E-mail Tom Lucier at firstname.lastname@example.org with several potential dates that you’re hoping to book. Your first choice may not be available.
In the event that the best night for your gig is booked, you can search the line-ups upcoming on www.phoglounge.com and check if you fit any shows happening in the next two months.
There are hyperlinks to all the performers so you can listen and check if your sound works with the show already booked.
Anything with only two bands, or a TBA, potentially has room for an opening set. Mostly though…we’d prefer one out of town band and one local…or just a couple of locals.
The best way to book a show is to have a local (or two) already slated to join you on the show. This is the simplest set-up for Phog to begin promoting the show quickly instead of hunting for local bands available for your show.
For more info about what happens after you book a show, read “FAQs for Bands Booked at Phog”.
Booking A Show At Phog Lounge? Here’s A Quick FAQ
I’ve compiled a list of answer to frequently asked questions to make your booking/performance as wonderful as possible.
Also, at the bottom of this message is a section dedicated to inform you of some of our favourite places in Windsor, that we hope you’ll make time to visit.
Do you have food?
Yes. Frank has initiated the availability of specialty POUTINE and PIZZA, which leaves everyone full of gravy-cheese-curd greatness and pizza pleasantness.
Do you have food buyouts?
Can’t afford it. We can offer discounts on our menu to bands. Pints are reduced from $6 to $5 for band members.
What time is load-in and sound check?
You can come in and do a sound check any time after 5pm Tuesday through Saturday, or after 8pm Sunday and Monday. The doors usually start at 8pm or 9pm, so as long as you sound check before that, you’ll be fine. We need sound checks to be complete by 8:30pm or 9pm.
Is there street parking? Should they just load in through the front doors?
There’s parking attached to our building in the form of a massive parking lot. There’s also free parking after 6pm (city wide) if you can find a parking meter spot.
Usually, bands pull up out front, load in the front door, and park afterward in the lot next to us. On weekends, the parking lot owner charges $5 after 6pm…but during the week, he’s absent, so almost everyone parks there Sunday through Thursday for free at their own risk of tow-away.
When do we go on stage?
Shows start at different times each night. Weeknights and Sundays, we like shows to begin earlier (9pm) to get more students and workers out to shows and home to bed before it’s “too late”. Weekend shows, with three bands (say) begin around 10:30pm. A little later sometimes if there are fewer acts on the bill.
What is the money deal normally?
We normally give the door money to the bands to split and share unless otherwise agreed upon.
What do you usually charge for a cover?
$3 to $10, but usually $5 on weekends is normal.
What’s your capacity?
Do you have someone who can work the door and/or sell merch?
No. The bands that are not playing work the door. In rare instances, patrons of Phog will offer to take cover.
The merch area is the same as the cover charge area, which means whoever works the door usually sells the merch…most often done by the musicians.
100% of merch money goes to musicians.
Do you provide accommodations?
Sometimes, if a band needs a place to stay, I can post it on the blog and Twitter to see if they get any response from willing billet.
Most bands use Priceline to find ridiculously low prices in the area of downtown or Huron Church Road.
Do you provide local bands to accompany the show?
It depends on how you WANT to work it.
I can help you by booking a local that fits the bill well.
Are you going to get the local opener or are we?
We can find a local opener unless you have someone in mind already but we’d like you to reach out to bands that fit your style or that you feel will bring a strong crowd. If I were you, I’d ask ANY local band/artist for their how schedule around the time you are looking to play at Phog. If the locals are playing too often, look elsewhere.
Do you have any press contacts to promote the show?
Windsorite.ca Blog – email@example.com
Sara Howie – The Lance - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Doucette – CBC Radio One – email@example.com
Bob Steele – CBC Radio One – firstname.lastname@example.org
Travis R. Wright- Real Detroit Weekly – Travis@realdetroitweekly.com
Dylan Kristy – email@example.com
Ted Shaw – Windsor Star – firstname.lastname@example.org
Theresa Leslie – Blackburn Radio - Tleslie@blackburnradio.com
email@example.com- The Drive Online Magazine
firstname.lastname@example.org- Windsor-Essex Community Publishing
email@example.com- Program Director CJAM
firstname.lastname@example.org - Music Director CJAM
email@example.com- Volunteer Co-ordinator CJAM
Artsnotes@acwr.net - Arts Council Windsor & Region (submit info by Monday 5pm)
What kind of sound system do you have? What do we need to bring? Do you have a sound person?
We have a 8-channel mixer (Mackie PPM1008 – 2 X 800W), two speakers, two monitors, an eight-channel snake, and a small stage. We have 4-6 mic stands, which often get “lost” by accident when bands load and unload. We have four microphones. Three SM-58s and two other D-80s (? – I think).
We do not have a sound person, although almost 30% of our customers and show-goers are fully educated on the sound board, as they use it several nights per week.
When a sound person is needed, we can get one…or four.
What kind of promotional materials do you use?
Personally, I post each show on Facebook and http://www.phoglounge.com (our blog). I post on Twitter about upcoming shows and events on a regular basis.
Posters, handbills, etc. are preferred. 10 posters will cover all of the places that need promotional materials.
WE REQUIRE THAT YOU SEND US POSTERS, we will put them up in the spots we think they should go.
