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Interested in booking a show at Kenny Dorham's Backyard?
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Booking Info

We books entertainment for DiverseArts' events generally at Kenny Dorham's Backyard. Generally 2 to 4 bands per event.


We have an 8 channel PA and 6 mics/stands available for band use. Bands can choose to run sound themselves, bring a sound engineer or hire our house sound engineer at $15 per hour. The engineer has access to a 16 channel Presonus board with capacity to record shows off the board that can be edited . We have a backline drumset (Yamaha Maple Custom) in the closet next to the stage and the drummer can obtain a key from the bartender providing a drivers license as collateral. Drums need to be stacked neatly in the closet at the end of the night.

If you rearrange anything on the stage or with the seating, please return to its original place. We are not responsible for gear left here, look around one more time before you leave!


Because we are in a neighborhood, with homes across the street, we ask that bands keep to a moderate volume. It is a relatively small stage with an open area for good acoustics.


Promotion: We are a “destination venue”. We are not downtown and do not have a built in crowd. Your audience will be here because they came out to hear you and the other bands that night. We count on you to avoid booking competing shows within a 6 day window and also to promote to your fans.

We run a display Facebook event and send in calendar listings to other publications. We are happy to post your fliers in the area and suggest you get them to us a few weeks before the show.

Financial Arrangements

Bands play for the door or tip jar. Band members get two free drinks – well liquor or domestic beers.Cover charge generally ranges from $3 to $5 on weekdays, $7 or $8 on weekends, with $10 for special shows. Most nights the bartender can collect cover. However, if you are expecting a busy night, a door person is available at $10 per hour. We are not able to offer guarantees.


We have a conccession staffed with snacks, sodas, etc.


Free parking is available on the street (avoid the bike lanes) and in the area behind Kenny Dorham's Backyard, next to Juniper Street.

Load In

You can load in through the back gate, behing Kenny Dorham's Backyard, next to Juniper Street. PLEASE close the gate when you are done bringing things in so that all customers will enter through the front gate. Come in through the front gate and notified a member of the staff to open the back gate, prop it open. Please make sure during the unloading period, one of your members stands and watches the gate, to make sure customers do not enter while you are loading in.

Website, Facebook, Youtube, Reverberation, Soundcloud, etc.
Please only list bands you can contact directly.
Cost of sound engineer is $15 an hour.
Cost of door person is $10. If you expect less than 40 people the bartender can collect.

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