Each band must have at least one member who is an attorney or law student at the time of registration for each year's event.
Each band, and all its members, must be willing and able to perform at any time from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM on the date of each year's event.
Each band, up to eight, will be assigned one of the following performance times:
If fewer than eight bands participate, performance time slots will be consolidated toward the middle of the evening.
Performance times will be assigned based on a balancing of several factors. Typically, every band wants to play at 8:00; and obviously, only one can. Therefore, each band's preferred time slot is merely a guide, and usually one of very limited use. Bands that have performed in previous years in less-than-optimum time slots are given priority for preferred time slots. Consequently, newcomers may play very early very late in the schedule. Also, I try to blend musical styles over the course of the evening.
Any bands that register after the first eight will be placed on a waiting list. Wait-listed bands will be assigned a performance time if and when one of the first eight bands drops out.
Each band must play its own instruments. Instrumental accompaniment may not be provided by any audio recording.
Each band must pay its tax-deductible registration fee at the time it registers for each year's event. The registration fee is $100.
NEW THIS YEAR: At registration, each band is required to purchase at least ten (10) tickets for sale or distribution to friends, family, co-workers, mortal enemies, etc. Each band may keep the money it receives from any tickets it sells.
2014 ONLY: This year's theme, commemorating 50 years of Beatlemania, is "A Bran Deis Night." Each band is required to play at least one Beatles song.
Ten tickets to share with friends, family or guests
All fees and purchases are tax-deductible donations to the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund.
Each band will have no more than 20 minutes to perform its set, with a 10-minute intermission between sets to get performers and gear off and on stage.
Each instrumentalist must provide his or her own instrument. Electric instrumentalists must also provide their own effects pedals or other similar devices, cables required to connect to stage amplification or DI boxes, and, if desired, their own stage amps.
The Lawlapalooza Planning Committee or a sponsor will provide a professional quality drum set (e.g., Pearl, Yamaha, Tama, DW, Sonor, Premier, Ludwig, Slingerland, Mapex). All drummers must use the kit provided, but should use their own sticks and may use their own cymbals, kick drum pedal and snare drum.
The Phoenix Hill Tavern will provide:
All necessary vocal and instrument microphones, mic stands and cables, and/or DI boxes,
Professional quality sound reinforcement, including stage monitors, and
Professional quality lighting.
Band members should load instruments, amps, etc. in and out through the fire doors at the back of the Phoenix Hill Tavern Saloon, but should NOT do so while another band is performing. Parking behind Phoenix Hill Tavern is recommended.
Every band's performance will be recorded, and each band will receive a complimentary DVD of its performance.