I had a great time performing on the “Reality Revised Run”. It was a small tour consisting of three shows promoting my recently released mixtape, “Reality Revised Vol. 1”. The goal of the tour was to incorporate comedy with music, due to the fact that the mixtape is humorous. To achieve this goal, I brought comedian, Ronnie Reed, to open each show for me.
Ronnie and I grew up together in the northwest corner of Connecticut. He has achieved credible roles as an actor, and is as ambitious as I am career-wise. I have seen him perform in the past, but it was great to see him present material relevant to what I was performing.
The first show was in New York, NY at Billie’s Black. I visited the venue a week before the event. It was calm and I really liked the vibe and environment. On the night of the performance I wasn’t prepared for the setting that was given. I imagined that everybody would be on their feet in dancing mode by the time I stood on stage. Considering a comedian performed right before me, it’s not that surprising that they weren’t ready to dance. On the bright side, the turn out was decent and had a great review on music and performance quality. I had a great time talking with the owner and other staff members as well, they were very welcoming and respectful.
Our second show was in Newport, RI at Jimmy’s Saloon. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to check out the venue ahead of time (definitely should have), so I wasn’t able to set expectations before we got there. This made me nervous, only because we weren’t informed of everything that was going on at the venue. This show did not have as decent of a turnout as Billie’s Black the week before, but the feedback was positive. I had a girl approach me afterwards and ask if I had a mailing list, which I was very surprised to hear, because no one has asked before.
The final show of the tour was back in New York, NY at Otto’s Shrunken Head. Even though the venue seemed very spooky when I checked it out, the performance was our best yet. Many of our loyal fans from the Tri-state area came to support, and a handful of new faces attended, as well. This tour taught me many things that I will apply to future shows. One thing I will do is always check out the venue ahead of time. While checking a venue out, I will be aware of all surroundings so I can use that for marketing advantages. For example, if there is a college nearby, I will look at the college as a marketing outlet to promote the show. Another thing I learned was to always book shows months in advance; some say two to three months is ideal for booking shows. I will be booking three to four months ahead for future shows. This will give enough time for promotions and PR’s to get done ahead of time in an organized manner.