How Showcases Work
Who can perform at showcases?
Showcases are public shows at ticketed venues that we run about 8 times per year at venues like The Walnut Room, the Hard Rock Cafe, Lincoln Station, The Venue, and Herman’s Hideaway. Our highest-profile showcases are invite-only or require an audition.
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. In that case, your next step is to sign up for a performance workshop.
Accompaniment and Fees
- 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 professional 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.
Each performer may perform up to 3 songs per showcase.
New for 2019! We may invite certain artists who are ready for the next step, to perform mini-sets of 5-6 songs. The per-song cost remains the same, but the artist must commit to bringing two audience members for every song. Sign up to sing six songs? You must bring 12 people. If you don’t, you’ll drop back to a 2-song limit for the next showcase.
To see when the next showcase is, check out our calendar.
Tickets and Age Limits
Under-21 performers ARE allowed. Under-21 attendees are also allowed, until 9pm. Showcase tickets are usually either free, or $5-10 depending on the venue. 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.
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, so be sure to check with us at email@example.com. We always send details out by email, but do check with us if you didn’t see the email!
How to Register
To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “Showcase” and the showcase date in the SUBJECT LINE of the email. In the email, include:
- Which songs you would like to sing, and what accompaniment you would like for each one (track or solo for $10, guitar or piano for $25, or full band for $25).
- How you would like to pay for the showcase. Most students just authorize a charge to their card on file.
- Which teacher you are working with at Performance High.
In addition, if you would like guitar, piano, or full-band accompaniment, you must upload your song to a dropbox folder for this showcase. Be sure you have the correct key and arrangement – we will not change them on the fly in rehearsal! Songs must be uploaded to the correct Dropbox folder at least one month before the first band rehearsal for that showcase.
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 may get some light coaching as well.
We usually have two rehearsals on the two Thursday evenings preceding the showcase. They usually start at 6:30pm and run until about 10-10:30pm. We will send out a rehearsal schedule in advance, and can usually accommodate requests for early or late slows. You are welcome to come early or stay late to hang out.
Singers should have their songs completely memorized before the first rehearsal.
Each singer gets 10 minutes of rehearsal per song at each rehearsal. (E.g. if you sign up for 3 songs, you get a 30-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.
Contact us at 720-772-7505 or email@example.com.