Tips for Performing in a Music Bar

Music bars are fantastic places to enjoy some great music and form some lasting memories. But for anyone who enjoys making music, performing there can be even more thrilling and enjoyable. You never know, it may even launch your musical career! If you’ve ever considered performing in a music bar, it’s useful to know what you’re getting yourself into. While it may be nerve wracking the first time, the following tips should help you make the most of your moment in the limelight.

Know Your Venue

Before deciding on somewhere to play, it’s well worth knowing a little about the place you’re set on performing at. Visit as a customer and see other play live to get an idea of the type of crowd you can expect. When you know more about the crowd and the venue, you can be sure that your music will fit in. You can also remove songs from your playlist that might not be suitable and add others that are.

Respect the Owner

The bar owner makes the rules and sets the times. It’s important to be courteous and punctual on the day of your performance. Remember, they can easily cancel your gig. The same goes for all of the staff at the venue: it’s far better to have them on your side than have them against you.

Be Prepared

Arrange with the venue staff when you should bring your gear in – if necessary – and exactly where you can put it. Don’t leave anything to the last minute. Work out a playlist and ensure you’re able to stick to it. Tune up and perform a soundcheck well in advance. If you’re in a band, ensure the whole band have everything they need and are all in tune. Speak with management and be absolutely clear what they expect of you.

Warm Up

Before the performance begins, warm up your voice and body in preparation for the gig. There are exercises for all band members.

Finally and most importantly, relax and have fun! If you’re having a good time, chances are your crowd will as well!