Any band looking to step up their game in 2010 can initiate their excitement engines. Over the next 5 days I’ll be releasing a list of venues within a four hour drive of Houston that you can contact to book your band a gig. This list is a lead up to Bandcampus: BOOKING PARTY which will be held on January 31st where you can meet with other like-minded bands to book yourself gigs.

Release Schedule
Every day of this week, beginning on Monday, a new guide will be released for Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Victoria/Corpus Christi. If you come to Bandcampus on Sunday you’ll receive the full document, similarly, if you visit this site next Monday (2/1) you’ll be able to download the document in its entirety. On Monday, February 1st, the complete list of venues will also be posted as a google document so that anyone can access it and edit it for accuracy.

The Free ebook
On Monday, 2/1/10, the compiled version will be available as an ebook for free download. The full document includes the following:

  • Venue Listing for Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Victoria/Corpus Christi
  • Mad-Libs style email script to assist you in making first contact with a venue to book your band a live show
  • Mad-Libs style phone script to assist you in making first contact with a venue or following up to book  your band a live show
  • A recommended schedule to help you plan your bookings
  • A basic explanation of how to go about contacting venues and booking your band a live show

If you like what you read, please consider blogging a link back to this post so that people  know where to get the document. And if you’d like to provide some ideas about the document, feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post.

This guide was compiled over 2009 with the assistance of many people: Lauren Oakes laid the early groundwork for this project in early 2009 by compiling the list for Houston. My intern Katie Brown is largely responsible for the project as it exists today, expanding the listings to cities within a four hour drive of Houston, organizing the data, and fact checking the listings. Attendees of Bandcampus: BOOKING PARTY in July got a first look at the listings and gave it a review for typos and missing information. Those bands and others that deserve thanks are: .
Prairie Cadets, Montgomery Walker, Stateside Stereo, Western Civilization, The Favorites, , The Liquid Kitchen, Female Demand, Glasnost, Insert Name Here, Spin Alley, Joe Muscara, The Snake Charmers, April Kyle, Ajit D’Sa, Wayside Drive, Ned Dodington, Grace Rodriguez, and last but not least the members of Caroline Collective, and Houston’s Creative and Music Community.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. This means:
Use this guide as much as you like to book shows for yourself and others. Share it with your friends, reproduce, download, redistribute, remix, tweak, and build upon this guide but the original work must be credited and you may not sell it. All further derivatives are licensed under identical terms.

Creative Commons License
Booking Your Band in Texas Guide by Matthew Wettergreen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.


  1. I found out about the party kind of late will you have another one anytime soon? and where can i go for the entire e-book? hope to hear from you soon

    Posted February 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

  2. matthew


    We’ll be holding another Booking Party in the next couple months as a result of the success of the last one. But one of the goals of publishing this ebook was to allow anyone to be able to host their own Booking Party to help out their community. Just print out a couple copies of the ebook and get together with some other musicians and write venues for a couple hours. Stay tuned and hopefully the book is useful.

    Posted February 6, 2010 at 9:59 am | Permalink

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  1. [...] Bandcampus: BOOKING PARTY will be perfect for bands whose 2010 goals are to play more often but don’t know how to get started. We’ll provide the tables, chairs and the internet. We’ll also be giving you an ebook (for free) that includes a venue list for Houston, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Victoria/Corpus Christi as well as a mad-libs style email contact form and a mad-libs style phone contact form and review the process of contacting (and following up with) a venue to book your band. This ebook will be published online the next day for those of you who want to spread it around or download a copy for yourself. More information about the ebook is here. [...]

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