Greenville live music community helps restore my faith in our profession

I have lived in LA on the West Coast, and Fayetteville Arkansas in the heart of The Country, and since 1998, here in the Upstate of South Carolina (Easley).

Growing up in Arkansas and playing in bands there, we had a tight community, with the 80s being incredible for bands and music performers in every genre. There was always a gig, always something fun going on. Musicians helped one another out in every way you can imagine. From helping other bands getting booked into venues, to sticking together on social and political issues that affected the live music scene, and in times of trouble, say a sick band member, there were half a dozen people ready to sit in and help.

Then, I moved to Los Angeles…  Talk about culture shock. We had to pay to play at many clubs (yes, you could buy a roll of tickets and sell them for a dollar each and make a dollar, or buy the roll from the bar or club and give them away, etc), and bands would cut your throat if you horned in on their established places to play. If you needed someone to sit in, and you were making 100 bucks each, that person would say he wanted 200 dollars to cover the session for the evening.   So each band member had to pony up a few extra dollars to cover the missing player’s replacement.

Forget about fundraisers. Every band who was good would only play a fundraiser if you paid them, and usually, it was their going rate. So if someone’s family had cancer and they wanted to have a charity event, they had to pay to rent the venue, pay for the band, pay for food, and for the swag involved, and then hope they had some money left over.  Those who could not afford publicity and relied on word-of-mouth were screwed, they rarely made much money, UNLESS they paid for the best band around that was guaranteed to pull in a big crowd.

In essence, bands there were very “professional” and were in it purely for the money. It was every man for himself (or herself).

Then I moved back to Fayetteville Arkansas after about 7 and half years to find that my hometown had become somewhat similar. Very money oriented. And I have heard this from friends of mine all over the country, wherever they live.

Finally, after moving here to the Upstate, I have begun to experience a little of what it was like back in the old days. Sure, venues here pay very little as opposed to what they did in the 80s, something that I will not go into now, but, the bands, musicians, entertainers, performers, for the most part, they all seem to want to lend a hand!

Let me list a couple cases that come to mind as I write this:

  • Decadent Daze members helped get our band booked into at least one venue, putting in a good word for us.
  • Decadent Daze bassist, Mark Bennett volunteered his services to help out on a charity event where our drummer could not make it.
  • Everlasting Earle‘s drummer, Travis Rygg also volunteered to assist with the same gig (We took him up on his offer).
  • Bennie Waddell, a singer who has worked with us before has always volunteered to sit in on gigs.
  • Kip Tomlinson, the original lead vocalist of TDB has sat in when we needed him.
  • Decadent Daze and a slew of great bands came forward to help out with a fundraiser for a venue owner who has cancer.
  • TDB, $2 Pistol and The Bottom Line Band volunteered for the Pickens County Cancer Association’s Pig Pickin’ in Easley.
  • When Delaney’s Pub in Spartanburg, SC burned, bands came forward to play a fundrasier to give back to the place that they had played.
Those are just a few, I kept thinking of more, but it would get rather long if I kept on!
Don’t hear what I’m not saying. I do understand that not every band can always play a fundraiser without receiving some kind of compensation. Music gear is very expensive, travel expenses are getting higher all the time, and if you have to hire in sound gear, lighting and personnel to operate that, then of course a small band cannot afford that, especially  when you consider they are likely taking off work and possibly losing money there.
It is certainly a breath of fresh air when bands and individual musicians, as well as club/bar/venue owners work together though!
Thank you to the Upstate music community for helping restore my faith in what this profession can be!

John M. Hoyt – Bassist and vocalist for The Dockside Band

UPDATE: The Dockside Band is no more… But, for a fun and funky, dance and party band for your Upstate area event, be sure to check out the new HOT AS A PEPPER site!

36.5 Occasions to Hire a Great Band in Greenville / Upstate SC

Some events are just too important for entertainment from a DJ… LIVE MUSIC is the only way to really impress your guests. You will, of course, want a FUN, PROFESSIONAL, GREAT QUALITY BAND performing covers and their own originals. Above all, you will want your guests to have a GREAT TIME! In Upstate South Carolina, THE DOCKSIDE BAND is the best. The ONLY CALL you need to make!

We play music to SHAG to, COUNTRY MUSIC to sing along to, SOUTHERN ROCK tunes to get your party started. Most importantly, we play a great variety of music to suit any age, audience and venue.

We will WOW your WEDDINGS guests, BOWL OVER your BAR MITZVAH party, and MASH UP your MARDI GRAS!

