I really enjoyed my run of showcases at Lancaster Dispensing Company from January to May and I hope you did as well! The audiences were very appreciative and I’d like to thank my bands for playing their hearts out! January: The Naïve Americans and The VCC Duo (aka Jeff Bryson and Leo DiSanto) gave us some fine folk and bluegrass. February: The Lonelies Tour and Second Hand Suits shared some stylish performances. March: Lovers League (aka TJ McGlinchey, Christopher Davis-Shannon and Dani Mari) and very special guests The KGB Trio (Kalob Griffin, Robert Dwyer and Eric Lawry) reminded us that the song rules and they live to serve it. April: Jason Ager and C.O.P.O. and Angelo Melasecca are two great showmen who really know their guitars!
May: Ali Wadsworth and Satellite Hearts rocked and Angela Michele Walker Trio rolled. It was important to me to have a night featuring women vocalists and these ladies definitely shone!
The tagline for the showcases was “Two Regional Gems and a Local Treasure.” I wanted to introduce bands to Lancaster who I had seen in my travels and pair them with a local act with whom I thought they might connect on some level. I also wanted the “import” bands to see what a great city and scene we have. Several of the bands are already finding ways to share gigs and their audiences. And I’ve had offers to take a version of The Gigspots Showcase on tour.
I “export” bands from Lancaster as well. My client venues in State College, Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre and Harrisburg usually feature someone I sent them at least once a month. I am about to begin serving other I-80 venues as well as possibilities along I-70 in MD and WV. I believe I will be hosting showcases at both World Café Venues (Philly and Wilmington) by the fall. I’m ridiculously lucky to associate with Gable Music Ventures in DE and NaptownMusic in Annapolis, MD. Of course you’ve all heard me blab about Pirate Rob, music guru behind OneKoast Entertainment (based in Baltimore), Frozen Harbor Music Festival and Jam at the Dam in Weatherly, PA. It’s one badass indie music festival that becomes a two-day affair this year. Gigspots is a perennial stage sponsor. Contact me or visit PirateRob.com for tickets!
When I go out to “recruit” venues, I often take Bjorn Jacobsen with me on an open mic night or a night where a band I know is playing. He sits in and I immediately get more respect! I guess they figure if I know a musician that serious, I must be doing something right. I’ve seen him win an audience playing AFTER Mike Miz and I’ve seen dudes like Freeman White ask to sit in with him.
One of my favorite services is helping a band fill out a tour or a venue fill a sudden hole in their schedule. When a venue calls, I know I need to find a good audience fit that will sell some tickets and beer. When a band calls, they usually have their weekends booked but need gigs to survive the mid-week drives between them. Sometimes, you get the best for everyone. I have recently made two national bands (Silencio and Carsie Blanton) very happy by filling their tour calendar. And I can’t wait for the hugs I’ll get from the venue owners and fans who will get a chance to see them within three hours of home at a reasonable price!
So send me your poor, hungry bands and fans! My client venues are the best around and my list is growing. Check them out for yourself and tip the staffs please. We’re saving the economy one gig at a time!