Welcome to Day 2 of the release of the ebook ‘Booking Your Band in Texas’. This guide is designed to help you contact and book yourself a live show at venues around Texas. Today’s venue list covers Dallas, the cosmopolitan center of Texas and also, a hotbed for rodeo.

Booking Your Band in Texas – pt. 2, Dallas

This download includes a list of venues located in and around Dallas as well as the below graph which can help you to understand the musical landscape of a particular city. Unlike Austin, Dallas’ venues are focused less on the singer/songwriter genre and more on the country/cowboy/western focused genres. Jazz is more popular in Dallas than Austin, but then again, so is punk and rockabilly. A grouping of genres not prevalent in Austin that plays a role in the musical landscape of Dallas are the venues which cater to Big Band/Swing/Dixieland/Oldies and Cabaret. Two additional genres making a blip on the percentage of venue focus are Metal and venues which cater to Cover Bands.


‘Booking Your Band in Texas’ Release Schedule
Every day of this week, a new venue listing will be released for Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Victoria/Corpus Christi. If you come to Bandcampus:BOOKING PARTY on Sunday, January 31st you’ll receive the full ebook, 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.

The Free ebook
On Monday, 2/1/10, the full version of the guide 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 CadetsMontgomery WalkerStateside StereoWestern CivilizationThe Favorites, , The Liquid KitchenFemale DemandGlasnost,Insert Name HereSpin AlleyJoe MuscaraThe Snake CharmersApril KyleAjit D’SaWayside DriveNed DodingtonGrace 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.

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