The average band in Memphis makes no where NEAR 2grand a show!!!! Most bands are lucky to get 4 or 500 for at least 2 sets.
It is not the talent, nor the lack of bands. It is the fact that most venues now run through some sort of booking agent or agency.
In order for a band to play in most venues in Memphis, there is some sort of price, or somebody charging a percentage to book the show. (Unless you are a Restaurant, bar, or other place that makes money off of the crowd). To my knowledge, most bands that actually make money(regularly) playing music in this city are using an agent to book their shows. Take a look at Hueys and Mulligans. Both have an outside consultant bringing in the entertainment. (just to name two)
Memphis has plenty of talent. Memphis has a very diverse pool of talent. Most musicians play for the love of music, not to get paid. If they did, we would not have local music.
By Toby Sells
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