Most of you know that we've done pretty well for being a "local yokel" cover band. We've played some of the better rooms in the area and have secured a weekly (Saturday night) gig at a pretty popular Ocean City Hotel/Pool Bar for the summer season.
But it seems that things are changing - local venues are closing and live music opportunities are drying up. We were asked to play a Valentine's weekend gig at our go-to venue, then asked to change it to St. Pat' s weekend - normally, we'd be asked to do both. This is the first year where we barely have two gigs/month booked between now and May. Normally, we'd be busy at least 3-5 weekend nights a month, but we haven't seen that since the end of September.
Quitting isn't an option. We've worked too long and hard to get to where we are to just quit - and we want to keep moving forward. So we want to seek out other opportunities. But where are they? I know some of you guys have been through this. How did you recover?
We've already accepted that the days of $100+ per man may be over. Most bands are now playing for $400 or less - and even those opportunities aren't widely plentiful. It seems that many of the bands around here are barely working - most are working much less than we are. But those bands aren't my priority - I need to keep six of us busy as much as possible. So where do we go from here?