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Using Your Ticket Selling Abilities as Leverage

My question is this: Do you believe there’s another way? I don’t think we’d have any of the success we’ve had — however much that really is — if we had not been tenacious and desperate enough to consistently meet our ticket demands. Yes, we’ve had to hunt down friends and family, and yes, we’ve had to pay off batches of them in the past. But now we’re beginning to headline, attracting the blogosphere in bits and pieces, planning to tour, and other such Awesome-Almost a Real-Band stuff. Furthermore, at the same time we *do* treat our band like a business, albeit it is not currently a profitable one.

 I’ve been playing in this scene for almost seven years and it has revolved around locals selling tickets in a very significant way. I am wondering if you feel I’ve been duped, or taken advantage of… and I am also asking you if you think there’s a way we can capitalize on just how long we’ve been reliable ticket sellers.

 Thank you!

Darryl

 

I think the more important question is do you feel like you have been taken advantage of? I think your a rare success story, a lot of bands would have given up long ago, let alone keep going on for 7 years. Your hard work has paid off and now you’re starting to generate buzz and getting some headlining gigs. You should wear that like a badge of honor.

You as a band/artist need to decide if selling loads of tickets to anyone you can find is really worth the effort. Is it really such a great trade off to meet all of these ticket demands if you’re big opening gig is for some washed up headlining act who can’t draw anymore. (Hence why you’re being asked to play and bring no less then 75 people with you.) Personally I would feel pretty ripped off if my big break was to open for the latest incarnation of Whitesnake (now with one original member!)

Darryl’s band has proven to be a reliable ticket seller can they capitalize on that? I think if you have been playing the same few venues and you’ve always drawn well you have some leverage. If opening for Whitesnake isn’t something you’re interested in doing, ask what other shows are available. More then likely they will have other dates that need openers and if you are reliable you should be able to come to some kind of agreement on a show that works for both of you.

Now while you have some leverage there are a few instances that no matter how many tickets you can sell you’re not going to play the show. If you know the show is sold out or going to sell out, chances are the venue isn’t going to need your band.  I’m sure it would be a huge break for your band to open for Blink 182 but the venue really doesn’t need the 75 people you can bring out. There also is the instance where you want to open for a touring act, the venue would love for you to open for the touring act, but the tour refuses to allow local openers. There is nothing wrong with asking to open for a band, but if the answer is no don’t keep trying to sell the idea to the venue, it’s really annoying. 

If you’re playing a new place it can be a little difficult to capitalize on your prior selling abilities. While some bookers may talk about local opening acts this is a very “what have you done for me lately” business. So pretty much when you play at a new venue you are going to be starting over from scratch. Don’t let that discourage you though, everyone has to start somewhere and hopefully your ability to bring people out to a show will follow you to new places.

Selling tickets for every show you play sucks, so what can you do about it? Thankfully there are plenty of places that don’t have a ticket requirement. Take advantage of playing those types of places when ever possible. You could also go old school and throw a backyard/basement show. Those types of gigs can really help build your fan base but also give you and your fans a break from having to buy tickets.

Sorry for the gap in between posts, I got a new job and I’ve been adjusting to getting up early and having to commute. Now that I’m getting used to my new schedule I should have posts up more regularly. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at yourbandreallysucksblog@gmail.com

  

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Where To Book a Show – Venue/Tour List

Everyone seems to ask me where or how they can get a show. So what I decided to do is to start up a list of  places to play. I know there are whole websites devoted to this kind of thing but a lot of them seemed dated. You’ll of course notice that not a lot is listed here, that’s where you come in. Send in places your band plays and we’ll add it to the list. If you know one of these venues is no longer doing shows let me know. I’d like to keep this list as up to date as possible.
Update 3/12/12
Alabama
Head on the Door – Montgomery, AL
Attn: Brian and Todd, 5028 Vaughn Rd. Montgomery, AL 36116
http://www.myspace.com/headonthedoorbar
The Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL
Rebecca Davis – rebecca@thebottletree.com
www.thebottletree.com
Alaska

Arizona
Ice House Tavern – Phoenix, AZ
http://www.myspace.com/icehousetavernphx

The Rogue Bar – Scottsdale, AZ
roguebar@gmail.com
http://www.theroguebar.com

Arkansas
Maxine’s – Hot Springs, AR
booking@maxineslive.com
http://www.maxineslive.com

Vino’s – Little Rock, AK
Chris – vinosbooking@gmail.com
http://www.vinosbrewpub.com

