Local musicians say gas prices hurts tour schedules

Local musicians say gas prices hurts tour schedules
Friday, June 3, 2011 - 3:16pm

Gas prices have gone down a bit, but not enough for local musicians. Summer is an important time for young artists, but the pain at the pump isn’t making that easy to do.

Touring is a critical way for a band to gain exposure and fans. They hit the road trying to get their music out to the public, but with gas prices still well over $3.50 a gallon, some are taking a second look at their schedules.

"It's the worst time,” Christopher Lott, a local musician in the band Twin Killers, said when asked about how difficult gas prices make touring. “To fill up the van is at least 100 dollars, and the way that we tour is on a small, almost like a DIY scale, so it ends up being all of our money."

Like so many, Lott and his band rely on local shows to fill out the bank account before hitting the road. No matter the cost, however, Lott says he and his band will continue on with their plans for a summer tour, which will begin sometime in the next week.

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