Promoter in L.A

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  1. univibs

    univibs Member

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    Hello guys

    Me and my band are going to stay in L.A for 10 days in August
    We would like to have a gig or two
    We willing to pay for any venue closing
    Is there any recommendations?
     
  2. cosmic_ape

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    Try Hollowbody LA. I've worked with him a couple of times. https://www.facebook.com/HollowbodyLA?fref=ts

    He is a booking agent. There are no promoters in this town, as they don't really promote their events to anyone. Most people who interact with them are musicians or club owners. Most of these "promoters" work with pay to play venues in the area. Be aware: these people will get you a Monday night spot, never tell you what time you are actually gonna play, rebook a speed dating/comedy show event on the same night, have you wait until 10-11PM to finally let you play and then get mad at you because you didn't draw a crowd.

    Pay to play places (proceed at your own risk)
    - Anything on the Sunset Strip

    Hollowbody works with these guys (last time I checked), although he may not be the only one doing so:
    - Molly Malone's (the stage is on a separate room, independent from the bar, just so you know)
    - The Mint

    NOT pay to play venues worth reaching out to:
    TRiP http://www.tripsantamonica.com/
    The Escondite http://www.theescondite.com/
    Witzend http://www.witzendlive.com/
    Silverlake Lounge http://thesilverlakelounge.com/about-2/
    Skinny's (it seems they are not doing original bands anymore) http://skinnyslounge.com/
    Hemmingway's (pretty cool place if you can get in) http://www.hemingwayslounge.com/

    There are many more other places. The ones I listed are the ones I have played on (that are still in business).

    Good luck!
     
  3. univibs

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    Thank you so much !
    What a great info
     
  4. speedemon

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    Make sure you rent a car, and what style of music?

    Try;
    The Viper Room
    House of Blues Hollywood (they have multiple rooms that feature diff. styles)
    Whiskey A Go Go will positively add you for huge sums of $$, and may have something cheap during the week.

    If you do metal, I can hook you up with some people.

    Make sure you start contacting 3 or 4 months in advance.
     
  5. Dee-low

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    Speedmon is 100% spot on- try some outlying area's- If you are passing through the palm springs area check out - the Red Barn in palm desert and the hood in palm desert
     
  6. univibs

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    One of the venues just gave me this answer:


    "Most venues in LA do not want bands to play other local venues for three weeks before or after their scheduled show."

    I ask is it for real or is it just saying NO in a polite way ?
     
  7. Tahitijack

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    Probably for real. Some small to mid-size venues even require major name acts comply.

    I've heard some some club owners are starting to ask for a percentage of your merch sales. Kind of surprised they have not thought of this sooner and kind of shocked that they would also be so bold.
     
  8. univibs

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    Anymore venues guys ?
     
  9. cosmic_ape

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    That's a guideline so you don't hurt your own show attendance. In reality, most people going to shows with minor, original acts will stay in the vicinity of their home. You'd probably be better playing one show in a place that's either centralized or does have amenities. There are all kinds of parking lots on the Sunset Strip, but most of the cheap ones go right away. If you were to have your gig at the House of Blues or the Whiskey, you are basically asking your audience to fork out 15 bucks for parking, before they buy the ticket or buy a drink.
     
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  10. spakuloid

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    If you are unknown, have no press, or are just a band passing through without any label or support or heat, be prepared to play for the bar staff. I'm not being mean, I'm just telling it like it is. LA is the most unfriendly band outlet there is. No heat, no press, no buzz, no budget = no draw. It is a very jaded town with little to no walk in business. But there are plenty of shady promoters out there happy to take money for desperate out of town bands who want to say they played the sunset strip. Save your money. Good luck.
     
  11. univibs

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    I have a budget how can that help promoting if you say L.A is the last place on earth for musicians... ?
     

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