Gigs and contacts to crack into the local club scene

March 08, 2007|By [SAM SESSA]

Five Bands for $5

Where:

the 8x10

When:

Doors open 7 p.m. Tuesdays

Stage time:

45 minutes per band

Info:

Each band must buy 35 advance tickets for $3 each. The club supplies basic promotional fliers and Web site banners.

Contact:

E-mail your MySpace site or Web site and contact information to co-owner Brian Shupe at 5for5@the8x10.com or mail press kits to The 8x10, 10 E. Cross St. Baltimore 21230

98 Rock's Noise in the Basement Live

Where:

Fletcher's, 701 S. Bond St.

When:

Doors open at 8 p.m. Mondays

Stage time:

About 40 minutes

Info:

This program, which spotlights rock, funk and emo bands, is also a proving ground for regular gigs at Fletcher's and the Recher Theatre. No advance tickets needed.

Contact:

Host Matt Davis prefers bands to stop by, introduce themselves and drop off their press kits in person. Or, message him at myspace.com/mattdavisdj, e-mail him at mattdavis@hearst.com or mail press kits to Matt Davis, 3800 Hooper Ave., Baltimore 21211.

Local Spotlight

Where:

Recher Theatre, 512 York Road, Towson

When:

Doors open at 6 p.m. Sundays

Stage time:

40 minutes

Info:

This is a larger local showcase for bands with a growing local fan base. Each band must buy 100 advance tickets for $5 apiece.

Contact:

E-mail booking agent Will McCrory at will@24-7booking.com. He will call you back and send you a form to fill out.

Lo-Fi Social Club

Where:

3403 S. Hanover St.

Info:

Founder Neil Freebairn tries to answer every booking inquiry, and the venue books a steady stream of artists and local bands.

Contact:

E-mail bookings@lofisocialclub.com or send a message to myspace.com/lofisocialclub. Artists can e-mail curator@lofisocialclub.com.

The Ottobar's open-mike nights

Where:

2549 N. Howard St.

When:

Usually once a month. Check theottobar.com.

Info:

About seven or eight bands play each open mike. However, co-owner Craig Boarman said sometimes they look for local bands to fill gaps in the lineup.

Contact:

E-mail booking@theottobar.com or message the venue at myspace.com/theottobar.

Sonar

Where:

407 E. Saratoga St.

Info:

Owner Lonnie Fisher said the club looks for local bands to help round out its national shows - anywhere from four to 10 per month.

Contact:

E-mail steezpromo@aol.com.

Red House Tavern's open-mike nights

Where:

2239 Essex St.

When:

8 p.m. Mondays

Info:

First-come, first-served. Owner John Harris often recruits good bands for regular gigs.

Contact:

Bring a press kit to the open mike.

Sidebar Tavern

Where:

218 E. Lexington St.

Info:

Books well-known local bands as headliners and lesser-known Baltimore acts as openers semi-regularly.

Contact:

E-mail sidebarbooking@gmail.com.

Brass Monkey Saloon's open-mike nights

Where:

1601 Eastern Ave.

When:

8:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Info:

The open mike can be a gateway to more regular gigs. The club also books new local bands several months in advance.

Contact:

Send a message to myspace.com/brassmonkeysaloon.

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