Tour Trucking Experts, or Your Cousin Vinny? You Decide...

Posted by David Ross on Jul 24, 2018 10:01:00 AM

It's all about the music, right? 

Well, yes. But getting from one venue to another just became a bit more challenging if you've been pushing the limit on miles and drive time to get one more show squeezed into a tight schedule. Cousin Vinny and a rental truck may be the cheapest option to get cross country...assuming you don't get hit with a few fines and have your truck shut down en route.

So what to do? 

Ensure you leave safe travel time that complies with the DOT HOS (Department of Transportation Hours of Service) rules, which are now tracked by an ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandated to be installed in commercial trucks. This alone will keep you out of a BFM (Big Flippin' Mess).

The fines for being out of compliance are significant - ranging from 1K - 10K per occurrence. If that's not enough to put a little terror in your tour, the potential for a truck to be placed out of service for up to 10 hours may result in your gear arriving closer to load out than load in. 

Question - If Vinny drives a truck from Nashville to Cinncinati for 14 hours and leaves on a Tuesday at midnight, when will he arrive?

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Topics: Music Industry, Tour Trucking, Tour Manager, Nashville, Concert Logistics

Do You Have Your Tour Day Sheet? Concert Logistics Help

Posted by Sharon Kendrew on May 5, 2017 12:47:00 PM

On the Road, In Need of A Plan

Life on the road can be chaotic. There are many moving pieces to consider and even the brightest minds in the industry have a hard time doing it. Organization is the key to success in the music industry.

The worst thing you could do while on tour is to start out unprepared, but in order to keep things simple, where do you begin? The answer is this: One show at a time.


Using a day sheet will make all the difference as you prepare to roll into each venue, answering many of the questions that come up before those make-or-break moments just before your set. We've put together the top 5 reasons to use a day sheet, and even included a template for you to use over and over again!

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Topics: Concert Logistics, Music Industry, Music Festival, Tour Trucking, Tour Manager, Logistics, Nashville, High Road

4 Social Tips for Tour Managers: Engage and Entertain behind the scenes

Posted by Sharon Kendrew on Apr 4, 2017 9:09:00 AM

 

This is an updated post of a Music Industry blog post. Check out the original posting here.

In order to maintain a competitive edge in the music scene, it’s necessary to embrace social media. Make the most of your time on tour by connecting with fans near and far, never missing an opportunity to connect with them and showcase your band's unique personality. Being on the road provides you with plenty of great content, and used properly, social media can grow your fan base and turn followers into promoters.

We've listed "Four E's" that you may find useful to engage and entertain while on the road.

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Topics: Concert Logistics, Music Industry

TOUR MANAGER - Rock your Travel Logistics

Posted by Dawn Lidwell on Jul 8, 2016 12:33:05 PM

Rock Your Traveling Experience with These 6 Apps


As a tour manager, you’re on the road or in the air on a seemingly constant basis. If you’re not booking gigs for your band, you’re flying across the country or around the world with your awesome group of musicians.

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Topics: Nashville, Concert Logistics

7 Family Friendly Music Festivals You Should Know

Posted by Dawn Lidwell on May 2, 2016 9:30:00 AM
We are huge fans of the music industry here at Champion Logistics. While our concert logistics department gets to have all the fun working with tour trucking and festival logistics, every staff member has their own personal favorite style of music. From country to hip hop, contemporary Christian to alternative, just walk from department to department or office to office and you'll be sure to hear a wide range of tunes. This love of music has inspired us to share with you some of the top Family Friendly Music Festivals across the country that we are going to, have gone to, are moving freight into and out of or are hoping someone invites us to!
 
Here’s a list of 7 of our Favorite Family Friendly Music Festivals happening this Spring through Fall.
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Topics: Concert Logistics, Music Industry, Tour Trucking, Music Festival

Tour Manager Toolbox: 5 Must-Have Resources for the Road

Posted by Sharon Kendrew on Apr 5, 2016 9:00:00 AM

You know more than anyone else that being a tour manager isn't all glitz and glam. Long days and sometimes weeks on the road can be tough and stressful. Luckily, there are plenty of tools out there that you can utilize to make your job easier.

Check out these top five must-have resources:

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Topics: Concert Logistics, Music Festival

4 Social Tips for Tour Managers: How to Document Life on the Road

Posted by Champion Logistics on Mar 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In order to maintain a competitive edge in the music scene, it’s necessary to embrace social media. Make the most of your time on tour by connecting with fans near and far, never missing an opprtunity to connect with them and showcase your band's unique personality. Being on the road provides you with plenty of great content, and used properly, social media can grow your fan base and turn followers into promoters.

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Topics: Concert Logistics

Roadside Attractions USA: Musical Stops for Tour Managers

Posted by Champion Logistics on Feb 19, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Worth the Stop

Tour managers often have to endure long road trips across the country. It can be tough to be on the road for long stretches of time away from close family and friends, but it can also be exciting to explore the different states. Make the most of your road trips by checking out the thousands of different roadside attractions.

Let's explore the top music-themed roadside attractions in America!

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Topics: Concert Logistics, Logistics

8 Songs Tour Managers NEVER WANT to Sing on the Road

Posted by Champion Logistics on Dec 16, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Avoid the Low Notes

There seems to be a playlist that's suitable for every situation in life -- even life on tour. What comes over the speakers when the unexpected happens and you're hit with a worst-case scenario? Here's our list of songs we hope you never find yourself singing while on tour. A tour manager isn't supposed to sing anyway, right?

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Topics: Concert Logistics

10 of the Most Unique Music Venues in New England

Posted by Champion Logistics on Nov 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Music to Your Ears

New England is known for many things -- beautiful coastline, vibrant autumns, American history and clam chowder, just to name a few -- but the six states making up the region are also home to some of the most unique music venues out there. There's at least one venue from each of the 6 New England states represented, which speaks volumes to the importance of the region to burgeoning and established artists alike.

Whether you're looking for the next place to rock out with your friends or planning concert logistics, the following venues have a lot to offer artistically, asthetically, and acoustically.  

Here's the list:

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Topics: Concert Logistics