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Burger N’ Fries – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Month” – January 2019

One of the biggest challenges that cover bands face is standing the test of time. Cultural shifts, generation gaps, economic swings, and musical evolution all play a part in determining the fortitude of working musicians. While many bands will encounter obstacles and wither away, there are a select few who are able to persevere through all of the difficult trials. One such band is New Orleans’ Burger N’ Fries. Dating way back to junior high school, neighborhood friends Brian Burger and Rolando “Rolo” Nava Chicas began jamming instrumentals on a bass and borrowed drum set just for fun. With a…

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Jeopardy!™ Gives 6 Tribute Bands Massive Exposure

  Some people would consider that once you’re represented as a Jeopardy!™ clue, you’ve “made it.” For six tribute bands, that very thing happened on the episode that aired on December 3, 2018. Jeopardy!™ is one of the highest rated syndicated programs — landing just below Family Feud at #2 and Judge Judy in the top spot. During the first round, host Alex Trebek introduced the six categories in play — one of which was called “Their Tribute Band.” The clues all named the tribute band, and to get the correct answer, the contestants had to respond with the original…

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No Idea – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Month” – December 2018

  Many bands dream of making a living playing music and never having to set their alarm for the morning or punch a time clock at a miserable job. The fact is that it can be more than a dream — but it takes a vision, hard work, and perseverance. Even with all of that in place, there are still challenges that must be overcome along the way, and one such band who has not only stood the test of time, but also paved the way for countless other bands is this month’s spotlight artist — a New Orleans six-piece…

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Marketing Bootcamp – Branding Your Band

Everyone claims to be a Marketer. And they are right. We are all “marketing” ourselves everyday whether it’s our job performance to our employer, our worthiness to our spouses, our opinions on social media, or why you should come see my band play Friday night. We are all trying to influence each other in one way or another. However, most people don’t do it correctly, nor approach it with a well thought out strategy. Applying even some basic marketing principles can reap big rewards with your band in attendance, sales, bookings and engagement. strat·e·gy /ˈstradəjē/ noun 1: a long-range plan…

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Why We Don’t Allow Event Invites in the Cover Band Central Facebook Group

  If you’ve spent any time whatsoever in the wildly popular Cover Band Central Facebook Group, you’ll know that dozens of people every day post something about their upcoming event — usually a band performance. While I applaud people for trying to get the word out to get fans to come to their show, there are several reasons why this is not the right place to market your gig. I do understand, however, that many musicians don’t know the proper way to advertise online,  nor are they educated on reaching the right audience. Although it’s easy to simply delete these…

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‘Tis the Season of Cover Songs

  Brrrrr. It’s getting cold out there. It’s that time again — where people hustle and bustle, flickering lights and decorations are abound on houses and city streets, and there is holiday music in the air. No other part of the year is more inundated with music of the season than Christmas; and you can hear it everywhere. From shopping malls to 24-hour holiday music radio stations to live performers — it’s inescapable. What makes the popular yuletide tunes so unique is that many of the most popular performances are actually cover songs. There are the ageless classic originals that…

Cover Band Riches

Cover Band Riches E-Book $9.95 (download instructions provided after payment) 24 Things You Can Do To Make Your Cover Band The Most Money And Live The Life You Imagine Is making $100/per person at a gig acceptable? That’s been the standard for decades. Meanwhile…drink prices have increased and cost of living has gone up. But NO club owners or managers are EVER going to suddenly just give us a raise. WE need to be the ones to change the game! There ARE thousands of musicians out there making a LOT more than $100 a gig. The trick is to simply…

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Chicken on the Bone – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Month” – November 2018

  There are certain crucial aspects to running a cover band that make them stand out. In a city where there is live music everywhere, it’s not easy to compete for a crowd. A band has to employ the right mix of song selection, image, energy, and especially the know-how to entertain an audience. One of the finest examples of a band that hits all of these marks is New Orleans’ Chicken on the Bone. The band was formed in the early 2000s by bassist Robert Heindel and played various bars and clubs in the New Orleans area. Although he’s…

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Play a cover song just like the original, or make it your own? – A Handy Guide

  It’s a hotly debated topic, one in which we deal with often in the Cover Band Central Group. Is it better to play a song that was originally written and performed by someone else as close to the original recording as possible, or is it an opportunity to make it your own? To answer this question, we’ll have to explore the various circumstances in which covers are played. For the purposes of this article, I’ll be focusing exclusively on covers that are performed in a live setting. Let’s first look at some variations of musicians and bands that play…

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Watch local cover band artist sing duet with Kip Winger

  It’s a rare opportunity when a fan gets to meet one of their childhood heroes. It’s even far more unlikely that someone gets a chance to sing on stage with someone they’ve admired from afar. But Friday night, that’s exactly what happened for New Jersey singer Wendy Horn.                         Despite enjoying mega-success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, like many of the “hair band” artists, Winger succumbed to the onslaught of the grunge bands which took over the popular music scene. Although their heyday has long passed,…

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