Six Tips For Hosting Dirty Vagrants (Also Known as Touring Bands)

Categories: Sound Advice

Having bands over is a lot like a sloppy campground except it's indoors with hopefully less bonfires.

4. Don't wake everyone up at 7 a.m. with weight lifting, bad music, loud laundry or the sound of your insane roommate attempting to start their crappy car for ten minutes straight in the adjacent driveway (seriously, this has happened to us before, all at once). Give bands plenty of time to rest. If you can only host until 8 or 9 a.m., you're not really doing them any favors. Let them know when you're leaving and when they need to get out out of the house.

5. Provide them with nourishment. Tell them about late night places to dine if they're hungry after the show. If you're really nice, buy them some pizza and/or beer. Tell them where it's okay to smoke. Let them know where clean cups are because again, musicians, much like regular humans, need essentials to survive. If you like to cook, feed them some vegetables in the morning because chances are, they've been on a fast food diet all along.

6. Tell them to come back to your city. Missing creature comforts from temporary homelessness can be the hardest part of touring. Make bands feel appreciated and they'll feel less guilty about mooching off of you -- that is, of course, assuming that they haven't destroyed your house and you actually want them to see them again.

Bonus points: A washer and dryer. Super Nintendo. Snacks. Impressive pet tricks. Offer to fill up their iPods with new music for long drives. After all, they're musicians and they probably like music. Don't be shy about sharing what you love. Point out some awesome spots in town to check out before they leave. If you have time, take them there and you'll be friends for life.

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