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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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Is today’s music worse than before?

It seems that many musicians think a lot of the current music they hear today pales in comparison to what they heard at some point before. We had an office in Hollywood from 1969 to 1995 and I spoke to thousands of musicians in person over those 26 years. Here's what...

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What exactly is a PRO musician?

I've been reading ads for musicians and bands seeking each other for over 45 years, first in newspapers and magazines and now online. One word has always been confusing - the term "pro". I always read "must be pro" or "no pros please". Just exactly what is considered...

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Jokes only musicians understand

(That includes drummers, which is our first joke!) We couldn't come up with anything mind-shattering or otherwise incredibly relevant in this announcement, so we filled it with bad musician jokes we've collected over the years. Got a good/bad one? Send it to:...

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