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Swayze's
2543 Bells Ferry Rd. Suite 650
Marietta, GA 30066

For show info call 770-590-0111

DO NOT CALL ABOUT BOOKING -- THANKS!

For over 6 years, Swayze's has been the best of breed (and now longest running) all ages music club in the Southeast United States. We have an excellent reputation for being the friendliest place to play and are world renowned for being a music career launching pad for many of today's top emerging musical artists.

Swayze's offers a safe place for kids of all ages to enjoy original live music from various local and national touring acts.

Swayze's is not publicly funded by your tax dollars and represents no religion or political cause. In other words, Swayze's has no agenda, just shows.

We're not a bar or eating establishment. There's no alcohol or smoking allowed inside of Swayze's.

Swayze's is a private club that reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. Loitering on our property is strictly prohibited. If you come here to loiter, to fight, to drink, to use drugs, or to damage our property please plan on us calling the police and pressing charges against you.

THE PERFORMANCE OF COVER SONGS OR COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL OF ANY KIND IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AT SWAYZE'S.

SWAYZE'S DOES NOT PERMIT LIVE AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING WITHOUT A SIGNED AGREEMENT BETWEEN ALL PARTIES INVOLVED IN ADVANCE.

BOOKING:

Please read all the booking and payment information before contacting us.

For booking all you have to do is message us on Myspace -- www.myspace.com/swayzesvenue

Myspace is our preferred medium of communication.

If you're a local artist check our our Myspace blog. We post show openings for local bands about once a week there

swayzesvenue@gmail.com is our e-mail address. You can write us there too.

No booking calls please.

We'll book any young artist within 30 minutes of our location.

We specialize in booking a very small and specific musical niche -- SCENE and UNDERGROUND MUSIC, which means indie, emo, punk, pop punk, ska, power pop, scene pop, scene metal, metalcore, deathcore, hardcore, acoustic, folk, experimental, noise, and spoken word. Basically, if you sound like NICKELBACK, we won't be able to help you out.

We DO NOT book artists that play or sample copyrighted music.

We do not have a bar or allow alcohol, so bands that cater to an older audience should look to play at other establishments that cater to an older audience.

Our booking priorities are to our locals (those who live 30 minutes away from us or less) and to touring bands on actual tours.

Swayze's stays booked up in advance. So, if you're touring and writing about a show that's less than 2 months away, we probably won't be able to help.

It never hurts to ask, but we usually book all our shows up to capacity -- making it impossible for your band that got "screwed over" to "jump on" one of our shows.

Band load in is usually at 6:00 p.m., but sometimes earlier. Please check with us or your show's promoter if you have any questions.

Bands arriving late (that haven't talked to us prior or during load in) are assumed not to be showing up for the show. After 7:00 p.m., or whenever door time is for your particular show, if you haven't called 770-590-0111 and actually talked to us, or made prior arrangements with us, please don't plan on showing up to play.

PAYMENT:

We generally offer door deals to touring artists and packages. We will not negotiate guarantees with artists and packages who cannot sell 100 tickets in our market.

We do not offer local bands guarantees (because what's to stop a local from playing other local dates around the date booked here?).

Local bands can make money off the door after the club hits its nightly expenses. Obviously, if a show has touring bands, the expenses on that show are higher than without touring bands. Locals wanting to get paid off the door need to stick around for the entire show and support their fellow musicians. You should be nice, undemanding, approachable, and civilized to whoever is working your show. People that pitch fits, cause scenes, have bad or ridiculous attitudes, etc., are never paid and are asked to leave.

We do not require bands to pay to play -- that's just ridiculous! Never pay to play anywhere.

We do offer a completely optional ticket selling program for local bands. Currently, local bands make $4 per advance ticket they sell. That's 2 to 4 times what other clubs pay local bands.

Be realistic. You're not going to get rich playing here or anywhere. All veteran musicians know that the real money in playing music is made off of merchandise sales. So, make t-shirts, make CDs, make anything that you can sell and sell it here! Even the lead singer of The Drive-By Truckers admits during his live sets that he's not in the music business, but rather in the "the t-shirt business" instead. Swayze's never charges bands a merchandise rate (artists keep 100% of all their sales).

Every show is promoted heavily at Swayze's. We're established. Kids know where we're at and they know what's happening on our schedule. Sometimes show turn outs just depend on who's playing (as cold as it sounds, some bands are just more popular than others). With your help, every show can be be a success.

Here are a few tips for promoting your Swayze's shows...

-Don't play too much. If you play too much in one area you'll saturate any following that you have. You can't play Masquerade one weekend, Swayze's the next weekend, Triangle the weekend after that, the Warehouse the weekend after that, The Local the week after that, etc., and expect to draw the same crowd. You won't because you'll kill your band's demand playing that much. It not only hurts your band when you do this, it hurts all the clubs you're playing at as well. Just imagine how big your band's shows would be if you spent the same amount of time promoting your shows as you did playing a show every weekend.

-Promote your shows for at least a month in advance. Have the show posted online with an online flier at least one month in advance. Have hard fliers to hand out. Two weeks before the show, start pushing really hard. One week before the show, start pushing harder.

-Make fliers and hand them out to actual people at shows, at school, work, etc. Believe it or not, fliers still work. They probably work better now than ever, because less people are using them. But you can't just leave your fliers on a counter somewhere and expect people to pick them up, because they won't.

-We let local bands flier their Swayze's shows at Swayze's for free (limit 2 band members per non-capacity show -- write us if you have any questions). This is a great opportunity to listen to some music, meet some new friends, and network with other bands. Please don't just show up to the bigger shows that you want to see for free, we'll know that you're full of it (limit 2 band members per non-capacity show -- write us if you have any questions).

-Send us your mp3 to put on our Myspace player -- swayzesvenue@gmail.com

-Give us a copy of your CD. We'll play it in the club between bands.

-Consider selling advance tickets. You'll make $4 every ticket you sell. When you sell tickets for your show, the people that buy from you always show up and they tell their friends to come out as well.

-Keep writing music. If you never put out new songs for your fans to enjoy, they'll grow tired of your band. The same goes for your set list, so change your set list up every show. And for the love of God, try to make your set entertaining. At least look like you're having fun while you play.

-Have a positive attitude. Be supportive of the other artists you play with and the clubs you play at. No one likes a band full of jerks or a band with that one guy that constantly injects drama wherever he goes.

THE PERFORMANCE OF COVER SONGS OR COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL OF ANY KIND IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AT SWAYZE'S.

SWAYZE'S DOES NOT PERMIT LIVE AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING WITHOUT A SIGNED AGREEMENT BETWEEN ALL PARTIES INVOLVED IN ADVANCE.

Thanks you for supporting Swayze's -- the longest running all-ages music venue in the Southeast!