ok, so this thread is about building a following. The nad I am in is just starting out. It's a good band with good players. the problem is, of course nobody knows us (as we are just starting out!). I've played in many other bands, most were already established, so this was not a problem. We plan to play in pubs & bars & festivals. Now, as a booker, your primary concern is DRAW. we have spoken to a few bookers & their #1 question is usually "how many people can you bring in". Of course the only people we can bring is is our friends (& as we get older it's harder & harder to get friends out!) , and than diminishes over time...i mean, how many friends will come out to see EVERY show you do? Anyways, I've done a lot of reading o the net about building a following, and there is very little info i can find. Can anyone offer any practical tips on how to get more & more people out to your shows? (excluding just being a good band of course)? The shows we've played have all been very weak as far as attendance (mostly battle -of-the-bands type of thing, that I really hate, but hey, you need to start somewhere, don't you?), so word-of-mouth isn't getitng us very far. any thoughts? ideas? stories from experience? thanks!