Local bands lining up for chance to rock for dollars

Rockin’ For Dollars is a Calgary event that happens every Wednesday at Broken City, a live music venue, and has been going on for two and a half years.

The idea is all about the community. Bands of any genre can sign up, and play a 20-minute set to get exposure.

Eric Andrews, the organizer for the event, said that over the two years they’ve seen a dramatic change in the number of people that show up.

“In the beginning it was always just the same four bands that would come down and play.

“As they started to invite more people, eventually it just kept getting bigger,” said Andrews.

Andrews said that now, there are bands on a waiting list because there are only so many that can perform in one night, and the dance floor can fill early on as fans gather for the first band.

Front woman for The Gramercy Riffs sings her heart out at Rockin’ for Dollars in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. The Gramercy Riffs have only been a band for a few months, however they have played Broken City Events twice. (Photo by Amanda Stanford/The Press)

“It’s awesome that everyone can come here and feel like they are a part of something. All different kinds of people come out to have a good time,” Andrews said.

Since it started, Rockin’ for Dollars has handed out more than $30,000 in prize money, to those band lucky enough to win the spinning wheel.

Calgary is booming with talent, and events such as Rockin’ for Dollars can help maintain a close knit group of creative people.

Katey Munday, a frequent and dedicated attendee, said, “It’s a fun interactive way to get to know people.

“I would recommend it for only $3 to get in.”

For many, the most important part of the event is being able to meet people who love music and love having a good time because creates an atmosphere of acceptance and love, both inside and outside the venue.

The diverse crowd makes for an amazing experience.

Occasionally, audience members ask bands to play tributes to a specific well known band.

For example, in September, Rockin’ For Dollars asked bands to play one cover song dedicated to the Beastie Boys. The week after, the request was for a tune for The Ramones.

Having some weeks themed has brought in a wider audience and more exposure.

Broken City is located at 613 11 Ave. S.W. in the Beltline.

To inquire about performing, contact rock4dollars@gmail.com.

More information about upcoming Rockin’ for Dollars events can be found on the event’s Facebook Page.

Check out the Gramercy Riffs here .

About Amanda Stanford 3 Articles
As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Amanda Stanford worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2017-18 academic year.

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