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For Artists and Booking Agents
How do you pick artists to play at Billsville?
First and foremost, we pick musicians that we love. We’re longtime hardcore music fans always listening to our favorites and excited to discover new and exciting artists. Generally, we book from a list of artists who WE want to see. We have limited dates available, so our first choice is always to try to bring in one of our favorites. While we’re happy to listen to unsolicited pitches (and love that you’re putting it out there) we’re unlikely to say yes unless we’re already a fan.
Before you send you stuff our way take a look at the folks who have played here over the years. They represent a spectrum of artists that reflects our general taste.
But you pitched us! Why should we bother to play a “house show?” We’re beyond that.
First off, don’t write off house shows out of hand. There’s a resurgence in the form and we’re often a MUCH BETTER BOOKING CHOICE than some mid-market bar where you won’t draw a crowd. We have a capacity of 70 (and we’re almost always full) and our policy of %100 of the money to the artists after minimal expenses make the economics very favorable. We provide food and lodging for a deal that can’t be beat.
In addition, check out the list of folks who have played here and ask yourself why they visited our corner of Vermont. We offer an intimate listening experience in an environment that’s hard to match. Billsville has a pro-sound system (32 channel digital mixer, JBL 1500 watt PA with four available monitor mixes, Shure audio and instrument mics and Audix drum mics) that delivers an amazing sound. Artists like Joe Pug and Della Mae have played their ONLY house shows at our place and the list of folks who have walked through our door speaks for itself. You can put on a full on rock show or an intimate acoustic performance – we can do it all. We’ve modeled the vibe on Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble and Grace Potter agrees . .