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“We tell the band it’s best to make it a borderless and mutual effort,” he says of the booking process.
Unlike the old local show model, where the band who brings in the most fans wins, these events seem to foster a sense of camaraderie among artists. Just as the resident band might bring in a few extra ears for the support acts, so might the openers draw a crowd new to the headliner. Gammill also notes that bands they brought to the Fold are likely to return the favor.
Though bands must abstain from playing any other gigs in the area for all three club residencies, Sterling notes that exceptions are made if it’s “some one-of-a-kind” opportunity. And none of the musicians interviewed seemed to mind the restriction. After all, when someone books you for four or five dates based on the belief that you will draw a sizable crowd, it’s really not in your best interest to detract from that task. While each club might attract its own set of regulars, it’s still the band’s responsibility to promote. That in-house audience, though, does make it a hell of a lot easier to elicit excitement than if the band were trying to promote a Monday night at some bar on the Westside.
Garo says that Monday-night residencies have become “part of the culture” of the Silver Lake–area nightlife. These free, weekly gatherings have created a symbiotic relationship between bands and nightclubs, with artists gaining followings based in part on their connection to tastemaking venues, and clubs relying on the bands to keep their doors open on a night that would otherwise be considered deadsville. For the rest of us, Mondays have provided the best way for checking out upcoming local groups without busting our budgets.