First: I’m honored that you’re asking to play here. After 25+ years of doing this, and it’s still nice that people want to work with us. But, there are a lot of you, so I need to get a few things out of the way.
1: We’re not really a singer/songwriter coffee-house sort of place. We can handle 200 people, and in general the shows fall into two categories, regardless of the country of origin or style. One is for the super-virtuosic duos with an international reputation, the other is for trios up to quintets (size of stage issues) that both play ridiculously well and can go from soft to rowdy and get the crowd dancing in place. Take a look at past shows to get an idea.
2: We don’t make any money. None. It costs us money out of pocket to put on shows, and lots upon lots of volunteer hours. We agree on a guarantee, and we’ll keep a tiny percentage for expenses, and whatever is left over goes to local non-profits. Your show might benefit a soup kitchen or a land trust, or a local farm, or someone with ALS needing a new wheelchair. Therefore, when I see a long hospitality rider, I pretty much cross you off the list. We’ll provide dinner. At the percentage of split we’re paying, you can handle the rest. I know what the splits are across the country, and we’re really generous.
3: Same goes for tech riders. Travel with whatever you want, but be prepared for plug and play. Our most memorable shows through the years involve each musician with one instrument, no pedals, usually playing into a microphone. We can handle a lot of tech, for sure, and have, but the memorable musicians just step up and play or sing. What’s the old expression? It ain’t the piano, it’s the player. We respond well to simplicity.
4: I may not be able to respond quickly. I also have a day job that helps pay for this. If you don’t fit the description above, (as in, you’re a singer/songwriter) I may not respond at all. I don’t like telling people no, so it’s easier to just delete it. Sorry for that, but that is how life can be.
5: If all the above are ok, fire me an email with an EPK and links to some recent videos, and thanks!
Contact: Charlie Shafer, firstname.lastname@example.org