[Dixielandjazz] Spring and Summer gigs for N. California Bands
TCASHWIGG at aol.com
TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Wed Apr 7 18:41:33 PDT 2004
Calling all OKOM BANDS in Northern Califofnia;
Here are a few gigs some of you might be interested in playing for.
I sent them a Jazz Trio last year for the Solano Stroll event: they got
$380.00 a day and they sold $600.00 a day worth of CDs so you can make more
money than many of you make in Jazz Society gigs, and be seen and heard by
thousands of people many of whom have never heard of you or your jazz societies.
Your Jazz societies should be buying a booth there to promote themselves &
sell memberships & sponsor you and their activities.
The Solano Stroll would be an excellent place for them to have their monthly
gig, pay you guys to play and set up their membership booth right next to your
staging area all day.
Their members could attend the event for free and help promote your society
and the music and Bands of OKOM to an audience starving for it. Take this
music to the Public where it belongs. If you do a few of these events you will
be amazed at how popular OKOM will get very quickly and how many more good
paying gigs you and others will get from doing it.
>From April till Oct every year there are no less than 200 such events
happening all over California. Contact: California Tourism
Ask them to mail you a copy of Califorina Celebrations it has telephone and
fax numbers for most of them as well as dates and descriptions etc. These
are excellent places to meet and be seen and heard by new folks who will buy
your CDs rotting away in your garage.
It is more valuable than what most of them do all year long to increase
membership and raise money, if your Jazz society won't do it then go do it yourself
and start to market yourselves and make some money, get some press coverage
and book some better paying gigs as well. Their is live music life beyond the
OKOM circuit folks, lots of it.
HI there! The season for outdoor events is about to begin. I am hiring
right now for 3 events. If you are interested, and meet the criteria, let me
And yes, the City of Berkeley has funded the 4th of July again this year!
I hope some of you have gotten other jobs this year because I sure gave out a
lot of info to folks looking for entertainers. I'm glad to do this because I
never can ever pay you enough.
Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival
Saturday, May 29
Solano Avenue in Berkeley & Albany
Balloon Twister, Clowns, Street Poets and light acoustic, unamplified music.
$50/2-hours and I will only be able to hire a few folks.
July 4th at the Berkeley Marina
Sunday, July 4
Especially interested in hiring some patriotic or American type music played
by a pop orchestra. Anyone out there? Others welcome, too. I have 2 stages
but might consider using one of the stages for a long show/play, or doing only
kid entertainment on it. Most slots are about 2 hours. $ is a bit flexible
(until I run out!). And I usually hire from the talent pool of those of you
who have played at the Stroll because you have been through the audition
Solano Avenue Stroll
Sunday, Sept. 12
Use the on-line entertainer's application at www.solanostroll.org
No rock bands, thanks. Especially interested in TOTALLY acoustic because we
have very limited electric sound permits now in Berkeley.
Although I did apply for a Civic Arts Grant from Berkeley which bumps up the
money I directly pay to you, I doubt I will get it because there are new rules
about City money which may cause us to be denied funding from this source.
So whatever you got paid last year, deduct 25% and that is what the Solano Ave.
Assn. agreed to pay you last year and is what you should expect again this
year. Everyone is on a much tighter budget, us included. If we get the
grant...yippee!!!!!!! The pay range is somewhere like $100 for a solo artist to play
2-3 one hour sets, up to $400 max for large bands playing 3-4 one hour sets.
Most groups are getting around $250. (Yeah, this is not much.) It's OK to
sell your CD's and pass the hat and I know a lot of money can be made that way
at the Stroll.
Here's looking forward to a great summer.........
2934 Fulton St.
Berkeley, CA 94705
510/548-5335 Phone & Fax
LBullwinkl at aol.com
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