The BlueCow Underground

Live Music, Games and Fun in Southwestern Missouri

Information for Performers

This page is intended for individuals or bands who are performing at The BlueCow Underground. We’ll keep it short and to the point.

Our mission is to provide a performance space where local performers, especially new and emerging talents, can play in front of a live audience. We shoulder all the costs so that the shows can be free for attendees with the goal of introducing the performers to as many people as possible. Our atmosphere is laid back but we do have a few guidelines performers and guests are expected to follow.

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  • Concerts start at 7:30pm for a five-act show and 8:30pm for a four-act show. Shows end no later than 12:00am. Details on times are included on the show flyer distributed for each show. Our location is rural, but we do have neighbors. To keep them happy(ish), we pull the plug at midnight. No exceptions.
  • Performers are expected to be at the venue no later than 6:00pm in order to load in, do sound checks and get important information before the show.
  • Performers will be compensated for travel expenses. Individual performers will be compensated $20. Bands will be compensated $50. Performers are also given a private green room* in which to relax, non-alcoholic beverages* and a buffet-style meal*.
  • A performer’s set will last 35 minutes, unless a shorter or longer set is agreed upon before the show. There will be 20 minutes between sets for transitions.
  • We can accommodate all sound gear, analog and digital, either through the house or in conjunction with performers’ own equipment.
  • Lights and sound, including levels, will be managed by The BlueCow Underground staff. No exceptions.
  • Smoking is allowed in the venue.
  • Alcohol is permitted for legal adults, 21 years old or older, in the venue and on the grounds.
  • Drug use of any kind is not permitted in the venue or anywhere on the grounds.
  • Performers and guests are expected to be courteous to one another and simply have fun and enjoy the show. Anyone whose conduct is considered inappropriate will be ejected from the grounds.

Show schedule for four-act show:

  1. 8:30 – 9:05
  2. 9:25 – 10:00
  3. 10:20 – 10:55
  4. 11:15 – 11:50

Show schedule for five-act show:

  1. 7:30-8:05
  2. 8:25-9:00
  3. 9:20-9:55
  4. 10:15-10:50
  5. 11:10-11:45

We hope to spread local talent to as many in Southwest Missouri as we can, and we sincerely appreciate that you’re a part of our cause.

* The green room, refreshments and meal are for performers only. No exceptions. Performers will be hand stamped to identify them. Spouses, significant others, partners, exes, children, immediate or extended family members, friends, friends of friends, acquaintances, business partners, roadies, drug dealers on speed dial, fans, biggest fans, hangers-on, benevolent stalkers, autograph seekers, paparazzi, pets, lively corpses or anyone else not performing on stage are not allowed. If there are any violations of this policy the green room will be locked down and everyone including perfomers will be ejected for the remainder of the event. We mean it. Past rampant abuse of our generosity is the reason for this policy. Please respect us and our venue. Thank you.

NOTE: Our green room is under renovation and is currently CLOSED for the rest of 2018. We hope to have it open again and available to our performers as of the spring show in 2019. We will still provide a meal for performers and a pre-show relaxation area. When doors open, these areas will be closed and public space only will be available. We apologize for any inconvenience.