Tribute Band Manifesto
With experience both as a talent buyer and talent provider, here are the ideals toward which we strive and that we look for in partner tribute bands:
BE THE ARTIST YOU TRIBUTE: look, sing, play, walk, talk, dance like they do. Showing up in street clothes and "jamming" the songs makes you just another cover band.
IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU: Your “fans” aren’t really your fans. They're fans of the artist to which you pay tribute.
YOUR BAND IS A BUSINESS, unless you just play the garage for your buddies. Doing all the work and not putting money in your pocket means you’re doing it wrong.
ALWAYS PROVIDE VALUE to those with whom you are doing business. A smart business-person doesn’t go for the quick and easy buck at the expense of others.
HONOR YOUR AGREEMENTS. Blowing off a gig you already agreed to do for a “better” or higher paying one will bite you in the ass in the long run.
BE PROFESSIONAL. Your musicianship/stagecraft should be on par with that of the artist you tribute. Respect the the venue and show producers: be on time, with the agreed equipment, and follow their wishes in terms of production.
And most importantly, HAVE FUN! Love performing as the artist you tribute, fans of that artist will love to watch you, and venues will love to book you.