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Bands and venues must promote together

I have a few observations about some conflicts between musicians and club owners which should not exist. We all know there are a lot of free and low paying gigs out there, but it has nothing to do with whether the economy is good or bad. The problem is that too many...

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Famous names who used us to find musicians

This is not really a newsletter, it's merely a response to a question we've been asked many times over the past four decades:  "What famous people have used Musicians Contact to locate or hire musicians?"  The answer is on our web site although some have never seen...

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Can rise of music fests help club attendance?

I constantly read articles stating that since musicians are making so much less money from their recorded music these days, more and more of them are forced to take to the road and play live. This scenario applies to older established acts as well as fresh upcoming...

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Could holograms replace live music acts?

A guy walked into our old office on Sunset Boulevard about 25 years ago and told me "live music in clubs will soon be dead".  At the time, musicians already had new alcohol and anti-smoking laws to contend with, as well as karaoke, DJs, and TV screens, so I asked why...

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What instrument is most in demand now?

The following info is based on incoming gigs we have received over the past four decades. For many years the answer was: Keyboards. A lot of bands couldn't find work unless they had a keyboard player, and keyboards were usually the most costly instrument, hence less...

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What does AGE have to do with gigging?

What does age have to do with live gigs? Age shouldn't have anything to do with musical playing ability, image, or friendship, should it? Maybe not, but playing in a band is usually no different than any other tight knit group of people involved in the same activity....

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Why I got kicked out of the Whisky a Go Go

With the recent passing of Mario Maglieri at age 93, founder, owner, and manager of the Whisky a Go Go, I thought I'd relate my own experience with Mario, and how he had an influence on the future of Musicians Contact.  In the 70's I sang in different bands that...

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DAY clubs as well as NIGHT clubs?

A DAY club? Yeah, why not? For years I have thought, why couldn't a club featuring live music be successful in the day as well as at night? Meaning, a club which already features music at night could open earlier and offer afternoon music, or an entirely new chain of...

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I saw The Beatles at their first US gig

You've realized by the subject line that this is not our usual blog.  It's my account of when I saw The Beatles at their very first U.S. concert.  I know, I know, their first show in the U.S. was on Ed Sullivan, February 9, 1964, where a record audience of 73 million...

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Where are all the female musicians?

We all know there are about the same number of males versus females in our country. But the ratio between male and female MUSICIANS is about fifty to one, and this ratio has stayed about the same since our business started 47 years ago! I am not counting lead...

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