Did “spring ahead” mess you up? You’re not alone if losing an hour to daylight savings time wrecked you. And then it snowed on the first day of spring. Did you cry foul? I know it’s been a long, cold winter. Just listen to all those birds outside your window. Shake it off. Spring is here. I’m planting some seeds right now that will bring a fine harvest for bands and fans of live music.
I have a few more showcases scheduled in Lancaster for April and May. Then the map zooms out. The Gigspots Spotlight Showcase is going on the road! I’ll be taking central PA bands out to visit all those fine bands I brought to town over the last two years. You’ll get a chance to play at some new venues for some new audiences. They’ll be ready and waiting; they’ve heard all about you since they sent their hometown heroes to Lancaster to open for you. You will be music ambassadors for central PA.
Where are we going? “From Pittsburgh to Philly, from the Poconos to the Potomac” isn’t just one of Gigspots’ slogans. I have built a loop of client venues where you can play nearly every night of the week. We can crash with all those bands that spent the night on my couches. Or maybe like me you have friends all across the state who say, “Why don’t you ever visit?” I’ll bet you know somebody along I-80 or I-70.
That’s just how it worked out with Working Breed when they drove from Pittsburgh to play shows for me in Manayunk and Lancaster. They had friends and family in West Chester who attended both shows and gave them lodging. Venues like it when you bring 10-12 people to a show on your first visit. Working Breed played two shows and got three future gigs out of it.
I’m going off the grid March 23-28 for a retreat in the mountains. When I get back, tour planning begins in earnest. If your band has a profile on Gigspots.com, take this week to update it with your latest pics, videos, links and shows. I’ll be cleaning house of bands that don’t do their homework and picking the bands that look road-worthy. Don’t forget that you can ALWAYS post your info, events and fun stuff on my Gigspots Facebook page. It’s your bulletin board too and it keeps you on the radar of me and my audience. Ask the bands I’ve taken on tour if that’s worth it.