California210- Visalia, CA
Christy Canafax – christy@21olife.com
http://www.210life.com
Angel City Cafe – Bellflower, CA (Christian Venue)
Red – 562-818-4065
http://www.myspace.com/angelcitycaf

Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
tim@allages.com
http://www.allages.com

Chinatown Youth Center – Fresno, CA
http://www.myspace.com/chinatownyouthcenter

Club Retro – Fresno, CA
http://clubretro.net/booking.php

Club Retro – Orangvale, CA
Austin Page – clubretro1@gmail.com
http://www.clubretro.net

Kuppajoe – Fresno, CA
Kennedy Productions – www.myspace.com/kennedypromotions
www.myspace.com/kuppajoe

The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Mark Earl – booking@boardwalkrocks.com
http://www.boardwalkrocks.com

The Dome – Bakersfield, CA
Chencho Madera – chencho@bakersfielddome.net
http://www.myspace.com/thebakersfielddome

The Gate- Barkersfield, CA
thegatebooking@yahoo.com
http://www.myspace.com/thegaterocks

The Starline – Fresno, CA
starline@starline1.com
http://www.starline1.com

twoHEARTS – Mission Hills, CA
John McCrary – John@twoheartspro.com
http://www.myspace.com/twoheartspromotion

Colorado
Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver. CO
Scott Morrill – bookingcervantes@gmail.com
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com

Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
Daniel Sax – danny@gothictheatre.com
http://www.gothictheatre.com

Moe’s BBQ
Danny Sax – danny@gothictheatre.com
http://www.moesdenver.com

Connecticut

Manic Producations
Mark Nussbaum – booking@manicproductions.org
http://manicproductions.org

The Space – Hamden, CT
spacebooking@gmail.com
http://www.thespace.tk

The Webster Theater – Hartford. CT
booking@webstertheater.com
http://www.webstertheater.com

Delaware

Harmony Grange – Hockessin, DE
Booking@ProjectUnityProductions.com
http://projectunityproductions.com

MOJO 13 – Wilmington, DE
Jerad – mojo13booking@gmail.com
www.myspace.com/mojothirteen


Florida

1982 – Gainesville, Florida, US
booking1982@gmail.com
http://www.1982bar.com Booking – Miami, Florida

Backbooth – Orlando, FL
booking@backbooth.com
http://www.backbooth.com

Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
brassmugbooking@yahoo.com
http://www.myspace.com/brassmug

Breakeven
John McHale – contentwithdying@yahoo.com
www.myspace.com/breakevenbooking

Brewsters Pub & Pit – Jacksonville, FL
Bruce Cataldo
http://hdvideopro.ipower.com/brewsterspitandpub/Page4.html

Club 57 West – Orlando, FL
http://www.myspace.com/aka_lounge

Crowbar- Tampa, FL
tom@crowbarlive.com or julia@crowbarlive.com
http://www.myspace.com/crowbarlive

Gasoline Alley – Largo, FL
727.532.0265
http://www.myspace.com/GASOLINEALLEYCAFE

H2O Live – Orlando, FL
Imperial Booking – www.myspace.com/theeimperial
http://www.myspace.com/h2olive

LittleReggie’s Productions – Melbourne, Florida
Zakk Davis
(321) 549-1519
Logan Rivera
(321) 431-2732
http://www.myspace.com/littlereggies

The Dungeon – Orlando, FL
Erin
http://www.myspace.com/dungeonorlando

The Haven – Orlando, FL
havenbooking@bellsouth.net.
www.myspace.com/havenbooking

TheMurry Hill Theater Jacksonville, FL (Christian Bands Only)
booking@mhtrocks.com
http://www.myspace.com/themurrayhilltheatre

The Social – Orlando, FL
bookings@TheSocial.org
http://www.thesocial.orgSluggos- Pensacola, FL
850 791 6501 or sluggosbooking@hotmail.com
www.myspace.com/sluggos

The State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
booking@statetheatreconcerts.com
http://www.statetheatreconcerts.com

Sluggos- Pensacola, FL
850 791 6501 or sluggosbooking@hotmail.com
www.myspace.com/sluggos

Georgia
Five Star Productions
Bryan Hayes
www.myspace.com/fivestarproductions706
The Refuge – Macon, GA
Jordan Welsh — therefugemacon@hotmail.com
RockShowBooking
Mike Garrett
www.myspace.com/rockshowbookingaugusta

The7 Venue / We The People Booking – Douglasville, GA
Justin Meers
http://www.myspace.com/wethepeoplebooking
http://www.myspace.com/the7venue

The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Tim  – tim@masq.com
http://www.masq.com

