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My article from The Coconut Telegraph, May, 2011 - May 17, 2011

4 things to know about booking a  performer by Scott Youngberg.

 In response to the article “Five Essentials of Music Career Success,” by Peter Spellman (Courtesy of Dave Feder.)


As a performer, I think very “locally.” I have annual events that lead me off The Rock, but I play most of my calendar here in Key Largo / Islamorada. The article got me thinking about how different the public’s perception is from the performer’s own life experience.

Let’s say that you have a favorite local performer, and you’re having a party. This party could be at your home or in a rented room. You’ve thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if I could get * favorite performer * play?” but never pick up the phone.

 We like to work, and you might be surprised how easy it can be to liven up your event. Considering the cost of keeping a large group’s plates and glasses full, Live entertainment is a bargain these days…

It’s the age of information and you can book many musicians by email or website contact!



1. Don’t assume that the entertainer you want to hire is too busy or too expensive.

“It never hurts to ask.” Many performers represent themselves and therefore make their contact information easily accessible. There is a good chance that a local musician will charge a local resident less than they would a corporate gig or private party for tourists. Any performer “worth their salt” recognizes the community that supports them and will do their part to give back. The squeaky wheel gets the oil, so let them know.


2. Try to find a schedule and book on an “Off Day.”

Performing musicians keep a calendar, usually scheduled with weekly work at different venues. Clubs pay less than private events. There are many reasons, including public exposure where people are gathered, a pre-set food & beverage tab for the performer, an actual stage ready with power (and sometimes lighting,) and the ability to make tips and sell merchandise.. The main reason for a lower pay scale is the security of a steady work schedule, and loyalty still goes a long way for long term bookings with a history!

A performer will re-schedule a standing gig for, you guessed it, money. Try to book them on a day that doesn’t cause a re-schedule they might accept a lower offer.


3. If your event is on a date you know the performer is already booked, ask anyway but give advance notice.

No less than a month, and that’s tight. 2 or more months’ notice can allow for schedule juggling, again, for money.


4. If you have spoken with the performer about an event, but decided against it, let them know.

Confirmations happen all by themselves. “Un-confirmations” don’t. They just hang in space. If the date was “in pencil,” a more ruthless person will just sell the date. Another will take the time to track you down to see if it’s on or off. Neither is guaranteed. While a musician’s night mare is to not show up for the show, showing up when there is no show isn’t that great, either.

Kicking off the Songwriters Festival - May 17, 2011


Spring 2011 Newsletter - Greatscott! - March 22, 2011

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Bay Jam 17 - March 22, 2011


Trio - March 3, 2011

So the "Season is off to a great start here in the Keys. The Weather has been fantastic. (Sorry everywhere else - I know it's been rough...)

Steve Venini has been kind enough to join me on the Beach Stage at Morada Bay Pierre's this year,  along with Dave Brigham's Rhythms.

The Green Turtle Jams on the Thusday night/Friday mornings are getting hard to keep up with, since I work both evening around them but I stiil go. It's so much fun and , hey, I need some people to sit in and record with me soon. What better place to hear so many talented people in one room. Good job Tony, Dave, and the Green Turtle staff!

Songwriting - January 27, 2011

So, island life has it's down-side. Complacency. I lit a fire under myself, on purpose. Now I'm jumping around again...

All that is just a metaphor, meaning that I'm writing again. I've found that I have a thing or two to say, as well. I've just worked up a song called, "Middle Age Sane," and I'm really happy with it. Considering that I am my own worst critic, that's actually saying something. Suzi has had it stuck in her head already, which is a great sign. I'll post the lyrics as soon as I can post the song, too.

I am always having ideas, but keeping track of them and then "fleshing them out" requires discipline. I want to write a song in 5/4 time, next. We'll see...

Now that I'm not smoking anymore, I will be digging out some older lyrics that never got a melody assigned to them... It's a song about "the other woman," and it'll be called "Nicotine."

Even if inspitation happens to come from The Dark Side, it's still inspiration...

Soon... - March 1, 2010

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Woofstock! - March 1, 2010

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Songwriters' Schedule - May 3, 2009

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Songwriter's Showcase - April 25, 2009

I'm happy to be stepping in to Sundownwer's "Songwriter's Showcase" on friday nights. It's always nice to have a platform for playing the original stuff. Bay Jam was a great warm-up for it...

