To get invited to play a set at Chris' Club,
contact Brad by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org Please include a link to a sample of
your music (FYI, www.myspace.com
provides free web accounts to bands in their music section), info on
where else you've played, how many people you think will come to see
you and anything else you think is important.
If you are invited to play at Chris' Club for one
of our Friday or Saturday original rock nights...
Please show up between 8 & 9PM.
Shows start between 9 & 9:30PM depending on
when the bands and the audience is ready.
Playing order is determined just prior to
the show, unless advance arrangements have been made. Please don't
assume that if you show up first you will play first (although
this is likely). Check in with our House Manager or Bar
Tender before any load-in.
We have a small 14' x 7' stage and a 13' x
17' dance floor in front of it.
Packed capacity is probably
100 people. We are a small club!
We provide a small house system including a
16 Channel Ramsa mixer ...
accessible from the stage through our 16x4 snake. Also, we
are now offering 4 mics for your use (2 Shure SM58's, a Shure SM48
& an Avlex DV65 ... i.e. good stuff). Our equipment includes a Behringer Feedback Destroyer Pro,
a Microverb III, an Aphex Aural Exciter, a QSC Amp, Yamaha S115H
main speakers & 2 Yamaha monitors. It is more
than adequate to fill our small room with sound. We will help you
use it. SEE SOUND SYSTEM in the rules section to the right!
You should minimally bring your own instruments and instrument amps & speakers.
You're also welcome to bring your own mics, cables, stands.
The stage is right next to both of our
front doors, so you can load in & out directly from your trucks.
We also have a back room you can use for pre-staging. Your
You should have 45 minutes to 60 minutes
worth of ORIGINAL material for your set. We discourage
"covers." If you are planning a cover, please let us know
ahead of time so we can make sure they are allowed under one of
our music performance licenses. Also, if you want more or
less time than this, please let us know when you are being booked.
Please remember you are NOT
playing the Oakland Coliseum, you are playing a SMALL club.
If your amps have an "11", please don't use it. Making your
audience's ears bleed might be amusing, but it doesn't get you any
extra credit from us. And if the bartenders can't hear drink
orders, we tend to get pissed off (for more information on pissing
us off, refer to the section to the right).
Your band is expected to show up before
the first set and to stay the entire night. It makes
for a better audience experience (ask about our "die for nothing!"
night) and it's more fun to be playing to a fuller house.
Besides you don't get paid until the last band is done (See MONEY
to the left).
Your band is expected to bring fans and
followers through our door. We expect each band to bring
at least 5 to 10 friends &/or followers. If you bring 20+
people, you're more likely to receive additional money at the end
of the night as described to the left. Bring less and you'll
get less. We'd also like your friends to stay for the
whole show. If you can, please let us know ahead of time
how many people you think you'll be bringing.
LAST BUT MOST IMPORTANT:
Attitude is what makes for a successful show and being invited
back. Vallejo has a crappy (read dangerous) and (mostly)
undeserved reputation. We're trying to promote Chris' Club
as a fun & safe place to have a good time. So far, so good.
If you show up enthusiastic and ready to kill the house ...
oops, bad reference, how about ... ready
to knock 'em dead ... damn, let's try again
... ready to slay them ... shit, this just isn't
working! OK, just show up ready to have a
f*cking good time and come with a bunch of like-minded fans and
we'll all be happy!
Rules & Terms
Chris' Club is a Bar (License Type
48). We are governed by California's Alcoholic Beverage Control
(ABC) rules. One of these rules is that our customers & audience
must be at least 21 years old. Musicians must be at least 18 years
ABC Code 25663.5).
No exceptions! All band members and roadies will be carded.
No one under 18 will be allowed on the premises. If you are a
musician between 18 to 20 years old, be sure to stay within the
designated stage or pre-staging areas of the club.
System: Our house sound system is provided as a
convenience. You may use our mics or your own mics and, in some cases,
you can plug your instruments into our mixer all by way of the snake
box at the front of the stage. If you like to swing,
throw or otherwise abuse your microphone while performing, please
BRING YOUR OWN MICROPHONE & CORD. DO NOT USE OURS ! Other than this, DO NOT MOVE
or TOUCH ANY of our equipment or existing wiring and
connections! DO NOT plug your amps into our speakers !! Even if you think you know what you're doing, Please
ASK FOR HELP. You will be held financially responsible for
any damage to our equipment if you fail to follow this rule.
For our punk/metal bands, we do allow controlled moshing on our
limited dance floor. Moshers must NOT contact, damage or
interfere with any tables, club equipment or non-moshers.
Moshing must be good-natured & fun! Moshing is at the moshers own
risk. It is up to the Bands to keep your fans informed of this and
to keep the moshing under control. We've been allowing this form of
enjoyment, so far, because everyone has been respectful of this
Assuming you show up and perform your set, your band will be
guaranteed "gas money" ($20 - $40 depending on how busy the bar
gets). If you are successful in bringing in a good number of fans
to hear you & to drink, and if the bar does well, we are more than
happy to kick back additional money, up to $100 per set. This is
solely at our discretion, but we are fair. No payments will be made
until the last band is done! See fans & attendance to the
We don't offer discounts at the bar. On a packed night
it is simply too hard to keep track of all the band members.
However, if you show up before the show, we offer band members the
employee discount (33%) on all food from the kitchen. On Fridays &
Saturdays we offer terrific Prime Rib dinners as well as Hot Wings
and other typical bar food.
LAST AND MOST IMPORTANT ... violating or ignoring any
of the rules above may jeopardize our liquor license, cause us
financial loss, get people hurt or most importantly, PISS US OFF!
Pissing us off will certainly result in not being invited back. It
may also result in an unexpectedly shortened set, loss of your
financial compensation and other consequences you'd rather not hear
about. So just follow these simple rules and we'll all be happy!