Bullshit claims....we know all too well.
These guys in your town?
Afton, big time entertainment and Gorrilla Productions are a PAY-TO-PLAY SCAM! It doesnt matter if your band is just starting out and needs a gig or if you've been around the block, these guys exploit eager and young musicians to join a "battle of the bands" scenario, and talk about suppoting local music, when in fact, they are all out of town companies that haven't even been to the venues that they are booking these gigs. Its almost always on a weeknight or a sunday night.(this is the only way they can get the venues to agree to this, since business is slow for these guys on those nights anyways) Book your own gigs, it may seem hard, but keep trying. its part of the game. These companies have to constantly change names in order to operate. They walk away with about $1200 a nite for these shows while the "winner" has to split 40 bucks between 4-5 bandmates. In the end, the friends who bought tickets feel cheated and may never come to another show. Besides, you only get to play for 30 minutes, it takes not much less time than that to set up and break down all of your gear. Shame on these companies. Cmon New Orleans!!! lets boycott these battle of the bands deals, even if it is put on by a local venue. No one wins except for the venues!!! And if you DO win, do you really think you are the best band in the area for it? Get real. See the light, please. Most of the time, its not even the best band that wins, its the band that brings the most people, and lets face it, there are ALWAYS shitty bands out there with more family and friends than you. So dont cut yourself short. I would LOVE to see every battle of the band contest in new orleans fail and have a hard time even booking bands, but there will always be a band thinking they are going to "show the world" they are the best, even though they are playing $75 dollar fake strats and First Act drumkits. Real musicians, please have some pride and dont cheapen yourselves by buying into the lie. And any venues out there that are readiong this, go fxxk yourselves if you are thinking of putting on these illusionary battles. The ghost of New Orleans will shit on your neck and piss on your forehead for selling the soul of the city. have a great day!!!