THE R.O.C.K. SHOW – McDonough, GA
Tony Smith
http://www.myspace.com/therockshowga
Hawaii
Idaho
The Grail Venue – Coeur d’Alene, ID
http://www.myspace.com/grailnightclub
Illinois
Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
Darren Olsen – dolsen (a) housecallent.com
http://www.beatkitchen.com

Double Door – Chicago, IL
Phil Kosch – phil@doubledoor.com
http://www.doubledoor.com

Live 59 – Plainfield, IL
http://www.live59.net/bandsubmission.php

Subterranean – Chicago, IL
Greg Wolfson –  greg (a) housecallent.com
http://www.subt.net

The Box Social – Chicago, IL
Jon – jon.jtmusicinc@gmail.com
http://www.jtmusicinc.com

The House Cafe – DeKalb, IL
815-787-9547
http://www.thehousecafe.net

The Korova – Morris, IL
Jon – jon.jtmusicinc@gmail.com
http://www.jtmusicinc.com

The Lighthouse – Frankfort, IL
Jon – jon.jtmusicinc@gmail.com
http://www.jtmusicinc.com

The Oasis – Grayslake, IL
booking@oasisgrayslake.com
http://www.myspace.com/grayslakeoasis
Indiana

8 Seconds Saloon – Indianapolis, IN
Please send your promo pack to:
8 Seconds Saloon – 111 North Lynhurst – Indianapolis, IN. 46224
Phone: 317-486-1569
http://www.myspace.com/8secondssaloon

Birdy’s Bar and Grill – Indianapolis, IN
Jeff – birdysbarandgrill@juno.com
http://www.birdyslive.com

Boney June’s – Evansville,IN
812)421-6767 or (812)421-8492
http://www.myspace.com/boneyjunes

Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN
roni@futureshock.net
http://www.futureshock.net

The Bishop – Bloomington, IN
booking@thebishopbar.com
www.thebishopbar.com

The Bluebird – Bloomington, IN
dkubiak1@gmail.com
http://www.thebluebird.ws

The Emerson Theater
Dave Hess – dave@emersontheater.com
http://www.emersontheater.com

The Venue – Terre Haute, IN
Riedell595@aol.com
http://www.myspace.com/thmusicvenue

The Vogue Theater – Indianapolis, IN
matt@thevogue.com
http://www.thevogue.com

Iowa

The Beauty Shop – Fairfield, IA
beauty.shop.ff@gmail.com
http://www.myspace.com/thebeautyshopfairfield

The Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
booking@vaudevillemews.com
http://www.vaudevillemews.com

Kansas

Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
jackpotbooking@gmail.com
http://www.jackpotmusichall.com

The Bottleneck – Lawrence. KS
booking@pipelineproductions.com
http://www.thebottlenecklive.com

Kentucky
Southgate House – Newport, KY
sghbooking@gmail.com with “ATTN: Gallery Booking” in the subject line.
http://www.southgatehouse.com

The Corbin Tech Center – Corbin KY
Zach Hensley
www.myspace.com/zdh38

The Mad Hatter – Covington, KY
http://www.madhatterclub.com/contact.htm
www.madhatterclub.com

Louisiana

The High Ground Venue
Metairie, LA
http://www.myspace.com/thehighgroundvenue

Maine

North Star Music Cafe – Portland, ME
booking@northstarmusiccafe.com
http://www.northstarmusiccafe.com

The Big Easy – Portland, ME
bigeasybooking@gmail.com
http://www.bigeasyportland.com


Maryland
Bourbon Street Concerts – Baltimore, MD
Booking@BourbonStreetConcerts.com
http://www.bourbonstreetconcerts.com

Fish Head Cantina – Arbutus, MD
Scott Fisher – fishheadusa@verizon.net
http://www.fishheadcantina.com

Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Mark Mangold: mmangold@ramsheadlive.com
http://www.ramsheadlive.com

Sonar – Baltimore, MD
booking@sonarbaltimore.com
http://www.sonarbaltimore.com

The Brass Monkey Saloon – Baltimore, MD
(410) 522-0784
http://www.myspace.com/brassmonkeysaloon

The Otto Bar – Baltimore, MD
booking@theottobar.com
http://www.theottobar.com

Massachusetts
The Middle East – Boston,MA
booking@mideastclub.com
http://www.mideastclub.com

Michigan
The Corner Bar – Kalamazoo, MI
Guerrilla Productions – gprobooking@gmail.com
http://www.myspace.com/cornerbarvenue

Minnesota

Club Underground – Minneapolis, MN
http://www.clubunderground.us (click on the booking link)

Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
dawn@station-4.com
http://www.station-4.com

