!!!Please do not book a show at another Charlotte venue within a week of your date at Snug Harbor. Doing this probably hurts
your draw both here and the other local venue. If this needs to happen, let us know and we’ll try to work it out!!!
A big THANK YOU to The EARL in Atlanta for letting us plagiarize most of their booking tips. We cannot say it any better.
First of all, let’s get on the same page here. Snug Harbor values artistic expression, freedom and creativity and all of those nice,
touchy-feely things. We consider that a given, and the rest of these suggestions must be viewed within that context. However, from
there we can move on to the business relationship between our venue and the artists that play our room. It must be understood that
bands are hired for the purpose of bringing folks to Snug Harbor that will purchase drinks. Snug Harbor pays its bills this way, as do
those we employ.
So here are some questions you should consider asking during the course of the booking process.
1. Is my band appropriate for Snug Harbor?
Bands seeking shows at Snug Harbor (or any other club, for that matter) that just aren’t appropriate have wasted countless amounts of
dollars and energy. Here is a partial list of genres that 99% of the time won’t be booked at the Snug Harbor:
Snug Harbor is an 18 and over club. So, if your band is made up of 17 year old dudes, we’re going to assume that most of your fans
are 17 year old dudes as well. Sorry, we’re likely not going to be able to book you.
2. When do you usually host bands at Snug Harbor?
Band nights are normally Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat. Shows are usually 9 doors, 10 show (maybe later if it’s just 2 bands). Any other night of the
week we can accommodate an early show. Early shows are 7 doors, 8 show.
3. Do I have music online that I can send?
Welcome to the digital age, friends. No need to send a press kit through the mail (though you can if you really want, but we probably
won’t get to it quicker than an email). Bandcamp, Facebook, etc. links are just fine. Mostly, Snug Harbor wants to be able to hear your
music, but also find out a bit more about the band, where else you have been playing in town and if you have ventured outside of
Charlotte to play meaningful shows. This information reflects on your professionalism both as a performer and as a promoter (more on
that later). Pictures and stuff are nice, too, but Snug Harbor aims not to be too superficial about these things. Send all booking inquiries
4. My band is on tour with our good buddies, “So and So” also from Wherever, Not in Charlotte, NC, USA. What dates do you
have for me?
Sorry, but I won’t be able to help out with that one. Getting an out of town band that no one in Charlotte knows about a show at
Snug Harbor is already tough enough. Don’t make it worse by touring with your friends. It’s just more mouths to feed (gas money,
drink tickets, etc) and reduces the likelihood that anyone will come to the show. We don’t like to have more than three bands on a
bill unless we absolutely have to. If two of those bands are from out of town, then we only have room for one local. If there is only one
local, less people come to the show; the show doesn’t cover productions costs; there isn’t any money for the traveling bands; the
bartenders don’t sell any drinks nor earn any tips; and it’s an all around miserable experience for everyone.
5. So what does my out of town band need to do to get on a show at Snug Harbor?
An awfully constructive question. First of all, try to contact some local bands directly. If a good local band has signed up to headline a
show, then we can start talking about a date. There are many resources on the web that can help you find a Charlotte act that may be
willing to share the stage with you. Of course, MySpace is one place to start. I can’t say enough how trading shows with good local
bands will help you get regular gigs at Snug Harbor, and probably other venues also.
6. If I can’t get booked at Snug Harbor, where else is there to play in Charlotte?
The Evening Muse
The Neighborhood Theater
And, lastly, a list of things never to do during the booking process:
1. Demand, or limit yourself, to shows only on weekend nights.
2. Ask to open up for hot-ass band “X” and then fail to come see your alleged "favorite band” should you happen not to get the opening
3. Cancel a show because your “van broke down” (this applies only to local acts.)
4. Cancel a show because your “new material isn’t ready” (this applies to everyone.)
There are a ton of bands in the 704 area code alone. Our job is not to book your band, but rather to hire musically appropriate acts that
will work to bring folks to our club.
After your show is booked, promote it! Tell everyone, make flyers, post stuff online, spread the word! You can mail promotional materials
to the venue at:
1228 Gordon St. Charlotte, NC 28205
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2 - QSC K-12 (1 left 1 right)
2 - EV S200 (1 center left 1 center right) controlled by aux as needed
2 - EAW 250z Subs (stacked)
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DJ Monitor (optional)
1 - QSC K-12
DBX Driverack PA2
1 - CREST 2600 to center fills
1 - CROWN XLS 5000 to subs
Microphones and Direct Boxes
3 - Shure Beta 58
3 - Shure SM58
4 - Shure SM57
5- Behringer XM8500
3- Sennheiser e604 Snare / Toms
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2- Audix Fusion f15 condenser / Hats or OH
4 -EV PL55 misc percussion
2 - Sennheiser e609
1 - Audix i5
Bass guitar Mic
1 - Audix D6 ( can swap with Beta 52a)
8 - Direct Boxes