For Bands

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How do I get a gig at The Red Room @ Cafe 939?

Keep in mind we book shows at a minimum of two to three months in advance, so plan ahead and email early. Send a brief email to with the subject line as follows: name of act/requested dates.

In the email body please tell us who you are/who you represent, where you play in Boston, how many people paid to come see you/your band, and other artists you’ve played with in the city. Include your social media or website links. Do not email or snail mail press kits or CDs as they get lost and cost you a lot of money. Electronic communication is the preferred method.

Indicate whether your booking request is for a headlining or support slot. A headliner must draw 150-200 fans, and support must draw 50-plus. If you have an entire bill prepared (a package deal), even better. (Hint: Package deals work well for local developing bands building their draw.) We consider door deals the most equitable compensation; if you think you deserve differently, make a case for yourself.

We receive countless requests from all level of artists. We try our very best to accommodate everyone but simply have only so many nights available. Please understand that we cannot always respond to every email. We respectfully request no more than two booking inquiries per band—one initial and one follow-up. If you do not hear back, don’t take it personally. Patience is a virtue.

Can I stop by your office to see if you got my booking request?

No. Although your company may be delightful, our days are booked up (pun intended). We do not accept walk-in inquiries regarding booking requests; we are available by email only, no phone calls please.

What if I’ve haven’t played out yet? How do I get a gig at The Red Room @ Cafe 939?

Everyone has to start somewhere. 
You may be a perfect candidate for our open mic nights, which take place at least once a month. These are unplugged, simple setups that are first come, first served. Keep your eye on our calendar for the next one. We welcome open mic participants to bring CDs to sell or give away. Make friends with other local musicians and build that “package” deal that we referred to earlier.

What types of music do you book?

We are “genre-blind” and play host to a broad range of musical/artistic tastes. Keep in mind we are an all-ages venue with a capacity of 200 standing room. No alcohol is permitted; consider that so that there are no surprises. We are attached to a great little coffeehouse and light-fare café and do allow those items into the venue.

Can I sell my merchandise during my show at The Red Room @Cafe 939?

Yes. Artists sell and keep 100 percent of their sales. The Red Room @ Cafe 939 does not provide an in-house seller; if you need one please request them during your advance and note that a fee will be required. Space is limited, so please bring only what you need.

Do you have backline equipment my band can use?

No. Bring your own equipment. However, space is limited, so please discuss all equipment needs with our production manager when you advance your show. Bands may need to share equipment when possible. An in-house piano is available upon request to the production manager.

I’ve booked a show at The Red Room @ Cafe 939. Now what?

Read our show guidelines.