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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…

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5 Reasons Why Musicians Should Be Using Facebook Live Right Now

Unless you’ve been living completely off the grid for the last six months, you know that internet behemoth Facebook launched its Live function for all to use anytime they choose. The social media leader is aggressively promoting this feature through numerous television ads that encourage the everyday person to invite the world into their unfiltered, real-time life. Some people will balk at the idea of becoming a voyeur’s entertainment, but for musicians, this opportunity is huge. There no way to overstate this. Facebook boasts over a billion users. That is a large percentage of humans walking the planet. Musicians now…

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10 Tips for Playing a Cover Song

Although I’ve never counted, I can guess with confidence that I’ve learned and played well over a thousand cover songs in my career. I have a specific system that has developed over time that has proven effective for me in maintaining a career as a professional musician. Master the fundamentals below and you’ll be able to succeed in every gigging situation. 1. Learn the song correctly Most of the time when you’re playing covers, you’ll be playing popular songs. People in the crowd will expect to hear certain signature parts including guitar solos, melodic riffs, rhythmic patterns, and especially lyrics.…

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What’s So Bad About Playing Cover Songs?

  I’m willing to bet that some people will see this headline and answer the question in the comments without even clicking to read the article. But for those of you that have taken the step to see what this is about, read on. For starters, why even ask this question? Let’s begin with my intention. I wish to change the mindset of some musicians who think that playing covers is just copying other people, or cheating, or taking an easy way out. “Write your own songs!” is a criticism I get a lot at Cover Band Central.   The…

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