We got the scoop on the show from MyFreeConcert.com, this cool new web site that essentially acts as an Oh My Rockness for free music in New York, unearthing the Internet to find "in the know" shows, culling together ticket giveaways scattered throughout, and organizing the info in one spot. Pretty cool idea. Like, today, they let us in on a free Drums show at Hammerstein Ballroom this Saturday (minus Devo), conveniently accompanied by all the RSVP/guestlist info you need. We reached out to founder Andy Meyers to see why he's being so nice to all of us.
So you don't necessarily book these events, do I have that right?
We don't book these events; we find them, publicize them, and go to them. Our goal is to get the word out on as many free shows as possible and give fans a way of knowing about them easily without having to search through a zillion sites and feeds. We want to work with the people that do book these events, as well as the artists that play them, and the brands and bloggers that are also working together to make these free shows happen.
How do you go about finding the secret, "in the know" type of events like this Titus show? You guys seem to be the only one listing it, which is obviously awesome. (ed note: this was before BrooklynVegan got to it yesterday)
We have a small team of people who have specific duties. Essentially we follow the right people on Twitter, subscribe to all relevant mailing lists from brands, bloggers, venues, promoters and sometimes artists, and also scour Facebook for our daily content. Sometimes it is just dumb luck, sometimes it is stuff that is forwarded from a friend or a reader of the site, and sometimes it is a lot of diligence and digging.
Do the promoters reach out to you ever?
More and more these days. We are constantly surprised by who is reading and reaching out and hope it continues. But most of the work is done through actively seeking out the free shows.
Sounds like a lot of work. Better them than us! Seriously, though, that's really cool of Andy and his team. As for the Titus show, there's no official word from those in charge of how they plan to deal with the 410 RSVPs lined up thus far, but we imagine you might want to get there early tomorrow 'cause look how awesome Titus is: