Archive for October, 2010

The Halloween Show Poster

October 25, 2010

We love show posters. We love the fancy hand drawn ones, the punk rock cut and paste ones, even the kind of sad “I designed this using Microsoft Word templates” ones can have a certain charm to them. This past few weeks it has been fun to see what bands are doing to promote their extra special Halloween shows. Here are some of our favorite Halloween inspired posters and the shows that go with them.

Friday, October 29

Saturday, October 30

Sunday, October 31 – Halloween

November First Friday

October 21, 2010

A Band With A Plan – Tips on how to book a show at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall

October 15, 2010

Complete blog can be found on The Good Times Making Noise site.

Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
6275 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018

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Seated listening shows are under 21 with a parent.

  • Booking contact: Tom Miller
  • Preferred method of contact: Start with a phone call at 831-335-2526 (always leave a phone number in your message) and then you’ll probalby switch to email 
  •  Timing: Touring artists are booked further in advance. You an often find dates at even 3-4 weeks out.
  • Genre: Wide open. Come to Tom with a plan and he’ll talk about it. They host an ecclectic mix of genres from around the world.
  • Sound: in-house sound system with a designated sound engineer.
  • Capacity: Bringing in 125-150 people on a weekend night is a good start. Bringing in 80-100 people on a weeknight is a good start.
  • Schedule: Weekend shows normally start at 8 PM, weeknight shows at 7:30. On Sunday there is a matiness at 1 PM.

Festival Deadlines – California – Part 1

October 15, 2010

For many bands the holy grail of shows seems to be “the festival“. Here is California, we are particularly blessed with many an epic festival within driving distance. Here are a few of the upcoming application deadlines for a few or our favorites.

Don’t wait – decisions for 2011 are being made NOW.

This is the first post in a new series. If there are other festivals you would like to see addressed, please leave a comment and we will try to include them in our next post.

Strawberry Music Festival – Performers interested in playing the Strawberry Music Festivals are welcome to submit CD’s and promo packs any time of the year. Booking for the festivals begins in October and is completed near the middle of February. Please mail submissions to:

Strawberry Music Festivals
P.O. Box 664
Jamestown, CA 95327
Attn: Charlie Cran

Please Note:  No booking or communication is conducted via e-mail. You will not receive an e-mail response to any inquiry.

Mateel Summer Arts and  Music – In addition to the annual Summer Arts and Music Festival, they also put on Reggae on the River, Hemp Fest, Humboldt Hoedown and the Winter Arts Faire. Their website contact page does not give an exact procedure for booking but I would start by mailing your package to:

Talent/ booking – Justin Crellin
PO Box 1910
Redway, CA 95560

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival – Artists interested in performing at SNWMF 2011 should send their promo packets to the address below. Please only send materials that are commercially available (no CD-Rs).

SNWMF 2011
PO Box 208
Ryde, CA 95680

Monterey Bay Reggaefest – Artist Submissions: Andre Smith (831) 394-6534 

Monterey Bay Reggaefest
PO Box 1607
Seaside, CA 93955

Live Oak Music Festival – The Live Oak Music Festival Entertainment Selection Committee accepts artist applications from July 1st through October 31st for the following year’s festival. If you wish to be considered, please review our web site and either apply through Sonicbids or send an email between July and October to Please include an EPK, including video and audio links, a brief description of your musical style, web address, and number of performers in act. The Entertainment Committee does not guarantee a response to inquiries. Thank you for your interest in our fundraising festival for the non-profit public radio station KCBX, serving San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

Call to Artists for December First Friday Show

October 7, 2010


“$21 and Under Show” – Original Art Under $21

Work Media: paintings, prints, sketches, photographs, mixed-media, etc.

Work Size: Under 18 x 14 [max size 18 x 18]

Entry Requirements:

  1. 1-2 pieces per artist
  2. Must be able to hang on wall
  3. Have a tag(s) with name and price ready when art is dropped off
  4. Art must be priced for sale for $21 or under

Timeline: Exhibit will open on Friday, December 3 and run through Monday, Dec. 20

Entries Due: Submissions must be received no later than Monday, November 22

Art can be delivered to 118 Coral Street. Please check studio schedule at If there is a band booked, there will be someone at the studio to receive your art (other times can be set by appointment via email to or by calling 831-425-7277) 

Event will be sent to all Santa Cruz media (print, radio, TV) as well as publicized on the Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios blog, Facebook and MySpace pages. The event will also be listed in the official First Friday calendar published in the Santa Cruz Good Times.

Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios does not take any commission on sales. 100% of sales proceeds go direct to the artist.

Jennifer Gallacher

Attention Teen Bands: Win This Contest

October 4, 2010


Local Teen Bands have until Friday, October 15 to apply and win the Second Annual SchoolJam USA Teen Band Competition.

Teen musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, with the majority of band members currently registered in a middle or high school in the United States, and are in an unsigned band, are eligible to participate and apply.  Bands can perform any genre of music but the song must be original content or designated as “public domain.” To view full competition rules and regulations, and for information about how to apply, visit   

Semi-finalists will be chosen and names will be posted on the SchoolJam USA website on Nov. 1, 2010, and online voting will be open to the public that day until Nov. 30, 2010. On Jan. 15, 2011, the top 10 finalists will take the big stage  in Anaheim, Calif. during the world-famous NAMM Show in front of a panel of professional judges and hundreds of fans for the chance to take the title of Best Teen Band in the USA.

The winning band will walk away with the grand prize trip of a lifetime to perform at the original SchoolJam festival in Frankfurt Germany, as well as receive a private music video recording session on the John Lennon Educational Bus, $1,000 towards the purchase of new gear and $5,000 for their school music program.

This battle of rising stars is produced by NAMM, the not-for-profit association of the international music products industry, and its promotional sponsors MENC: the National Association for Music Education, SchoolJam Germany, Music For All, Drum Corps International, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Vans Warped Tour and Channel One News. The competition highlights quality musical teen talent, gathers students to support music and the arts, and promotes active participation in school music programs.