What are club owners looking for in a band?

September 18, 2011

I have been playing live music in small/neighborhood bars for many years. However, I'm involved in a project now that i think will be very sucessful. I've seen many bands that I thought were not that good musically that have been very succesful, working every weekend, and others that were musicall top-notch that hardly ever work. I want to view this issue through the eyes of a club owner. What are you guys looking for in a band? What are some of the things that you want to hear someone promoting a band say? What are some of the things that make you - and your patrons - happy?

Thanx, Bill Allen, the Soulfish Blues Band

Re: What are club owners looking for in a band?
by: ala1974
September 22, 2011

The most important thing a Bar Owner should be looking at when hiring a band is 1. Can you draw a crowd. 2. Are you willing to put your money on the line and agree to take payment based on the door and not a flat rate. 3. Are you able to network and promote the upcoming show.

Re: What are club owners looking for in a band?
by: David Hobbs
September 22, 2011

I feel that most operators are looking for a band that has a following and can pack butts in to seats.


Today, most baars and clubs have changed their music venue from live music to DJ generated music.  Less costly and a larger library.


People do like to be entertained along with the music.  Back in my day, they were called show bands.  They not only played music, they also did funny acts and dressed to match their funnyness.


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