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Sahara books entertainment 7 nights a week, generally 2 to 4 bands per night. We have a few residencies and Saturday nights are reserved for Africa Night. You are welcome to take a look at our calendar on this website to look for open dates.
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 room with a low ceiling and plenty of wood for good acoustics. Dancers enjoy our wooden dance floor!
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 ad every week in the Austin Chronicle and send in calendar listings to other publications. We also send out a weekly newsletter of upcoming shows. Bands create Facebook events for the shows and include the other bands playing that night. Send us a link to your FB event and we will post on our site. We are happy to post your fliers in the club and suggest you get them to us a few weeks before the show.
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.
Wed, Thu. Fri. we have free beans and chips and Saturday we offer free buffet.
Free parking is available in the parking lot, on the street (avoid the bike lanes) and in the parking lot of the Webberville Baptist Church next door to the club.
You can load in through the back gate on the parking lot side of the building. PLEASE close the gate when you are done bringing things in so that all customers will enter through the front door. Come in through the front door and out the back to open the gate, prop it open and please have one of you stand and watch that customers do not enter through the gate while you are loading in.