A local musician’s advice for starting, promoting a band

The Green brings its Hawaiian-style blend of reggae/pop sounds to High Dive tonight along with Stick Figure and Sidereal. (COURTESY OF TAMMY MUNIZ)

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 2:48 p.m.

OK, so this is going to be an advice column. If you and a few of your buddies want to start a band; that’s great. If you and your new amigos want to play out with said band, that’s even better. Here are a few tips on how to actually do those things and get the local coverage that you want.

First, come up with a name that uses the least amount of obscenities possible. This is a family paper and if you want to put a bunch of A-words and S-words in your band name, you might have some trouble getting a write-up in anything other than your best friends blog. Second, make a website. It could be a Facebook, a Myspace or a Bandcamp or ReverbNation ... pretty much anything that allows you to upload pictures, music and videos.

Once you have that website, actually put the aforementioned necessities on it, not just have a blurry picture of your roommate’s cat. Take some pride in your newly established band. And last but not least: advertise. You have a show coming up? Put it online. Email someone. No one is magically going to find you.

This town has a little over 200 active bands, and most of them play fairly often. There is some friendly competition. Speaking of which ...

The Green exposes its Hawaiian-bred dub/reggae prowess tonight when the group’s “Liars & Lovers” Tour stops at High Dive along with Stick Figure and Sidereal, starting at 9 p.m.

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Tonight at 1982, Hey Mandible brings its post-punk, noise-pop sound from Jacksonville to Gainesville, along with the blues/rock band Jellia Jamb and the indescribable Black Box Jungle, starting at 8 p.m.

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The incredible progressive country singer Corey Smith graces us with an appearance along with special guests at the Florida Theater of Gainesville, also tonight, starting at 8.

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Local hip-hopper D.P. performs along with AER, Yonas, David Dallas and Rezza on Friday at High Dive starting at 8 p.m.

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Also on Friday, Gainesville’s elite soul/rock quartet Morningbell performs along with Oregon native Alameda, local Motown revivalists Heartburglars and existential pop/rockers Pseudo Kids at The Atlantic starting at 10 p.m.

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Experimental hip-hop rockers Movers, Shakers & Risk Takers take some liberties with our hearts and minds on Saturday, along with Nicole Nouveau and Hannah Harber, at The Atlantic starting at 10 p.m.

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High Point performs with The Red Bone Blues Band and Bo Page on Saturday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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On Sunday, The Slackers play with local ghost/reggae enthusiasts The Duppies along with Cardboard Paradise and The Partials at High Dive starting at 7 p.m.

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On Wednesday, Tampa’s very own funky/dance-rockers Cope help you to get through hump day along with the soothing sounds of Harvey, Kolter & Moseley at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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