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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Transitioning Band From Local Gigs To Touring


Dallas, TX

Texas Funk & Blues
Mar 22nd, 2016 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a lot of steady work here, but if I don't get out of town, I can't grow my audience. Plus, I'm tired of playing 4 hour gigs for minimum pay.

I'm not sure how to move from one to the other. Any advice?

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Mar 22nd, 2016 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Find a booking agent that manages bands across a regional area.

The agent has to have credibility with club owners in order to get you (The Unknown Band) into their joints.

That is the absolute best way. Doing it yourself is really really hard and it takes a lot of time.

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I like guitars and amps
Mar 22nd, 2016 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Head to Austin for SXSW? Lots of A&R people there. But a million other bands and solo artists there too.

Are you looking to get on a tour? Two guys who work for me in the summer are in a shred metal type band. The band has been together for about 10 years. They have a record contract and some money coming in. But without the touring, internet sales aren't going to make them a living.

They have performed at SXSW and got named to a 25 hottest type list. Currently on a tour with some other metal bands for a 2 month cross the USA tour. They don't make much for their 30 minute set. Exposure, Exposure Exposure and hopefully some tee shirt and cd sales.

Six guys in a converted short bus with a trailer. Lots of good stories and some not so good. If you have a demo cd, send it to me. My exBil and his son signed Spoon to their label and I can pass yours on to them


San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Mar 22nd, 2016 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Can you book gigs further and further from Dallas? Over time you start creating your own tour Oklahoma towns on April, Arkansas in May, Louisiana in June, New Mexico in July Yikes! On and on.


Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Mar 29th, 2016 02:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

John Bloomstrom American Bands Mgmt. Houston, TX

Charlie Hatchett Austin. TX

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Apr 2nd, 2016 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Who is this Mo Stevens and what has he done to JuiceDaddy, the Old School Sailor who impressed the waitress with green eyes?

Power trio Texas blues rock gone to the way side?

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Apr 9th, 2016 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

You might try the Box Agency out of OKC if you want some of the tribal casino cash. Someone out of DFW does some of the more southern Okla casinos...and maybe Shreveport too, who knows?


Dallas, TX

Texas Funk & Blues
Apr 12th, 2016 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you so much for the tip Tony! I still do the band thing too, but it's much easier to make a living playing solo shows. I'd like to transition the band to touring shows, and Oklahoma was first on our list. I'll look up the Box Agency and see if that lands anything.

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