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My Last Original Gig of 2010: SIP Lounge, Nov. 14th

Posted in A Day in the Life, Gigs | 2 Comments »

Sip Lounge Pumpkin

2010 has been a great year for performing, and I’m happy to say that I surpassed my goal of 10 gigs this year. Between my original gigs, choir gigs, band and hospital gigs, I was a singing FOOL – just the way I like it!

But alas, this weekend marks my last scheduled original music NYC gig of 2010. Anything can happen at the last minute, of course, but as far as I know, this is it!

If you’re in NYC, come celebrate 2010 with me at SIP Lounge, a fun & cozy hangout spot near Columbia University. I’ll be performing as part of their Acoustic Soul Lounge/Something Different Performance Series:

2 Responses to “My Last Original Gig of 2010: SIP Lounge, Nov. 14th”

  1. Chuck Says:

    Hi Carla

    Nice meeting you at TAXI.

    Your goal was 10 gigs? I know you have your rationale, but just as an example, SXSW is looking for performers who play 100 gigs/year to be considered to play there. True Talent Management is looking to manage artists who play 80-150 per year. I am totally familiar with the balancing act required between booking, promotion, writing, recording, and teaching. If you are open to the idea, perhaps in a future column you would consider talking about why 10 gigs was your goal.

    Chuck Hughes

  2. Carla Says:

    Hey Chuck!

    You’re absolutely right, and I’ll tell you why 10 gigs was a big deal for me.

    When I first moved to NYC, I performed almost every week, at the very least twice a month, and I didn’t even have a CD then! Ah, those were the days.

    At the end of 2009, the ending of a romantic relationship uprooted my life and caused me to do some soul-searching, and I realized that I hadn’t performed an original gig in THREE YEARS. I still did my classic rock, church, and hospital gigs, but I wasn’t supporting my own music, aside from online music marketing. iTunes and CD Baby sales are nice, but as we both know, there’s nothing like live gigs to sell your music.

    There’s a saying that anything worth doing is worth doing badly, so I chose to start over, regardless of how small the audiences were.

    I had to get back on the horse, work on my live show chops and rebuild my mailing list, so I started with 10 gigs as a realistic goal that I could reach. Next year there will be even more!

    Thanks for asking!


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