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Month: October 2017

In The Scene: SPCLGST

If you’ve spent any time walking around in Raleigh, I’m sure you’ve seen those round black stickers with white lettering “SPCL GST” on them… well, this post and this video is about Joe Giampino, aka SPCLGST – a Raleigh music staple, a street art style creative, and hand-painted sign artist. Check out the video, and when you’re done, go add him on Instagram!...

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How to: Old Cuban

The mojito’s caramel cousin; The Old Cuban is a crowd favorite with Imurj’s members.  As we move into winter it becomes harder to find enough fresh mint to keep this gem on our menu, so here’s how to make it at home! Ingredients: 1 sprig fresh mint 1 oz Kraken Black Spiced Rum 1 oz Bacardí Superior 0.5 oz simple syrup Prosecco Directions: Strip the leaves off of the mint sprig, leaving a few at the top to use for a garnish later Muddle mint leaves, rum, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker to begin melding the flavors Add a...

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Rookie Booking Mistakes

The good folks at Deep South hosted a forum (as part of their on-going “Angles” series held the first Weds of every month) entitled “Rookie Booking Mistakes and How To Avoid Them”. Panelists included John Booker (Deep South Entertainment), Kristen Hill (Cat’s Cradle), Glenn Boothe (Motorco Music Hall), and Chris Malarkey (Lincoln Theatre). The local music scene should be grateful to them for donating an evening to help musicians. The event was attended by about 50 musicians who showed that they are serious about their careers by attending. The forum was both entertaining, with strong input from Glenn and Chris, and informative, with strong input from John and Kristen. All were entertaining and informative but the stories Glenn and Chris told were especially so, as was the information passed down from Kristen and John. This forum focused on “how NOT to get a gig” at the local music venues. Some take away messages… “We hire bands to sell more beer” was quoted by all panelists. Booking agents do not care how good or bad the band is; they care about how many people your band will bring in the door. Therefore, when you email them for a gig, provide them with some evidence that your band can bring out a lot of people (e.g. Facebook likes, social media stats, etc.). Make sure your band is appropriate for the venue by doing a little research on the venue...

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