One Way to Get From Here to There- Showcasing Your Talent

 

Hi! Welcome back! You’ve come to the backstage look at the making of a Country Music Artist from the ground up!

How does a rising artist get his band exposed to hundreds of venue deciders at once? Showcasing his talent!

Last week Eli Mosley and band  “showcased” for the Florida Fair Association convention in Orlando.  “Fair folks” were seeking talent for their events.

“I Got Friends in New Places!”

I walked into the banquet hall, stages were being set up and sound techs were busy connecting wires all over the stage. Then I saw her! A Country Music Mom!  I sat next to her and said, ” I bet you’re that guys’ Mom!”. She said “Hi, I’m Heidi Moon”, and  that tall, good looking young guy in the cowboy hat was her son, Cale Moon. He came to showcase. Heidi and her husband are Cale’s managers – just as my husband and I are for our son, Eli.

I watched as Heidi did exactly what I do to encourage her son. We’re just like sports Moms, on the bleachers, ready to help in any way we can, but trying to be invisible. Trying to be Mom without being a pain. Tonight Cale is having some pain issues and she’s concerned. Like a true professional, he muscles through it. Only Mom and Dad know what it’s taking him to do it. He’s paying his dues to rise to the top. This fair convention was Cale’s 14th this year.

I hope Heidi will give us some glimpses of life on the road in future blog posts. But here are some things I learned about them.

Their lifestyle is constant travel. Home is in Oregon. they drive from booking to booking in a motor home. Cale, 24, is homeschooled and a very talented self -taught artist.

An interesting fun fact- when Cale is performing with a band, he flies his musicians in from several different states for the gig. For an artist, it’s a big challenge to get your band with you for distant performances. Our band lives fairly close so they have been able to travel with Eli.

Meanwhile, back on the stage—

Eli and band showcased near the end of the roster.  They had 20 minutes to make these venues want to line up outside to sign them up. I was pretty nervous when our spot kept shifting further down and people started trickling out. When they finally hit the stage, the band did a great show that revived the audience and were very well received! 

I love stepping into worlds that are new to me. It was amazing to see these entertainment experts shopping for the rides, magic acts, food trucks, racing pigs, and entertainers. Many fairs put it all together at the convention. And they have classes and seminars to attend on subjects like ride safety, terrorism, advertising- and much more. It’s not all cotton candy and Ferris wheels!

This would’ve made a great home school trip! Unfortunately it was for association members only- or I should say the “fair family” – they really were like a big family gathering. A fun event for us. Now, my husband, Michael, who does booking for Eli, will make dozens of follow up calls and get some great places for the band to perform in the next year! See you there!

Blessing, Bonita

You can hear Eli Mosley’s  music on Spotify, Pandora, I Tunes, ReverbNation- and on his website

 http:/elimosley.com

facebook.com/elimosleymusic

http://calemoon.com

About

 

The Backstage Journey

Welcome to the world of Country Music!

My name is Bonita. I’m beginning this blog in the early stages of my son, Eli’s, music career. Yes, we had raised brows when Eli announced he wanted to change his college major to music/business and pursue his dream of writing and performing Country Music. It’s become a family passion and lots of fun!

We’ve all heard of soccer moms, and stage Moms. I’ve been to many concerts and festivals where I’ve met amazing hard working moms manning merchandise tables, or cheering on their talented sons and daughters. Our bleachers are usually lawn chairs or stadium seats. As you know, nearly every one of the big stars, with award in hand and tears in their eyes, say”thanks Mom!”

I’m the band Mom for Eli Mosley and his band. I’m going to tell you what it’s really like behind the guitars, microphones and lights. We have rewarding experiences and heartbreak. It’s hard work, a determined vision, and teamwork. There is magic when the crowd comes alive and loves you back and pretty tough when they don’t! That’s what we’re going to talk about.

On the way, I hope to bring you stories from other Country Music moms- both aspiring and famous. This is going to be fun! Let’s get to know each other and enjoy the road trip together!

Blessings, Bonita