What is the BIGGEST challenge You're facing booking gigs for your band?

Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by Rockerfeller, Oct 18, 2019.

What is the BIGGEST challenge You're facing booking gigs for your band?

  1. There's nobody in the band that's really good at doing it

    23.8%
  2. We want to get out of bars and book better paying gigs (corporate, private party etc)

    11.9%
  3. Don't know who to contact or reach out to.

    19.0%
  4. Learning how to book more concert in the park type of events

    7.1%
  5. Some other issue...

    64.3%
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  1. Rockerfeller

    Rockerfeller Tele-Meister

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    I've been booking my cover band for 20 years! We're currently having to tweak some things to stay relevant and marketable in the wedding and corporate gig market. I'm curious what kind of challenges you guys are facing booking your band. Maybe we can help each other out and get better at what we do! You can choose as many answers on the poll as you want. If you choose "other" feel free to share what that is.
     
  2. dougstrum

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    Currently we worry about our bass player's health:(
    We've got a list of ~150 songs most are jazz standards. Our bass player is great.
    He and I have played together 35 yrs. Hard to just throw a sub in there.
    The singer and I have done duo, and it works well, but I sure love what we can do with bass and drums~
    I guess the thing we worry about is him having trouble when there's a gig booked where bass is expected.
     
  3. Rockerfeller

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    Bummer. That's a tough one! Are you mostly playing clubs or is it private party stuff?
     
  4. mikestearns

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    I play in a few different indie rock/punk bands. I'm in a small town so there's not a ton of places around that do shows for that type of thing, and I don't really know the people who make things happen in the surrounding towns. Its very much a "who you know" scenario. Add to that that I'm busy with a full time job and side work, so I can't dedicate a lot of time to it, and the other guys don't seem too interested in making the effort.
     
  5. 4pickupguy

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    Day jobs making it hard to coordinate band members schedules. Hell we struggle to get together for rehearsals, let alone gigs. Two of us travel a lot. Bass player has been renovating his house. We can book the places we frequent on a phone call, but aren’t stable enough to guarantee we’ll be there. The gigs are about 6 weeks out... I couldn’t tell you if we would be there. Getting very frustrating.
     
  6. chris m.

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    Here are several challenges:

    1) I'm with 4pickupguy-- we all have day jobs so both rehearsals and gigs can be a challenge to schedule. We use a google calendar for all personnel so we hopefully
    keep track of everyones' availability. But this means that when a venue offers us a couple of dates we have to quickly double check and confirm we can do it before we say yes.
    Luckily we have two guitars and a keyboard so any one of us three can not be available and we can still do it. We can also do gigs without our sax player when he's not available. The
    only ones that must be at every gig are the drummer and bass player, although in a pinch we have used sub drummers. I suppose one of us guitarists could cover bass if
    we had to do it that way, but we've never tried that.

    2) We actually have to pound the pavement, work the phones, and get gigs. It's better nowadays because several of the band members are doing that. Before it was just me chasing
    down gigs and I was getting pretty ticked off about that. It's usually way easier to get a repeat gig vs. busting into a new venue. With new venues that we would like to play
    sometimes I will pitch them that we'll do the first one at half price so they can see how they like us and then pay us full freight in future gigs.

    3) Nowadays it's all about having a good social media presence. Venues want to look at your FB page, your web page, and see lots of cools stuff and a big following. We have both but
    we are pretty crappy about keeping them up to date and buzzing. They don't want you to hand them a promo pack and a CD. They want you to give them links to FB and web and want to
    see a really good Internet presence with cool YouTube videos, etc., etc.. Ours is pretty marginal. We always do paid FB ads before every gig and link to the venue's FB page as a co-host.

    4) We are a 6 piece with a drummer that hits the drums pretty hard. Many venues are just too small to fit us on their stage or handle our volume even though we work hard to
    attenuate it...

    5) The last gig we did I had a bunch of people come up and ask to buy CDs. We haven't even gotten ourselves together enough to get in a studio and make a proper CD. If we had one
    we could sell them pretty easily at gigs. Doh.

    I often tell the other band members that if we found someone who would book our gigs and maintain a strong social media presence for us that this person would deserve an equal
    cut of every gig. Ideally that person would be a good musician, too, but I'd be willing to pay them just to take care of that stuff so we could focus on playing.
     
  7. Rockerfeller

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    Chris, have you considered reaching out to local booking agents to help? Are you guys doing mostly covers, mostly your own stuff or a mix?
     
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    All the good casino gigs are going to tribute bands. I want to be me, not somebody else. I want more variety in the set list other than one artist's catalog. Whatever happened to being yourself?
     
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    I just do it for fun. I don't care if we get gigs or not.
     
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    It shouldn't be too difficult for us - our bass player owns a bar that has live music 2 or 3 times a week!!!
    However, 3 of the band, including our bar owning bass player, are in another 5 bands between them.
    We had a gig tonight & another tomorrow cancelled because the drummer couldn't make it.
    The gigs were booked 11 months ago!!!
    I'm thinking of forming another band with our singer, but that could make it even worse.
     
  11. Rockerfeller

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    Wow, that's a lot of bands! Are you guys in so many band because everyone's got an original project and this band is a side cover band project?
     
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    My other problem is I am not in a band. Hey, I am over sixty and have only been doing this about 3 1/2 years. I am starting to play at Open Mics.
     
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  13. Rockerfeller

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    Good for you Recce!
     
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    We do a few receptions, a few festivals and monthly pizza gig, but our main gigs
    are vineyards.
    Our singer books 90% of gigs; she keeps up website and Facebook:) Great to have someone take care of that! Pre internet I used to keep a band well booked.
     
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    Parking for our bus and four semis..
     
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    I genuinely feel for guys that play covers- the competition for gigs has never been higher, and the pay has never been lower. At work, I was just asked by a client to book a karaoke DJ for a corporate event. It's my job so I did it, but all the time I was thinking, "this is some sad sack BS, right here."


    Honestly, my problem with gigs is that the other two guys in my band want to play them, and I don't.
     
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    I refuse to play gigs on facebook.
     
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  18. Rockerfeller

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    What kind of stuff are you playing for the Vineyard gigs? Is that basically a cocktail hour type set?
     
  19. modavis99

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    We are having trouble finding a drummer that will keep his schedule open (and not take the first offer that comes along) so we can book gigs
     
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  20. chris m.

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    I should try to find a booking agent...we play about 70% covers/30% original but most of the covers are fairly obscure except for instrumental funk aficionados. Luckily the grooves are infectious so people like it even though it’s not familiar like top 40 or classic rock.
     
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