The myriad of musical choices in the Queen city is apparent as any cultured Cincinnatian can tell you. With so many options available, crowds can become divided across the city as they head out to catch their friend’s band or their favorite act. Otherwise eclectic musicians may end up playing to empty rooms and go largely unheard until they get that one big show to help jumpstart their fan base. In an effort to help showcase our local talent with regional and big name acts, Geoff Weissenberger of Revolving Door Promotions and the Play By Play Cafe hosted a social gathering with the artist in mind.
As every successful musician knows, the key lies in the promotion of events. People don’t just magically know that an event is occurring, even if it’s right around the corner. Media specialists such as iDesign Your Vision were on hand to offer artists special pricing on design and printed media to help promote their events. Combined with an effective street team, promotional flyering is the most direct way to inform an audience of an upcoming show. Promotional flyering also gives the ability to direct people to social networking sites such as Facebook or Myspace so they can stay informed about future events. It is important to keep these pages accurate and up to date to insure that the information is fresh for those who may be following.
Promtion pays off for the artist in the end because many of the area venues offer compensation based upon bar sales or numbers through the door. Booking agents for popular music venues around the city were on hand to work with promoters and artists alike to discuss the intricacies of event planning and exhibition. Since booking agents typically want to keep their respective venue running successfully, they need quality shows running consistently. Currently, there are many prominent venues booking shows, such as The Play By Play Cafe in Silverton and Motr, Jack Pott’s, and the Main Event on Main Street downtown.
The UC/Clifton area is also teeming with live music venues that are within walking distance for the more than 40,000 students that attend the University of Cincinnati, and a few minutes drive for the 10,000 more at Cincinnati State and Xavier. The Mad Frog on Vine and Mcmillan hosts live music and DJs 7 days a week, creating a huge demand for musicians and artists looking to perform. Other UC/Clifton area venues such as Baba Budan’s and Mac’s Pizza Pub also offer live music a few nights a week, including a regular open mic every Thursday at Baba Budan’s hosted by John Funcheon.
Mass media were present to offer their services in order to help represent Cincinnati musicians on the airwaves and in print. Cynthia Dye Wimmers is producer and host of Kindred Sanction every Tuesday from 8-10pm on ClassX Radio WMWX 88.9 FM. The local and regional music Cynthia hand picks to showcase is on point for area music fans, and a catalyst for musicians in the region. Cynthia can be contacted at (513) 205-6407 for more information concerning broadcasts. Cincinnati Music Examiner Marty Stoll was also on hand to interview artists and provide reviews for albums and events. Boasting over 17 million daily viewers, the Examiner gives artists the ability to reach a wide audience with articles that provide hot links to music, pictures, videos, and event details in the context of a major news publication. Marty may be contacted at Martyexaminer@hotmail.com for more information about interviews and music reviews.
With so many tools within reach of Cincinnati artists, this social gathering has been an immense success for the musicians and businesses alike. For those seeking attention in the music scene, feel free to utilize the listed services in order to help make your music and events a success. With continued support like this, Cincinnati’s music scene will continue to thrive with the positive outlook these gatherings bring. Keep your eyes peeled for more events like these on this Facebook page or contact Geoff Weissenberger directly at (513) 255-1549.