PLEASE READ THIS PAGE
before inquiring about performing at the Studio.
OUR PHILOSOPHY and OUR AUDIENCE
We follow a listening room philosophy. As a performer here, you will never be treated as "wallpaper": you'll have the full attention of the audience during your performance (including in-between tunes...so bring your best banter!). You'll be able to connect with your fans --- both established and prospective --- in a way that's simply not possible at louder small venues such as bars and pubs.
Please check out our About page, the most recent Buzz, and the unedited reviews of Studio 99 from our past performers and audience on Indie On the Move.
Our weekday events (including jam sessions, open mics, piano karaoke, etc.) are alcohol-free --- coffees, teas, soft drinks, snacks, and chocolates are always available for sale.
We also feature a BYOB option at some of our weekend concerts, all of which are clearly labelled as such. There is a small additional BYOB fee, on top of the ticket price, for those who "B their own B".
Ian Ethan Case, an innovative acoustic double-neck guitarist who performed for us during in May of 2009, had this to say about our performance space:
It is a dream come true to have the opportunity to play in a real listening room like Studio 99. After a few years of playing in noisy bar and restaurant situations where music is not the primary focus, I really cherish the chance to play in a situation where people are really showing up just to listen.
For me, the whole point of composing and performing instrumental music is to communicate; it's not about surface-level entertainment, but trying to share with others the new musical ideas that I've come across so far. Listening rooms make it possible to do just that...and it's a better, richer, deeper, more detailed, more interesting, more memorable experience for everyone!
As our 1100 square foot space features a hardwood/laminate stage area and a wall of windows. It's a fairly live space, acoustically.
Due to our acoustic and the attentiveness of our audiences, some of our performers who typically perform with sound reinforcement find that they can play 100% acoustic or with very minimal sound reinforcement here without having to "push". We also have a small 8-channel Behringer PA.
Our house capacity is 75, with additional standing room for 10 more.
WHO IS A GOOD FIT FOR STUDIO 99?
Relatively established regional and nationally touring acts who are looking for a respectiful, music-centric setting are the best fit for us. Artists with devoted (if not large) groups of fans work well --- they will love to hear you in our setting.
In addition, emerging local artists who are willing to work hard to promote a show (in addition to our efforts) do well with their performances here.
SELLING CDs / MERCHANDISE
We're always happy to help set up a display area for your CDs, other merchandise, and mailing list sign-up sheets, as well as to help with sales. Generally, it works best of you sell your own CDs as you talk with your fans after the show --- and come prepared with your own "bank" of small bills for change. However, we can help on the CD sales front if you give us prior notice.
ARTIST BOOKING and COMPENSATION
At this time, particularly since we don't have bar revenues to work with, we're not able to offer guarantees. Rather, we work on a split of the door proceeds (a percentage agreed upon in advance.) This setup provides an incentive for both Studio 99 and the artist to promote the event to the greatest extent possible.
If you've read this page, checked our calendar, and feel you're a good fit for Studio 99, write us at the general inquiries email address on our contact page. Thanks!
Artists who've booked dates: please check out our
for important details.
WHY ISN'T STUDIO 99 ON MYSPACE?
A lot of great small venues have a presence on MySpace. We did too, but we discontinued it.
photos on this page courtesy of Ceaser Photography, Nashua, NH