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16 Tips for Working Musicians on How to Be a Successful Club or Bar Cover Band

  If you want to excel in the cover music scene, it’s not always a question of your level of skill, but often just a matter of focusing on the right things that makes a difference. In just about every city and town in the United States, as well as many around the world, you’ll find a public venue that hosts live music. Whether you’re a full band, a duo or a solo artist – there’s plenty of opportunity to have fun and make some money. The most successful bands and artists practice certain fundamentals that have been proven effective…

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How to Audition for a Gig – 8 Important Things You Must Do

  Have you ever heard or seen a band and thought to yourself, “I’m better than that!” Most musicians have experienced this feeling at some point. One of the (many) reasons that some players get the gig is that they got started off on the right foot. It’s not always the best musicians that secures the job. Quite often, it’s the player that can cut the gig, but is also easy to work with. Whether you’re the most qualified and proficient or not with your craft is important, but it’s the person that follows these tips – and can play well enough…

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12 Perks of Playing in a Cover Band

In the musician community at large, players that perform covers are kinda considered the “black sheep” of the family. Although there are thousands of musicians that play covers in one capacity or another, the practice is still somewhat frowned upon by many musicians. Well, my friend, I’m here to tell you that playing covers is not only an admirable vocation, but also has many rewards that you may not have considered. Sure, you’re not writing your own material, and perhaps you’re not bringing anything original to the table. But you are providing a service that is always in demand, and is generally…

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Rockbox – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Month” – October 2018

When people visit New Orleans, they expect to be exposed to the iconic cultural music for which the city is famous. The Big Easy is well-known as the birthplace of jazz – and has also been heavily influenced by zydeco and delta blues. What’s not commonly known, however, is that there is a thriving community of musicians who cater to crowds by offering popular music. From the baby boomers to the millennials, tourists are often drawn to familiar songs that provide the soundtrack to their Nola experience. A walk up Bourbon Street from Canal to St. Peter will reveal a…

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Rock Against Bullying: Musicians Rally to Support 12-Year Oregon Boy

According to StopBullying.gov, one-in-four students say they have been bullied at school, and that amount has risen to one out of every three kids in the United States. And those numbers are based on children who actually admit it. Growing up is difficult enough – especially at the middle school level. Your body is going through massive changes, you’re required to do well with your studies, and you’re learning how to fit into a social structure – all at the same time. As if that isn’t challenging enough, tack on the pressures of our current social media world, which like it…

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A Trip to Guitar Center

For any musician, going to the music store is akin to a child visiting FAO Schwartz – the legendary New York City toy store that was featured in the movie “Big” with Tom Hanks. They is so much to play with! It takes an extreme amount of focus and discipline to head into Guitar Center and refrain from wanting to pick up every guitar. Luckily in this case I was a man on a mission – steadfast, determined, and prepared to use the chip reader. Watch below as I navigate the maze of solid state amp islands to fulfill my…

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Triggerproof – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Month” – September 2018

To kick off our Spotlight feature on the new site, we’re headed to Biloxi, Mississippi to check out Triggerproof – a six-piece party band who work tirelessly on the Gulf Coast. Our goal here is to feature bands that are doing everything right – and this group checks off ALL of the boxes. One of the most crucial aspects for success in any cover band is the song selection. Triggerproof’s guitarist and band leader Donte Nagle bases his choices on a number of factors including popularity, rotation of singers, crowd reaction, and general feel – and uses this criteria to…

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50 Rock Songs That Every Cover Band Musician Should Know

One of the joys of playing music in a cover band is that you get to replicate some of the most popular songs in the history of music. Audiences throughout the world love these songs, which of course contributes to their longevity. Not every band will play all of these songs, in fact some won’t play any of them. I’m not suggesting that these songs should be your set list. But as a working musician I have played many gigs with bands that I had never rehearsed with or even met, and I’ve found in those cases that it was…

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Top ’90s Rock Songs Every Rock Cover Band Musician Should Know

The 1990s was a time of major change in the world of popular rock music, unlike any that had been seen before—or since. The excess and showmanship of the ’80s had grown tired, and a new paradigm emerged, temporarily obliterating every hair-metal and glam-rock band. The generation that grew up in that decade has now reached the age where they have real jobs, have money to spend, and can afford to go out to see cover bands in bars and clubs. More and more, those patrons are requesting songs that represent their youth, and as a cover band musician it’s…

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