Aug 26, 2011 Housekeeping
The Great NY State Fair is HERE.
Time for sausage sandwiches, pizza frites, deep fried twinkies, and donut burgers.
T-shirts that say, “I want to check you for ticks”.
Spending $27 to win a stuffed animal that costs$2.50, or a goldfish that dies on the way home.
And the best people watching ever.
With all that going on, Station 58 has decided to close for the week.
We’re the first to admit we can’t compete with livestock, the butter sculpture, wine slushies and deep-fried everything. While you’re walking the Fairgrounds trying to find the acrobatic stunt dog show, we’ll be taking care of some maintenance and repairs on the building. We’ll be back in action on September 9th for our big show with Square Pegs.
Aug 23, 2011 Housekeeping
I’ve been back at Station 58 for about a week now, after a 2 year break from the business. I’ve been insanely busy working on our schedule for the fall, and now that I actually have the calendar filled for the next month (whew…), I’m going to take a minute to address an odd issue I keep running into.
Let me say this first – I totally get that most local bands are just in it for fun.
And the pussy, if we’re all being honest.
A lot of younger dudes have aspirations of making it big, but by and large most groups around here play because they love to and it’s an awesome creative outlet. You get to be Saturday night rock stars, and there is nothing wrong with that. Rock on.
But here’s the thing – the people who book your bands are actually business owners. They need to put bodies in the door and sell booze. They might be fans, but at the end of the day they still have to pay the rent, keep the lights on, pay the staff and buy more more booze.
So they book you, The Local Band.
And they advertise, run an ad in the New Times, do a little radio, maybe hire someone like me to market the show and deal with the details. They are in the hole before you walk in the door.
You, The Local Band, like to play out. You like it even better when you can play in front of a big, enthusiastic, drunken crowd. And you’re positively orgasmic if you can do those things AND actually get paid for it.
I’ve spent the better part of the last 10 days sifting through Facebook band profiles. There are a few things that would totally help your cause – like including some really, really basic information on your site.
- What does your band sound like? “the new and upcoming band of the century”. What the f#ck does that mean???? Do you sound like Neon Trees or Nine Inch Nails? Originals or covers? Metal, rock, country, punk? Are you going to show up with an accordion, a stuffed horse or a coffin? Give me a hint…and yes, all of those things actually happened.
- Is there ONE reasonable picture of your band somewhere on your site? It doesn’t have to be professional – just in focus and your current members are all in the shot. A point and click camera will work just fine, and if you make it black and white it will automatically look artsy and cool. Easy.
- Where do you play? When I click on “Events” and there’s nothing there, I get a little concerned. It either means nobody else will book you, or you have shows booked you’re not promoting. Either scenario is disturbing. It’s tough to get gigs when you’re just starting out, but there is no excuse for not putting some effort into promoting your own shows.
I want YOU to have a good show.
I want the OWNERS to have a good show.
I want EVERYONE involved to make $$$$$.
I believe in the win-win.
Help me help you.
Tags: Band Promo
Aug 19, 2011 Shows
The weekend rocks on at Station 58 – When Everything Fails, Chaotic Embrace and Killaton hit the stage on Saturday night.
Who they are:
When Everything Fails – 4 piece. Dirty, swampy rock & roll with a little metal thrown in for a good measure
Chaotic Embrace – 4 piece, groove metal from Watertown. Metal you can bang your head to and the chicks will still dance.
Killaton - 5 piece, all original metal.
Aug 17, 2011 Shows
Station 58 will be rocking it HARD on Friday with Born Again Rebels, Brass Knuckle Intercourse and One Step From Falling.
Who they are:
Born Again Rebels - original hard rock trio with a southern rock/metal twist
Brass Knuckle Intercourse -4 piece metal/rock/hip-hop/thrash/punk outfit from Utica
One Step from Falling -melodic original rock 4 piece. Tool meets Deftones
Do you know any talented teenagers in a band? Are YOU in a high school band? Station 58 is bringing back the All Ages Showcase.
One Sunday a month we’ll open our doors to musicians of all ages. Kids get a chance to play on real stage with a state of the art sound and light rig, and friends and family of all ages are able to watch.
We’re looking for 4 bands for each showcase. Each band needs about 45 minutes of material.
It’s a great opportunity to polish your performance and network with other area bands. You can even sell merch if you have it.
Interested? You can contact us through this website or on Facebook.
What are you waiting for? The first showcase will be in September.
Tags: All Ages Showcase
Aug 14, 2011 Shows
Just another Saturday night at Station 58.
Jamie and the guys from Hell 2 Pay rocked it out on stage with covers of everything from Motorhead to Young MC
Chuck from Brand New Sin stopped by
Lots of old friends in the house last night
Nick Fuoco was in town
Aug 11, 2011 Shows
Tomorrow night is your chance, when Silent Fury takes the stage at Station 58 along with indie rockers Thrifter
and Feast of the Superb Owl.
Who they are:
Silent Fury – rock, alt-rock, metal 3 piece. Covers + originals. They’ve been described as Nickelback meets the White Stripes and compared to Eve 6.
Thrifter – indie rock, post-punk 4 piece. If you like The Killers or The Shins with a little Red Hot Chili Peppers thrown in, you’ll dig Thrifter
Feast of the Superb Owl – alt rock, post punk 4 piece. If you like The Hold Steady or Gaslight Anthem with shades of Alkaline Trio, definitely check out the Owls
See you tomorrow!
Aug 9, 2011 Shows
Lock up your daughters…and the Jager. We’ve got Pour Whyte Trash and Hell 2 Pay this Saturday!
Who they are:
Pour Whyte Trash - rocking modern country. Chick singer. Miranda Lambert, Lady A, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift.
Hell 2 Pay – dirty rock and roll party band, playing everything from AC/DC to Young MC.
Sounds like a party to me…