Interested in performing at Turn! Turn! Turn!?
First, be aware of the following: Turn! Turn! Turn! is a small space – if you need a green room, locked storage for your six guitars, a tall stage with colorful lights, brown M&M-less candy dishes, etc., look elsewhere. Also, Turn! has an 11 o’clock curfew for live music, which means shows start on time (between 8 and 9) and bands are expected to hustle on and off stage. It also means sets are typically more Dwarves than E Street Band in duration.
We generally ask bands to put together their own bills, though we’re glad to make suggestions and, in some cases, changes. The quality of the bill will likely determine the night of week we put yas, with weekends generally reserved for more established acts. We also welcome submissions from artists simply looking to be added to bills. Please note: while we wish we could book bands based solely on artistic merit, the reality is we need paying customers to stay afloat. If your friend/fan base can fit comfortably in your living room, perhaps that is a better starting point. That said, if you are amazing, we’ll find a spot for you, following be damned!
While it’s not our place to tell you how to live, know that it is typically very disadvantageous to us, you and the rest of the bill if you’ve got a bunch of other local shows booked around the time of your show here. Do what thou wilt, but know we are unlikely to book you if you’ve got a bunch of other local shows in the same week/month and we’re unlikely to book you again if you book a bunch after confirming here.
Finally, as much as we pride ourselves on providing a venue for all sorts of stuff stylistically, there are things we’d rather avoid: funky bro rock, bands bummed that Weezer beat them to covering Toto’s “Africa,” those lookin’ to make it on the alternative scene, Alt bro rock, those who think the quality of their publicist is more important than the quality of their ideas, bands with no friends, solo acts who are solo because nobody will play with them, brostep, bands whose entire fanbase is under 21 or who met at church or AA, post bro rock, bands with singers who admire Sting or Bono, bands that don’t know Bo Diddley, bands that are afraid to suck righteously, psych bro rock, bands influenced by Blues Traveler, bands who think they are more psychedelic than Don Knotts, experimental bro rock, bands with more pedals than fans, brogaze, bands who bring Subway sandwiches in for dinner (we sell food, people!), bands that see a woman doing sound and immediately start brosplaining what reverb is, and probably a couple more.
Still with us? Check the calendar to see if the date you want is available.
Next, send an email to email@example.com that includes the following: name of band/artist; links to music, press, etc.; date or range of dates you hope to play; other Portland artists you’d like to share a bill with; any other pertinent info.