Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tuesday Night Mic Check

Karizma J Productions/Mic Check Entertainment & thebeatwizard.com presents
TUESDAY NIGHT MIC CHECK
What it do world Tuesday Night Mic Check is in FULL EFFECT...Not YOUR average SHOWCASE..Tuesday Night Mic Check is the Premiere Entertainment Movement Jumpin' off every 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ the Blue Cafe located in Downtown Long Beach.....
Performing live May 13th 2008: Rymz Well..Wiz Propane..LiL Major..Papo the N.E.S.B..Black Lucci..Tresjur..PTP..Dubb City..the David Soul Band..& LikWit of G-Line Ent.
WATCH THE COMMERCIAL ON YOUTUBE @ www,youtube.com/bztha7th
DOORS OPEN @ 9:00 p.m. HOSTED BY MR. Buck from thespizzle.com
$10 @ the Door...Come OUT & Enjoy Yourself
BLUE CAFE 210 Promenade off Broadway & Pine behind Wasabis in Long Beach
We also will be celebrating LiL Major's Birthday & the new Papo the N.E.S.B. album
UPCOMING TUESDAY NIGHT MIC CHECK EVENTS
MAY 27th BIG2DABOY (opening acts wanted)
JUNE 10th BLACK DYAMOND (opening acts wanted/female artist only)
To perform May 27th or June 10th
CONTACT Karizma J (562)500-6612 or Baba Zoom (424)233-9862
ALL STYLES OF MUSIC WELCOME - ALL STYLES OF MUSIC WELCOME
Neo Soul...R&B...Hip Hop...Rock...Spoken Word..Gospel..Country..Emo..Etc.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Open Mics in Los Angeles Area

The LA Music Showcase Blogspot is committed to providing you with the most comprehensive listings of showcases and open mics in the Los Angeles area. So please feel free to pass this BLOG on to your friends and associates that may have use for such information. And most definitely submit events that are not listed. Be sure to let organizers know you found the event at the LA Music Showcase Blogspot. *This blog is a work in progress, so please be sure to contact the venue before attending to ensure that the scheduling has not changed.

Bliss Cafe
Every Monday @ 7:30pm
1249 Vine St.
Los Angeles
323-962-2986

Boulevard Music
Every third Sunday
4316 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City
310-398-2583

Cafe Miaafe
Open Mic - Selected Fridays @ 7pm
18 17th Ave.
Venice
310-399-6558

Canter's - Kibbitz Room
An acoustic open mic night every Sunday @ 9pm
419 N. Fairfax
Los Angeles
213-651-2030

El Cid
Every Wednesday night @ 8:30pm
4212 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles
323-668-0318

Fais Do-Do
Evert third Tuesday @ 7:30pm
5257 Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles
323-954-8080

Good Vibes
Every Tuesday @ 7:30pm
510 E. Broadway
Long Beach
562-590-5839

Ground Zero Coffee House
Every other Monday @ 6:45pm
W 35th St at S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles
213-740-4211

Hallenbeck's General Store
Every Tuesday night * Sign-ups begin @ 7:30pm
5510 Cahuenga Blvd.
North Hollywood
818- 985-5916

Highland Grounds
"Open Mind Night" every Wednesday @ 8pm * Sign-ups begin at 7pm
742 N. Highland Ave.
Hollywood
323-466-1507

McCabe's Guitar Shop
Last Sunday of the month @ 5 pm
3101 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica
310-828-4497

McMurphy's Tavern
Every Tuesday @ 8:30pm
72 N. Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena
626-666-1445

NuArt Cafe & Tea Temple
Every Tuesday @ 6pm
2741 E 4th St.
Long Beach
562-439-3089

The Other Side
Every Friday @ 9pm
2538 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles
323-661-0618

The Rainbow Bar & Grill
Every Monday @ 8pm
9015 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood
310-278-4232

Songsalive! (www.songsalive.org/losangeles)
Hosts its monthly Open Mic @ The Magdeline Center located at 4822 Vineland Avenue in the city of North Hollywood every last Thursday of the month. This event begins at 8pm and is free to all performers ($5 for non-performers). Each act is given 10 minutes to perform and after a short break, a feature performer takes the mic for 30-35 minutes. The open mic portion is open to all performers, but if you are interested in being a featured performer, you must email a short bio and an mp3 to eizorakdanit@yahoo.com .

The Sunset Grill
Every Thursday @ 8pm
Every Friday @ 7:45pm
7439 W Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood
323-851-5557

Synergy Cafe
Every Tuesday @ 6:45pm
4437 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City
310-482-3490

UnUrban Coffeehouse
Velvet Guerilla Cabaret - Every Wednesday @ 7:45pm
www.myspace.com/unurbanopenmike
3301 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica
310-315-0056

Vermont
Caberet Open Mic Mondays @ 8pm * Sign-ups begin at 7:30pm
1714 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles
323-661-6163

