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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…

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…

Top 10 Greatest Movies About Fictional Musicians

There have been many, many movies and documentaries made about real life musicians. Some of them have been critically acclaimed (Ray, Amadeus, This Is It, A Hard Day’s Night) while others have been universally panned (Spice World, Justin Bieber’s Believe). Only a handful of cinematic tales have graced the silver screen (and your local Redbox) involving make-believe musicians and singers. The idea has given birth to some great original music itself, and has also replicated some songs that had enjoyed prior success by the artists that the movie paid tribute to or expanded upon. Below is a list of the…

MissUsed – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Week”

One of the primary objectives that I’m aiming for in featuring a “Spotlight” artist every week is to showcase acts that provide an example of how to do things right. From a killer song selection that caters to the party crowd, to putting time and work into providing an entertaining show, to taking advantage of the many promotional opportunities available today…all bases need to be covered. That’s why I was thrilled when I stumbled upon a band out of Birmingham, Alabama known as MissUsed. Fronted by singer Roxy Lane, MissUsed has been wowing crowds all over the southeast United States…

Postmodern Jukebox – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Week”

One of the most difficult things to accomplish when playing cover songs is to find a way to set yourself apart from the rest of the musicians that perform the same material. There are hundreds, if not thousands of bands that cull from the same list of tried and true songs that will go over well in just about any setting. Even if a performer can stray away from the norm, there is still the issue of presenting a unique product. It takes looking at the business from a different perspective to be able to rise above the pack –…

John Monnecka – Cover Band Central’s “Spotlight Artist of the Week”

If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you know that I like to focus on several criteria when selecting a Spotlight Artist. Among the most crucial aspects to me are song selection, musicianship, and most importantly…great vocals. The majority of musicians that play covers are usually working with a band, or at least other musicians. But in some cases, players are able to go it alone, while still providing a high quality performance no matter what the gig. One shining example is singer/guitar player John Monnecka. John is one of hundreds of musicians that I saw live when I…

These Guys Live – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Week”

It isn’t always important to have great, professional musicians in a band. Many cover bands can get by just by playing crowd-pleasing songs and having an entertaining show without being incredibly proficient at their instruments. However, it’s a real treat to stumble upon a cover band that takes their job seriously enough to learn songs note-for-note, choose tunes that are a bit more challenging while still being popular, and cover all of the harmonies with impeccable precision. Such is the case with a band from Columbus, Ohio known as These Guys Live. Formed in April 2007, These Guys Live have…

The Elevators – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Week”

In just about every town, every state and most countries in the world, you’ll find cover bands slogging along, playing regular shows for comparatively very little money, sometimes to very few people. But just because a group isn’t always packing rooms doesn’t necessarily diminish its level of talent. In fact, it’s not rare to stumble upon a set of musicians in a local bar or restaurant that will absolutely floor you, and you’ll find yourself asking, “Why don’t more people know about this band?” One of those hidden treasures is a blues/rock cover band from New Jersey known as The…

The Molly Ringwalds – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Week”

There’s something about music from the 80’s when it comes to cover bands. It could be the catchy melodies, the fist-pumping choruses, or perhaps the fact that people born in the 80’s are now in or approaching their 30’s. It’s hard to find a cover band anywhere that doesn’t incorporate some of the now classic tunes like Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” or Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” or many of the other tunes that are among the 50 songs you need to know to play in a classic rock cover band. Club goers and music fans abound will constantly be…

Mike Massé and Jeff Hall – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artists of the Week”

You folks in internet land may have seen a surprisingly good video show up recently on your Facebook News Feed of two guys in a pizza joint slaying Toto’s “Africa.” The YouTube video has nearly three million views as of this writing, and is on its way to becoming a viral sensation – and for good reason. The song choice is fantastic, the vocals are spot on, and the intimacy of the video sucks you right in. The two musicians in the clip are Mike Massé on guitar and lead vocals, and Jeff Hall on bass and harmonies. If you…