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The Trap Books Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat - Sun/Mon may be available under ideal circumstances (local support, unique artists, etc.)
TRAP FREE CONCERT SERIES - On TUESDAYS over the last year I have been having moderate success by doing FREE shows and hosting a band along with Open Mic night. I can offer $50 and more if we get a good crowd as I still have some production costs and such (I generally try to get bands $100). Bands have seemed pretty satisfied with this arrangement and most contact me for a return visit to The Trap. UPDATE - I am also including THURSDAYS for Free shows as above. No Locals Needed for Tue/Thu shows.
With a lack of locals at the moment I am willing to host some shows for bands seeking routing dates.You will still need to try and contact a local or at least and area band (KC, Lawrence, Manhattan, etc.) But we may be able to help you out as long as we have at least two bands for the bill.
By accepting a performance date at The Boobie Trap your band understands that they will not book a show 2 weeks before or a week after the agreed upon date with discussing the situation with Brian. There are many situations that would be fine but for the good of everyone The Trap needs to know about any situations that is going to hurt your draw.
2824 SE Minnesota Ave.
Topeka KS 66605
Things to make your trip to The Trap go smoothly
UPDATE - Rap and Hip Hop Artists - The Trap provides mics and PA gear with RCA or 1/4 in. inputs. The Trap does not provide CD Player, laptop, or other playing device or person to run such equipment. If you need an adapter from 1/8 in to RCA or 1/4 in. you must provide it. (SEE MIC ETIQUETTE BELOW). We have an in house system that is set up and ready to go. There is no need for sound checking. The first artist will sound check for the last artist as they will use the same channels.
The majority of your band should arrive no later than 8:30. If there is a problem then all bands need to be ready to go first. Also if the opening bands have to sit through the last bands set before they get paid, then the last band should be there early as well.
Set up and switches need to be done as quick as possible. The more standing around the kids do, the more likely they are to leave. Get er' done.
Tune your guitars, all of them. If you break as string make sure your back up is in tune as well before you go on stage.
Do not practice on stage. Plug in, turn on, check your volume quickly and then be silent. Screwing around on the guitar is irritating to the crowd as well as the sound man who may have his head in your amp while he mics the drums.
Make sure your stage volume is a decent level. If you have any questions, ask the sound guy, he knows best.
If you can't hear your vocals ask your guitar player to turn down not the monitors up.
Give us a show. Don't just stand up there and sing your songs. Talk to the crowd and bring us into your music. This doesn't mean jump around like idiots either. You can have energy on stage without tearing the place down. One thing I think you want to do is give the kids something they will be talking about the next day at school or work or wherever. The bands that do that are the bands that continue to bring the same kids back show after show.
Do not watch MTV or VH1. We have too many bands that act out the videos they watch on TV. The way they hold their mic, the way they turn around and sing to the drummer, or whatever. Sing to the crowd and make eye contact. Make the little girlies melt when you sing to them. That will get you fans, not ignoring the crowd by singing to the other members of the band.
Use correct mic etiquette. Do not swing, drop, throw or do anything that can damage the mic. Do not hold your hand over the mic, this causes feedback. Do not put the mic in front of the mains or the monitors, this also causes feedback.
As you begin your set it is helpful if you have some sort of musical intro to all the sound man to set the levels. If you just start in on some screamin' punk song it most likely will sound like sh*t for the first 30 seconds until the sound man can get it together.
Before and after the show make the rounds to talk to everyone in the bar you can. If kids think that you think they are cool, you have made a new fan. If you hang out in the van, or stand off in the corner you aren't making any fans. The most successful bands are those that are extroverts that shoot the shit with every kid in the club. The scene is so much more about being friends than it is about the music you play. If you are cool, then your music is cool. Just like if you are an ass, your music will suck. Hell one of those kids might give you a place to stay for the night and save you a hotel room or the fun of sleeping in the van. Hell you even get a shower and even better you might get laid!