Guerrilla Showcases

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Guerrilla showcases are a late-night feature of SERFA that provide artists with additional performance opportunities. Guerrilla showcases take place after official showcases on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, starting at 10:40pm and running until 2am. These showcases are held in Assembly Inn meeting rooms and sleeping rooms; sizes vary.

Guerrilla showcase rooms are managed by a host, who pays a small fee for the opportunity to showcase the artists of his/her choice. 

New for 2018: Opening Night Showcases

In 2018, there will be four opening night (Wednesday) showcases presented, from 11pm - 2am, immediately following the open mic. 

Host Guidelines

If you're interested in hosting a guerrilla showcase room, read the guidelines below, then submit the host request form. Applications close at January 31 at 9pm.

Hosting is limited to two nights. Selected hosts will be advised by March 1. Once selected, a $45 per room per night fee is required. Payment and performance schedules are due by April 1.

  • Hosts must be registered for the conference.
  • Announce the availability of your room via the SERFAfolk Google Group. Provide your email address so interested artists can contact you directly. Communicate with individual artists off-list. When you've filled the available performance slots, communicate this via the Google Group.
  • Guerrilla showcases are acoustic only. Amplification is only permitted by exception (for electronic keyboards, for example). If an artist requests amplification, contact the guerrilla host coordinator prior to granting the artist a performance slot.
  • As a host, you are responsible for setting up and returning the room to its normal configuration at the end of each night.
  • The use of candles is not permitted.
  • If you distribute materials promoting your room/artists, you are responsible for collecting these materials from common areas/tables and disposing of them at the end of the conference. 

Artist Guidelines

Subscribe to the SERFAfolk Google Group and watch for emails from guerrilla showcase hosts offering performance opportunities.

  • Contact the host directly (off-list) and quickly if you're interested; these slots go fast!
  • As you receive responses from hosts, accept no more than four performance slots so there are ample opportunities for others. If you perform in an official showcase, limit your guerrilla showcases to three.
  • Guerrilla performances are acoustic; if you require amplification, advise the host. Amplification permission is granted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Arrive early for your performance and end your set on time.
  • If you distribute materials promoting your performance, you are responsible for collecting these materials from common areas/tables and disposing of them at the end of the conference.