Musician Hopes Free Drinks, Practice Time Draw Bands To Mango's

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Do you like playing music? Do you like drinking alcohol? Then Jess Wilson at Mango's can hook you up. Rocks Off was doing our weekly wade through Craigslist when we stumbled across the following ad:

I'm looking for bands to play regular gigs on Thursdays at Mango's on Westheimer. All styles of music will be reviewed, but I will likely be hiring a group on the mellow side. All types of music will be reviewed. Each band does a 1 to 2 hour set, and the first band starts around 7:30. I would prefer a band that is local and who has played gigs in Houston before. Each band member will get a couple of free drinks. Pay will depend on bar sales, I make no guarantees as far as payment.

Mango's has a nice PA and a really good sound guy. It has a great location and staff. It is located at 403 Westheimer on the corner of Taft.

Please send me links to any music you have posted online/gigs you have played or find a way to get some of your music to my ears.

The facts are these. Jess Wilson wasn't having any luck getting her band, The Jackrobats, booked by leaving a demo at clubs. So instead, she told Mango's she was a promoter and could bring in bands to play. That got their attention, and she now books two nights a month at the club.

While we admired the kind of outside-the-box thinking Wilson employed, Rocks Off was seething on the inside. Having been in bands before, the idea of trudging out on a weeknight for no pay sounded like the typical shenanigans that promoters use to get out of coughing up some cash. However, we decided to get down to the nitty gritty of the deal. What exactly was Wilson offering?

"Two drinks per member, everyone gets their drink vouchers as soon as they show up," Wilson says. "The two-drink thing applies if we have two-three bands. If you are a band and you come in a play the entire slot from 8-11:30 [p.m.], then we would probably give more."

The free drinks do not include tip, it should be noted.

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