EVENT AND PRIVATE PARTY BOOKING
The Heartland Cafe and it’s associated venues are available for private party bookings, and more. Parties can include open bar, catering, band performances and more.
Email our Events Coordinator for more information about party packages and more
Generally we would need 3 to 6 months time prior to the date of your event to make your reservation, however, feel free to email us at any time to see if we have the availablities for your party, even if it’s a week away, we’ll try our best to make your party one to remember
Heartland Cafe likes: Roots, Americana, Traditional Country, Blues, Acoustic, Folk, Singer Songwriters, World Music, Reggae, Classical, Jazz
Red Line Tap likes: Roots, Americana, Country, Bluegrass, Alt Country, Metal, Alternative Rock, Punk, Rock, Power Pop, Indie, Funk, Hip Hop, Rap. Reggae.
Booking is handled by email only; no calls will be taken for booking meaning if you want to be booked here, DON’T CALL – EMAIL BRETTLY. So, if you are submitting a demo via US Post, please include an email address you can be contacted at.
All follow up booking inquiries, requests for information, set times, sound information, etc, should also be done via email only.
We expect all acts submitting to play our venues are able to draw a minimum 30 people in the Chicago market to be considered for a booking at our venues, The Heartland Cafe and The Red Line Tap, so touring acts, we may not be an ideal venue for your first times out to Chicago, however, we do book out of town acts as we can fit them in.
To all acts playing at, or intersested in playing our venues, we ask that you do not play any other local shows (25 Mile radius of our venues) 2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after your shows here. It’s not that we don’t want you to play out, however, by playing too many local shows, you hurt your attendance, not just at this show, but shows you have booked in other venues as well.
We are usually booked 2 to 4 months in advance.
We do not book cover bands, so don’t ask!
Please give us about 2 to 6 weeks to listen to your demo. We do listen to every demo we recieve and will get back with you as quickly as possible. Pleaes be patient, due to an overwhelming amount of submissions, it takes a little time to get through them all.
Please email a link to your website, or a link to what you want us to hear and see, please DO NOT send files we will need to download. Generally, we prefer a website, where we can see when and where you have played, hear your music, and get a general idea of your band and what you do. If you don’t have a website, a Facebook page or Something similar will do.
We do accept and prefer EPK’s (electronic press kits). We accept them through Sonicbids or you can email a link to your press kit to our booking agent Brettly
If you must use snail mail :
Demos (CD’s ONLY) and Press kits can be mailed to:
The Heartland Cafe
7000 N. Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, Il 60626
**Please do not mail cassette tapes, or vinyl – we can’t play them
After You have Been Booked, etc
You will receive a confirmation letter via email from the venue within about 2 – 3 weeks of your show. Please make sure you and your bandmates read it, and follow the instructions in the letter, by doing so, it will just make the night go along a little more smoothly.
Upon load in the soundperson will instruct you on where to store your gear, etc.
Volume is an issue at our venues, as we do have neighbors directly behind us. Please listen to the soundperson’s instructions. If you are asked to turn down, please do so, odds are you are too loud for the room, and, who really wants to hear LOUD GUITAR PLAYER and XYZ band that you can’t hear because your amp is too loud. It’s also nice to actually be able to hear everything, including vocals.
Please drop off posters at our venues or mail them in. It’s a good way to help promote your show to people who patronize our venues. Additionally, DO NOT Post any posters, etc. on City Of Chicago Property. There are several locations in the city to legally leave your posters. We also deliver posters for shows within our venues to several locations on the north side of Chicago and In Evanston. If you would like us to drop off yours as well, please include an extra allotment for us to do so.
For acts playing at our venues, we do send our weekly listings to a number of local media and press, in addition to promoting our shows via several social media outlets, and our weekly e-news letter. Please, don’t rely on this as your only form of advertisement. Please drop flyers and play copies off to us, so we may post them in our venues, and play your CD in our venues as well. So please, do your part in booking a show here as well, and promote your show via word of mouth, social media outlets; Facebook, Twitter, Reverbnation, etc, and any other methods that work for your band.
Media/Press you can contact to promote your show
The Chicago Reader
The Illinois Entertainer
Oh My Rockness
The Red Eye
The Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Suntimes
After you have been booked, and you do not see a link to your website on our site, please email the link to the WEBMASTER
The Heartland Cafe, Red Line Tap, or the No Exit Cafe or The Heartland Studio Theater cannot be held responisible for any equiptment left behind after performances. If you get to drunk and can’t remember where you left something, it’s not our fault (remember you’re the one that got drunk), however if we do find something after a show here, it’s held in the main office; check with Brettly (via email only).