Monday, June 25, 2007

Booking a Live Performance

When you have hot music and you have a stage performance ready to show, its time for you to book a show. Live performance is one of the many streams of revenue produced by you the artist, and probably the most important. Live performances offer you the opportunity to test your music in front of a live audience, build a fanbase, gain media exposure and sell your product.
You will need copies of your mastered cd or demo, a well packaged press kit, and a listing of venues in your area that showcase talent (like the listing below). Now, you can book with a venue one of two ways, (1) you can contact the booking agent of the venue via phone or e-mail, or (2) contact the promoter for the night with which you are looking to perform. You will have to send press kits to every venue that you intend on showcasing in. Follow-up within one weeks time if the booking agent or promoter has not gotten back to you. If you are just starting out, I would suggest that you contact the booking agent first. I feel that it is so much easier to find out all things going on with the venue, allowing you to get to know the music scene in your local area. A good question to ask the booking agent is for referrals to promoters that cater to your music. Be sure to negotiate a deal that is beneficial to your career. Once the details are negotiated, have an entertainment attorney look over the contract before signing it(A listing of Los Angeles area Entertainment Attorneys, and other music industry contacts, can be found in "The Los Angeles Music Industry Connection" Book. Ask me how you can get the book). In the beginning, you may not get paid and worst yet, you may lose money in the process, but this is all a part of the promotional opportunity called, live performance. To offset the money you may lose or to fatten the purse you may take home, have cd's and other promotional items ready to sell. Word of mouth is the best marketing tool you can use, and you may have an audience that is there to see another act, but enjoys what they hear from you. Invite friends, family, business associates, co-workers, friends of friends, friends of family and most importantly, press and music business execs. Promote, promote, promote. Every show is a chance for you to get closer to your ultimate goal, super stardom. Perform to the best of your ability and have fun. After the show, find the booking agent or promoter and settle up according to the deal you negotiated. There will be no greater feeling than getting paid for your first live performance, especially if you rocked the joint.
  • A closing tip, have someone to record your live performance so that you can see what the audience sees. This tip will help to ensure that your performances are progressively getting better, and that you are happy with the product that you are putting on the stage.
  • Have a someone you trust to keep a count of the guests there to see you. It helps with your accounting when its time to settle up with the promoter.

Last, but not least, be sure to keep the lessons learned in this experience. As an artist, you will perform many times before you reach the ultimate success. You may be doing this for yourself in the beginning, but the experience will last a lifetime, and I've learned that lifetime experiences prepare you to be the most successful in the future.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Music Industry Connections

Showcase your talent in the Los Angeles area. This blog is designed to assist you in finding venues in Los Angeles that will allow you to showcase your music. Use this as a resource tool to develop and build your music career. This blog will be updated from time to time as I come across new venues. Please feel free to submit any venues and/or events that you feel will enhance this blog. When they ask, tell them Phil with Music Industry Connection sent you.


14 Below
1348 14th Street
Santa Monica
310-451-5040
http://www.14below.com/

Atlas Bar and Grill
3760 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
213-380-8400
http://www.clubatlas.com/

B.B. King's Blues Club Universal Citywalk
1000 Universal Center Drive
Universal City
818-6BB-KING
http://www.bbkingclubs.com/

Coconut Teaszer
8117 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood 90046
info: 323-654-4773
bookings: 323-654-4887

Conga Room
5364 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
323-938-1696
http://www.congaroom.com/

The Derby
4500 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles
323-663-8979

Dragonfly
6510 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood
323-466-6111
http://www.thedragonfly.com/

Fais Do-Do
5257 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles
323.954.8080
www.faisdodo.com

The Garage
4519 Santa Monica Blvd
Silver Lake
323-662-6802

The Gig - West LA
11637 West Pico Blvd.
West Los Angeles 90064
310-477-9870
http://www.liveatthegig.com/

The Gig - Hollywood
7302 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood 90046
323-936-4440
http://www.liveatthegrove.com/

Glass House
200 W. Second Street
Pomon 91766
909-469-5800

House of Blues - Hollywood
8430 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood
323-848-5100
http://www.hob.com/

House of Blues - Anaheim
1530 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim 92802
714-772-2583
http://www.hob.com/

Key Club
9039 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood 90069
310-786-1712/310-274-5800
http://www.keyclub.com/

Knitting Factory - Hollywood
7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles
323-463-0204
http://www.knittingfactory.com/

Martini Lounge
5657 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood
323-467-4068

The Mint
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles 90035
323-954-1992
http://www.theminthollywood.com/

Opium Den
1605 1/2 Ivar
Hollywood
323-466-7800

The Palace
1735 North Vine St.
Hollywood 90028
323-462-3000
http://www.hollywoodpalace.com/

The Roxy Theatre
9009 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood
310-278-9457
www.myspace.com/theroxyonsunset

Sean Healy Presents
Booking Agent/Promoter
www.myspace.com/shp

Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood 90069
310-276-6168
http://www.troubadour.com/

Vault 350
350 Pine Ave.
Long Beach
888-808-2858
www.vault350.com

THE VIPER ROOM
8852 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood
310-358-1880
http://www.viperroom.com/

Vynyl - Hollywood
1650 Schrader
Hollywood
323-461-5889
http://www.vynyl.com/

Westend
1305 5th Street
Santa Monica
310-313-3293/310-394-4647
http://www.westendclubs.com/

Whisky A Go Go
8901 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood 90069
310-652-4202
http://www.whiskeyagogo.com/

ASCAP
http://www.ascap.com/

BMI
http://www.bmi.com/

SESAC
http://www.sesac.com/

LA Goes Underground
http://www.lagu.somaweb.org/

LA Songwriters Network
http://www.songnet.org/

Talent In LA
http://www.talentinla.com/

LA Music Awards
http://www.lamusicawards.com/

Rap Industry
http://www.rapindustry.com/