Mississippi

The Thirsty Hippo – Hattiesbug, MS
Erik Eaves – erik@thirstyhippo.com
The Celtic – Pascagoula, MS

Missouri

Cicero’s – St. Louis, MO
laura@ciceros-stl.com
The Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
booking@therecordbar.com
The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
booking@theriotroom.com
Montana
The Filling Station – Bozeman, MT

Nebraska

Knickerbockers – Lincoln, NE
mail@knickerbockers.net
Pizza Shoppe Collective – Omaha, NE
bookings@pscollective.com
The Slowdown – Omaha, NE
Val – val@theslowdown.com


Nevada
New Hampshire
Ground Zero – Sincook, NH
Send half hour set of lyrics to booking@groundzzzero.com
http://www.groundzzzero.com

I’mThirsty Entertainment – Manchester, NH
Ricky@imthirstyentertainment.com
http://www.myspace.com/davethirsty

New Jersey
Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ
asburylanes@asburylanes.com
http://www.asburylanes.com Backstage Coffeehouse – Edison, NJ
Zach – 732-947-7893 – backstagenj@gmail.com
www.myspace.com/backstagenewjersey

BusStop Music Café Potman, NJ
Francis Corazo
www.myspace.com/busstopmusic

Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton, NJ
Michelle – Nice Guy Booking – Niceguybooking@gmail.com
www.myspace.com/championshipbar
www.myspace.com/niceguybooking

Hanger 84 – Vineland, NJ
609-319-5423
http://www.myspace.com/hangar84

TheBrighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
Jack “Jacko” Monahan
732-229-7258
jacko@cojackprodcutions.com

The Crossroads – Garwood, NJ
http://www.xxroads.com/bookings.html
TheSaint – Asbury Park, NJ
SaintNJ601@aol.com
732-245-0135
http://www.thesaintnj.com
TheStarland Ballroom – Sayreville NJ
bduvdevani@aeglive.com
http://www.starlandballroom.com
TheStone Pony Asbury Park, NJ
stoneponybooking@yahoo.com
www.thestonepony.com
TheWonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ
732-502-8886
http://www.wonderbarasburypark.com
New Mexico
New York
Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY
julia@arlenesgrocery.net
http://www.arlenesgrocery.net

Party Xpo – Brooklyn, NY
booking [at] partyxpobrooklyn [dot] com
http://www.myspace.com/partyexpobrooklyn

North Carolina

SomewhereElse Tavern – Greensboro,NC
336-833-4034
http://www.myspace.com/somewhereelsetavern

North Dakota

Ohio
Canal Street Tavern – Dayton, OH
Mick Montgomery – mickcst@ameritech.net
http://www.canalstreettavern.com

Dirty Jack’s – Cincinnati, OH
Chris Lee – www.myspace.com/leeworldproductions
www.myspace.com/dirtyjacksrocks

Mad Frog – Cincinnati, OH
Bryan Billhimer – madfrogbooking@gmail.com
http://themadfrog.net

Now Thats Class Lounge – Cleveland, OH
Paul –  booking@nowthatsclass.net
www.myspace.com/nowthatsclass
http://www.nowthatsclass.net

Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH
Kimber Weissert – kimber@peabodys.com
http://www.peabodys.com/

The Attic – Kettering, OH
Elizabeth Kilby – elizabeth@theatticclub.com
http://www.theatticclub.com

The Brewery – Troy, OH
http://www.myspace.com/brewerybands

The Grog Shop – Cleveland OH
Kathy Simkoff – grogkat@yahoo.com
John Neely – grogshopjohn@gmail.com
Brittany Schwab – grogbrit@yahoo.com
www.myspace.com/grogshop
http://www.grogshop.gs

The Phantasy Concert Club – Lakewood, OH
Manny – IVIANNY@gmail.com
http://www.phantasyconcertclub.net

The Trolley Stop – Dayton, OH
mrfirstcall@hotmail.com
http://www.myspace.com/trolleystopdayton

Oklahoma
Oregon
Ash Street Saloon – Portland, OR
ashstreetsaloon@aol.com
Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
booking@dougfirlounge.com
The Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
tonicloungebooking@hotmail.com.


