& Fairfield CT
for the artists.
Baker Booking is excited to announce the first in a series of shows featuring Kipyn Martin and Allison Shapira in a tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell on December 19th at 7:30PM EST. Ticket Link: https://bit.ly/JoanandJoni
There will be more opportunities to book this virtual show well into 2021. Contact us for details.
Fall- Winter 2020
Greetings from the home office of Baker Booking, nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina and with the hopes that this is finding you well. During this unprecedented time we continue to work closely with our artists and presenters. We send a weekly newsletter out to over 600 venue talent buyers, festival directors and house concert hosts. We endeavor to sum up much of the news of the music industry and provide updates on live stream events etc,
YOU CAN SIGN UP HERE FOR THE NEWSLETTER ON OUR SITE.
We recently added Nashville based folk trio South for Winter to our roster. We are thrilled to add them to our family- even though it is not the time to plan in person touring. We will focus on helping them live stream and start to book a tour for them later in 2021. They just released a stunning new album Luxumbra.
Peppino D'Agostino has been doing a few select live streams and is actively teaching both guitar and uke to eager students. His CD 'Connexion", released in April 2020 was submitted for the 2021 Grammies.
David Jacobs-Strain has performed a number of great live stream shows including for Passim, The Ark and Juan de Fuca Foundation of the Arts. David is recording and producing for other musicians out in Bend Oregon. He and his lovely companion Sierra have announced their engagement. Bob Beach has been able to join David on a few shows through the magic of Zoom
Kipyn Martin is busy teaching vocal workshops and raising her new daughter with her wife Laurel. Kipyn has performed many virtual shows- some in partnership with series like Uptown Concerts and The Folk Project.
Jenner Fox is also teaching workshops for teens in songwriting and one on one guitar lessons. He just signed on to teach weekly guitar class and a songwriting class to high-schoolers with the Sisters Folk Festival, as well as guitar classes to a high school in San Francisco.
The Black Feathers are staying home in their flat in Glousteshire UK- they were able to play a few outdoors live shows but with the pandemic locking Britain back down they are focusing on live streaming, songwriting and moving in early 2021. They hope to be able to return to the US late Spring or Summer of 2021.
The artists on our roster continue to perform regularly, effectively, and professionally to the gain of venue, artist, and agency.
Streaming shows can offer new viewers of both your venue and artists a much lower entry point. Only through streaming can more than one person share a ticket - not possible pre pandemic.
Initially, there were only a small number of artists that had the complete capability to perform a virtual concert and now, that number is increasing every day. The real question is does the artist have a history of performing via streaming, can they bring an audience, and will they take an active role in the promotion of the event. Along these lines, the artists on our roster continue to perform regularly, effectively, and professionally to the gain of venue, artist, and agency.
Some of you may still be on the fence about the prospects of presenting an artist online to your trusting audiences; our advice - have a look at any of the shows being performed by our artists and let us know what you think.
After attending numerous webinars presented by your peers we feel strongly that pairing artists and venues is the best way to move forward into the new "virtual touring" environment. We, as agents feel the importance of this partnership.
If you have questions, maybe we have a simple solution or we can direct you to someone that can help.
Until next time,
Stay well, avoid hysteria, and celebrate successes,
Louise Baker and Bruce Swan