I love Ohio, and Ohio has shown nothing but love for me. Every time I’ve organized a states competition surrounding a new Whomping Willows release, Ohio basically destroys the competition. That loyalty has been rewarded with my effort to book at least two shows in Ohio every time I tour through that area of the country. Other states may want to consider this fact when deciding whether or not to pre-order my next album.
In any case, for the past several summers I’ve had a great relationship with the main library in Akron, and I’ve recently developed a similar relationship with a library in Cincinnati. However, in an unexpected turn of events, both of these amazing venues have become unavailable and/or unresponsive in regards to booking for summer 2012. This is highly disappointing for a number of reasons.
The point is: we need new libraries to play at in Ohio! In particular, we would like to find new venues in/around Cleveland and Cincinnati, although we’d love to play in/around Columbus as well. Libraries are the main focus here, as we want to keep as many shows free to attendees as humanly possible. However, if you know of any awesome all-ages venues or DIY spaces in these areas, we’d love to hear about those too.
If I had the time, I would seriously comb through the internet and email every library in Ohio to find a willing venue for the summer. I simply don’t have that kind of time, as I’m booking around 40 shows for the summer all across the USA and this task requires a lot of time and effort to complete. Ideally, what I’d love from my Ohioan friends is to do the following:
1. Call or visit your local library and ask for the teen/youth services librarian.
2. If they don’t have a teen/youth services librarian, ask for whoever is in charge of programming.
3. Tell that person about how awesome wizard rock is, about past shows you’ve attended (especially at libraries), and ask if they’d be interested in booking a wizard rock show for June or July (I have a couple dates I’m trying to book).
4. If they’re interested, get the email address of that person and let them know that Matt from The Whomping Willows will be in touch.
5. Email the librarian’s contact info to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seriously, you have no idea how much perceived public interest helps in booking new libraries. If a librarian receives an email from me about booking a show, and if they’ve never booked a wizard rock show before, they will treat my inquiry as they’d treat any other booking inquiry — with anything ranging from complete indifference to very mild interest. It’s rare that new venues work out unless the venues are the ones establishing contact. To have one of their valued patrons initiate the booking process tells them that there is real interest in their community for such programming. It would be even more effective if you brought a couple friends with you!
Thank you ahead of time for your help! Ohio is amazing and I want to keep playing shows there. If it all works out, I’ll be playing TWO shows in Ohio this summer!