4 years ago, I set off on a journey and launched Gigable with a few close colleagues. As a consumer service, I knew this was going to be a huge mountain to climb with some rough terrain. I wasn’t wrong.
Since 2014, we’ve produced dozens of shows in 6 states, launched a streaming app and turned on many people to new music. And we’re just getting started.
We’re planning v2.5 for the app, which will feature many more shows and artists and provide a very robust listening experience. We’re also very excited to be working with Amazon Web Services to launch a touring analytics feature that will help artists, promoters and venues optimize their touring plans.
Stay tuned for more! You can also get on my list to get early access to new music and VIP things (opt-in on the left).
Starting in March 2018, Gigable will be producing a series of shows at River Street Tavern in East Dundee, IL.
Americana Nights is a series of live shows featuring the best and brightest up and coming talent in these genres – Roots/Americana/Alt-Country/Folk. The shows will be on Sundays or Wednesdays with an occasional Friday or Saturday depending on the artist.
River Street Tavern is fantastic American-style restaurant/bar. The performance room can seat 80 comfortably with a max capacity of 100. They have a roomy elevated stage that will host dozens of artists over the coming months.
Reserved seats for the shows will start at $7.
For tickets and playlists, download the free Gigable app: http://bit.ly/2tWMVjf
$25 VIP Passes Available ($50 Value)
Friends, I’m very excited to announce that my company has launched a mobile app that will help you easily discover great songs and bands!
There’s more music being created now than any other time in history and who has the time to search through Spotify? The Gigable Music app will bring the cream of the crop to the surface. Pick a playlist, press play. If the song hits you, there’s a ticket button to go see the band live. The “local playlist” uses gps to determine where you are and automagically builds a playlist based on bands touring near you. Simple and potent. No fluff and no ads! It’s like radio 2.0.
The launch was set for July 1 and we hit the target! The app itself has been months in the making. The concept is something I’ve been experimenting with for years.
There’s several very cool shows we are producing this summer to introduce some of the music we are finding. You can see the schedule on Gigable.net (or in the app after 7/1!)
Anyone who loads the app gets $20 toward a concert, so give it a spin!
It’s been 18 months since the official launch of Gigable. What started out as a simple crowdfunding concept has evolved into musical brand that people are recognizing.
The best part about it personally, is how much fun we’re having. So many of these projects can get heavy and grueling (especially when there’s very little progress), but this project is very inspiring each and every day.
Last Saturday, we had our 5th official sell-out show. The feedback so far is amazing. People really love going to a comfortable setting to discover new music that moves them – which most don’t expect. They also like to meet the artists and get a chance to talk about their own stories.
We’ve added Gigable Radio as a new feature on the site. I’m really excited about this, since it allows us to easily add songs we’re discovering and share with the Gigable audience. We want to put the music first and introduce great music in a way that’s fun and local.
Very soon, we will be adding a download store so that anyone can buy exclusive tracks from the artists who have played Gigable shows. All of this should culminate to a curated experience so that music fans will “tune in” to Gigable to find great music and emerging artists.
We’re also about to kick-off Gigable 2.0! This is the first major project to improve the platform and streamline some features.
We’re going to add promoter tools for easier management of email lists. Also, we’re integrating with Facebook so fans can easily login and engage with Gigable shows and artists and share with their friends.
This is all needed, however the big deal in my mind will be the mobile app! The mobile app should really promote more widespread use of the platform with fans. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but let’s just say this should bring everything to a new level.
Feel free to ask questions about Gigable or about the emerging artists that we’re discovering!
Here’s a handful of sources that have curated excellent new music.
NPR Tiny Desk Concerts
Music City Roots
More to come…
What’s in a band name? According to Glen Phillips (lead singer) it was “a joke that went on too long” and they had to adopt the name by default. “Toad The Wet Sprocket” originated from a Monty Python skit and the guys thought it would be a hilarious temporary name until they came up with a real one. It is memorable and it stuck.
The song this week is called “California Wasted” and was released earlier this year on their latest album.
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What do Phillip Phillips and Greg Holden have in common? “Home” – the song made famous by Phillips was written by Greg Holden.
Greg is an incredible singer/performer in his own right. I found Holden when I suspected the Phillips didn’t write “Home.”
The song this week is called “She’s Got Something” and it’s recorded with just acoustic guitar and vocal.
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I like Noah. When I started to research him, I wondered where he was from and he included “Seattle, Washington” in the header of his website. He knew I would want to know.
His new single “Ledges” is one of those tunes that instantly resonated. Great lyrics, very cool vibe, mature songwriting.
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Scotty Crosby turned me on to Joe Bonamassa a few years back (thanks Scotty!)
Joe is an amazing guitar virtuoso and has killer live shows. The song of the week is called “I Know Where I Belong” and is a live recording from a recent show.
If you like hard rockin’ blues, you will love this song.
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I first saw these two in a video somewhere and thought they were weird.
Maybe they are, but their music is quite captivating. This week’s song is called “Birmingham” and it’s pretty sparse (as is most of their music) but very engaging.
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