[Editor's note: If you read this post while listening to the following song, everything will seem even more awesome.]
by Leonard Belle (a.k.a Andrew Osenga)
There’s an awkward situation that every touring musician has had to deal with a few times in his career. Someone invites you to their town to play a show, they tell their friends, they find you a room, they provide a meal or two and then–not enough people come to the show and the person that was so excited about inviting you is suddenly out of a bunch of money that they’d hoped to make back on ticket sales. On top of that, the show felt like a letdown for everyone who came.
This fall I’m taking Leonard, the Lonely Astronaut on the road. I want it to be an awesome experience for everyone involved, and so I’m going to try something different.
I’m trying to sell 100 tickets to each show before I “book it.” This way we’ll know people are coming, nobody will lose their shirt, and we can all anticipate a great show. I care too much about this record to settle for less. I want people to leave each show with an amazing memory.
I’ve been excited about this idea for a while and put it in motion a couple weeks ago. Eric Peters has signed on to open most of the shows, which makes it even more exciting. If seeing Leonard live with a full band sounds like a fun way to spend an evening, please pick up a couple tickets. But don’t stop there. Tell your friends. Promote the show.
Remember: we’ve got to sell 100 tickets in each town in order to seal the deal (ticket price is fully refundable if we don’t make the goal). We’ve even got promotional posters you can download for free and pass out wherever you like.
Writing and recording Leonard was such an incredible experience. I’ve never felt more present in my own music. I don’t want it to stop! I promise you I will put my heart and soul into each note of each song at each show. I can’t wait to leave that stage with nothing left each night. You guys have been incredibly supportive of this project, and I couldn’t be more thankful. I hope that bringing this music to your hometown honors what you’ve put into it.