I'll be there May 2nd and 9th from 6:30 - 10:00, coinciding with the Key Largo Songwriter's Festival.
I'll have more on that... as soon as I get my time slots.

Bay Jam was.... Amazing! - April 20, 2009

I took the stage a little after noon to get things started. Great crowd - great set. John McKinna joined me with his flute for my closing song,"John Barleycorn Must Die." His biting flute style is etherial... apparently there were quite a few fans of Traffic on the lawn...

Bay Jam 15 - March 20, 2009

Photobucket Bay Jam 15 will be on Sunday, April 15 this year, and once again I made the line-up. Should be a great festival - I'll keep you posted when I get my time slot...

Performing for Guy Harvey and Wyland - October 21, 2008

Good news folks!

I will be performing at the Guy Harvey Oceanic Foundations fundraiser this year on Oct 29th. Looks like I'll be up at the IGFA's (International Game Fish Association) Headquarters and Hall of Fame a lot this month.
It's up in Dania Beach, and it's not a cheap ticket, but if you would like to attend - here is your invitation!

I'll be there for their Mortgage Burning Party, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and now, this as well.

I will be playing the guitar that Wyland painted on for the first time since! (It lives on my living room wall these days...)

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Let me know if you decide to go!

Peace o<


It' Season... - April 20, 2008

Busy. Bay Jam 14 was phenomenal. Another crazy Full Moon Party at Pierre's / Morada Bay. Earth Day Benefit at Cheeca Lodge. Weddings and Parties. It's deinitely Season...

(A little laconic, I know. That about covers it, though.) <-- Hey. I don't know it, but I can rhyme good. ;-)

A word or two from Chattanooga. - December 28, 2007

Whew! This has been a whirlwind trip. After planning and "executing" Dad's 60th Birthday Party, Christmas with Three Families, the ABC television spot and planning for New Year's, I find myself with a few moments in the Hotel Suite while Suzi's getting ready.
The TV studio has gone all digital and the experience was amazing! All of the many cameras were robotic and controlled from another room. Don Welch is a terrific host and it was neat seeing all the sets in the huge studio room.
I am getting copies of the raw and edited footage, so I'll be posting it soon.
Check back...

(... gotta head out to go bar-hopping in downtown Chattanooga now - hooking up with the whole gang...)

TV spots galore... - November 28, 2007

Well, my TV commercial has been running all this month up in Miami/Dade county, and will run in Key West through December. You can see the low-quality YouTube version on my front page.
I will be taping a segment for the "This'n'That" show with Don Welch, ABC, Chattanooga. The interview and performance will air on ABC in Chattanooga at 12:30 Noon on December 28th.
I'll get a copy to post up to my various websites, including MySpace.
Pretty exciting stuff...

"Closed for the holidays.." - September 17, 2007

Sorry folks, but I will NOT be booking any shows from Dec. 17th through Jan. 2nd. Suzi and I will be in Chatannoga, TN, being company instead of having company. It my Dad's 60th Birthday, Family parties (on both sides,) Xmas and New Year's Day. I might book one or two shows up that way, but will not even be in the Keys. I hope everyone has a relaxing holiday season this year, I know I will!

Bay Jam at Founder's Park - April 8, 2007

I am officially a part of the line-up for Bay Jam this year. I say "officially" because last years set was completely impromptu. (I played but was not on the T-shirt.)
I will be kicking off the show as the opening act, starting at 11:00 - 11:30 am. While the major portion of the crowd will arrive later in the day, I do encourage you, my friends, to arrive early. Not only will you get to see my set, but you'll be able to get a good spot on the lawn without fighting the crowd. ;-)

I don't know the whole line-up yet, but Dave Feder and Jocelyn Celaya will perform as well. They are both in my friends on myspace so check them out.

I'm looking forward to it because my whole set will be original and specifically featured songs, rather than a stream of cover tunes! also, I can't wait to play in the new TIB Amphitheatre.

Come out, come early - hope I'll see you there.

Wyland Foundation - March 6, 2007

From : Jennifer Martin
Sent : Thursday, February 15, 2007 5:17 PM
To : Scott Youngberg CC : Marty Earlabuagh, Gino Beltran
Subject : Re: Thanks from Key Largo!!

