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June 19th is International Cover Band Day!

All around the world, wherever you go, there are musicians playing covers. Whether it be in a wedding band, a tribute act, a classic rock group at the corner bar, a variety band at a casino, a backyard party, or a busker on the street corner – every musician at one time or another has played a cover song. On June 19th, 2013, we launched the Cover Band Central Facebook Group – the very first gathering of its kind on the internet. Our goal was to reach as many musicians around the globe who play covers in any capacity. The…

5 Awesome Covers of Chris Cornell Songs

We’ll never get used to the tragedy of losing some of our most celebrated music icons. When someone as gifted as Chris Cornell passes on, it’s difficult to accept. With an incredible body of work including Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave, as well as his solo work, Cornell has left a legacy of memorable music. While he is no longer with us, we can still enjoy his material that lives on through other talented musicians. Watch these videos below to witness some of today’s best cover musicians perform classic Chris Cornell masterpieces. Superunknown Based out of Philadelphia, PA, this…

3 Amazing Dio Covers Performed by Kids

Ronnie James Dio is arguably one the most iconic singers in the history of rock and roll and more specifically…heavy metal. With a resume of bands like Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, as well as his namesake band, Dio has made a mark on music history that few will surpass. Although we’ve sadly lost his presence here on earth, his music still lives on. Check out a few killer cover versions from our younger generation. These clips definitely give us hope for the future knowing great music will endure. Liliac Liliac is a 5-piece band made up of three brothers and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

‘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 Are you making as much money as you deserve playing music? There are musicians and bands not only making top pay, but are actually making a living! So the question is…how? And the answer is simple, although most players don’t know the solution. The trick is to simply apply the proven formula that the pros use. This e-book contains the most important tips that have enabled bands to make a ton of cash. These guidelines will easily generate you thousands…