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Old 06-01-2009, 02:17 PM
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We are a band formed over a year ago and have recently performed at Zydeco in Southside. Sadly, that was our first show. We are all teens and fairly new to the performance scene. We are looking for any places to book gigs or play shows or anything.
Location does not matter, even out of state.
We are a progressive rock band and would like to play somewhere fitting, as in, not a country club or church gathering.
Thanks for all suggestions and help!
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:50 PM
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You might check out community fairs. Play for tips at first if you have to and see if you can build up a following.
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:54 AM
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contact DGI- Downtown Gadsden Ince and see about performing at First Friday or the Cultural Arts for Third Thursday. 2565478696 DGI
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:01 PM
Location: Alabama!
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Decatur has a Monday "music in the park." You can contact the parks and recreation department about playing. Decatur Parks & Rec - Decatur, Alabama

Huntsville and Madison have similar programs. They all welcome free entertainment.
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:00 AM
Location: Georgia
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You may have a hard time with some places since you're not 21 yet. If you come to Columbus GA The Core might work well, it is all ages. My husband's band played Head on the Door in Montgomery and the owner just made the one under-21 member wait outside until it was time to go on.
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Old 06-09-2009, 02:48 AM
Location: Rural Northern California
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I want to preface this by saying, I'm not from Alabama, nor have I been to Alabama, but I do come from a very rural part of Northern California, which is probably not too different from Alabama. I'm in a 'rock' band (we play rock, classic rock, blues, country, alternative country, pop, alternative, some metal, etc.), and we have little trouble booking gigs. Basically, what we did to get started was play off one 'connection' (a friend that owned a local bar), got our foot in the door, and now we have more people wanting to book us than we want to play shows. Mostly these are just bar gigs and house parties. Some we do for free (or, more appropriately, for tips), and some are for actual money. If it's a Saturday night, we get $300, if it's a Sunday afternoon, we get $240. House parties vary widely, but typically we do it for beer and tips.

We did some recording at a local studio, it cost us like $20 an hour. We used this to put together a demo CD to pass out to clubs and bars. We have a Myspace page (with 2300+ friends now), and that alone gets us requests to play from clubs near our home to as far away as San Francisco. Whenever we play a show, we pass the information along to the local newspaper, the Mountain Democrat, and we usually get a picture and a small article (for free).

Basically, if you're looking to establish yourselves, you need to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Call the local newspaper, play bar gigs for tips, create a demo CD to pass around, make a Myspace page, and make friends with other local musicians. Musicians, especially in rural places such as our own, work on the good ol' boy system, which means you have to make friends with them and establish connections. The bottom line is, market yourselves. It sounds difficult, but it's really not. It's hard work, to be sure, but if you put the time in, it can be done.
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