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Old 02-02-2010, 02:51 AM
 
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I'm just wondering what's the music scene like there. Are people accepting of new local bands/artists? Is it hard to get venues to pay attention to you there?
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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You will get gigs, anyone can get gigs.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:46 AM
 
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I'm just wondering what's the music scene like there. Are people accepting of new local bands/artists? Is it hard to get venues to pay attention to you there?
You will probably start off in local bars or carnivals, but that is no different than anyone else... Unless you are the next Adam Lambert or something and go and audition for Randy, and Simon and give Seacrest a hug.
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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You will get gigs, anyone can get gigs.
Yeah well getting gigs that pay anything or pay any amount worthwhile are getting harder and harder to find
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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Yeah well getting gigs that pay anything or pay any amount worthwhile are getting harder and harder to find
Yes, of course. If nobody knows who your band is you'll be paying the rent from your day job for sure.
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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Okay I see, but nobody answered my question....
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:09 PM
 
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Generally you have to provide a sample of your music. Gigs pay nothing. My son is in a band and they play at all the local spots, Lincoln Hall, Double door, empty bottle, shubas, bottom lounge etc. There is no money in it whatsoever. Any pay you get will buy you dinner and maybe pay for parking and gas. If you are good and develop a following, you might catch on but a thousand other bands are also trying to do the same thing. By the way they are a local band living in Chicago and grew up in the area.
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:43 AM
 
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Thanks Toria,

yeah I know I'll have to play for free. That's what I've been used to doing over the past few months. Does your son and his band ever get sick and tired of playing those spots over and over again? I've been researching Chicago a lot and I was very surprised to see that there really aren't that many places for a local band to perform.
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Old 02-03-2010, 04:53 AM
 
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Personally, Chicago wouldn't be somewhere I would move to as a musician. The midwest as a whole is not as accepting of local musicians as the coastal regions are. People here are more used to being force fed what's on American Idol or the radio. Not to say that the midwest doesn't have a good music scene, there are just a far greater amount of supporters of local music in places like NYC, Boston, LA, SF/Oakland, etc..
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Thanks Toria,

yeah I know I'll have to play for free. That's what I've been used to doing over the past few months. Does your son and his band ever get sick and tired of playing those spots over and over again? I've been researching Chicago a lot and I was very surprised to see that there really aren't that many places for a local band to perform.
Schuba's, Double Door, Subterranean, Beat Kitchen, Martyr's, The Hideout, Empty Bottle, Metro, Smart Bar, Dark Room, Kinetic Playground, Cobra Lounge, Gallery Cabaret, Cubby Bear, Old Town School of Folk Music, Abbey Pub, Lincoln Hall, Elbo Room, Logan Square Auditorium, Sylvie's, Funky Buddha, The Store, Reggie's... and those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head, so I'm sure I missed quite a few. How many more would you like?
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