Pennsylvania
2nd Friday Concert Series
Nathan LoSchiavo – 2ndfriday@gmail.com
http://www.myspace.com/2ndfridayconcertseries

Champion Ship – Lemoyne, PA
booking@championshippa.com
http://www.championshippa.com

Club 19 – York, PA
Steve – 717.487.7477.
http://www.myspace.com/club19

Jimmy’s Place – Allentown, PA
Cody – 610-739-2203
www.myspace.com/jimmysentertainment

The Bombshelter – Gettysburg, PA
Alex – www.myspace.com/thisishowwelove
http://www.myspace.com/thebombsheltervenue

The Chameleon – Lancaster, PA
lizard@chameleonclub.net
http://www.chameleonclub.net

Triumph Brewing Company – Philadelphia, PA

Stephanie – stephanie@triumphbrew.com

http://www.triumphbrewing.com

Vintage Theater – Scranton, PA
http://www.scrantonsvintagetheater.com/music/music-booking/

RhodeIsland
Club Hell – Providence, RI
John Difruscio
http://www.myspace.com/clubhelllive
Jerky’s Music Hall – Providence, RI
jsmith@massconcerts.com
http://www.jerkysmusichall.com
South Carolina
South Dakota

Tennessee
12th & Porter Nashville, TN
Justin Roddick • justin (@) autumnaddict.com
12thandporterlive.com

Exit/In – Nashville, TN
Ryan – ryan@exitin.com
http://www.exitin.com

Mercy Lounge / Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
John Bruton – johnb@mercylounge.com
Andrew Mischke – drew@mercylounge.com
http://www.mercylounge.com

Rocketown Music Venue – Nashville, TN
booking@rocketown.org
http://www.rocketown.com

Rockettown Coffee Bar – Nashville, TN (Acoustic Shows Only)
Mandy – mandy@rocketown.org
http://www.rocketown.com/coffee-bar/booking

The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
hideawayjc@gmail.com
http://www.myspace.com/ahideaway

The Muse – Nashville, TN
http://themusenashville.com/news.php?item.40

Texas

The White Rabbit – San Antonio,TX
Dave & Jenn – bookingwhiterabbit@gmail.com
http://www.myspace.com/madisonentertainmenttx
http://www.myspace.com/officialwhiterabbitsa

The Wise Monkey – Lubbock, TX
Aaron – wisemonkeybooking@gmail.com
http://www.myspace.com/lubbockmusicscene

Third String Productions
ORLANDO MENDOZA
Dallas / Wichita Falls Booking
orlando@thirdstringproductions.com
CHRISTOPHER DECKARD
Houston Booking
chris@thirdstringproductions.com
http://thirdstringproductions.com

Utah

Kilby Court
Will Sartain -will@sartainandsaunders.com
http://www.kilbycourt.com

Muse Music – Provo, UT
booking@musemusiconline.com
http://www.musemusiconline.com

Velour – Provo, UT
booking@velourlive.com
http://www.velourlive.com

Vermont

242 Main – Burlington, VT
BOOKING242MAIN@HOTMAIL.COM (Put name of band in subject)
www.myspace.com/242main

Club Metronome – Burlington, VT
Alex Budney – alex@clubmetronome.com
http://www.clubmetronome.com

Nectars – Burlington, VT
Alex Budney – alex@liveatnectars.com
http://www.liveatnectars.com

Virginia

Apex Booking –Northern VA
Mikey Raffiqi- apexbooking@gmail.com
http://www.myspace.com/apexbooking
Club Relevant – Virginia Beach, VA
Jamie Cheek
http://www.myspace.com/relevantconcerts

Jammin’ Java – Vienna,VA
David Siverstein – booking@goteammusic.com
http://www.jamminjava.com

TheCamel – Richmond, VA
Booking ATTN: BOOKING – booking@thecamel.org
http://www.thecamel.org

Washington

D4 Venue – Summer, WA

jessiejusticebooking@gmail.com

http://www.myspace.com/d4venueofficial

Hell’s Kitchen – Tacoma, WA

Flash – Flashpoverty@yahoo.com

http://www.hellskitchenonline.com


West Virginia
Wisconsin
Copper Rock Coffee – Appleton, WI
booking.copperrock@gmail.com
http://www.copperrockcoffee.com

Marghaels – Fond du Lac, WI
http://www.myspace.com/marghaels

New Moon Cafe – Oshkosh, WI
bookingnewmoon@yahoo.com
http://www.newmooncafe.com

Rock Island Cafe – Neenah, WI
http://www.rockislandcafe.com/events/booking

The Rave/Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI
Justin Moralez – justin@therave.com
Facebook.com/PlayTheRave
MySpace.com/PerformAtTheRave
www.TheRaveLive.com

TheUnity Lodge – Kenosha, WI
Ruifo – Revival Productions
www.myspace.com/revivalproductions

The Warehouse – La Crosse, WI
booking@warehouserocks.com
http://www.warehouserocks.com

Wyoming

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