Update: Livingston Underground - five months later
Livingston County, how are you?!
Back in November, we brought the Livingston Underground back from the dead. We’ve spent the last five months presenting shows all around the county, made some missteps, but overall, I’m proud to say that the Livingston County music community is alive and well!
We’re slowly but surely building up the LU bank account. Our goal to open our own little concert venue still seems like it might be hard to do, but we’re getting closer every day!
Along the way, we’ve figured out a few things. We found out that people don’t really like going to the Hartland PAC for “regular” shows. Great place to throw a festival event, but not so much for standard shows, so we’ll shy away from that in the future.
We figured out that there’s a very healthy amount of independent house and hall shows happening. That rules. This Saturday’s the final show at the 1265 House, which I hope you all go to. And then there’s a big show at the Pinckney Legion Hall on April 13. I feel like there’s a few more things going on locally as well.
I just wanted to check in to give you a bit of a progress report, since I’ve been pretty quiet lately.
1 - There’s a new version of the LU Documentary coming out soon. The only difference between it and the original is that it’s not encouraging people to go to the “big event” on November 10, since that was five months ago. We want to get it out there!
2 - Once we get that video out, we’re going to start a press and publicity campaign throughout the county, on all levels, to let the world know that we, as a group, are looking for a place to call home. It’ll involve press releases, a postering campaign, and as much viral social networking as we can do. We’re looking for allies. People with resources that are willing to donate or make a deal on those resources (time, money, real estate), to help us meet our goals. We’ll have a meeting prior to this happening, where we’ll get together, review the past few months, and lay out a plan to make this as effective and far-reaching as possible.
3 - We’ll be announcing 2 more LU shows (April 20 and May 3 at the Opera House), leading up to Bled Fest. I was very happy to be able to provide far more Livingston County artists with slots on Bled Fest this year. I wronged you guys last year, focused too much on out-of-town and greater-Michigan talent. I wanted to fix it this year, so we’ve got 21 bands from the county playing. If you didn’t make the cut, don’t feel bad! We want you there! And we want you to play one of these shows in April or May! If you’re already playing Bled Fest, or if you JUST played an LU show in the past few weeks, let’s leave the slots for those bands that haven’t played much lately! Email me if you’re interested in playing at email@example.com!
So that’s where we’re at. We’ll roll out those April and May shows soon. We’ll get a meeting together (might be after Bled Fest, things are starting to get really crazy for us), and we’ll move forward!
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Have fun at the 1265 House this Saturday! I wish I could go, but I’ve got Fusion commitments!