Summer is a time to hit the road, crank up some itunes, enjoy some good eats, and find reasons to sing.
There is a great website that has the 411 on just about anything you need to know to either find a great place to eat while out on the road or to sort through some great recipes for a killer backyard feast. It’s called www.roadfood.com. Visit the site to check out ideas for great menus or to get ideas on themes for picnics or parties by checking out restaurants on America’s highways and byways.
When it comes to food and the great outdoors nothing is more American than a picnic or barbecue. Events such as picnics, barbecues, church socials, community celebrations and even yard sales can also be great opportunities to perform.
There has been a trend in recent years for the development of what are called underground “supper clubs.” These aren’t the glitzy, romantic night clubs of the 40’s and 50’s. These are more like private dinner parties that feature unique four-to-five course meals, offered catered by a chef or group of culinary artists of some kind.
This concept could easily translate into summer dinner parties, picnics and barbecues that also feature live music.
Do you know two or three people that are decent cooks? Have they heard your music? Is there a space available to hold a gathering of 20 to as many as 50 people?
Plan Your Showcase
If so, get together with your culinary connections and plan an event. Make out a guest list that includes influential people in your community such as civic club members, business organizations, church leaders, educators, and of course, good friends. And then, plan your set list for what you’d like to perform that carries the theme of the event while showcasing your talent.
With a diverse group a singer or musician could get additional gigs perhaps for corporate events, business retreats, weddings, and other dinner parties.
The opportunities here are mostly limited by commitment and imagination. If those are fully engaged time and effort is not an insurmountable challenge.
Food For Thought
To find out more about the supper club movement check out www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/03/04/underground.supper.clubs/index.html
And also take a look at another article on this unique and exciting trend in dining
Singing for your supper could lead to singing for even more than just impressive desserts!