I have decided to share with everyone the final 7 weeks before my concert at The Red Clay Theatre and Arts Center in Duluth on Friday, June 20, 2014. I thought some of you might find it interesting how many details there are to make something like this happen. If you want to perform, I hope it will help you to see the process that you need to go through.
I started working on the concert several months ago. I have been on a performance hiatus for quite some time, and decided it was time again for me to share my music. I also wanted to introduce some of the artists I have been working with.
I met with Eddie Owen who has created this wonderful venue. It is an intimate theatre setting of 260 seats and a stage with a grand piano. They were voted on of the best new venues in Atlanta as well as Gwinnett County, and some of the best performers in the world play there. Eddie has a history of Eddie’s Attic that many of you know about, and he has a great passion for songwriters. This theatre doesn’t have a bad seat in the house, and the sound is of a very high quality. I couldn’t resist the venue. It was entirely too inviting, and it had a lot to do with my desire to perform again.
The first step was to select the artists. I chose five artist who have either already released CD’s to the public or are recording in the studio right now. They are: Chris Garner, Holly Gentry, Jay Budd, Lexi Street, Glen Smith and Heather Petero. Each one of the artist are professional and very accomplished. I also chose a band that is one of the most successful band’s in Atlanta, Eastern Standard. I had the good fortune to work with each of the band members privately on their music. Each of them is also a song writer and have their own individual CD’s out there. Every person in the show has something special to offer! I also found a cello player (Gail Burnett) and violinist (Elise Ziegenbein) to play with me on some of the songs. Playing with strings is one of my favorite things to do!
Make no doubt, that there is a lot of work to do for a concert that has nothing to do with the music. I have spent months writing bios for each of the performers, gathering their pictures and selecting the songs for the concert. I worked with the theatre to create posters and marketing materials. There were photo sessions as well.
I decided to video tape and record the concert. I have also organized two photographers coming to cover the event.
We decided to solicit Sponsors and put together a program for them. There were packages to put together for them and phone calls to make. We have been very fortunate to get some good support to carry out our desires for the concert. I found people very receptive to supporting the concert. It can be very humbling asking for support, and there are always people who say “no”. Learning how to take “no” is just a part of being in the music business. There is always a “yes” around the corner, so you have to just keep going.
There have been moments when I wondered what I have gotten myself into. The business part of a concert is very time-consuming. You have to put your business head on and just do it!
Finally, to the fun part – the music. I have written so many songs, and it took time to decide which ones to do. I found so much joy going through my catalog of music and starting to rehearse! …….more tomorrow……