Kathleen Sturgis at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to perform at the Borderline, please send sample mp3s and links to your photos and biographical information to Kathleen Sturgis at the following email address: email@example.com.
What does it take for a performer to get booked as a headliner at The Borderline? First of all, the person or group should work in a folk or roots genre, modern or traditional.
The first thing that you have to realize is that our job is to entertain people. We want a performer who will positively impact the audience members so that they will be willing to come back again for the next concert. Contrary to popular opinion, only a small percentage of our audience members are hard core folkies or bluegrass fans. Most are just there to enjoy a night or afternoon of good music and companionship at a reasonable price. Name recognition does not mean much to them. They want to hear somebody who has a good singing voice and plays his or her instrument with proficiency. They also want to hear songs that are well written, and the melody is just as important as the lyrics. The song has to have meaning for them and be about something that they can relate to. If you sing about a situation that affects all of us at present or has done so in the past, then you have in effect bonded with the audience. That has been the secret of many successful folk singers such as Tom Paxton, Si Kahn, and more recently Pat Wictor & Joe Jencks. Interaction between the performer and the audience is almost as important as the actual performance itself. Although drums are not appropriate for our venues, traditional percussion instruments such as a tom-tom, dumbek, djembe, are ok. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!