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The initial period of making connections can often times be intimidating for musicians new on the scene. With a myriad of options and opportunities, it’s no surprise that many are left wondering how to effectively promote their sound. For those looking for an accessible place to network and gain information on all things Boston, look no further than the iconic Middle East Club.

Hosted by the venue’s national booking agent, Kevin Hoskins, the “Rock Shop” series was created to help artists gain footing in town. “We wanted to help new bands try to make sense of info, touring, publicity- it’s a lot of information to get,” says Hoskins. “We wanted people to meet other people doing like-minded things. The nature of the city makes it hard to make connections.”

With half a dozen sessions already under their belts, Hoskins is happy with the initial turnout so far. “With the first meeting there was only four days notice, but we had about 60 people,” he says. “We had about 100 the next time. There were some great questions and discussions, and people still stayed after to talk.” Other participants have included Shred of Team Shred Agency and Productions, Steve Theo of Pirate Productions, Randi Millman of T.T the Bear’s and Carl Lavin of Great Scott and O’Brien’s.

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