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Seems like most Craigslist posts are for pretty lame bands in my area. Any good ideas for how to track down a band?

I just moved and I want to jam.

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Best way is to attend local shows and make friends within the local scene. That's what always worked for me.

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not many music stores do it anymore, but one near me still has a bulletin board for this kind of thing. You could try a local shop and see, as well as some local FB groups, maybe. Don't know what the scene is like near you, but you may want to go out and scout some of the local talent.

Are you looking to jump into a working situation, or a start up?

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Yeah, I used to kinda joke about how all the people in all these bands are just dudes from that band or this band etc. The reality is that’s BECAUSE everyone who wants to do this is in a band or was in a band that we played with. It really is a the music “scene” for a reason. That’s where the people who are serious are at already. And unless you have a true vision of what your music is gonna be and have a solid number of songs with full recordings and vocals, the best bet is joining an already existing band. Because starting from scratch is difficult. I’ve been basically doing this over the last couple years. I’m ok with it cause the project I’m working on is all mine, and I’ll do the entire thing if I have to. But I have worked with a drummer and he as all in but then, even before, he had even 5 songs locked down, he starts bemoaning not having a vocalist and how he wants to start playing shows. It’s like mother fucker, YOU can’t play a show either! Lol

Anyway, I honestly could join a band again tmro, cause I know a few bands looking for a drummer that I know I can fill, but I want to stay with my own thing for the time being despite the difficulties. But scout local bands Facebook pages and find some that are looking for a guitarist or even bassist. I wasn’t a drummer until I joined the band I played drums in for 13 years. Lol. But playing that different instrument definitely helped me grow as a musician and player. And bandmate

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GuitarBilly wrote:
Best way is to attend local shows and make friends within the local scene. That's what always worked for me.


But how do you find local shows?

:lol:

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not many music stores do it anymore, but one near me still has a bulletin board for this kind of thing. You could try a local shop and see, as well as some local FB groups, maybe. Don't know what the scene is like near you, but you may want to go out and scout some of the local talent.

Are you looking to jump into a working situation, or a start up?


I don't care really. I just want to play music I like with people I like :lol:

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Search the web for local shows and then go to them. It works for shithole Sioux Falls, SD. It's bound to work anywhere else.

Now, granted, you may strike out and end up at the worst show of all time your first night out, but eventually you find some good bands just by hunting around. And even at the terrible shows there's usually enough curious onlookers around to help point in the right direction next time.

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Look around for venues that play local music. There are a few places around here that if you google local music venue or show pop up. But yeah, thats for sure the best way. I lucked out and got into the scene through CL about 10 years ago, and was in that band for a few years, then had another kinda weird project that fell apart after about 2 years, and then go invited to play in the band Im in now, where I have sort of taken over main writing responsibilities, recording, organizing, pretty much everything. Playing with like minded guys that you get along with is super important...makes it a lot more fun and takes the pressure off. We have been a band for about 3.5 years now, and are JUST now starting to build a following, but the people in the scene know who we are since we have all been in bands in the scene for 10-20 years...we are quickly becoming the leading metal band around here because we are pretty decent and mostly because we are just nice dudes.

Good luck finding places that host local shows. Could be the hardest part.

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Go to music stores within a 50 mile radius. Find the guy that works there that looks like you could hang out with him and ask him where live bands play. If you don't see a guy like that, then ask the oldest guy if they have a board with musician wanted ads. Ask to talk to the guy who gives lessons. If he's under 50, ask him where bands play. Grab any fanzines or local rags that might be in the store. Look through the rags, newspaper and internet for local music venues. Go to whatever venues you can find and try to get to know the sound guy. If a photographer shows up from a zine, try to get to know him. Look at the photo of writers of local band reviews (if there is a photo) and if you ever see that guy at a show, get to know him. If there is a recording studio in your area, drop in and get to know someone there, but don't blow smoke up their butts. If there are open mic/jam nights, go to them and bring a 1x12 combo amp. If the owner of the local club is there, get to know him. If you can find a local recording label, contact them. Every one of those except the photographer and club owner has worked for me, but that has more to do with them being douchebags.

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find local shows with music you dig. talk to the bands. play with non poseurs doing stuff you like. bands are comprised of nerds like us, so find good nerds: profit.


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also, dont use craigslist. every faker on earth is on that thinking (incorrectly) its all about 'drive and industry connections'. most of those people are not connected to reality, so divest.


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GuitarBilly wrote:
Best way is to attend local shows and make friends within the local scene. That's what always worked for me.


But how do you find local shows?

:lol:

just google live music venues in your area then go to their social media pages so you can see their schedules.

In your area, you should try the Strange Brew Tavern... we've been working on playing a gig there soon, so I know they have bands every weekend...

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Your town might have a "[town name] music scene" FB group that you could join.

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FInding a band

Step 1 - Hair and Make up..... you gotta look the part..... I suggest raiding your wife's make up stash and finding "your look"

Step 2 - learn all the new hip slang. and insert yourself in to the scene... this way you can talk to all the up and coming musicians and get in on the ground floor of the next big band

Step 3 - ASSERT DOMINANCE OUR THE YOUNGER MUSICIANS..... remind them you've been there and done that and THIS WAY is the ONLY WAY

Step 4 - repeat the process from Step 1 because your band just broke up

Step 5 - not sure if there's a Step 5, never made it this far


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Who needs a band when you have Techno...

Right Billy? :lol:

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Ostinato Rubato wrote:
Who needs a band when you have Techno...

Right Billy? :lol:

I agree :lol: whatever works lol

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Good luck man.
Rock music of all stripes sure isn’t what it used to be out there.
The only thing that draws anyone around here for local shows is super hipsterfied stuff.
Literally have been considering calling it quits TBH.

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