Joy Ike plays a Guerrilla Showcase. Photo by Neale Eckstein
Guerrilla Showcases are presented by conference attendees in hotel rooms on a designated floor of the hotel. They start at 10:30 p.m. following the Folk DJ Showcase on Thursday night and 11:45 p.m. following the Semi-formal Showcases on Friday and Saturday nights, typically running until 3 a.m. Hosts put together a lineup of artists they would like to present for the evening, typically assigning 10-20 minute slots, for one artist or several artists “in the round”, the format is up to the host. Guerrilla Showcases are acoustic ONLY. No amplification devices are permitted. Exemptions to this rule for instruments such as electronic keyboards must be approved on a case-by-case basis.
HOSTING A GUERRILLA SHOWCASE
Anyone registered for the conference may host a Guerrilla Showcase. If you would like to host, please fill out the Guerrilla host application on this page. A $25 fee per showcase takes care of the publishing of your schedule on the website and in the conference program book and app. You will be assigned a room on the guerrilla floor – standard hotel room rates apply. Some hosts choose to sleep in their showcase rooms, but some pay for a separate hotel room for sleeping in addition to paying for their showcase room. You may play in your own showcase room, but you may not take a room and showcase yourself all night. Setting up your showcase space within your hotel room and returning it to its original configuration is the host’s responsibility.
PLAYING A GUERRILLA SHOWCASE
Anyone registered for the conference may play a Guerrilla Showcase. Once we start receiving applications from hosts, we will have a contact list on this page that you can use to reach out to hosts for showcase slots. We recommend that all artists aim to book Guerrilla Showcases. When booking time slots, please take into account travel time from one room to the next and don’t overbook yourself. Everyone aims to have showcases run on time and the experience will serve you better if you are relaxed, not running around. If you are attending NERFA for the first time, we have a showcase room specifically dedicated to first timers. This room will be listed along with the others and you may book by contacting the host.
Questions? Contact our Guerrilla Showcase Coordinator, Jess Razzi.