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  • How is your winter schedule?

    People just haven't been going out - most of the places around here aren't booking bands - or are booking really cheap ones. Our winter schedule hasn't been this thin for a very long time. How are you guys making out compared to last year?
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    We actually have a packed schedule for OH. 7 gigs between now and end of the year. The crowds have been up and down though... last Friday we had a thin (but fun) crowd but Thanksgiving weekend (Saturday) was awesome. I have a feeling it will be thin as we get closer to Christmas. Hope I'm wrong though.
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    • #3
      Everything went to **************** in October.. we had a great run through 2012.. but crowds lately are just thin. We're playing a gig this weekend at another regular hotspot, and if we don't really bring it, I think we might be in jeopardy of not getting booked there in 2013..



      Nearly every place we play has told us they are holding off on 2013 bookings, either to decide whether to have them, or decide on slashing pay and bringing in bands willing to work for nothing (I'm guessing). Notably, one place we finally got into booked us on a rotation, based on how well we did there in the summer on fill-in gigs.. so there's that.



      We are going to weather this storm.. but it's looking pessimistic for the near future. A lot of places can't even sell out for new years.. and are starting to panic. We're not booked new years.. only offer we got was for peanuts (less than our minimum), so we declined.
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      • #4
        Back in April or so when we were booking fall/winter, we purposely didn't book dates from Thanksgiving until second week of Feb. We did this knowing that the crowds are thinner throughout that time period, plus to accomodate band member schedules for vacations and family time, as well as to retool the setlists.

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        • #5
          We're going on a little hiatus while one of the band members works through some personal stuff. Too bad, the last few gigs have been great and it felt like a little momentum might be building for us. I think we only have one January gig left on the calendar and we're not booking anything new until we see how things shake out.
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          • #6
            We have three rooms that we can depend on to book us in the winter - and one of them is in trouble, so I don't know how long they will last. We've dropped two rooms since last year ($$$$) and another room isn't booking until 2013 and then wants us for their new beach location, so we don't know how that will work out. Two other rooms are seasonal, so we need to wait for them. There is one other room where we have one more show to play and they haven't been doing much in the booking department other than DJs.



            It's not like we're over-saturating the market, but people aren't going out like they did just a year ago. We haven't maxed out our best-drawing room since last year. Our venues tell us that our crowds are still better than most/all of the other bands that they have, but if that is the case, then they have got to be feeling the crunch.



            This is not the best thing to happen after purchasing a major PA upgrade and my own investment in a keyboard rig.
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            • #7






              Quote Originally Posted by urca
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              Back in April or so when we were booking fall/winter,




              We can't get venues to book that far out. It's always been a fight to get them to do more than three gigs at a time, no matter how well we draw.
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              • #8
                we are slow for the off property stuff. Got a regular rotation mkt days show in jan. The new cd is charting in the top 10 on the cashbox pop country chart so , we may see some insteresting stuff happen after the first of the year. Its always feast or famine with us it seems lol.
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                • #9
                  We've mostly been off since our singer had her baby. Played a couple gigs in Oct with her sub that went well crowd wise. November we had 1 bar gig that was packed and then a private gig last weekend. We booked nothing for December by design. January we have 4 gigs booked, which is about the limit we'll do in a month. 2 restaurant/bars, a casino, and a private. Both bar/restaurants are excited to have us back after the layoff and I'm sure they will be crowded since we haven't been there for a while with our usual singer.
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                  • #10
                    Slow, slow, slow for us so far. Winter's usually are, but this one seems even slower than usual. After NYE, I don't think we have anything yet on the books until May. Stuff always seems to pop up, but I think we had at least one gig a month booked at this time last year.
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                    • #11
                      It's been slow for us after a busy spring and somewhat busy summer. One of the venues that was booking us monthly cancelled their Friday night music series (including dates we had booked in both Nov. and Dec.), another place is keeping us on for dates this month and in January, Feb, and March, but they've reduced their pay-scale substantially.



                      Ah, well. Onward.....



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                      • #12
                        I still have my day job that's for sure. I'm going to blame it on the economy. Double booking new years eve for DJKJ but that's normal.

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                        • #13
                          We were recently in self imposed slow period while we changed drummers. This Saturday - we'll resume our regular schedule of about 1.5 gigs per month spread out over 5 venues. That is the speed at which we like to move.



                          I am glad we dodged college football season if we had to have any down time. This being the weekend after the SEC championship game - I am hoping that the focus will be back on music at the places that we play.
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                          • #14
                            It's slow for me. I was doing 18-20 a month in the summer, I predicted it would drop down to about 12-15, and it's actually looking like about 8-10 if I'm lucky. Considering I play full-time I was getting a little nervous. I'm so burned out at this point between gigs and school I simply don't care and I'll live off student loans for a couple of months if I have to.



                            I will say that when I'm done with school in a year I won't be doing more than 75 dates a year. Playing full-time at 43 is not even close to being fun after awhile.
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                            • #15
                              Oh! The biggest issue in the NorthEast is from the lack of hockey. That is THE SOLE reason the bars are dead.
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