As the big show neared, the Natural-Funk spent the week fine tuning their sound and rehearsing for their big opportunity. They knew this was their big chance to earn that elusive record deal, tour the world, or both. The lead singer received a text from Tom to check out the link to the event and the Natural-Funk were highlighted as openers. It was the first time in their young career that they saw the name of their band on a poster. The previous college bars and clubs they played at were all word of mouth. It was mostly talk on all the college campuses that attracted their crowds. Tom gave them even more good news reporting that there was a bump in ticket sales after their inclusion to the lineup.
This show for the Natural-Funk would not be a usual three- or four-hour marathon that they were used to providing rowdy college students. This crowd would be a mixture of adults of all age ranges and their set would be a short 30 minutes. Tom advised them to pick their best stuff since there would be other members of the industry in attendance besides him. After carefully reviewing the roughly 20 songs the band had in their arsenal, they chose six that the all members thought would wow the crowd. Their goal was to steal the show from the bands to follow them.
They did not care if the headliner of the event were to get displeased by a thrilling performance. Natural-Funk was there to make a splash in the music industry. They made a secret post on their social media pages revealing their chosen set list and wishing to see all their amazing fans in attendance. The news spread amongst the younger crowd of the massive opportunity the band had in front of them. More and more college students in the area posted on their social media pages that would be attending the event at the casino to see their favorite band. There was even a Natural-Funk hashtag that started because of the hoopla that began due to the band’s secret post.
Tom’s nephew told him of the band now playing the event at the big casino bonussen store and Tom just smiled at him. Two days before the event, it was announced that the concert was sold out. The Natural-Funk band members were surprised it was not already sold out and they wondered if it was because of them. That is the attitude they carried into the show and brought an electrifying performance for the audience. They played mostly faster, up tempo songs to get the crowd involved and video footage of their performance quickly spread.
They had everyone in attendance on their feet and moving along to the music. After Natural-Funk played the last song of their set, the crowd chanted for an encore. They band was itching to go out there and give them more, but the stage manager said it was not allowed with them being the opener. Although they were disappointed not giving an encore, they would soon be welcomed by a contract offer to a record deal from Tom.
The Natural-Funk played the first three songs of their set and the crowd was already jumping and dancing to the music. The bar they were at was not the best for moving to the flow of live music, but that did not stop the crowd from moving their feet to the rhythm. Tom himself started tapping his feet and bobbing his head to the band’s signature blend of styles.
After briefly giving the crowd a formal introduction, they jumped into more songs up their sleeve. They gave everyone a solid mixture of fast and slow songs to please everyone’s taste in musical style. Tom was decided on the Natural-Funk at this moment in their set and he simply enjoyed the show from that point on. While the band was still playing, he approached the owner of the bar and told him to not let the band leave. When the show was finished, Tom was going to sit down with them inside the bar owner’s office to discuss a potential partnership with them. He thought the Natural-Funk had the makings of the next big band that would sweep the nation. Being only college-aged kids, they had a bright future ahead of them.
The band played for nearly three and a half hours, but Tom enjoyed every second of it. When the lead singer announced that they were playing their final song of the evening, Tom went to the bar owner’s office to prepare a presentation to the young musicians. The five members all came into the office drenched with sweat. They were greeted by Tom who congratulated them performing another thrilling show. All five members of the band were speechless until the lead singer asked who Tom was. He introduced himself as being one of the top music producers in the city. The guys were thrilled to hear who Tom was and were curious about what he had to say to them.
The band’s brilliant performance had earned them a shot of playing at the city’s biggest Casino Casumo to open for well-known artists. He showed them a link on his phone describing the event. Instead of playing a venue of approximately 100 people, they would be playing in front of a crowd of possibly 5,000 people. It was huge opportunity for their careers and they jumped on it in a heartbeat. Playing in front of a casino crowd was the chance they needed for more people to hear their music for the first time. Even better, it would not be in front of the typical college age crowd. They could expand their listening audience to a wider age group.
The show was scheduled in two weeks and Tom told them that the band’s name would appear on the updated poster online. The band was eager to play the show for both the publicity and the higher compensation of playing such a venue. Tom told them they would be paid more than five times the amount that they were paid at the show they completed that night. The Natural-Funk members could not believe their ears.