OK, Here We Go…

  1. Wedding
  2. Graduation
  3. Bar / Bat Mitzvah
  4. Brisk (hah)
  5. Beach Party
  6. Pool Party
  7. Luau
  8. Bar or Club
  9. Festival
  10. Wake
  11. Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, July 4th
  12. New Year’s Eve Party
  13. Quiet Background Music for Restaurant, Cafe or Coffee Shop
  14. Grand Opening of your Business
  15. Corporate Event or Function
  16. Charity Fundraiser
  17. Coming Out Party
  18. End of the World Party
  19. Keg Party, Beer Bash, Beer Pong Tournament
  20. Fraternity or Sorority Event
  21. Pig Roast or BBQ
  22. Super Bowl Party
  23. To One-Up your Neighbor’s Last Gathering
  24. Royal Wedding Party
  25. Dinner Party
  26. Masquerade Ball
  27. Homecoming
  28. Inauguration Party
  29. Biker Party, Poker Run
  30. Birthday Party
  31. Masonic, Shrine, Moose, Elk Club Event
  32. Music Festival
  33. Loss of Virginity Celebration – One per Person…
  34. Orgy
  35. Opening Band for National Touring Group – Slayer… we’re waiting for you!
  36. State or County Fair
  37. Party to Celebrate…………………………………

To Book the Best Live Band in Upstate SC, use our contact page or call 864.979.1224

UPDATE: The Dockside Band is no more… But, for a fun and funky, dance and party band for your Upstate area event, be sure to check out the new HOT AS A PEPPER site!

The Dockside Band is playing a benefit for a child and family this Saturday at The Bar on Pleasantburg

TDB is playing from 5 until 8 on Saturday evening, April 21st, 2012 at The Bar on Pleasantburg in Greenville, SC.

This is a benefit for 15 month old Cannon O’Sullivan and family to assist with the financial burden brought on due to a clef palate that Cannon was born with. As you know, this requires surgery to correct, and lots of other expenses related to the condition, not to mention the work the family will miss and other inconveniences.

Won’t you please swing by from 3 PM until 8 PM and help show love and support for this family?

The Dockside Band is playing live music in the parking lot, starting about 5PM, and doing everyone’s favorite cover tunes, from Skynyrd, Zac Brown Band, Bad Company, Foo Fighters, Journey, Eagles, Marshall Tucker Band, Otis Redding, Commodores, Van Morrison, Jimmie Buffett, Toby Keith, Bog Segar and Lord knows who else. We’ll do numbers from just about every genre….  Country, Southern and Classic Rock, Carolina Beach, Blues, Dance, you name it!

We’ll also be performing our original songs such as “Carolina Baby” and “Forever”, which you can find on ReverbNation, or under the “Music” tab on our site.

In case of rain, we will move indoors and play a more intimate selection.

The Bar is at 953 North Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville, SC.

For more information, or to make a donation if you cannot make the fundraiser event, please reach out to Katie Greer at 864.915.1999

UPDATE: The Dockside Band is no more… But, for a fun and funky, dance and party band for your Upstate area event, be sure to check out the new HOT AS A PEPPER site!

You’ve helped The Dockside Band become #4 in the charts – THANK YOU!

A popular music connection site is ReverbNation, where tons of bands from all over the world go to showcase their talent. They post pictures, videos and audio recordings of themselves, and connect with people just like you would on Facebook.

We created a profile, uploaded one of our original songs, not even a studio recording but a live recording of us performing at an outdoor event (the grand opening of Palmetto Moonshine in Anderson).

Between our ReverbNation connections, facebook and twitter, we’ve gotten a number of views, and a lot of positive input.

If you have not given the Carolina beach tune, “Carolina Baby” a listen – you can do so here:

Share it with your friends, and help us keep our spot on the charts.  Your help is what keeps us booked steadily and we appreciate it greatly!

If you are a bar or club, or maybe an event coordinator for festivals, weddings, etc, looking for live entertainment in the Greenville and Upstate area of South Carolina, please consider us!

UPDATE: The Dockside Band is no more… But, for a fun and funky, dance and party band for your Upstate area event, be sure to check out the new HOT AS A PEPPER site!

Greenville’s Best Party Band? Yew Betcha!!!

Why do we think WE are “the best” party band that Greenville and the Upstate has to offer?

Because everywhere we go, it’s a party! Whether it is a festival, wedding, corporate function, a bar, club, anniversary or a wake, we’re going to be there with smiling faces, and playing the songs YOU want to hear!

Sure, there are other bands in the area, and some pretty darn amazing ones at that, but how many times have you seen one “recite” the lyrics to songs with no emotion, or possible not even break a smile. They often take themselves too seriously.

Not us! We provide a professional show, with just enough silliness to make it unexpected and exciting! Lyrics might get changed, a song may be performed outside of its original genre, such as “Shook Me All Night Long” done bluegrass, or Tracy Chapman’s “Give me one Reason” done rock, or my personal favorite, “Sweet Child of Mine” done with a swing to it. And don’t forget our original songs which ranges from rock, to country to beach!

We *can* dial it back and play totally straight faced, but, if that is what you want, you might want to look for one of the other bands.  We’ll be putting up links to some of our favorites soon!

Book The Dockside Band for your next function, you won’t be sorry!


UPDATE: The Dockside Band is no more… But, for a fun and funky, dance and party band for your Upstate area event, be sure to check out the new HOT AS A PEPPER site!