It seems this Vermont Music Blog has been getting quite a bit of traffic lately which is super fun to see! I do plan to update the venues and bands very soon as it's been a while since I've done so. I am writing this post because I have been getting quite a few phone calls and emails lately regarding booking gigs. First off, I do not do that and do not plan to do that. I am a publicist and have to stick with my niche or I would be like a hippie dancing in a straightjacket. So, with that being said, I have two wise words of Vermont music, PR mama wisdom:
1. To Bands from Out-of-State - Nectar's and Higher Ground are not the only venues in Vermont. Heck - Burlington - is NOT the only place you should be playing. Please know that Vermont's biggest industry is tourism and you should play where the people are. Foliage resort communities, ski areas, summer festivals, fairs, and field days. There is tons of competition in the more "hip" towns. There are other colleges in Vermont besides in Burlington. Look into such places and play there - they'll be stoked to have you. Want to get people there? Send a press release to the local town paper - all Vermont communities have one - and people read them.
2. To Smaller Bands in Vermont - Same Advice!!! Why? Because Vermont is a home grown state - don't fight it and get mad at it - embrace it! People in smaller towns really appreciate live music coming to them - so bring it!!!