Booking a Show


Press Kits
For all booking requests, please send an electronic press kit to Please add  genre (JAZZ, FOLK, TRAD, etc.) and whether you’re a touring or local artist to the subject line for quick referencing.


Blue is primarily a “donations venue”, meaning that most shows are for customer/listener donations. We most often suggest a donation amount.

The responsibility of making patrons aware of  how musicians are supported will fall on the venue, not the musician.  An announcement will be made in the middle and/or towards the end of the set and then the basket will be taken around the room to collect donations.  If any patron cashes out before the announcement, we will make mention of the donations to them privately.

Additional Perks
FOOD:  One food item will be compensated for groups of 5 or less. If you are playing last, please show up before your show to eat.  The kitchen often closes as the crowd dissipates, therefore it is often closed by the time you are done performing.   Also be mindful of the room, if we are BUSY, BUSY or we are in the process of opening up, be patient…we will feed you.

DRINK: 2 beverages are allowed per musician.  If you are in a group of 5 or less and prefer not to have food an additional beverage will be given.

Please ask for the musician’s menu before ordering, as there are limitations.   These perks are non-transferable, meaning: food and drink is for you and you alone.  If you opt out, it is not for a patron to consume or another band member to collect.



All of the scheduled performances are posted on our facebook page. We ask that you post your shows on your page as well.
Anyone with an upcoming show will be linked from Blue’s website.  Just send us an email at with a short bio and your website link. It is always appreciated when is linked from musicians’ sites.

The Blue News
This is the weekly email newsletter of Blue. Anyone scheduled to perform at Blue will appear in The Blue News.  Please send us a good bio, photo, and link.

“The Marquee”
The Marquee is that lighted black box in the window at blue with the various promos for upcoming shows, events and our menu inside. PLEASE MAIL US (or drop off) AN 8.5 x 11 PORTRAIT FLYER FOR YOUR SHOW. Any additional promos will be put up inside of Blue. We do not tape posters and flyers to the window, door or walls.

Press Releases
We suggest doing a press release whenever possible. This is simply a blurb about yourself or your group that gets sent out to newspapers, radio stations, etc. Sometimes you can include a professionally-done photo with it. A well-executed press release to multiple media outlets can greatly improve the attendance and enthusiasm for your show.

Flyering & Word of Mouth
If you want to “flyer” for one of your shows, that can be an effective means of getting more people in. Also, tell everybody about your show. Word of mouth has proven to be the most successful means of advertising that we’ve found.


LOAD-IN & SOUND CHECK: Musicians are responsible for their own sound. Staff is available to help if it is needed and will let you know if things need to be adjusted. Load in is any time after opening hours: SUN 5pm, MON-SAT at 5. If you are the first to play and start time is right when we open, staff will be there half an hour before open time.  Set up and sound check (please read below regarding sound) can begin roughly 30 minutes before show time. Your “set” time should have been confirmed through email.

No Alcohol Allowed On Stage
For legal reasons, there is absolutely no drinking on stage. You must be “on break” and completely off stage in order to consume an alcoholic beverage.

The Tables
If have food and drink, please try to limit this to the use of one table. If possible, keeping your food and drinks at a friend’s table is greatly appreciated. Also, please put other equipment (e.g., instrument cases) in the back.  If the room is full and you are done performing, please keep seats free for the donating and paying masses…it helps you and me both to have the seats available.

Blue has a 12 channel Maci Board 1604fx with effects for a PA system, two speakers, two monitors, 3 mic stands, 3 mics, XLR and 1/4″ cables. We do encourage musicians to bring their own mic stands, cables and mics whenever possible. When bringing in equipment for your show, please be mindful that Blue is a small room, small stage and it doesn’t take much to adequately amplify your show. We ask that musicians try to use such things as smaller amplifiers, smaller drum kits, brushes, etc.

Appropriate volume is very important. If the performance is too loud for the room, this can create an uncomfortable live music experience. Ideally, the volume should take into account such factors as the number of people in the room, the style of music and the room itself. If the performance is too loud, we will ask you to turn it down.  Doing sound checks is strongly encouraged in order to achieve the right volume.

If you have any additional questions, please email us at

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