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the newest and best venue in town?!?!

Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by Setyaback, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. JCSouthpawtele

    JCSouthpawtele Friend of Leo's

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    Cover bands in my area southern Michigan, northern Indiana make decent money. Its not out of the normal to see a band make 1000.00 plus at the door of the big clubs. Sound is hired out for all but the Hard Rock cafe at Fourwinds casino in New Buffalo Michigan. With four of five top tier bands and each has their own regular sound Guy/system. I am mid level running in the medium sized clubs. Most bands are bringing in about 800.00 and I get 250 to 300 for my rig sound and lights. So the band splits 500 to 600 depending on draw at door. Almost always a guarantee vs. Door. 3 one hour sets. 9-10,10:30-11:30-12-1 or 10-11,11:30-12:30,1-2
     
  2. Setyaback

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    Completely different ballgame for original bands, at least here in Minneapolis. Most common is to have 3 bands on the bill, opener plays 40-45 minutes, second band 60, last band 60-80.

    I have nothing against cover bands, but its' not even fair to compare to a band who's dedicated to making all original music. We're an unsigned indie pop/rock band. Writing takes time. We've been together since about June 2012 and we have 15 originals, I consider that a pretty productive first year. Shoot, I could take a month of focused rehearsal and learn 4 hours worth of covers, and maybe it'll come to that at some point. But not now. Not playing by that set of rules. Yet.

    If this was local, I'd probably find a way to get 3 bands together and run sound for eachother and have a good time. But I'm not driving four hours round-trip for this kind of gig. Don't mean to be snobbish, but you have to make decisions in the best interest of the band. I can spot this kind of a gig from a mile away.
     
  3. Setyaback

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    ....and I did write back to the venue owners, to thank them for the offer and respectfully decline. I asked for some details on their sound setup for future reference, we'll see if they respond.
     
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