This Article is About
celebrity tribute
tribute artist
tribute artists
couple decades
facebook
couple reasons
day job
Why Are Celebrity Tribute Bands So Popular?
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

There seems to be a growing popularity in Celebrity tribute bands. I've certainly noticed it in the Portland music market. I think there are a couple reasons why tribute artists are on the rise.

One reason, the economy. Live music has dwindled dramatically over the years. It started with MADD, then karaoke and finally the recent economic crunch. People are staying home, being entertained (in various ways) on their computer, watching DVD's, TV or just unwilling to spend the money it costs to go out for the night. When they do go see live music, most want to stay in one place, be entertained or see a show. That's where tribute bands come into the picture. Gone are the days when the majority of people go out for the night bar hopping. You can go out and see a tribute artist or tribute band that is truly close to the original - for next to nothing and genuinely be entertained. If they're good, it's a well spent, modest investment. Don't we all have favorite musicians or bands we'd love to see resurrected?

I believe another reason for the growing popularity of tribute bands is the money they're paid. Over the last 20 years, I haven't seen much of a rise in prices paid to a regular rock, country or blues band. It's unbelieveable. With inflation, musicians are making LESS than they did a couple decades ago. It's unfair, but true. No longer can most musicians make a living without having a "day job." Gone are the 5 - 6 day a week music gigs that many Top 40 rock bands paid the bills with. In this day and age your band had better have a following, a website and be on facebook just to get a gig. Tribute bands have an edge. People feel they already "know" them.

The music business is fickle and musicians are the most critical audience. The public isn't. The average person knows very little about "great musicianship." If you're a band that "entertains," most of the time, you have a better chance at gaining popularity AND a following than a band that is musicially superior. I know this is going to tick off a few musicians but it's just the truth. I should know, I've been a booking agent for 25 years. This is where the tribute artist has the edge. If they're good, the audience can sit back and feel like they're at a private concert without the excessive hordes of people and limited parking. If they're not, you can just be glad you didn't spend a fortune to see them.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Celebrity Tribute Artists
Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of working once again with one of the very best tribute artists out of Las Vegas. Her name was Sandy Anderson and she does a Dolly Parton Tribute. This woman has it down. What makes a celebrity tribute artist great are several…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   Mar 28, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Tom Petty Or Not?
This summer I went to see a tribute band that was absolutely exceptional. It seems that celebrity tribute bands are a dime a dozen anymore. Some are great, some are good and some are not so…….. Anyway, my expectations were nil since I’ve covered this area many times before. As…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   Mar 23, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Celebrity Tribute Artists
Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of working once again with one of the very best tribute artists out of Las Vegas. Her name was Sandy Anderson and she does a Dolly Parton Tribute. This woman has it down. What makes a celebrity tribute artist great are several…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   Mar 28, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Information About Different Modern Marching Bands
For hundreds of years, marching bands have been in existence and in the UK they were usually connected to the military. Drummers, buglers or pipers lead the troop into battles. Signals were given for retreating, etc. using these instruments. Indeed, even during WWII, platoons of fighting troops were led off…
By: Judy Crystal in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   Jun 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Different Types Of Musical Bands And Instruments Used for Each Category
Music is produced by singers and harmonized musical instruments. It is an artistic form of auditory communication prepared by a music band for a wide array of audience. When group of two or more music experts perform instrumental or vocal music, it is basically known as a music band. This…
By: Judy Crystal in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   Jun 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Dance Studios In Houston Teach You Etiquette Of Dance
Dance studios in Houston offer classes at very affordable rates. You can learn from various styles within your budget. These days, life is very boring. Everyone is busy with the 9-5 jobs and the only time we have for friends is on the weekends. After a hectic week at work…
By: Brenda Amy in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   May 31, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Basics Of Marching Bands for Your Knowledge
The marching band is a term given to musicians, dance teams, or color guard members that play woodwinds, percussion or brass instruments while adding marching with their performance. They wear costumes consisting of the school's or organization name or symbols as part of the uniform are worn. Size, function, and…
By: Judy Crystal in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   May 21, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Roxette And their XXX Years Musical Journey, Keeps London Singing All Night
I have been waiting to see Roxette live for more then 15 years, and last night I have finally lived my dream. And boy what a night it was. I got my tickets bought from November, paid a small fortune, as they where front seats, but it was worth every…
By: danyel in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   May 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

What is Required to Be A Music Producer?
Being a music producer is not an easy task. It takes a lot of efforts and knowledge about the music. The main work of a music producer is to write, arrange, produce and record songs. Either they are helping in shaping the sound of an artist album or creating beats…
By: Steven A Williams in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   Feb 26, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Buying Cheap Events Tickets Online - The Complete Guide
Millions of avid music lovers across the globe follow their favorite music artists on social media. When a live concert/tour is announced – there is only thing a fan can think of! Getting their hands on cheap tickets online to enjoy every minute of the event. It starts with enthusiasm…
By: Jeffrey-Massey in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   Feb 22, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Trend Of Comedy Nights In California is Gaining Importance Day By Day
The aim of your life is to be happy and glad. As a kid, your objective was entertaining and pleasure and always try to give music auditions. Joy and gladness depend on where you place your consciousness. Consideration and a creative practice can become an expressive anchor to center and…
By: rohny in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   Feb 16, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Warning- There's a D.J.on the gig'
Don't panic! Despite what has happened to many live bands, it doesn't necessarily have to happen to yours. In this article, I am going to discuss what could happen to a band that has the fluff blown out of it because of a lack of entertainment etticate when performing along…
By: Romell Wilson in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   Aug 05, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

How Breathtaking Is Your Voice? Does It Matter?
Many people dream about a music career and they wish they had ideal vocal makings. Some people are born with a great voice while others are searching their destiny to improve the chances they possess. However, even if you have a gift of singing you need to make it really…
By: calvin6 in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   Aug 19, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Before You Buy the Fender Frontman 212r 100w Guitar Combo Amp, You Gotta Read This
The Fender Frontman 212R Guitar Combo Amplifier packs loads of oomph into a small unit and is Fenders best selling amplifier. Whether you are just learning to play the guitar, or a seasoned player, you are provided with a beautiful tone and enough power to play ensembles or live gigs.…
By: Steampunk Sound in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   Jun 04, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Dont Buy A Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar Till You Read This Review
This article will tell you all you need to know about the Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar, so you can make an informed decision before you buy one. It comes packed with usual features such as the classic Fender body shape which is double cut away with a bolt on…
By: Steampunk Sound in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Industry   Jun 07, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 4337    Report this Article