3 Secrets to Booking Great Shows

I booked my first punk show in 1991 at the tender age of 18, so that’s 23 years of experience booking shows. Crazy. A lot has changed. Nearly all communication was via phone or letters. Very few venues were keen on booking punk rock, so finding a venue (let alone an all-ages venue) was a
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9 Valentine’s Day Events You’ll Love

Te amo. Je t’aime. Aloha wau ia ‘oe. I love you. However you say it and whomever you say it to, get out and paint the town red. From sassy shows to romantic dinners and raucous Mardi Gras parties, there’s a lot going on this month. And still plenty of time for Valentine’s Day procrastinators
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New Research: Independent Musicians Face New Challenges in Digital Age

You heard the rumors: there’s no money in music anymore. Bassist, drummer, keytarist. You are hosed. The only music you’ll make is the tap, tap, tap drumming your fingers on the surface of your cubicle-enclosed desk. Or not. You’ve probably also heard that the digital age offers a wide-open creative landscape replete with opportunities, free
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Charity Spotlight: C89 Radio Run by High Schoolers

Seattle radio station C89.5 FM (KNHC) just wrapped up their annual pledge drive. A supporter of community-run arts organizations, Brown Paper Tickets has donated to Seattle Public Schools-owned C89.5 FM over the years, including $1,000 in 2014 to match listener contributions. Why does Brown Paper Tickets support kid-powered radio? C89.5 FM is a student-run radio
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3 Best Washington State Music Festivals for 2014

I’m sure you all have noticed music festival announcements happening left and right in the past month, signs that music festival season has indeed arrived once again. Here in the Pacific Northwest, after being shrouded in clouds all winter, we like to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Throw in a ton of incredible
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Brown Crew Tackles SXSW 2014

South by Southwest. Stretched over 11 days at countless locations in the capital of Texas, this must be the largest event of its kind in the US. So many different voices from seemingly disparate worlds of technology, film and music all shouting above the other in an attempt to be heard over the near constant
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Artist Ticket Picks: El Radio Fantastique, Burlesque in Black & White, Derby and more Derby

Welcome to this week’s Artist Ticket Picks. The Artist Ticket program gives our customers a way to donate to causes that we care about. If you’re an event producer, you can allow your ticket buyers to purchase limited-edition tickets printed with original artwork in your event settings. The ticket buyer will pay a small, additional
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The Mid-Week Beat: A Little Bit of Folk, A Little Bit of Rock and Roll

On this day in 1962, Bob Dylan released his first record for Columbia Records. Not only was this record the start of one of the modern era’s most prolific and groundbreaking songwriter’s careers, it also created a template for the modern folk musician. What made Dylan different than the other folk singers of his time,
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Artist Ticket Picks: Glen Miller Orchestra, Thin Lizzy and More

Friday, March 28 I Whiteside Theatre presents The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra – Corvalis, Oregon The Glenn Miller Orchestra has always been very musical, disciplined, and visually entertaining.  And it has its own distinctive “sound.” That sound is created by the clarinet holding the melodic line, doubled or coupled with the tenor sax playing
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St. Patrick’s Events: Celebrate the Emerald Isle

I know. I know. It’s a big week for music fans this week with SXSW raging in Austin and countless musical icons making guest appearances and performing in tiny venues. But, we should not forget that St. Patrick’s Day is in a week and for fans of Celtic music, or drinking music in general, this
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