Tampa will play a role in a new touring model that seeks to revamp the independent concert industry

D Tour wants to 'offer an ethical and efficient process of developing artists across their network and in their respective states.'

click to enlarge Tribal Style plays Crowbar’s streaming only ‘Road to Reopen’ concert in Ybor City, Florida on July 11, 2020. - MICHAEL M. SINCLAIR
Michael M. Sinclair
Tribal Style plays Crowbar’s streaming only ‘Road to Reopen’ concert in Ybor City, Florida on July 11, 2020.
Before the internet, bands and artists booked tours using phone books or DIY handbooks like “Book Your Own Fuckin’ Life.” While being online has changed some of the work, booking a run through the country, or even just a region of the U.S., is still a daunting task for any independent artist.

D Tour is looking to help with that, and one Tampa venue will play a role in a new model that seeks to revamp the independent concert industry.

Yesterday, Crowbar in Ybor City was one of a dozen entities listed in an interdependent collective of promoters and venues using their energy and abilities to “offer an ethical and efficient process of developing artists across their network and in their respective states.”

A press release says the partners will do that by ensuring “that the right artists reach the right audiences in the best spaces suited to them.”

“Our intention is to create more opportunities for independent venues and promoters of all sizes, with a focus on secondary and tertiary markets,” Tom DeGeorge, owner of Crowbar, told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. He added that artists working with D Tour will eventually be able to book regional runs, coast-to-coast U.S. tours or even one-off and weekend stints.

National artist Elise Trouw—a budding multi-instrumentalist and singer who's performed on "Kimmel," toured with Moon Taxi and even filled in on drums for Seal—has already booked a U.S. run with D Tour, with dates to be announced soon. Because of D Tour, Trouw's team dealt with just one point of contact for the entire D Tour network.

The bottom line is that the right artist gets booked in the best possible room in every city, every time, in the most streamlined fashion possible.

Other entities included in the founding D Tour partnership operate in states like Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Kentucky, New Mexico and Tennessee. And as Jessie and Adam Hartke of Wichita's Hartke Presents/Wave told KMUW, “We're trying to make it a less competitive environment and a more compassionate environment.”

DeGeorge reiterated that D Tour members and affiliates have strong local knowledge of their respective markets, which creates an ideal situation for artist development, promotion, and ensuring artists are put in the correct rooms.

“Collaboration is our core mission. This includes indie venues and promoters, artist representatives, and artists themselves. Utilizing shared resources, our network will have greater impact and further reach to engage fans,” he added.

And as an added bonus, music fans in each local market can know that by attending a D Tour show, they’re supporting the independent artists, venues and promoters that are the very backbone of the live music industry.

More information on D Tour is available via on @dtourlive1 pm Facebook, @dtour_live on Twitter and @dtourlive on Instagram.

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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