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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Epic Colleen Green/Plateaus Tour Starts in San Diego This Friday

Friday, August 24th, 2012, Colleen Green & Plateaus play the Tower Bar in San Diego, CA.  

8/24 - San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
8/25 - Tucson, AZ @ Plush
8/26 - Las Cruces, NM @ The Trainyard 
8/27 - Lubbock, TX @ Glassy Alley 
8/28 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk (inside)
8/29 - Dallas, TX @ Bryan St Tavern 
8/31 - Atlanta, GA @ 529 
9/1 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook 
9/2 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (upstairs)
9/4 - Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
9/5 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge 
9/7 - Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent  
9/8 - Storrs, CT @ University of CT 
9/9 - Boston, MA @ Middle East (upstairs) 
9/11 - Buffalo, NY @ Ninth Ward 
9/12 - Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog 
9/13 - Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon Street 
9/14 - Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub 
9/15 - Louisville, KY @ TBA
9/16 - Lafayette, IN @ Black Sparrow
9/18 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle 
9/19 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
9/20 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
9/21 - Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
9/22 - Denver, CO @ Lion's Lair
9/23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
9/25 - Missoula, MT @ Zoo City
9/26 - Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern
9/27 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
9/28 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside  
9/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ TBA

    Bands should be recognized simply for being able to tour from one side of the country to another.  A national level tour for ANY indie band is going to have some rough patches, just based on the distance between markets and the size of some of those markets.  Too often, an indie tour is portrayed as a) a hassle b) creatively unrewarding c) a financial burden.   All that is true, but it also demonstrates to any interested music professional that the band is already together and worthy of further investment for recording costs, album production, etc.   Not to mention- obtaining a booking agent.  Booking Agents love bands that have already toured nationally. 

     If you look at the strengths and weaknesses of this particular tour, the first set of dates that come to mind Las Cruces, New Mexico and Lubbock, Texas.  First of all, those are both small markets.   Las Cruces is the 199 biggest metropolitan statistical area in the United States with 200,000 people.   Albuquerque, New Mexico is 57th, with close to 900,000 people- but it's also three and half hours away by car.   Las Cruces is also next to Juarez, which is a huge Mexican city- 1.4 million people, the equivalent of Jacksonville, Florida or Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   But still-- you have to wonder what the size of the Audience will be.   Lubbock Texas is 290,000 people- the 161st biggest market- so good luck there.

    But then there is a solid set of shows booked in Austin/Dallas/Atlanta- that should be a great stretch for both bands, just based on the combination of venue and promoter.  After that comes Durham- which may be good or may be bad-  Baltimore through Boston should be solid for this tour.  That strong period is followed up by a week of question marks through the mid west- though I would suspect the results will be "better then expected."

  Chicago is a really strong promoter/venue combination, same with Minneapolis, but the rest of the dates are question marks till the markets of the West Coast are reached.  I think the period between Missoula and Salt Lake City is going to be the most trying time- after having already toured across the country and going through the most conservative part as touring musicians from California- you can almost expect trouble.

  With some of these dates we're talking about a potential audience size of 10 to 100, anything over 200 in any of these venues would be a great result.   Obviously, if only 10 to 20 people show up, there are going to be issues with getting the promoter to pay up- just like there would be in San Diego.  

  How those situations are handled on the road can be the difference between a successful tour vs. a failed tour, but they are universally a drag and not "fun."

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