Welcome to Day 3 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 Houston, the fourth largest city in the nation but a city not known for it’s music community.

Booking Your Band in Texas – pt. 3, Houston

This download includes a list of venues located in and around Houston as well as the below graph which can help you to understand the musical landscape of a particular city. Houston, similar to Dallas and Austin is largely represented by the genres of rock/p0p and all other derivatives. Unlike any of the other cities surveyed up to this point though, Rap/Hip Hop and R&B plays a greater role in the musical economy, second after rock/pop. As we have seen with Dallas and Austin the genres of country, jazz, blues and acoustic/folk/singer/songwriter fill in the remaining top slots. One interesting note about Houston though is that there is no clear minority as the lesser represented genres all seem to be nearly equally represented in the listed venues, even including Metal and Top 40.

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‘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.

Acknowledgements
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.

Licensing
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.

3 Comments

  1. Memphis Train Revue out of Austin does a lot of work as well in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio… incredible band!

    Keith

    Posted January 25, 2010 at 8:53 am | Permalink

  2. APN

    Mr. Wettergreen –

    You are to be congratulated, commended, and highly appreciated for all of your great work on this rolling series. Somehow, someway, your “Booking Your band In Texas Guide” should be distributed and disseminated to anyone and everyone with even a passing interest in touring this great state.

    I’m looking forward to collaborating with you further this upcoming Sunday at the Bandcampus: Booking Party.

    Posted January 26, 2010 at 7:33 am | Permalink

  3. matthew

    Adam, This is one of the nicest comments I’ve received on this blog or my work. Thank you so much. I personally feel that this ebook can help musicians both in Texas and also outside of Texas. It’s really a promotion and then an adoption issue. As long as we can get local musicians to start using it, we’ll start to see more bands coming in and going out of Houston.

    Posted February 6, 2010 at 9:51 am | Permalink

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