Hey, local bands, want to get on TV? Here's how.
KSHB Action News, the NBC affiliate, which is channel 41 on my rabbit-ears-endowed set, is putting area acts on TV this summer. I could sum it up, but I'm lazy, so here's the press release:
Kansas City Live is kicking off their first annual Summer Concert Series Friday June 30th. Every Friday through September 1st Kansas City Live will showcase one local band at Gail's Harley Davidson in Grandview from 10:00am to 11:00am. [...] We'll take country, rock, alternative, jazz, punk, retro, all genres! All we need is a demo tape or videotape of the band. We'll choose one band to fill each Friday for a total of ten during our Summer Concert Series to be featured live on Kansas City Live.
If you're interested, give me five bucks and I'll tell you whom to contact.
Contact Meredith Hoenes — um, more like Meredith Hotness -- at 816-932-0705 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can send your demo or videotape to: Attn. KCL Summer Concert Series, 4720 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64112.
Additionally, says grammar outlaw Meredith, "Bands won't get paid, it's not a competition, we're just wanting to give our viewers a little local entertainment. Introduce them to the talent in KC! At the venue, bands can sell and promote as much as they want, they'll likely have three hits on air, one interview, two to three songs. But they'll play for the crowd throughout the hour."
My two cents: This is exactly the kind of opportunity that lame bands jump all over. I would encourage my friends in the good bands around town (and you hiphoppas, too) to get off your lazy summer asses and get on TV. It's a call to arms, man — it's a chance to protect the heart of the scene from being misrepresented by a bunch of shitty-but-enterprising bands. You know they're out there, lurking like roaches under the refrigerator, waiting for the watchful housewife to leave the kitchen so they can scamper across the linoleum and feast on stray bits of dog food.
Hasten to the kibbles, ye bands of quality!