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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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Welcome to the Cover Band Central Website!

This website has been the longtime vision of Steve Witschel and along with the successful Facebook group, is THE premier place for musicians, promoters, venues etc. to discuss all things music. Go ahead and kick the tires and poke around. If you enjoy what you see sign up for a free account and you’ll be notified of upcoming events, news and podcasts. And check back often. We plan on adding new features to the site regularly so that CoverBandCentral.com will be your one-stop resource.

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5 Essential Social Media Tips for Musicians

  If you play music either as a profession or just as a hobby, it’s imperative to create and maintain an online presence. In these times, there is no easier way to get yourself out there, connect with the right people, and develop a rapport with industry folks and fans alike than by properly using social media. Below are the most important aspects of successfully accomplishing this responsibility. Follow these essential principles and you will see your numbers go up, your engagement increase, and your progress escalate exponentially. 1. The Big Four   It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the…

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6 Benefits of Working as a Freelance Musician

  When I first started playing music, and for the first half of my music career that followed, I generally just played in one band at a time. Back then it was all about trying to “make it” in the music business with lofty dreams of becoming a rock star. But then at the turn of the millennium, the music climate changed dramatically, and I had to roll with it. So I started taking any gigs I could get in order to keep my chops up, stay relevant in the local music scene, and make some money. I found myself…

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Why Cover Bands and Musicians are More Important than Ever

As I type this, the world just learned yesterday that we lost yet another music icon…the incomparable Chris Cornell. As with when anyone else passes away, people all over the globe are celebrating his life and music. We’re sure to see tributes to follow where well-known living artists will cover songs from his rich catalog of music. But then, as with any other great loss, the attention and focus will slowly fade. It will never disappear; an artist that has had as much of an impact with music as Cornell will always be remembered. Unfortunately as the years pass –…

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Top 5 Best Live Rock Music Clubs and Bars on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana

The Big Easy. The Crescent City. NOLA!! According to About.com, it’s still one of the Top 10 tourist destinations in the United States. The city is rich in tradition with parades, Mardi Gras, throwing and catching beads and of course its beloved Saints. But it is perhaps best know as a music town, and even after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, the music scene is especially alive and well all over the French Quarter. New Orleans is historically well-known as the birthplace of jazz – and has also been heavily influenced by Zydeco and Delta Blues. You still can see…

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Song Selection in a Cover Band – 10 Factors to Consider

Among the important decisions that you’ll make when playing covers, one of the most vital for your success is the songs you choose. There are thousands of great songs to pick from that will work on the cover band circuit; but in order to have some longevity, you want to take into consideration the following factors. 1. Venue/type of gig Are you playing in a bar or pub? In many of those cases you’ll want to stick with classic rock. Playing a wedding? You’ll want to stick to standards and party tunes. You’ll know going in what kind of crowd…

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Great Ways for Musicians to Get Kicked Out of a Band

Playing in a band is quite a bit different than any other job. There are things that you can get away with that you aren’t able to if you’re punching a time clock or working in an office. However, that doesn’t mean you’re immune from getting the boot if you’re compromising the goals of the group. 1. Be habitually late It’s understandable that once in a while you’ll run into circumstances that prevent you from getting to a gig on time. I’ve had my car break down, locked myself out of my apartment, and gotten the start time wrong which…