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So first of all, Reno is not necessarily a place where jazz, or anything besides rock and hip hop is appreciated, so finding a venue to draw a crowd can be pretty rough...unless you play in the Casinos. Just a cautionary word of advice if you want to book a jazz, funk, or even latin gig, you might not want to book at a place called The Underground. First off, if you do book, it would probably be best that you have an agent, or be really good at negotiating terms with the owner because otherwise youre going to have an unpleasant experience from start to finish.

Ive played quite a few gigs over there now and time after time after time after time, my band mates and I go through the headache of trying to set up a gig over there because the owner of the place is pretty firm in what he wants and expects from not only the bands but also the audience. First off, you probably going to have like 3 or 4 bands open for you, which for me is such a hassle. Ive been in an opening band that was part of a night with 4 bands playing and it was hectic as hell and just not fun. My band and I like a good hour set, but being an opener, we barely had 30 minutes.

Next, make sure that you set a pay rate that suits your needs, but also be warned that more than likely, youre not going to get what you asked for. We opened for a fairly big group that came through town once and they were totally jipped. End result...they never play there anymore when they come to Reno.

The place is also not very well suited for a live concert. Its a very open area with terrible acoustics and probably a deaf sound engineer. You'll probably hear a ton of feed back through your monitor, but if you try to get the sound man to fix it, he'll think youre crazy because he honestly cant hear it. Feed back is a BIG issue at this venue. You'll find that youre sound checks will be a lot better than the show. Case in point, my band opened for another band that came through and when they went on, they had to stop in the middle of the song just to fix the feed back. This should never happen IMO.

There are quite a few more reasons I can think of why not to book at the Underground, but these are the big ones for me. Well, I shouldnt say NOT to book at the Underground, but instead, be wary, and be prepared if you do. Also, you'd probably start your gig around 9 or 10, but his happy hour would be around 7 or 8...WHEN NO ONE IS EVEN IN THERE! psh. Id probably still play there though considering the kinds of bands I can open for, but Im still hesitant even playing there again. I swear Im losing my hearing because of that place.
 

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I play in Reno (and sometimes Tahoe) several times a year. Circus Circus, Silver Legacy, Peppermill, Siena...I've haven't heard of the 'Underground' and would not perform at a place that uses several acts stacked up in one evening. Just have your agent try to get you into other venues.
 

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@Stormott: Yeah, that sounds about right. Although the Underground is a little more medium large, but still...horrible acoustics. I played in smaller venues that had way better acoustics and sound than the Underground.

@RandyJ: The Underground is actually right on 4th street not too far from Abbys and the baseball field. And also, we dont have an agent...otherwise i think people would take us a little more serious...hehe. :)

whoa...did i just bust a Facebook? lol.
 

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You can call to book and say your the agent. You can change your voice and use a fake name so they wont know its you. Then you say "I wont make the gig so just pay the band!"
 
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