Q: Do bands/musicians come with sound and stage light systems, or do I need to handle that sort of thing?
A: Most local and regional groups come eqiupped with that stuff, which is generally called "production." World Famous Productions will let you know which groups travel with sound and/or lights, and we arrange for it for those groups that do not supply it.
Q: What else do I need to provide for the band?
A: It varies from group to group, but you'll usually need to insure that the band has a shelter, a stage, adequete electrical service, food and drinks.
Q: Why do we have to feed the band? After all, my boss doesn't buy me lunch every day.
A: Performances amount to very long days for bands, and they often cannot leave the venue to grab a bite. Wedding receptions that begin at 5:00 in the afternooon, for example, require the band to begin moving equipment into the venue at about noon. If the reception goes until 11:00, the band will not finish tearing down and loading out until about 1:00 AM. That's 14 hours at the gig, spanning at least 2 meal times. Musicians often come prepared with Power Bars or sandwiches for lunch, but they need some sort of square meal for dinner. Since a vast majority of these engagements are already catered, it's not difficult or expensive to have the cook whip up something for the band. They're accustomed to that sort of thing.
Q: I want to go big. What will it take to get my favorite band (i.e. Blues Traveler) to play at my block party?
A: For starters, you'll definitely want World Famous Productions in your corner. There are MANY facets to a large-scale concert, and the most efficient way to do this successsfully is to have us mind those details. In addition to the artists's fees, you'll need:
-a large stage, and a crew to construct it
-a monsterous sound system, with several engineers
-large-scale stage lighting system, with operators
-waste disposal and toilet facilities
-hotel rooms for the band and crew (in the case of Blues Traveler, probably about 15-20 rooms)
-backstage hospitality (translation: snacks and booze, LOTS OF IT!)
-flights for the band and crew (around 15 for Blues Traveler)
-ground transportation for the band and crew
-amplifiers, instruments, etc. (they can't check drum sets, amplifiers, etc. onto airplanes), and a crew to set it all up
Of course, World Famous Productions handles all of this for you!
Q: Wow! That seems like a HUGE hassle. It also sounds very expensive. Do I need to be concerned about all of that for my retirement party, with a regional band and only about 50 guests?
A: No. Bands that play lots of private events are set up to handle that sort of thing. They usually come self contained. If they have to travel, they may require a few hotel rooms, but that's probably the extent of it.
Q: I see that your "Featured Bands" have a range of typical prices, not a single, standard fee. What determines the band's price?
A: Mostly, it's a matter of time of the year, day of the week, and travel requirements. For example, most Jackson Hole- based bands get 5-10 inquiries for each Saturday in June, July, and August. If you are loking for one of thos dates, you probably will not get a discount. If you want to do something on a Tuesday in April, however, you can probably negotiate a great deal. If you need the band to travel 500 miles for your event, you'll probably pay a bit more for that, too.
World Famous Productions
P.O. Box 41
Teton Village, WY 83025