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Opening act request?

PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 10:16 am
by mnozzolio
Here's the situation: I received an unsolicited email from a youngish singer-songwriter who asked if she could do a short opening set for me at a coffeehouse gig I have in July. I don't know her, though according to her soundbites, she's a competent musician - just not my style. She wants to do 20 minutes and plug her CD.
I told her it wasn't my call, but she contacted the management, who said that it is my call.
I'm inclined to let her do it, just because I'm a nice guy. I also remember when an established band let my band do a short opener, but heck, we were all friends anyway. Karma, pay it forward, all that.
Maybe I'm mistaken, but isn't this a pretty cheeky move on her part? There are a lot of artists for whom I'd like to open, but I'm not going to ask -- maybe I should. Also, I don't want her to make a habit out of it, and put me in the position of wanting to say no.
Any thoughts?

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 12:07 pm
by ricochet
It is pretty cheeky, but:

"For whom will not toot their own horn, the same shall not be tooted."

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 12:40 pm
by boogiechillun85
Well, what's she look like? :mrgreen:

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 1:18 pm
by JakeyVimto
Well, you dont get nothing for being shy.

I know a lot of people who write a couple of songs then sit around waiting for someone to magically ring them offering gigs!

So I applaud the youngster for having the brass neck to ask.

The worst result is that you say no, even then shes lost nothing at all.

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 6:27 pm
by bigdaddy
Can she upstage your band? If she can then I'd say no. It would suck having the audience want her back after a tune or two from you all. I've seen that happen at concerts. Molly Hatchet opened for Cheap Trick and after one Cheap Trick song me and about 20,000 other people were yelling for more Molly Hatchet. Cheap Trick's singer, Robin Somebody, started yelling and calling us names, it got real ugly.

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 3:50 am
by oleman
I say help the youngster out. She may become famous and remember the kindness.
However it's been my experience that "no good deed goes unpunished"

still....

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 9:10 am
by mnozzolio
Thanks for the all of the comments and advice. I never really doubted that I'd let her play - I don't want to be a jerk about these things, especially since it's a small coffeehouse gig. I was just more surprised, but hey, I may try it myself. Kelly Joe Phelps, are you listening?

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 11:57 am
by dcblues
You still haven't answered boogiechillun85's question...

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 2:11 pm
by ricochet
Well, that's useless without pictures.

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 2:57 am
by mnozzolio
You guys trying to get me in trouble?

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 4:20 am
by dcblues
No, we're just all curious about what this "youngish singer-songwriter" looks like. If she looks like Jewel or Norah Jones, I say go for it! :wink:

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 10:04 am
by maxx england
dcblues wrote:No, we're just all curious about what this "youngish singer-songwriter" looks like. If she looks like Jewel or Norah Jones, I say go for it! :wink:


Just pray she don't look like one of our "national treasures", Nora Batty - http://images.icnetwork.co.uk/upl/ichud ... EC0474.jpg

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:28 am
by michelle
it all sounds abit weird to me. Why cant she get her own gig. Good call to put it back onto the venue. We had a guest trumpet player at a regular gig one night and afterwards the management told us that they hired us and not us with a trumpet player. The trumpet player was good but just not the sound the venue owners wanted. Good on you for being a nice guy just hope it doesnt come back and bite you on the bum.

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:00 am
by 601blues
over the years bands Ive played with have opened for some big name bands, however it was that way because we were matched with the groups of bands, not a shot in the dark, I would not do it, Ive had the "let me do a tune" thang and could not get em off the stage with TNT,

Re: Opening act request?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:36 pm
by maxx england
601blues wrote: I would not do it, Ive had the "let me do a tune" thang and could not get em off the stage with TNT,


Met them, gawd, we have all bloody met them. What do you do short of clubbing them to death?