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 8:00pm for a four-act show. Shows end no later than 12:00am. Details on times are included on the show flier 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 pre-show food options*.
  • A performer’s set will last 35-45 minutes, unless a shorter or longer set is agreed upon before the show. There will be approximately 20 minutes between sets for transitions.
  • We can accommodate all musical 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 and vaping are allowed in the venue and on the grounds.
  • 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 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 a four-act show:

  1. 8:00 – 8:40
  2. 9:00 – 9:40
  3. 10:00 – 10:40
  4. 11:00 – 11:40

Show schedule for a 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 mission.

* NOTE: Our green room is under renovation and is closed until further notice. We hope to have it open again and available to our performers as of the spring show in 2020. We will still provide a meal for performers and a pre-show relaxation area. When doors open, these areas will be closed and only public space will be available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The green room is for on-stage performers only. No exceptions. Performers will be hand stamped and given a food voucher 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 in the green room. 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. The purpose of our shows is to expose 417 Land to local music, not hang around in the green room. Please respect us and our venue. Thank you.