If you have any information about the band that you think people should know, you can send it to me in an e-mail, and I will use that information in the blog posts and Facebook events listings. links to videos on YouTube etc. is very helpful.
And quite frankly, if you want me to better promote the show, please tell me if you are on Twitter or if you have a Facebook page. I can drive people to those places to watch your updates leading to the show and beyond….until your NEXT show.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN WINDSOR (AKA – Why you should show up early)
Lately, the more I think about the experiences awaiting tourists, visitors, etc., I realize I need to tell touring artists WAY more about the city they are about to visit…from the perspective of myself (someone with varied interests, and artistic leanings).
I hope you take this as an invitation to come to Windsor long before your load-in time, or sound check time. I know that the road doesn’t always allow for this, but if you make time to explore Windsor a little bit, I think you’ll find yourself liking this town a lot more than when you spend your entire visit within a block or two of downtown, wandering aimlessly.
This is a growing list of places I think you might be interested in visiting in order to:
- recharge your batteries
- connect with nature
- buy music
The House – A lot happens at The House. It can allow you and your ideas to take flight… or, it can simply offer the most relaxing area to sit in while sipping organic, fair trade coffee. With a cafe and hyper-local food retail (Rino’s Kitchen) and graphic design agency (SPOTVIN) in one hot spot. The House provides creative folks a place to access each other for collaboration or consultation. If you need answers to your creative questions… they reside at The House.
Ojibway Park – This link leads to a site that is TERRIBLE. The park though, is INCREDIBLE. I included the link to the site so that you can find it on Google Maps. It’s the last free space for flora and fauna to run rampant. It’s got trails, waterways, tons of deer, birds, raccoons, etc. I love this place, and if you’re looking for something to soothe the hectic style of the road, you should stop here.
Mackenzie Hall / Common Ground Gallery – This cultural centre, and part-time art gallery is LOCATED HERE. It’s in our very old “west end” known as Sandwich. Amazing things took place here, including native histories, The War of 1812 battles, Upper Canada Rebellion conflicts, and the famous Underground Railroad passages. There are churches in this part of town that housed escaped slaves from the US, where they then flourished within the borders of Canada. I love walking through this part of town, close to the Detroit River, looking at the locations of world-history sites.
Nancy Johns Gallery – They are the NUMBER ONE spot to buy local art in the city, hosting over 60 different local artists. The gallery has a contemporary style, carrying the following locally made media: Photographs, Paintings, Fabric Art, Glass, Wood, Jewelery, Raku Pottery, Mosaics, handmade cards with small ORIGINAL works on them for only $20.00, Drawings, AND a portrait of Audrey Hepburn made out of LEGOS
Taloola Cafe – This vegan-friendly sandwich shop and cafe is the home of some of Windsor’s best eats…and people. Again, if a band from out-of-town announces themselves as playing Phog, who knows what kind of royal treatment you might receive. I love this place, and so do most of the Phog regulars. It’s located around the corner from Jones and Co. Vintage.
The Sushi California – A no-brainer. This restaurant is directly across the street from Phog, and the owners are sweethearts. They take care of us every chance they get. I encourage eating thier momentus sushi presentation if you’re into that cuisine. Awesome.
Pho Xic-Lo – Vietnamese Noodle House, a short drive (1.5km) from Phog, 1750 Wyandotte Street West. Yum.
Terra Cotta Pizza – Wood fired brick oven artisan pizza (University at Pelissier) One block walk from Phog.
Tunnel BBQ – Ribs, pulled pork, chicken, etc. Since 1947, they must be doing something right, 58 Park Street East, walkable about 5 blocks from Phog.
Dr. Disc Records – Easily the best music store in the city, with emphasis on VINYL! They have a ridiculous used-CD bin, that I find tons of great stuff in on every visit. The owners are phenomenal. The staff impeccable. You will want to go here if you have a few buck, or if you don’t.
Jam Space – New place for bands to stop and practice. “Jam Space is a 4800 square foot facility with three premium practice rooms and recording studio. Practice rooms are (approximately: 15’x 24’) are equipped with PA systems so just come in and play. Each room offers comfortable lounge space for your breaks or if you just want to hang out and write songs.”
Motor Burger – This is a KILLER new burger joint. Click the link of the restaurant to read why I love this place. Awesome spot on Windsor’s “Via Italia” street (Erie Street). This burger place stands out in a big way from the high-end italian restaurants that grace this renowned culinary part of Windsor.
Twitter - @motorburger
The Waterfront – Windsor borders Detroit (duh). But our waterfront is amazing. There are trails, parks, a sculpture garden, and a KILLER view of Detroit on our side of the water. There are many locations where, one driving down Riverside Drive, can simply pull into a waterfront parking lot and embark along the water for some rest and rejuvenation.
The Green Bean Cafe – Another amazing cafe where they have a lot of vegetarian-friendly food near the University of Windsor in the west end of Windsor. Open mics on Thursdays…and various other events throughout the week.
Twitter - @greenbeancoffee
Marathon Ethiopian Restaurant – Unbelievably beautiful Ethiopian cuisine! Nothing like it even close to Windsor… The option for communal eating, with traditional Ethiopian music (Ethiopian jazz, like Mulatu Astatke) makes it a unique experience for anyone. Highly recommended.
Priced Green (two locations) – Second-hand clothing store. High quality…LOW cost. “We price all items $5 or less…All $5 or less, always.”