Information for Prospective Performers
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submitting your material.
If you want to be
considered for a performance at Shady Grove
Coffeehouse, you should have, and be prepared to
share with us, a detailed plan for promoting your
performance. The success of your performance will
influence not only your payoff at the end of the
evening, but also whether or not you will be
scheduled for a return performance. If you do not
have a track record of drawing a substantial local audience
(i.e. 75 or more paying customers), then there are
other venues that are more appropriate for what you
are doing and we will be happy to refer you.
We DO NOT
regularly book and
Shady Grove Coffeehouse presents folk music, broadly
defined. Our definition of folk includes,
contemporary singer-songwriters, bluegrass, early
country and string band music, blues, Celtic music,
and much more. Our performers are
professionals on the regional and national
coffeehouse and festival circuits.
have an attentive, knowledgeable audience. The
Shady Grove audience loves to
sing along, will cheerfully engage in good-natured
banter with the performer, and tends to buy a lot
of CDs. Performers regularly comment on how
enjoyable their shows at Shady Grove are: our venue
is a naturally great-sounding room (and we know how
to make it sound even better with our PA), and our
audience is warm and welcoming.
Our performers typically play two 45-50 minute
sets. Payment for performers typically consists of a
guarantee against a percentage of the admission
proceeds, and varies considerably depending on the
act. As already noted, our audience buys CDs in
quantity: performers typically substantially augment
the fee we pay them with CD sale proceeds. We do
not take a percentage of CD sales; we do provide a
volunteer to staff the CD table. We are also happy
to provide home hospitality to our out of town
performers; and can arrange for motel rooms at
reduced rates, on request.
We book by consensus of the volunteers who run
the coffeehouse and try to book a season in advance,
so it is unlikely that we will be able to book you
on your fall tour if you contact us in August.
Unexpected openings do occur, however, and we make
exceptions for performers we are anxious to present.
If we ask that you send us a CD,
we would prefer that you send us a complete
recording of a live performance in front of an
audience with little or no editing; we want to hear
your performance warts and all. Please don’t send
us a recording of your performance with a full
if you’re touring as a solo banjo player –
such a recording doesn’t give us any idea what your
performance will be like.
Our PA system consists of a 16-channel Mackie 1604
VLZ-PRO board, Mackie M 800 (monitors) and M 1400
(mains) amplifiers, Alesis Midiverb effects unit,
JBL EON mains, Yamaha SM monitors, Rapco passive
direct boxes, Audio Technica ATM 31a condenser
microphones, and Shure SM-57 and SM-58 dynamic microphones.