Thank you, Scott, for all of your participation during the event! We all enjoyed your music so much. We will be back in town next week, Thursday, 3/22 through Sunday, 3/25 as Wyland adds the final touches to the wall that were delayed due to the rain. We will have our gallery and foundation tents up as we did before. If you are available and would like to come out and play, we would love to have you. Your music really adds a lot to the event.

Thank you again for everything and I look forward to seeing you again soon.



Wyland, Arlo Guthrie, Miami Ink... what a month! - February 13, 2007

I am having my first day off for this month! (sort of - there's still all that "life stuff" needing to be caught up on.) It was great getting to know Wyland and the foundation staff, and playing my music. I got rained out at Morada Bay on Sunday so I called Dave Feder and he put me to work as Door Security for the Arlo Guthrie concert. After meeting Arlo Briefly, guess who showed up for the concert - Wyland. I was nothing more than a little "grease on the wheels," but they were introduced by Brownie Ballard and Arlo agreed to come out to the Wall Dedication.
The rain was basically a deluge but equipment was set up anyway and no one was electrocuted. After doing my short, opening set, Dave feder Played a few songs with his son, Nyan. Steve Turre (of the Saturday Night Live Band) blew the conch shell like I've never heard before.
Arlo gave his dedication speech but opted not to play because the rain got worse and ran everyone off after the ceremony. I don't blame him.

After being an "object at rest" for most of the summer, My momentum and inertia are fully in motion. Goerge from Miami Ink is considering using me for a Keys episode, since I plan to have the dolphin that Wyland drew in my guitar transferred to my skin at some point. I'll be sure to keep y"all updated.

Wyland signed my guitar!!!! - February 9, 2007

So, after many days of playing the live music for Wyland as he painted, He drew a dolphin on my Dean Key Largo guitar and signed it!
The official dedication ceremony for Wyland's new Wall will be on monday (12th.) I will be performing one more time, starting at 10:30 AM. There will be a ceremony around Noon and then Dave Feder (with Nyan "The Hurricane" Feder) will take the stage. There actually will be a stage this time. The music will continue well into the afternoon with other guests.
This will be the ONLY show that I will play the guitar that Wyland drew a dolphin on and signed. After that, it will be retired to a glass case.
I hope I'll see allof you out there,

Scott Youngberg

The new Wyland Wall - and ME! - January 30, 2007

I don't know what to say except, "WAHOOOOO!!"

I just got off the phone with Marty Earlabaugh, the director of the Wyland Foundation. Wednesday, Feb. 1st, will be the press release and kickoff of Wyland's new Wall in Key Largo, and, I am the live entertainment as everything gets underway. Since Wyland attracts a rather large crowd, it gives me a chance to be heard by folks who don't make it out to the clubs and resorts where I perform. Since a large portion of my 2007 calendar consists of private parties, it will be nice to have such a public venue.

Everything will start at or before 12 noon on Thursday. As I get slotted for other times during the 2 weeks, I will post them on my website and MySpace bulletins.

I sure hope to see You there!

Hot Cider Party - December 19, 2006

I want to thank everone who attended our "Annual when we're not travelling"" Hot Cider Party. To those who couldn't make it - You missed a good one. (Figures a bug would be going around town!)
We did Christmas lights worthy of the Griswolds out back and many thanks to all who got up and played music. All told, besides Suzi's wonderful food, we went through six gallons of cider and two gallons of rum!
All we did was set it up - You all brought the party! Thanks again and we'll do it again for sure.

Bracing for "Ernie" - August 28, 2006

Getting ready (once again) for another hurricane. Ernesto should arrive late tomorrow as a Category 1. We'll see how close the 48 hour prediction is to the actual event. Suzi is away on buisiness in Texas, so I get to meet this one alone.I'm ahead of the game at this point - the house is shuttered and ready. I need to prep the boat this afternoon and then start the waiting. I'll try not to spend too much time watching the news...

Summer Schedule Changes - June 13, 2006

A few changes for the slower part of the year:

I will be picking up friday nights at Morada Bay. I will still Play at Cheeca Lodge when season comes around again but on a different night. My main summer Venues besides Morada Bay are Hawk's Cay Resort and MM 88 Restaurant. This will afford me some time to get back into the studio!
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