Last week, we reported that "the record companies" sued defunct filesharing service LimeWire for $75 trillion, approximately five times the national debt or pretty much more money than exists. That, ladies and gentleman, is what could be referred to as the death rattle.
Recorded music has gone viral and can no longer be treated as a viable commercial product in the way it used to be. It's promotion for the one thing that can't be copied and distributed across the web: a live band.
If musicians want to be musicians, now more than ever, they have to tour.
Problem is, that's easier said than done. To tour, bands have to deal with booking, publicity, lodging and the price of gas, which is also around $75 trillion. It's a lot to take in. And without knowing where to start, most bands have trouble getting a tour on the road.
So tonight, why not hear from the experts on how to make it happen?
As part of a Boise City Department of Arts and History informational series for artists, talent rep. Tony Harrison, Samuel Stimpert, who books Visual Arts Collective's shows, and local musician Eric Gilbert of Finn Riggins, who played approximately 200 road shows in 2010, will give a talk tonight at the Old Idaho Penitentiary on how to go about booking your post-rock-punk-indie-whatever-core locally and nationally.
The presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. and is FREE.