Popular Performance Circuits

© 2015 Vinny Ribas

A circuit is a series of similar gigs that an act is well-received at  and that fills much of their calendar with. For instance, you can travel from fair to fair or college to college all across the country, with those gigs making up 75%% of your gigs. Another example is booking predominatly nothing but weddings and corporate events. Here are some events or venues in which you can develop your own local, regional or national circuit.

  1. Casinos in Las Vegas (see ‘Playing Casinos’)
  2. State and County Fairs (see ‘Playing State and County Fairs’)
  3. Colleges (see www.naca.org)
  4. Sororities and/or Fraternities
  5. Weddings
  6. Bar Mitzvah /Bat Mitzvah
  7. Polka Festivals (see www.partyguideonline.com)
  8. Irish Pubs, Restaurants and Festivals (see www.azirishmusic.com)
  9. Greek Restaurants and/or Festivals (see www.greek-fest.com)
  10. Italian Restaurants and/or Festivals (see www.niaf.org)
  11. Other ethnic-related bars, restaurants, casinos and festivals
  12. Festival, including Blues Festivals (see www.bluesfestivals.com or www.bluesfestivalguide.com), Cajun Festivals, Seafood Festivals, Jazz Festivals  (see www.netunes.com or www.jazzentertainment.net), Folk Festivals www.dirtynelson.com for US, (www.folkandroots.com for the UK), Bluegrass Festivals (www.bluegrqassfestivalguide.com) and others. See www.festivalnet.com.
  13. Corporate Conventions
  14. Industry-Specific Conventions (network marketing, medical associations, farming etc.)
  15. Community Theaters and Performing Arts Centers
  16. High School, Junior High and Grammar Schools
  17. House Concerts (www.houseconcerts.com)
  18. Military Bases
  19. Sport-Related (Nascar, horse shows/racing)
  20. Motorcycle Rallies and Runs (see www.lets-ride.com)
  21. Antique and Classic Car Shows (see www.hubcapcafe.com)
  22. Churches/Youth Groups
  23. Nonprofit Organizations (Girl Scouts, YMCAs, American Cancer Society etc)
  24. Folk Clubs/Coffee Houses
  25. Rock Clubs
  26. Rodeos (see www.prorodeo.com or www.wheretorodeo.com)
  27. Cruise Ships
  28. Ski Resorts
  29. Vacation Resorts
  30. Trade shows
  31. Air shows
  32. Campgrounds
  33. Country Clubs
  34. Arts Festivals
About The Author

Vinny Ribas

Vinny Ribas is the founder and CEO of Indie Connect, an artist management, consulting and training company. The company also hosts networking and educational events and has published an app that connects people to the Nashville Music Industry. During his 40+ year career, Vinny has been a full time musician, artist manager, booking agent, songwriter, studio owner, producer and the Entertainment Director for the NV State Fair. He has also coached over 1000 artists and songwriters. He is a sought after speaker and has authored over 400 music industry articles. Vinny is also the CEO of Top 4M Entertainment, an independent film and television production company.