Tips on Hiring a Rock Band

Lindsay MegaleContributor

A live music performance creates a unique atmosphere and fun vibe at any event. If you want your event to really rock, then you should hire a rock band (obviously!). But, how do you know which rock band to choose? Well, that's where we can help. We interviewed our top Rock Bands to find out what tips they have for selecting the right band  for your event. So, let's get to it...

Do Your Research
It is important to learn as much as you can about a band before you book them. The more research you do, the better your chances of having to an enjoyable music experience at your event. For starters, look for bands that play the style of rock music that you think would fit best with your event. This will help guide you in your search. Do not assume that every rock band is able to play your favorite type of rock music. Bands have their own style and sometimes have a specific genre/era that they like to play. An easy way to figure out whether or not their music fits your taste is to watch videos of past performances or ask to visit an upcoming gig. Moonshine (North Plains, OR) guitarist Jeff Boomhower advises, "When hiring a Rock Band, look for a band that fits the demographic of the audience and adds to atmosphere of the event you are having. Rock Bands can range from soft rock to hard rock. Make sure you listen to a range of the bands' songs. Remember, Grandma doesn't want to listen to death metal and hard core rockers don't want to hear Elvis."

Hire a Professional
Professionalism is a vital characteristic that any performer should have in order to be successful in satisfying their client's needs. Grant Petty, lead guitarist of The Sun Dogs (Madison, WI) emphasized the importance of booking a band with a track record of professionalism and reliability, as shown by client feedback, but also by their responsiveness to any questions or concerns that you may have. Make sure to read the client reviews on the band's GigMasters profile to get a sense of whether you'd like to work with this band. "The first thing you ever want to look at in a band is their reputation. Do they have a reputation for being good at what they do? Look online to see if they have videos of their performances so to see what they look like live. Also, if they have any social networking sites, look if they handle themselves professionally online," suggests Roll It Over (Baltimore, MD) vocalist Will Sims.

Discuss Details Ahead of Time
Before hiring a Rock Band, it is essential to communicate your event details to the potential performers. Describe your desired vibe, dress code, the number of set up locations, unique information about the guests attending, and schedules. Blue-A-Fuse (Tracy, CA) recommends discussing, "Location for the band, including the footprint size of the band; power requirements, and alternate power sources; and a proposed timeline for the entire event including load in time, set up, food, down beat, breaks, teardown, and load out." Once you have hired a band, make sure to let the band know any song requests you may have. Some bands are willing to learn new songs if asked with enough notice. And of course, check out the band's current song list. It is important that both parties understand and agree on the music. "Great bands have a large list of music they can play. The client should look it over and make selections.  Pick more selections than the band could possibly play and then have the band create their set list around your wishes.  Then you know they'll play what you want to hear," advises lead vocalist Robert Adams of STEAL DAWN (Carlsbad, CA), rocking with GigMasters for 12 years.

Ask Questions

Before hiring a prospective Rock Band, here are some questions you should ask:

  • What styles of rock music do you play?
  • Have you done this type of event before?
  • Is your music specifically covers, original songs, or a mixture of both?
  • How many gigs have you played?
  • Where have you performed in the past?
  • What type of equipment do you have? (Lighting, sound, amplifiers, etc.)
  • Do you have any references?
  • Does the band allow or encourage participation from the audience?
  • Do you take requests?
  • How long has the band been together?
  • What are your overtime rates?

Asking questions will help narrow down your field of prospective bands to aid you in choosing the best fit for your special occasion. - If you need help finding the perfect Rock Band, contact our Account Specialists by calling 866-342-9794 or emailing

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