How Showcases Work
Who can perform at showcases?
Showcases are public shows at ticketed venues that we run every couple of months at venues like The Walnut Room, the Hard Rock Cafe and Herman’s Hideaway. The rule of thumb we use to qualify performers is: Would other peoples’ friends and family enjoy your performance? It’s okay if you’re nervous or inexperienced – that’s natural! These performances are an opportunity to get some “miles on the car” so you can go from studio singer to gigging artist. But if you’re still working on singing on time or on pitch, it’s probably a bit early to sign up for a showcase.
- Sing to a track, self-accompany, bring an accompanist for $10/song
- Hire our guitarist or keyboardist to accompany for $25/song, or
- Sing with a full band with backup singers for $50/song.
Singers who hire the band get two rehearsals prior to the show. Find gig dates and rehearsals on our calendar. We’ll also email you details after everyone is signed up for each showcase.
Performers who are accompanying themselves are welcome to show up to sound check before the show. If you prefer to bring your own keyboard, you are welcome to, although it’s usually easier to just use our keyboardist’s 88-key weighted Roland synth.
We usually open doors at about 5:30pm, start the show around 6, and finish a little after 9pm. Times may vary slightly from event to event.
Tickets and Age Limits
Under-21 performers ARE allowed. Under-21 attendees are also allowed, until 9pm. Showcase tickets are usually $8 adv / $10 door and are available on the venue website. Performers don’t pay, but families and friends do. Performers are expected to bring at least a few people to watch them play. We usually ask for each performer to bring 5-10 people. We keep booking this gig because we always bring a good audience. Plus, as a performer, it is your job to bring people to see you play.
Each singer can perform up to 3 songs.
To see when the next showcase is, check out our calendar.
Track singers: Submit your track – the actual file, not a youtube link – to firstname.lastname@example.org a few days before the show.
Self-accompanied or outside accompanist: Send in your song name a few days before the show, for set list purposes.
Duo singers and live band singers: Send your song selection, key, and a reference track (in case there are multiple versions) by one month before the first band rehearsal at the absolute latest. Earlier is better. If you submit your song later than one month before the first rehearsal, we may not have time to learn it.
We can play most anything, except heavily produced pop/EDM tracks. We may reject a song if we know it won’t come off well live – but this almost never happens. In that case, we can refund payment or you can select a new song.
Rehearsals are super fun! Our professional musicians love playing this gig, because it’s new and different every time and everyone is so excited. We provide an encouraging, safe, supportive environment and make you feel like a star. Most singers are nervous going into their first rehearsal, but come out of it pumped and thrilled!
Rehearsals are for live-band performers and and for those accompanied by our guitarist or keyboardist. They help the band and the singer gel, and the singer will get some light coaching as well.
Singers should have their songs completely memorized by the first rehearsal.
Each singer gets 15 minutes of rehearsal per song, at each rehearsal. (E.g. if you sign up for 3 songs, you get a 45-minute slot.) If you can’t make it to one of the rehearsals, we can usually give you more time at the rehearsal you can attend. We can also usually accommodate schedule restrictions, such as avoiding rush hour for singers who live far away.
Register by emailing email@example.com with your song choices, type of accompaniment for each song, total due, and how you’d like to pay. (Most people just give us permission to charge the card on file.)
When the event is filled, we’ll send email to coordinate rehearsals and answer questions.
Contact us at 720-772-7505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.