, Live Wires IEM ear buds, iPad wOnSong.
        Stage Amplification: Stereo via 2 Yamaha DSR112s

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        • sweatpat
          sweatpat commented
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          It's looking pretty good except for June, no gigs at all! Not sure what happened but I'm scrambling right now!

      • #6
        A little lighter than last year and booking up later. I think we're taking a lot of gigs we would have had to turn down last year because we were already booked. Money is the same though. We haven't lowered our price. Not yet anyway.
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        • tlbonehead
          tlbonehead commented
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          too soon to tell. We usually don't book over a couple months in advance, other than special events. Just got 3 more June gigs though, last weekend.


      • #7

        Empty. 3 dates. I think that's it. Doing a couple of benefits/freebies.

        jamieb

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        • tlbonehead
          tlbonehead commented
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          Two weeks ago I had 2 June gigs. Now I have 7 and possibly 8.


        • Potts
          Potts commented
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          Solo gigs...

          June- 15
          July-19
          August- 18

      • #8

        Things were looking fine for us 5 gigs a month, but we just had 3 cancel (one was a two nighter at the same place)in June leaving us with just 1 gig that month.  However we already have 6 in July including a new casino,   So our goal is to learn 10-15 new tunes in June and have a spruced up setlist for the fall.

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        Jason
        My band: http://www.facebook.com/thetrickydickies

        "Do or do not. There is no try" - Yoda

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        • #9
          Rainy
          Our summer is looking pretty wet and I'm tired of getting rained on in every outdoor show we play.

          Day off in Detroit today,
          I'm walking to Bar Louie for dollar beer day

          We're at the grand ole opry next week
          It's a miserable gig but at least they're indoors.
          SELLING
          $40 Washburn Lyon wah
          $50 Korg EXP2 expression pedal
          $80 Ernie Ball VP Jr volume pedal
          $60 Electro Harmonix Octave Multiplexer
          $600 Rivera TBR1 2 channel preamp stereo power amp
          $150 Roland GP100 preamp/multi effects/ speaker emulator
          $140 Carvin DCM 150-150 watt stereo power amp

          www.jpaulmusic.com
          www.facebook.com/jpaulmusic

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          • jeff42
            jeff42 commented
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            in the last week we added a friday night at an A list club (woo!) a sunday deck party gig at a resort/ small concert venue. I guess our summer wasn't Totally full.. but It is now. These two gigs were too good to pass up.


          • modulusman
            modulusman commented
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            J.Paul wrote:
            Rainy
            Our summer is looking pretty wet and I'm tired of getting rained on in every outdoor show we play.

            Day off in Detroit today,
            I'm walking to Bar Louie for dollar beer day

            We're at the grand ole opry next week
            It's a miserable gig but at least they're indoors.


            Yesterday was my first outdoor event this year. We played here http://www.headwaterscountryjam.com/. We were on the mainstage at 4 and then played the afterparty at midnight. After the 4 O'clock performance I started to feel sick with a headache and urge to puke. I think I was dehydrated. Someone said it was about a 120 degrees on stage. At the midnight show my gear got covered in dust from all the people dancing in front of the stage. The next outdoor event for my band will be at http://www.livingstonmusicfestival.com/#!untitled/sitepage_1 This is same festival that Gwen is playing. I will definately come see you guys. Hopefully no rain and moderate temperatures.


        • #10

          Compared to our last two summers, this one is looking pretty good. :smiley-bounce013: 

          We've had six nights in June, six more coming up in July and at least four in August at the moment (with possibly a couple more that month). 2011 was pretty sparse (9 nights total for June-August) and 2012 was even worse (5 nights total for June-August). Even though we played a wedding in the summer of 2011 and a street dance in the summer of 2012, we are making more this year than we did in previous years. 

          (This is my Non-Signature.)

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          • #11

            Kramerguy wrote:

            the average bro?  Nope.  Mountain dew and grand theft auto are still preferred to talking to people and seeing a band.  If he's up for social and music, he whips out rock band on his ps3 and texts his friends to log in.


             ^ and their girlfriends are our target audience.

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            My cover band

            HARD WORK BEATS TALENT WHEN TALENT DOESN'T WORK HARD

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            • Chicken Monkey
              Chicken Monkey commented
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              No joke--if I was looking to make a profit-driven band, my target audience would likely be late-30s, early-40s ladies.  Kinda "pre-cougar" types.  A couple of well-dressed dudes, front woman, and 80s/90s pop hits.


            • Kramerguy
              Kramerguy commented
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              mstreck wrote:

              Kramerguy wrote:

              the average bro?  Nope.  Mountain dew and grand theft auto are still preferred to talking to people and seeing a band.  If he's up for social and music, he whips out rock band on his ps3 and texts his friends to log in.


               ^ and their girlfriends are our target audience.


              what girlfriends? :P



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