You might remember a while back that the good people at the Caroline Collective were putting on those Bandcamp things; it's been a few months since they've done any of 'em, I think, but this coming Sunday, January 31st, they're putting on something they're calling Bandcampus: BOOKING PARTY.
The idea is to help out bands who want to tour outside of our fair city, giving them real-live experience at booking shows in venues in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. The BandCampers are providing a handy guide to setting things up in each of those cities -- which'll be published for free download the day after the Bandcampus, although you can check it out online right now here -- free Internet access, and "mad-libs style" email and phone forms folks can use for actually emailing and calling different booking agents & venues. Experienced people will be there to help out however they can.
Needless to say, I think this is very cool. Historically, H-town bands just plain don't leave this city real often -- we're three hours from everybody else, at the very least, so getting elsewhere is expensive and time-consuming as hell. This isn't the East Coast, and gas costs a shitload these days. Bands need to be touring extensively outside our little town, and yet when I hear of bands doing just that, it's pretty damn rare, and mostly with more established bands.
Besides the logistical issues, too, knowledge of this sort of thing is pretty sparse; I'm glad to see the Caroline Collectivites(?) doing their part to try to give everybody a leg up. The more people who play elsewhere, the better they make H-town look and the better things get for everybody in this weird, cool scene of ours.
Anyway, this thing runs from 2-4PM, over at the Collective (naturally) -- 4820 Caroline, Houston, TX. 77004. Make your plans...
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